Rachel Watson – Managing Partner
Job Title: Solicitor
Qualifications: LLB Law
Specialist Area: Family and Matrimonial Law
Date of Admission to the Roll: March 2006
Rachel is the Director of Watson Thomas Solicitors. Rachel established Watson Thomas is May 2013, having gained invaluable experience as a Matrimonial Partner within a local firm, since 2006.
When Rachel established Watson Thomas Solicitors, she felt there was a real need for a solicitor who departed from the qualities of the more traditional firm, which may not always be in keeping with the modern times. Rachel wanted to show that solicitors can be modern, friendly, down to earth and efficient, without costing the client their life savings. She wanted to demonstrate that solicitors can and should be transparent about their fees. The client should know what they are paying for and how much they will ever spend on their case. She feels that the client should be comfortable with their solicitor. They should be able to pop in for a chat, or pick up the phone and speak to their solicitor if they wish without feeling intimidated.
Rachel has ensured that Watson Thomas has evolved in such a way to ensure that the above criteria are met. Watson Thomas is the only specialist Matrimonial Firm in Fleet and so, offers an exclusive service for clients experiencing matrimonial difficulties.
Rachel has a wealth of experience, dealing with a variety of different cases, for a wide range of clients. Rachel is well versed in negotiating complex financial settlements as well as day to day financial disputes and deals with all divorce transactions, both large and small. Her other areas of expertise are all matters relating to children, particularly contact and residence disputes, cohabitee disputes, living together and pre-nuptial agreements and civil partnership matter.
Rachel is recognised for her personable and down to earth approach. Her ability to immediately set clients at ease and grasp those issues which are important to the client, means that her clients have immense trust and confidence in her.
Rachel is a member of Resolution and advocates the use of conciliation and collaboration where possible but equally, will take a robust stance on behalf of her client where necessary so as to ensure the best result is achieved for her client.
Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and takes pleasure in exploring the countryside with her dog, Barney.
"Excellent professional service from Rachel and her team. Very supportive at each stage of the process. The firm were recommended to me and I would not hesitate to recommend them to others.”
“I originally connected with Rachel back in 2013 when I was struggling with an issue over child maintenance. She provided me then with very sound and reasoned advice which helped enormously. She has subsequently supported me through a review of my spousal maintenance payments with an objective to reach a final settlement with my ex. This was a difficult time for me, having just been made redundant, and Rachel always showed real empathy with my situation and was extremely supportive. Rachel has a very calm demeanour and takes a clear and objective viewpoint that helps me. Her approach has always been to set out an issue, provided me with the facts, explore alternatives and supported me in making the right decisions. I would often arrive at a meeting, feeling stressed, with a thousand things in my head, and always left with clarity of the route forward and a feeling of calm. Equally in court she provides fantastic reassurance and calmness. Rachel’s team is also very efficient and supportive, and all interactions are very professional. It made a real difference to me to have such a great team supporting me. I have also really appreciated the fixed fee arrangement Rachel offered, so that I could budget with confidence. There is nothing more stressful than legal costs spiralling out of control, as happened to me with my divorce many years ago. If you have a family legal matter that need attention, I highly recommend you approach Rachel and the team Watson Thomas for guidance and support.”
- Peter Allen -