Victoria Watson > Capsticks LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP
SW19 4DR

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Victoria is head of Capsticks’ national employment practice, leading a team of over 50 specialist employment lawyers in the delivery of advice and support on workforce issues to clients across all our sectors.

In addition to her role leading the team, Victoria provides employment law support to clients in the health, social care and third sectors and leads on our employment work with GP practices.

Victoria has particular expertise in high profile, sensitive cases involving medical professionals and senior executives, providing advice and support to clients seeking to resolve difficult internal procedures. She regularly acts on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal in complex claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract as well as dealing with claims for breach of contract and injunctive relief in the County and High Courts. Her practice includes advising on significant organisational change projects and changes to terms and conditions.

Victoria is experienced in providing employment law training for HR specialists, Boards and front line managers and working with clients to prepare for changes to employment law and the practical implications.

Notable Cases

• Lake v British Transport Police [2007] EWCA
• Dathi v South London and Maudsley NHS Trust [2007] EAT
• Hussain v Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust [2011] EWHC
• Langford v Barking & Dagenham Primary Care Trust UKEAT/0461/13/BA
• Kalu v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust & Others [2015] CA
• Idu vs East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 1649


Weightmans – trainee solicitor September 2004 to September 2006 (seats in clinical negligence, public sector litigation and employment and a secondment to Surrey County Council). Assistant solicitor in employment from September 2006 to January 2007. Capsticks – Lawyer from February 2007. Promoted to senior lawyer in September 2009 and Associate in May 2013. Appointed as partner in May 2014.


Employment Lawyers Association.


University of Leicester, College of Law, York; BA (Hons) Combined Studies, 2001 Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 2003, Legal Practice Course, 2004.


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Employers

Capsticks LLP flourishes in the public sector, where it represents large NHS trusts, as well as NHS Employers, but also acts for police services, emergency services and local authorities. Department head Victoria Watson specialises in high-profile cases involving doctors, the MHPS framework and whistleblowing claims, while Andrew Rowland steers a healthcare sub-group that primarily services NHS clients. Promoted to partner in September 2020, Paul McFarlane principally focuses on police matters.

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

Capsticks LLP provides advice to clients in the NHS, private healthcare and medical technology sector as well as the emergency services. Other strengths lie in education, housing and charity as well as the social care sector and regulatory bodies. It is the sole employment law provider for a number of the largest NHS Trusts in the Midlands and continues to receive new instructions from other trusts nationally. London-based Victoria Watson heads the team that includes Birmingham-based Raj Basi who has considerable experience in TUPE matters and other collaboration projects. Associate Chloe Edwards is another key contact locally.