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About Us

Recognised as the law firm that is trusted to deliver pragmatic, innovative solutions even when faced with the most complex of challenges, Watson Farley & Williams is a leading international law firm dedicated to client care, industry focus and investment in its people.  

Working from offices in major financial centres in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA, the firm’s skilled legal experts deliver valued advice on a wide range of corporate and finance transactions and disputes.

Watson Farley & Williams’ teams across the world are dedicated experts with a reputation for developing candid relationships with clients, investing the time to understand the nuances and depths of their businesses and industry sectors.

The firm’s lawyers generally work in small, partner-led teams where committed sector knowledge and experience consistently deliver pragmatic, commercially focused advice.

Watson Farley & Williams’ lawyers are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service on all matters, in each jurisdiction and in combination across borders.

History Open

The firm was  founded in 1982 to provide an international, industry-focused service to the maritime, transport, natural resources and energy & infrastructure sectors and those financing their development.

Quickly establishing itself as a leader in complex, cross-border international transactions and disputes, the firm grew rapidly, opening several offices in quick succession and adding a real estate capability to meet the needs of modern investors.

Today, the firm retains the same entrepreneurial spirit, focusing on client care and continuously investing in its people. Our focus remains on key sectors and services and international capability.


Offices Established

  • 1982 London
  • 1984 Athens
  • 1989 Paris
  • 1990 New York
  • 1998 Singapore
  • 2001 Bangkok
  • 2002 Rome
  • 2005 Hamburg
  • 2008 Milan & Munich
  • 2009 Madrid
  • 2012 Hong Kong
  • 2013 Frankfurt
  • 2014 Dubai

Corporate Responsibility Open

Corporate Social Responsibility

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Alumni Open

We value our people, and that doesn’t stop just because you’ve moved on to other challenges.

The Watson Farley & Williams Global Alumni Group allows current and past employees to:

– Connect with colleagues

– Stay up to date with WFW news as well as upcoming networking and training events

– Find out about job vacancies

You can join our Global Alumni Group here. You can also join the Watson Farley & Williams Alumni LinkedIn Group.

To make sure we build and grow a network that provides real benefit and value to our alumni, we invite former colleagues to tell us what they want from it. To share your feedback, please email alumni@wfw.com.

Diversity and Inclusion Open

As a firm, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace so that we can attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures. It’s also about making sure that differences are celebrated and that people from any background can rise to the top, ensuring opportunities to develop and progress are available for all from day one.

Watson Farley & Williams are pleased to welcome the introduction of gender pay gap reporting to aid transparency and remind us that it is imperative to focus on our efforts to align gender pay.  You can view our Gender Pay Gap Reports below:

View our 2017 Gender Pay Gap Report here.

View our 2018 Gender Pay Gap Report here.

View our 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Report here.

View our 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Report here.

A Responsible Business Open

Client Support

WFW is committed to helping our clients achieve their business objectives by providing premium, commercially focused legal advice across our offices. Lawyers encourage feedback from clients so that the firm can monitor and, where necessary, improve services. There is a complaints procedure for the rare occasions when that is required.


Watson Farley & Williams takes a zero tolerance approach to bribery. The firm is committed to maintaining a culture within which ethical behaviour is promoted and bribery is never acceptable.  Without exception, bribes must never be paid or received (or offered/or requested) by any person on behalf of the firm or in connection with the firm’s business.


Watson Farley & Williams consistently adopts policies of best practice in matters of governance and compliance and maintains an internal audit team to ensure adherence to the firm’s policies in general and WFW’s commitment to quality.

Overall Responsibility

The Managing Partners have overall responsibility for adherence to standards and ensuring that quality is paramount in the delivery by everyone in the firm.