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Stone King LLP

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Nick Watson

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Stone King LLP

Work Department

Employment, regulatory and dispute resolution team.


Nick is a Partner and Head of the Employment, Regulatory and Dispute Resolution team. Nick has over 27 years' employment experience including 6 years at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain where he acted for a number of Trade Unions.

This experience means Nick is more than qualified to deal with the majority of employment issues our clients find themselves facing, a list that includes discrimination claims, redundancies (including a scheme involving several hundred employees), issues upon transfer of businesses, enforcing 'non compete' type clauses, long term sickness issues, contractual claims and unfair dismissal claims.

Nick has extensive experience in resolving employment disputes for businesses, charities and educational establishments, and also disputes between directors and shareholders disputes. 

Whilst Nick is principally involved in assisting fully running organisations, particularly in the not-for-profit sector, occasionally he has to assist in the closure of organisations and the potential employment issues arising from that.  In so doing he has advised in relation to specific obligations relating to multiple redundancies, i.e. collective consultation, addressing these with regard to liaising with recognised trade unions and arrangements relating to the election of employee representatives where appropriate.


Trained Medlicott & Benson, Lower Regent Street, London; Tarrant Hardwick of Bedford Row, London; Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, High Holborn, London; Macfarlane Guy, Bath 1987-97; partner in 1987; in 1997 the majority of Macfarlane Guy merged with Stone King – subsequently partner Stone King.


Law Society.


Haileybury College; Bristol Polytechnic (BA Hons).


Running, rugby, gym and fishing.

South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Within: Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Stone King LLP specialises in providing employment advice to the education, charity and social enterprise sectors, and has a strong HR consultancy that works in tandem with the employment team. Expertise in the education sector includes advising on changes to terms and conditions, pay awards and appeals, union activity, trade disputes, strike action, immigration, child protection and safeguarding. The firm has been involved in converting a large number of schools into academies and is acting for an increasing number of Multi Academy Trusts on drafting contracts for CEOs and advising on teachers’ pension scheme membership. Other highlights included advising a charity in relation to the potential dismissal of a finance director over allegations of gross negligence and gross misconduct, and acting for a national bus group in relation to a joint venture, which involved drafting employment and secondment arrangements, advising on the process and commercial practicalities of the employment information and consultation processes. The firm also acts for high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Nick Watson  has ‘excellent knowledge’ and is ‘very approachable and keen to assist’; he has expertise in trade union disputes and complex governance structures. He is supported by Peter Woodhouse  and Jean Boyle.

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