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Jack Watson

Call: 2012   

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Practice Overview

Jack has a broad commercial and chancery practice covering all areas of chambers work. In particular Jack’s practice includes fraud disputes, company and insolvency, trusts, breach of fiduciary duties, professional liability, pensions as well as property-related work. Jack also has experience of acting in high value and complex fund disputes and often acts in cases involving an international dimension.

Jack recently acted as junior counsel in AHAB v Saad, one of the largest fraud cases ever litigated, involving a claim for around US$9bn, a trial lasting over a year and the disclosure of over 5 million documents. In addition to complex issues of fact, the case involved issues relating to tracing and asset recovery, trust and partnership law, attribution of knowledge, ex turpi causa, bona fide purchase, conflicts of law and the law of Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Bahrain.

Equally comfortable working on his own or as part of a team, Jack also has significant advocacy experience and has appeared as sole counsel in a wide range of matters in
both the county court and the High Court and has appeared on his own against QCs or senior junior barristers. Jack is a former European Debating Champion and his published written work has been described as ‘illuminating’ in the Privy Council (Paponette v A-G of Trinidad and Tobago [2010] UKPC 32 per Lord Brown) and been cited approvingly by the Court of Appeal for Northern Ireland (Re Loreto Grammar School [2012] NICA 1) and again by the Privy Council (United Policyholders Group v  Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2016] UKPC 17).