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Claire Watson

Practice Area/Department

Personal injury litigation

Profession

Solicitor

Experience

Since qualifying in 1989, Claire has worked in personal injury litigation throughout her career. She joined George Ide LLP’s personal injury department in 1994, becoming a partner in 2002. Claire specialises in catastrophic and complex injury claims including brain injury, amputee and fatal accident claims. She brings a personal touch to all her cases, forging personal relationships with her clients and taking pride in her achievements on their behalf.

Since 2006, Claire has been recognised in Chambers Legal Directory as a leading individual solicitor. Chambers describes her as a practitioner who takes a “balanced approach to cases” and “does not take an adversarial approach unless that is what is wanted”. She is “friendly, sensitive and understands how difficult personal injury work can be”, ”hugely talented, with an impressively calm and clear approach”, and Claire is also 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. Her clients value the professionalism, care and understanding she brings to all her work and that distinguish her tenacious approach to supporting them throughout the claims process, from start to finish.

Claire is a trustee of Headway West Sussex, a charity that supports people with acquired brain injury, their families and carers. She has been involved with Headway for more than 15 years, having previously been chair of Headway West Sussex and chair of Headway in Portsmouth.

Claire is a member of Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum and has a keen interest in developing the scope of Headway services.

Memberships

Member, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Professional Experience

2002 to present – partner, George Ide

1994 to present – assistant solicitor, George Ide

1987 to 1994 – articled clerk, McCarrahers

Education

1986 to 1987 – College of Law, Guildford

1983 to 1986 – University of Reading

Contact details

Office: Lion House, St Pancras, Chichester

Direct telephone: 01243 812436

email address: claire.watson@georgeide.co.uk

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