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Paul J Watson Solicitor - 116 Borough Road - Middlesbrough - TS1 2ES - T: 01642 293427


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I’d like to thank Paul Watson and his team for their unswerving support and dedication in securing the release of my brother from prison. My brother had some allegations of sexual misconduct made against him, this resulted in him being convicted, after two trials, and being sent to prison despite his continual denying of the offences. Mr Watson’s team continued to support my brother through an appeal which was successful and resulted in the conviction being overturned. The professionalism shown by the team has been outstanding and their knowledge application of the law was second to none. I WANT TO PUBLICLY THANK THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND WOULD RECOMMEND ANYONE WHO FINDS THEY ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION TO CONTACT THEM FOR ADVICE

Noelene White

Cant thank you enough Paul

Would like to Thank Mr Paul Watson for all his hard work and effort he put into my case after going through a different solicitor who totally messed it up, Mr Watson started from scratch and provided a very strong defense with working so many hours on it. Paul went out of his way and attended my home when i was unable to travel just goes to show Mr Paul Watson is totally committed to his clients. Would definitely recommend Paul Watson to others in need of a solicitor. Cant thank you enough Paul.

Glen Bostock and ArmzGlen Bostock

5* solicitor

5* solicitor, excellent service, thank you , Mr Watson.

Faye B

I now have got that chance to be a mum again

PAUL J WATSON i would like to say a huge thank you to Jess Dodds firstly for all the help and ongoing support in and also out of work hours during my long custody battle for my child. Due to the help from Jess i now have got that chance to be a mum again i honestly and truly don’t no how to thank her enough and all the support Paul j Watson have given me, they took me at face value and never once judged me for my past and the mistakes i regrettably made. Thanks to every one else at Paul j Watson for all the help when Jess Dodds has been unavailable and u have helped me with the problems and issues at that time (and the barristers that have attended with Jess or in her absence) so thank you all as a team and also the whole firm i cant thank you all enough. THANKS


I cannot do enough to thank them all

We needed a good criminal lawyer for a family member. The initial firm we were with had done nothing for us so I called Paul Watson solicitors. From that first call on wards we felt like the team cared. Everyone that we spoke to was professional, honest with us and responsive. We were informed on every stage. Even when there was no update we were contacted at least once a week so we never felt forgotten. From our family member’s side, instead of being treated like a criminal, he felt he was treated with respect and listened to. Paul Watson was a credit to the case and I honestly think it is because of himself and his team that we received the best outcome possible. I cannot do enough to thank them all and would highly recommend Paul Watson Solicitors to anyone looking for a solicitor.

Lauren Saville

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

We are proud of you Mr Watson

Mr Paul Watson is a kind hearted fantastic professional who is an expert in all the legal services he provides. He defends the one who has been falsely alleged irrespective of your race, origin, gender. I recommend him for Lord or Knighthood title for his unprecedented endeavour and expertise in defending those law abiding immigrants who have been wrongful accuse of things they never did. We are proud of you Mr Watson. Well done


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

Myself and jay would like to give a massive thank you to Paul Watson, hes a incredible man who makes you feel at ease whatever the situation may be, me and jay both had separate cases with Paul and he managed to win both, thank you so much Paul. I wouldd definitely recommend Paul Watson to have as your solicitor xxxxx

Keri Galloway/Jason Barker

Brilliant Firm

Extremely grateful to all the help PJ Watson himself has given me & his Team excellent service and Extremely grateful to all the help PJ Watson himself has given me & his Team excellent service and Brilliant Firm (smile emoticon).

Julie C

Brilliant firm

Mr Paul J Watson is absolutely brilliant & the rest of his legal team.

Julie C

Paul J Watson - Profile

Paul Watson is the Principal of the firm, a Solicitor with over 30 years’ experience and Head of our Criminal Department.

He founded the firm in 1987 and since then, has remained the sole owner of Paul J Watson Solicitor.

Mr Watson has a proven track record of strong successful defence not only in Middlesbrough, but has represented clients across Teesside, and through the North East. In one year, three out of three clients accused of rape were acquitted at trial.

Paul Watson is a registered Duty Solicitor and member of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Panel. He has undertaken specialist training through the Law Society to deal correctly and effectively with questioning of Vulnerable Witnesses and undertakes annual training in Criminal Defence to ensure that his knowledge remains up to date.

Mr Watson has extensive experience in dealing with criminal defence cases. As you may appreciate, after over 30 years in practice, we cannot name every high profile criminal defence case, but listed below are samples of some of our most recent;-

Violent Offences

Defending clients accused of, murder, Assault with injury, Common assault, Harassment, possession of an offensive weapon, Wounding, actual bodily harm (ABH), grievous bodily harm (GBH), sexual assault and other violence crimes.

Sexual Offences

Defending clients accused of, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, attempted rape, downloading indecent images of children, kidnap, indecent assault, paying for sexual services, indecent photographs and sexual touching.

Paul has dealt with a large number of successful criminal defence cases for those accused of sexual offences and indecent images.

Drugs/Controlled Substance offences

Defending clients accused of; growing cannabis on a commercial basis, permitting his home to be used in the supply of Liquid Ecstasy (GHB),Possession, consumption, supply of or the intent to supply illegal drugs, Drug trafficking, Possession of drugs, supply of drugs and other drug offences.

Fraud cases

Paul has been involved in high level Fraud cases and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Applications

Abuse cases

Defending clients accused of Modern Day Slavery, child abuse and neglect, S47 Assault, Forced Marriage Protection Order application.

Mr Watson has experience of representation of clients (both youth and adult) with mental health difficulties, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Order, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders and others.

Originally from the Midlands, Paul has lived in the North East for almost 40 years. He has a wife and two daughters, one of whom has worked for him for the last 18 years. His interests include History and football.