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Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Work 01495 762244
Fax 01495 758115
Cardiff, Newport, Pontypool


Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 3

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has an excellent reputation in the market acting for claimants in judicial review challenges of the decisions of public bodies, including a number of cases arising from devolved law in Wales. 'Very dedicated' team head Michael Imperato is noted in particular for his expertise at handling cases in the healthcare and education sectors.

Practice head(s):Michael Imperato

Other key lawyers:Lucy O'Brien


The firm has a good reputation for claimant public law matters

Key Clients

Haemophilia Wales

Haemophilia Northern Ireland

Coleg Elediyr

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Work highlights

  • Acted to save 20 libraries in Northamptonshire from closure. The team was successful in a landmark judicial review challenge in the summer of 2018; this is is now a leading legal authority on a number of issues relating to library closure cases.
  • Acting for a community in the Afan Valley, north of Port Talbot, to attempt to save the local comprehensive school. Notably, this is the first judicial review in Wales to invoke the welsh legislation, the Well Being and Future Generations Act.
  • Acting for a young disabled man in a challenge against the Welsh government's refusal to fund a further course for him.  
  • Acting for a number of groups to save local hospitals and health services including ‘Save Withybush’, the main hospital in Pembrokeshire
  • Acted in high-profile case to attempt to save Darlington’s main library
Leading individuals

Michael Imperato - Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

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Wales: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Traditionally strong throughout the Gwent region, and increasingly gaining a foothold in Cardiff courtesy of the growth of the firm's office there since its opening seven years ago, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors handles a range of personal injury work for private clients and trade union members. The firm has particular strength in relation to employers' liability, an area that managing partner Clive Thomas has particular expertise in.

Practice head(s):Clive Thomas

Other key lawyers:Michael Imperato; Jonathan Wellington; Lisa Guscott

Key Clients

Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Community Union

Work highlights

  • The firm is involved in a fatal accident case following the death of a pedestrian in a road traffic accident.
  • The firm recently concluded a complex case (made particularly challenging as a result of the claimant having no recollection of the accident) on behalf of a schoolgirl  who suffered significant injuries in a road traffic accident when she was struck by a passing tractor.

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Wales: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 3

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Headed from the firm's Newport headquarters by the 'vastly experienced' Sophie Hughes  and also able to call upon the expertise of practitioners spread across the firm's Pontypool and Cardiff offices, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors' six-strong team is well-positioned to advise south east Wales-based clients across the myriad of family law matters. Appreciated by clients for her 'sensitivity and pragmatism', Hughes excels in highly disputed and complex divorce and cohabitation disputes.

Practice head(s):Sophie Hughes

Other key lawyers:Kate Roberts; Leah Rhydderch

Leading individuals

Sophie Hughes - Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

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