Watson Farley & Williams

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Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
No. of offices 14
Major practice areas Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime, Natural Resources, Real Estate and Transport
Revenue Increase £160.0 million (2016/17),[1]
Date founded 1982
Company type LLP
Website wfw.com

Watson Farley & Williams is an international law firm.


From its beginnings in shipping and shipping finance in 1982,[2] Watson Farley & Williams has developed a broader practice: Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime, Natural Resources, Real Estate and Transport.

Expanding geographically with 14 offices in Europe, Asia and USA, the most recent office openings were in Hong Kong (March 2012), Frankfurt (January 2013) and Dubai (September 2014).

Watson Farley & Williams opened an office in Hong Kong, in association with Lau, Leong & Co., in March 2012.[3][4]

Watson Farley & Williams opened an office in Frankfurt in January 2013 with a regulatory team focusing on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors.[5][6][7]

Watson Farley & Williams opened an office in Dubai, in September 2014.[8]

Watson Farley & Williams announced in October 2015 that it had agreed an association and cooperation arrangement with Hanoi-based boutique firm LVN & Associates.[9]

The firm was shortlised for 'Law Firm of the Year' 2015 by The Lawyer.

Key sectors[edit]

The firm provides advice in the following sectors:

  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Maritime
  • Natural resources
  • Real estate
  • Transport

Key services[edit]

The firm provides the following services:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Regulatory, Public Law, Competition
  • Tax

Corporate social responsibility[edit]

Charity of the Year

Staff from across Watson Farley & Williams voted WaterAid as their Charity of the Year 2016.


Watson Farley & Williams achieved Carbon Zero status through participating in the Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project and the Ugandan Community Borehole Project.[10] Many of the firm's offices and members of staff take part in Earth Hour.[11] Watson Farley & Williams is a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA),[12] an inclusive movement of legal firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations and activities.


Watson Farley & Williams was shortlisted for Best Community Engagement at the MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2015.[13] The firm has sponsored International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) since 2011,[14] a pro bono/CSR initiative supported by leading international law firms based in London. In 2013, Watson Farley & Williams' New York office was recognised at the New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Programme's Pro Bono Service Awards.[15] The firm won the Law Society's Excellence in Social Responsibility – Pro Bono Award in 2008.[16]


Regular payroll commitments to charity by UK employees earned Watson Farley & Williams a Silver level UK Government Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award for 2015.[17] Employees from across the firm also take part in a variety of fundraising activities, ranging from sponsored sporting activities to donating used office equipment.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WFW revenue rises by 5 per cent to £131m
  2. ^ Chambers Student Guide
  3. ^ Watson Farley finalises Hong Kong launch plan, The Lawyer, 17 February 2012
  4. ^ Watson Farley to open in Hong Kong, Legal Week, February 2011
  5. ^ Watson Farley launches in Frankfurt with Salans hire, The Lawyer, 14 December 2012
  6. ^ Watson Farley to launch in Frankfurt with Salans hires, Legal Week, 14 December 2012
  7. ^ Wechselfieber bei Salans: Öffentlichrechtlerin eröffnet Frankfurter Büro für Watson Farley, JUVE, 14 December 2012
  8. ^ WFW launches in Dubai with three-lawyer team, The Lawyer, 18 September 2014
  9. ^ WFW enters Vietnam with local alliance and vows China move, The Lawyer, 22 October 2014
  10. ^ co2balance
  11. ^ Corporate Social Responsibility at Watson Farley & Williams
  12. ^ Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA)
  13. ^ Best community engagement
  14. ^ International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA)
  15. ^ New York State Courts Access to Justice Program
  16. ^ Excellence in Social Responsibility - Pro Bono 2008
  17. ^ Corporate Social Responsibility at Watson Farley & Williams
  18. ^ Corporate Social Responsibility at Watson Farley & Williams

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