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Clyde & Co LLP

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Graeme Watson

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Clyde & Co LLP


Graeme specialises in medical and professional negligence and professional regulation and discipline. He leads the firm's healthcare unit in Scotland and also leads the firm's historic abuse practice. As a solicitor advocate, he represents his clients in all courts, as well as in disciplinary matters before the General Medical Council and other regulatory bodies. His professional negligence practice includes surveyors, accountants and insurance brokers. He is a member of the legal assessors panel for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.


Qualified 2000; joined Simpson & Marwick 1998; partner 2008; partner in Clyde & Co. 2015. Solicitor advocate.


WS Society; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Law Society of Scotland. Speaks regularly at client conferences and delivers training seminars both internally and externally.

Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender

Within: Leading individuals

Graeme Watson - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Medical negligence: defender

Clyde & Co LLP acts for a broad spectrum of clinical professionals in negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, internal disciplinary, regulatory and criminal proceedings, in addition to large-scale class actions. The firm is also on the panels of a number of healthcare insurers, including Hiscox, MPLC and the RSA Group, in addition to instructions from the MPS, MDDUS and MDU. The practice is led by Graeme Watson, who specialises in professional indemnity, with a focus on medical negligence work. In a major highlight, team is representing Johnson & Johnson Medical in personal injury litigation concerning pelvic mesh products. In another key mandate senior associate Duncan Batchelor represented the UK subsidiary of G4S Care & Justice Services in a class action brought by prisoners alleging breaches of their human rights as a result of being handcuffed in hospitals, successfully defending the majority of claims, in a case which is now in appeal. Other highlights included representing a consultant breast surgeon in an action alleging lack of informed consent and negligent reconstructive surgery, in a case that was defended on the grounds that the action was not raised in time.

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Personal injury: defender

Within: Leading individuals

Graeme Watson - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Personal injury: defender

Clyde & Co LLP’s team is highly rated for its personal injury defence work, and noted for its ‘diligence, decisiveness and sensitivity’ and ability to provide ‘real value for money’ to insurers and privately insured clients. The firm handles claims across the spectrum of the practice, such as catastrophic injury, large loss, disease, as well as RTA and fraud matters. It has a number of panel appointments for major national insurers, including Axa Liability Management. Gordon Keyden and John Reid were instructed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in connection with a claim brought by the victim of a hit and run accident who suffered severe injuries, leading to a substantially reduced settlement after negotiations involving shared liability. Andrew Constable handled the defence of a bus company whose driver was accused of causing serious injuries to the claimant, who had stepped in front of the client’s bus; a case in which the defendant was absolved and awarded costs. Gilles Graham and the ‘technically excellentCalum Mathieson are also recommended. Graeme Watson leads the practice.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

One of the best firms for defender clients’, Clyde & Co LLP is best known for handling claims against solicitors and counsel, although it also handles cases involving a range of professionals and their insurers, including in the construction and financial spaces. Anne Kentish, whose ‘attention to detail and preparation is second to none’, leads the team, which includes the ‘fiercely intelligentGraeme Watson, ‘brilliant grand strategistCharles McGregor, ‘seasoned and doughty negotiator’ Peter Anderson and the ‘organised and thoroughGavin Henderson . The group successfully defended a firm of consulting engineers in a multi-party dispute in the Court of Session, which arose from the failure of a concrete slab due to weather damage, which was dismissed due to a time bar.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Clyde & Co LLP’s clients include a range of further and higher education institutions, local authorities and independent schools on the defence of claims for failure to educate, judicial reviews, exclusions and disciplinary action against students, human rights and equalities matters. Highlights for Graeme Watson included successfully defending an independent school at the Scottish ASNT against a disability claim brought under the Equality Act by the parents of a former pupil, concerning a delay in identifying the child’s dyslexia and discrimination of the child by a teacher. The practice is led by Graham Mitchell who is often called upon to advise local authority education departments on employment law and regulatory issues. Another employment practitioner, Frances Ross, is also recommended. Former practice co-head, Gina Wilson, moved to an in-house position in January 2018.

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