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JACK WATSON

Call: 2012   

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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 regularly 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 both The Legal 500’s and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior and has been described in the directories as:

  • “Extremely smart, analytical, decisive as well as being user-friendly and approachable: a great asset to any litigation team.” (The Legal 500)
  • “His technical knowledge of insolvency law is first rate and his written work is extremely thorough.” (The Legal 500)
  • “A great drafter and good with clients – an impressive individual.” (Chambers & Partners)
  • “Super bright and very focussed on the detail.” (Chambers & Partners)
  • “Very thorough and commercially-focused.” (Chambers & Partners)
  • “Really good with clients.” (Chambers & Partners)
  • “Very responsive, down to earth, and gives well considered and pragmatic advice.” (The Legal 500)

Jack’s recent experience includes:

• Oberman v Collins: Acting a sole counsel for the successful claimant in a five-day High Court trial relating to the ownership of a multi-million pound property portfolio and an unfair prejudice petition. The case has been featured in the Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail.

• Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov: Acting as junior counsel (with Alan Gourgey QC) in proceedings relating to an alleged fraud of over £1billion leading to the collapse of a large Russian bank. Jack appeared as sole counsel at an interlocutory stage dealing with a search order and related confidentiality requirements.

• Saatchi v Gajjar: Acting as sole counsel for a former business partner of a well-known art dealer in wide ranging litigation concerning the ownership of a multi-million pound art storage warehouse, and claims for breach of directors’ duties.

• Re Brickvest Limited: Acting as sole counsel for the Defendants in a multi-million pound claim for unfair prejudice and breach of warranty arising out of the collapse of an investment fund relating to the purchase of land in Germany.

AHAB v Saad: Acting as junior counsel both at first instance and on appeal (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.

• Re Integrated Control Solutions: Appearing as sole counsel in a five-day high court trial of competing unfair prejudice petitions.

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).