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Jack Watson

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Practice Overview

Already described in The Legal 500 as a fantastic senior-junior, Jack has a busy commercial and chancery practice with significant experience acting in high value and complex disputes often in cases involving an international dimension, often appearing on his own against QCs or senior junior barristers. In particular Jack’s practice includes civil fraud disputes, company and insolvency, trusts, breach of fiduciary duties, professional liability as well as property-related work. Equally comfortable working on his own or as part of a larger team, he has significant advocacy experience appearing as sole counsel in a wide range of matters in his own right in the High Court, appellate Courts and Courts of foreign jurisdictions.

Jack is ranked in The Legal 500’s top ten under eight years call for commercial litigation, and as a leading junior, Jack has been described in the directories as:

“Very thorough and commercially-focused.” (Chambers & Partners)
“Provides excellent written work.” (Chambers & Partners)
“Really good with clients.” (Chambers & Partners)
“Very responsive, down to earth, and gives well considered and pragmatic advice.” (The Legal 500)
“Brilliant in writing and robust in conference.” (The Legal 500)

Jack’s recent experience includes:

AHAB v Saad (ongoing): acting as junior counsel (with Tom Lowe QC) in 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.

Richards v Bodden: appearing as sole counsel in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in a complex claim for restitution arising out of a failed property purchase.

FNTC v BBLL (ongoing): acting as junior counsel (with Alan Gourgey QC) in relation to a hard fought claim for dishonest assistance and breach of trust arising out of the purchase of a Spanish Apartment complex.

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).