PROFESSOR Peter Watson, Solicitor Advocate at PBW Law has joined Legal Network International (LNI) which has members in 50 countries and 130 cities. Partner Pamela Rodgers and other staff will also be part of the network.
LNI is an alliance of independent, internationally focused law firms committed to providing clients with the best available representation on their cross-border matters.
Since 2015 Professor Watson has led PBW Law based in Glasgow and it quickly became the most successful boutique operation in Scotland.
Professor Watson was one of the first lawyers to qualify as a Solicitor Advocate in Scotland and he was also recently appointed President Elect of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.
He was born in Greenock and is the son of a former senior police officer. His university education began at the University of Strathclyde where he studied Economics and Psychology. He later studied law at Edinburgh University, undertook research at the Scandinavian Maritime Law Institute at Oslo University and studied Petroleum Law at Dundee.
Professor Watson has many outside interests. He has recent stepped down as Chairman of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity after 12 years and he has also completed a very successful three-year stint as President of Legal Netlink Alliance Europe.
Amongst the many achievements in his long career, Professor Watson played a key role in the following high-profile cases: –
- The Lockerbie Air Disaster Group
- The Piper Alpha Disaster Group
- The Braer Tanker Disaster Group
- The RAF Chinook crash on the Mull of Kintyre
- Representing the families of 16 pupils in the Dunblane Primary school massacre
- The inquiry into the death of rally champion Colin McRae
- The Shirley McKie fingerprint inquiry
Other prestigious clients included the Scottish Police Federation, The Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and many other public bodies and private individuals.
He has also worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. His focus has been on access to justice and integrity of legal systems in former Soviet Union countries.
Professor Watson was a past Solicitor of the Year and has been involved in litigation in 12 countries other than the UK.
Professor Watson’s newly appointed partner Pamela Rodgers has also been welcomed into the LNI. Partner Pamela joined the firm in 2017 as a qualified Solicitor and Notary Public.
Pamela was educated at the University of Dundee where she graduated with an LLB (Hons) Law degree and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. She then went on to study at the University of Strathclyde where she obtained the LLM Masters degree in International Human Rights Law. Pamela is currently undertaking the Diploma in Forensic Medical Science at the Academy of Forensic Medical Science in London.
Since joining PBW Law Pamela has become an integral part of a team which provides specialist advice and representation to private clients and members of the Scottish Police Federation. Whilst managing her own caseload and enjoying a high level of success within the courtroom, Pamela also instructs Counsel in the exploration of complex and novel legal arguments at Appeal court level seeking not only to apply the law, but to set legal precedent along the way.
Professor Watson said. “All through my career I have worked on complex cases across all borders. The Lockerbie case was a challenge lasting 20 years and I built up many long-standing alliances with top litigation lawyers in the USA. Piper Alpha was equally challenging but rewarding in the many friendships I made with leading law firms throughout the world.
“Joining Legal Network International is a natural progression and Pamela and I look forward to meeting and working with some brilliant new colleagues.”