Jacqueline Watts

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Commercial Associate Solicitor

Jackie is an Associate Solicitor in our Corporate and Commercial Team and heads up the Start-up Business Capsule. Jackie has a varied caseload and a client base both domestically and internationally who return time and again to instruct her.

Background

Jackie completed her Law Degree and Master’s Degree at Kings College, London and focused on key aspects of the law of taxation, including VAT.   She had a varied career before joining A City Law Firm in 2012, including having worked for the Defence Team in the trial against the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor in The Hague.

Expertise 

Jackie is regularly instructed by start up businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and established companies.

She has experience in preparing a wide range of corporate and commercial documents including complex shareholders agreement; subscription agreements; option agreements (including employment related options); share purchase agreements; asset purchase agreements; joint venture agreements; assignment of intellectual property rights; bespoke articles of association; international joint venture agreements; app and website developers agreements; franchise agreements;  bespoke terms and conditions; employment and consultancy agreements.

Jackie has represented clients on numerous corporate and commercial transactions including company acquisitions and institutional investment involving multiple parties. She has assisted clients on numerous investment rounds and with the litigation team extracted clients from difficult situations they have unfortunately found themselves in. 

Jackie is developing a specialist niche in assisting clients seeking and securing investment and exit from their businesses.  Many of Jackie’s clients are technology companies who are seeking (or who have secured) investment or are requiring exit planning or expansion overseas. She acts presently for a broadcasting group handling their corporate work as well as their commercial television matters.

Jackie is proactive, conscientious and will look after your business requirements. She is a confident and skilled negotiator and achieves favourable results for her clients. 

Clients appreciate her practical and friendly approach and attend her seminars and workshops to hear her ideas on the modern age of expanding a business model.

What do clients say

"A City Law firm have been instrumental in the success of AppyParking. From its early days as a pre revenue start up dream to the reality of thriving business, Jacqueline and her team have provided essential support and advice across all areas. I would recommend them to any start up with big ambitions."

"We've only had good experiences with of a City Law Firm. We've received very professional and importantly- friendly service from Jacqueline. She is approchable which makes communication open."

“I instructed the firm to help me with my expanding international sales and marketing business, which largely operates in the America's.  Jackie has helped me from an early stage of my business. I feel that she has always offered us a quality service at an excellent price.  She always delivers on time, which is important to me and my business.  She understood me, my business and my needs and we recommend her services to anyone".

Most recent work

  • International Joint Venture (2016)
  • investment into a start-up technology company (c.£1,000,000) (2016)
  • purchase of SME (valued at over £4,000,000) (2016)
  • Broadcasting Group expansion (£11 Million)
  • Corporate bond advice (£3million)
  • IP dispute over software code and technology development
  • Commercial Fraud of an employee within technology company

Recent talks, seminars & events 

Jackie frequently attends and speaks at events. She has recently spoken on the following topics

  • We Work Soho “ The importance of a shareholders agreement and 10 things to consider for your start up from a legal perspective.”
  • Launch 22 “The Importance of Co-Founder Agreements”
  • We Work Soho “A comprehensive guide for small/medium sized businesses on what you need to know about employment law”
  • A City Law Firm “Attracting and Securing Investment”

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