Graham Watson (1996)

Graham Watson (1996)

Membership Status: Barrister - Associate Member Qualified in 1996 Public Access Accredited BSB Guidance for Public Access


General Information

Graham specialises in civil disputes. He has over 15 years experience in front of the civil courts and employment tribunals.  He has acted for a wide range of clients and addressing a wide variety of problems.

As part of his practice, he has represented companies, partnerships, health trusts, and local authorities.  He is also instructed regularly by the Fire Service, Ambulance Trust and Police Force.  At an individual level, Graham acts for employees, contractors, partners and directors.

Graham is a strong advocate and has developed a busy appellate practice.  He recommends his early involvement in any proceedings (threatened or issued), and enjoys advising on the tactics and approach to litigation and settlement.

Graham is regularly praised for his relationship with clients.  He works on a nationwide basis, and will often appear in London, Manchester and beyond to ensure continuity of service.

Graham is direct access qualified, and can be instructed directly by individuals and organisations.  He has recently undertaken the latest update training from the Bar Council.



Graham has been a leading employment practitioner for a number of years and is Head of Clerksroom Employment Group.  He is regularly recommended in the legal directories (please see “feedback” tab), and has been involved in a number of appellate cases, (please see “cases” tab)

Graham advises right across the spectrum of employment work from TUPE and Equal Pay to Victimisation and Unfair Dismissal.  He has acted in a number of high profile and long running pieces of whistleblowing litigation.

He has a particular specialism in contractually-based work such as wrongful dismissal or restraint of trade claims, which dovetail with his pure contractual work set out below.


Inquests & Inquiries

Graham retains a strong following in inquest work and enjoys acting in these cases.   He has also appeared as an advocate in major public inquiries



Graham advises and represents clients across several areas of civil dispute, but in particular

  • TOLATA claims
  • Building disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Inheritance disputes


Graham advises and supports clients at mediation hearings in all types of civil dispute.

Please click link to see Graham's mediation profile .



When he is not being a barrister, Graham is learning to box, and spends a lot of time on the floor of a gym in Exeter. In other reckless pursuits he continues to surf, a habit he picked up when living in Australia many years ago.

Fees and Feedback


Please see “profile” tab for description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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Tel: 0300 555 0333

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