The firm was originally formed in 1987 and is a family based practice, assuring clients receive a professional but personal service. Paul Watson (Principal) and Gemma Watson (Practice Manager) are a father and daughter team and have successfully run the practice together for the last 15 years.
All our Solicitors are members of Resolution. Paul Watson is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Domestic Abuse and Private Law Children cases, and Pam Kandola is an Accredited Specialist in Domestic Abuse and Public Law Children.
Paul Watson and Damian Sabino are both members of the Duty Solicitor Scheme and the Law Society Criminal Litigation Panel. Damian is also a Higher Court Advocate.
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.
Gemma deals with all aspects of management and is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Managers Institute. She also manages the firm’s website and social media. Gemma is the driving force behind our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
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 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.
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 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.
Michelle has recently rejoined the firm after 5 years away. She is PA to Gemma Watson, and assists her with administration in the running of the office, together with supervision in the Crime Department.
Leanne is a mum of one and is Secretary to Pam Kandola. Leanne is a hardworking and very efficient member of the team, who has honed her skills over the last 10 years+ working in the legal industry.
Katie is training as Legal Secretary in our Criminal Department. Katie is highly conscientious and hardworking individual, and is currently on maternity leave.
Leah is our Receptionist, meeting and greeting our clients both face to face and by telephone in a professional and courteous manner. She is currently completing a Business Administration Apprenticeship.