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Highly Rated Criminal & Family Law Solicitors in Middlesbrough

Paul J Watson Solicitors is a specialist Criminal and Family solicitors in Middlesbrough.  Our lawyers are highly recommended by our clients for being supportive, sensitive and robust.

Apart from our positive reviews regarding our solicitors, here is why you should instruct us to deal with your legal matter.

  • We are a Middlesbrough family run solicitors with a down-to-earth, open and honest manner.  Our legal team make sure that they communicate with you in straightforward terms so that you can understand what is happening at each stage of your case.
  • Whether you need help with a criminal or family law matter, our solicitors will do everything possible to fight for you and achieve the best possible result.
  • We are a leading, award winning solicitors in Middlesbrough area and the Teesside area. We have provided our services to the Teesside community and beyond since the firm formed in 1987.
  • We hold legal aid contracts in Criminal and Family law.   We will assess you for eligibility for legal aid and help you make an application.
  • Cost is a major factor in most cases and we pride ourselves on offering an affordable service. We offer competitive hourly rates and fixed fees, which you can pay for in stages by a number of methods, including credit cards. 
  • Clients receive free no obligation initial consultations to discuss the merits of their case and likely cost

Can’t thank Damian and Paul enough

Always happy to help. Always go above and beyond no matter what time of the day it is. Can’t recommend the company enough. Thank you from me and my family

Lyanne Cooper

Secured more than we were aiming for

 Rebecca was very approachable and understanding to the situation and dealt with it with the up most integrity and care. We managed to secure more than we where aiming for and in such a way that it could be sensibly supported for both parties.

Where do i start?

Where do i start i was having problems and from me 1st phone up when in was so nervous explain what was going on i was spoke to nicely and arrange a meeting and then on Pam took my case on and i cant thank u all enough for what you have done for me and my family if it wasn’t for how hard Pam and Louise worked and fought with us i don’t know what would of happened so I want to thank Pam and Lousie so much xx

Paul Watson and Pam are amazing.

Glad to say have not needed them in 10 years but when I did they helped beyond words great family business.

Shelly Govan

Paul is a true Expert in his field

He helped me by offering excellent advice, regarding an ironic case, that could have ruined a huge part of my life.  As a result of his professionalism, I can continue to rebuild my life without blemish to my character or reputation, which is vitally important to me. I highly recommend Paul to anyone in a tricky situation.

Trish F
Paul Watson

Paul Watson

Principal Solicitor

Paul Watson is the Principal of the firm, a Solicitor with over 30 years’ experience and Head of our Criminal Department. Paul is particularly experienced in defending sexual offences cases, and in defending RSPCA prosecutions. SRA: 120997.

Pam Kandola

Pam Kandola

Head of Family Dept

Qualified in 2007, Pam is an experienced Family Solicitor and a tenacious advocate, with particular expertise in care cases, forced marriage and female genital mutilation cases. Pam is a member of the local professional FGM Network. SRA:374714

Damian Sabino

Damian Sabino

Higher Court Advocate Solicitor

Damian is our resident Higher Court Advocate Solicitor, representing Criminal Defence clients from police stations, through to crown court. He also specialises in defence of Driving Offences and Court Martials.

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca Jackson

Family Solicitor

Qualified in 2008, Rebecca specialises in divorce, finance and children cases (residence, contact etc). She has a thorough and methodical approach, progressing cases quickly. Her attention to the finer details allows her to consistently achieve excellent results. SRA:399580.

Emma Richardson

Emma Richardson

Trainee Solicitor

Emma is a Trainee Solicitor and an accredited Police Station Representative. From starting as a work experience graduate, she has worked very hard to ultimately obtain a training contract.


We have over 150 positive reviews on, our website, Google, Facebook, Yelp, and other websites who rate legal firms. Read our reviews and see why we are one of the highest rated solicitors in Middlesbrough.


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Lyanne Cooper
Can't thank damian and paul enough for there amazing support help and understanding from the minute we contacted use. Always happy to help. Always go above and beyond no matter what time of the day it is.Can't recommend the company enough. Thank you from me and my familyread more
Shelly Govan
Paul watson and pam are amazing. glad to say have not needed them in 10 years but when I did they helped behond words great family business �read more
David McCarthy
Dealt with Pam Kandola regarding a family court & social services matter and she helped me get my girls back home, couldn't recommend Pam & PJ Watson highly enough �read more
Laura Fielden
were do i start i was haveing problems and from me 1st phone up when inwas so nevers explain what was going on i was spoke to nicely and arrange a meeting and then on pam took my case on and i cant thank u all enough for what urs have done for me and my family if it wasnt for how hard pam and louise worked and fought with us i dont know what would of happend so wanna thank pam and lousie so much xxread more
Ishtiaq Din
Jessica Rose Lewis
I worked with Damion when visiting here - I couldn't of asked for a better Solitior ! He went above and beyond to make sure I was ok and everything was organised! He even checked in with me after it was all over to make sure I was ok! I would highly recommend Paul J Watson - especially Damion to anyone who needs representing! Thanks again �read more
Michael Duggan
Lorraine Thorpe
I used this firm of solicitors when goin thru a special guardian-ship battle and they were fantastic!!!!
Mab Sadiq
Fantastic guy and firm Will always go out of his way tiger the result
Faye Bowman
5*solicitor excellent service, thankyou , Mr Watson
Ashleigh Harrigan
Fantastic solicitors id highly recommend them very friendly and supportive always there when you need them even at short noticeread more
Ileana Deans
Excellent services provide , very professional , friendly and very supportive ! Working with and support my Community and I have excellent support by you ! Thank you .read more
Biancaa Jadee Woodingg
Excellent people and helped me so much thankyou dearly highly recommend to anyone x
Robeena Sadiq
Danial Col
Diane Mylett
Mari Dilworth
Sam Hughes
Leanne Train
David Rodwell
Excellent service Mr watson and all his staff care about there clients and go above and beyond so glad I contacted them for help. Would recommend to everyoneread more
Chelsea Abbott
Wajid Chaudhry
Angela Mcivor
Ellen Holmes
Gemma Gouder
Genda Armes
Steph Maude
Emma Richardson
Jo Blair
I used this firm for conveyancing when I was in the process of buying my house. As I was a first time buyer I was made to feel very comfortable and at ease with the process and was kept informed throughout. I would certainly use the firm again for other legal mattersread more
Heather Watson
Have dealt with my case against a local authority absolutely brilliantly!!
Ross Linton
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John Mehes
18:16 07 Sep 17
Excellent service very professional,best in middlesbrough, once again thank you Paul. John m
Joe Roberts
10:17 21 Dec 17
Rebecca dealt with a child arrangements order, In a very delicate situation. She was very approachable and understanding to the situation and dealt with it with the up most integrity and care. We managed to secure more than we where aiming for and in such a way that it could be sensibly supported for both more
11:09 19 Jan 18
i was in need of some advice and help with an interview under caution i had to attend. Paul attended with me and helped me get through the process very easily , and provided excellent advice.thank you again for your more
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Criminal Law

Our specialist criminal team can support you with all aspects of criminal defence.

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Family Law

We specialise in all aspects of family law and will assist you with your case.

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Child Law

Our solicitors are highly experienced in child law and can represent you in the Family Courts.

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Criminal Law Solicitors in Middlesbrough

Our Crime Team can assist you 24/7 for police station interviews and offer representation at short notice in court proceedings.

Remember: All police station attendances are free of charge – it is important that everyone is aware that if you need to go to the police station it is always free to take a solicitor with you because everyone automatically receives legal aid, regardless of their means.

criminal-solicitor-middlesbroughThey can also frequently provide same day appointments, which are free initial consultations.  Our Crime Team based in Middlesbrough is dedicated to providing the best criminal solicitors' service and can represent you from first interview at the police station, through to court proceedings. All police station interviews, whether voluntary or upon arrest, are free of charge to everyone under legal aid.  This is not assessed on financial means. All court representation is available on a legally aided or privately paid basis and is dependent on your finances.  We do however offer fixed fees for court representation, allowing you to keep control over your solicitors' fees. If you are appearing in the Adults Magistrates Court, Middlesbrough or anywhere else, read our guide on 10 things you should know. 

  • There is no charge for our solicitors to attend a Police Station interview with you (including voluntary interviews)
  • Fraud, Murder, Firearms, Sexual Offences, Benefit Fraud, Drugs Offences, Assault, GBH, ABH, DVPO, Burglary, Theft,
  • RSPCA Defence, Motoring Law (Driving Offences)  and Court Martials & more.
  • Our solicitors client feedback is consistently excellent.
  • We are the highest rated legal firm in the Middlesbrough area

Family Law and Divorce Solicitors in Middlesbrough

family-solicitor-middlesbroughOur Family solicitors can assist you by providing free initial consultations over the phone, and discounted fixed fee appointments face to face with no obligation.  They offer both legally aided and privately paid assistance in all manner of Family Law cases including divorce, care proceedings, child arrangement orders and domestic abuse.  Our Family solicitors based in Middlesbrough offers sympathetic and supportive services and are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for clients in all the circumstances of their case. Both our Care Proceedings Solicitor and Private Client Family Solicitor consistently receive excellent client reviews.

  • Divorce and civil partnership dissolution.
  • Finances (formerly ancillary relief).
  • Care proceedings (non-accidental injuries, neglect, abuse), child protection meetings and PLO.
  • Child Arrangement Orders, contact, residence, parental responsibility, grandparents' rights and kinship carers advice.
  • Domestic abuse, non-molestation injunctions, forced marriage, honour based violence and FGM (female genital mutilation).

  Fraud Solicitors in Middlesbrough

Our fraud Solicitors at Paul J Watson Solicitors in Middlesbrough offer initial consultation which are free of charge. If you require legal representation or expert advice from a specialist fraud solicitor call us today. Our Middlesbrough office is open throughout the year and if you require an immediate response contact us via email or our contact form.  Defending a fraud case can be complex and with the introduction of the The Fraud Act 2006,  you will need a specialist solicitor who is experienced in both the Serious Fraud Office and Crown Prosecution Service. Paul J Watson's team of solicitors have a wealth of experience in defending all aspects of fraud including,

  • Conspiracy to Defraud;
  • Benefit fraud
  • False representation to obtain benefits;
  • Obtaining by deception;
  • Money laundering/Criminal Property/Proceeds of Crime Act;
  • Theft/theft from employer;