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Claire Watson

Practice Area/ Department

Partner, Personal injury litigation




Since qualifying in 1989, Claire has worked in personal injury litigation throughout her career. She joined George Ide in 1994, and became a Partner in 2002. Claire specialises in catastrophic and complex injury claims including brain injury, amputee and fatal accident claims. She has been recognised in Chambers Legal Directory as a leading individual solicitor since 2006 and has been described in Chambers as someone who takes “a balanced approach to cases,” and “does not take an adversarial approach unless that is what is wanted”, someone who is “friendly, sensitive and understands how difficult personal injury work can be”, ” hugely talented, with an impressively calm and clear approach” and she has also been noted for her “extremely conscientious approach” and “very good insight into vocational rehabilitation”. Claire has been involved in a number of high-profile brain injury and amputee cases and is not shy of taking cases to trial when that course of action is necessary. Since October 2008, Claire has chaired Headway in West Sussex – a charity which supports people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers. She has worked with Headway for more than ten years, having also previously been chair of Headway in Portsmouth. Claire is a member of Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum and has a keen interest in developing services for Headway service users.

Case Studies

To read more about Claire’s work, please click on the links below: Claire Watson – Brain injury case study (Mrs J) Claire Watson – Brain injury claim Mrs C S

Claire Watson – Car accident personal injury claim (Mrs V)

Client Testimonials

“Even though we were going through a traumatic time, without all of your support things would have been far worse.” “Your professionalism, care and understanding over the years have made the whole situation so much easier to cope with. I really do not know what I would have done without your support.” “We were both so grateful for your personal touch.” “You have proved more than someone who has worked hard to get me a great settlement for my pains.”


Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Professional Experience

2002 Partner George Ide 1994 Joined George Ide 1987 Articled clerk with McCarrahers Southampton


Guildford College of Law in 1987 Reading University 1983 -1986 Itchen College Southampton Sholing Girls School in Southampton Claire is a keen violin player and leads the second violins in Chichester Symphony Orchestra.

Contact details

Office: Lion House, Chichester. Direct Telephone Number: 01243 812436. Email Address: claire.watson@georgeide.co.uk