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
RevenueIncrease2.svg £160.0 million (2016/17), [1]
Date founded 1982
Company type LLP
Website wfw.com

Watson Farley & Williams is a premier international law firm based in London. It is among the Top 30 U.K. firms and is an industry leader in various sectors. The firm has over 500 attorneys and 14 offices.

A law firm is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law. The primary service rendered by a law firm is to advise clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, and to represent clients in civil or criminal cases, business transactions, and other matters in which legal advice and other assistance are sought.



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. The firm is known for its client centric operations and consistent results in deals and litigation. It regularly advises large-scale clients in cross border matters. [3]

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).

Hong Kong East Asian city

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and commonly abbreviated as HK, is a special administrative region of China on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is the world's fourth-most densely populated region.

Frankfurt Place in Hesse, Germany

Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, and its 746,878 (2017) inhabitants make it the fifth-largest city of Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. On the River Main, it forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main, and its urban area has a population of 2.3 million. The city is at the centre of the larger Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, which has a population of 5.5 million and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr Region. Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's central business district. Like France and Franconia, the city is named after the Franks. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area.

Dubai Metropolis in United Arab Emirates

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.

Watson Farley & Williams opened an office in Hong Kong, in association with Lau, Leong & Co., in March 2012. [4] [5]

Watson Farley & Williams opened an office in Frankfurt in January 2013 with a regulatory team focusing on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. [6] [7] [8]

Watson Farley & Williams opened an office in Dubai, in September 2014. [9]

Watson Farley & Williams announced in October 2015 that it had agreed an association and cooperation arrangement with Hanoi-based boutique firm LVN & Associates. [10]

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  1. WFW revenue rises by 5 per cent to £131m
  2. Chambers Student Guide
  3. "News | Watson Farley & Williams". www.wfw.com. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  4. Watson Farley finalises Hong Kong launch plan, The Lawyer, 17 February 2012
  5. Watson Farley to open in Hong Kong, Legal Week, February 2011
  6. Watson Farley launches in Frankfurt with Salans hire, The Lawyer, 14 December 2012
  7. Watson Farley to launch in Frankfurt with Salans hires, Legal Week, 14 December 2012
  8. Wechselfieber bei Salans: Öffentlichrechtlerin eröffnet Frankfurter Büro für Watson Farley, JUVE, 14 December 2012
  9. WFW launches in Dubai with three-lawyer team, The Lawyer, 18 September 2014
  10. WFW enters Vietnam with local alliance and vows China move, The Lawyer, 22 October 2014