PBW Biography

Professor Peter Watson was one of the first lawyers to qualify as a Solicitor Advocate in Scotland.

He was born in Greenock and is the son of a former senior police officer. His university education began at Strathclyde where he studied Economics and Psychology.

He later studied law at Edinburgh University, research at the Scandinavian Maritime Law Institute at Oslo University and studied Petroleum Law at Dundee.

Professor Watson has many outside interests including the Chairmanship of Yorkhill Children’s Charity and is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde.  He has just completed a very successful three year stint as President of Legal Netlink Alliance Europe.

Amongst the many achievements in his long career, Professor Watson played a key role in the following cases:-

  • The Piper Alpha Disaster Group
  • The Braer Tanker Disaster Group
  • The Lockerbie Air Disaster Group
  • The RAF Chinook crash on the Mull of Kintyre
  • Representing the families of 16 pupils in the Dunblane Primary school massacre
  • The inquiry into the death of rally champion Colin McRae
  • The Shirley McKie fingerprint inquiry

One of Professor Watson’s niche areas is in the media and he has advised  ITN, Mirror Group Newspapers (Daily Record and Sunday Mail), SMG, Newsquest (The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times) Border television, Channel Four, Reuters, GMTV and Sky News.

Other prestigious clients included the Scottish Police Federation, The  Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and many other public bodies and private individuals.

He has also worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. His focus has been on access to justice and integrity of legal systems in former Soviet Union countries.

Professor Watson was Solicitor of the Year 2008 and has been involved in litigation in 12 countries other than the UK.

Peter Watson Scottish Solicitor Advocate Scotland