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Watson, Farley & Williams LLP
Headquarters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London
No. of Offices 11
No. of Attorneys 250
Major Practice Areas Asset Finance, Energy, Shipping, General Practice
Revenue £59 million (2008)
Date Founded 1982
Company Type LLP

Watson, Farley & Williams is a London-based law firm established in 1982 by Martin Watson, Alastair Farley and Geoffrey Williams, three attorneys formerly practicing shipping finance and aviation finance at Norton Rose.[1] Today it employs nearly 200 fee-earners, including 50 equity partners. The firm is well-known for its expertise in maritime and aviation asset finance, energy, especially renewable energy and telecommunications law. Its revenues in 2006 were £54 million.[2]

In 2008, Watson, Farley & Williams was crowned Firm of the Year - SE Asia Shipping Law Firm of the Year at the 2008 ALB SE Asia Law Awards.


Potential Mergers

Watson, Farley & Williams has engaged in unsuccessful preliminary merger discussions with a number of firms, including Hunton & Williams,[3] Squire, Sanders & Dempsey,[4] Simmons & Simmons[5] and Chadbourne & Parke.[6] Following the collapse of merger talks with Chadbourne & Parke, Watson Farley opted to expand its operations by opening new offices in Milan, Athens and merger with the private equity boutique law firm in Munich, Oldenbourg Plus.[7]

Notable Recent Representations


See also

External links


  1. ^ Watson Farley & Williams, Spirit of Enterprise, 2007, Accessed 24 Oct 2009.$FILE/wfw_25.pdf.
  2. ^ Emma Sadowski, 'Fees up 9%, PEP up 7% at Watson Farley,' Legal Week, 4 June 2008, Accessed 24 Oct 2009.
  3. ^ 'Watson Farley-Hunton merger plans founder,' The Lawyer, 8 Jan 2001, Accessed 24 Oct 2009.
  4. ^ 'Squire Sanders knocks at Watson Farley's door,' The Lawyer, 18 Nov 2002, Accessed 24 Oct 2009.
  5. ^ 'Simmons, Watson Farley stop talking,' The Lawyer, 27 May 2002, Accessed 24 Oct 2009.
  6. ^ Caroline Grimshaw, 'Watson Farley and Chadbourne in ambitious merger bid,' Legal Week, 18 June 2007, Accessed 24 October 2009.
  7. ^ Sofia Lind, 'Watson Farley in merger with Munich boutique,' Legal Week, 12 June 2008, Accessed 24 Oct 2009.
  8. ^ 'Deals,' Asian Counsel, 29 May 2008, Accessed 24 October 2009.
  9. ^ '$1.058 billion financing,' International Law Office, 26 May 2004, Accessed 24 October 2009.
  10. ^ 'Watson Farley & Williams,' Legal 500, Accessed 24 October 2009.


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