Catriona Watt joined Fox in September 2008 after training and qualifying as a solicitor at a leading commercial practice in Edinburgh. Catriona advises financial institutions, professional partnerships and LLPs, senior executives and partners on employment and partnership law.
Her experience includes advising both institutions and individuals on sensitive and confidential senior level appointments and departures. She regularly drafts, and advises both employers and individual executives and partners on the terms of service agreements, staff polices and procedures, compromise agreements, LLP agreements, and retirement deeds. Catriona also deals with hedge fund and private equity structures and the accompanying documentation, frequently with a complex bonus and incentive element.
Catriona regularly provides tactical advice to individuals leaving one role to join a competitor. There are often associated issues regarding restrictive covenants, the law relating to team moves and the individual’s overriding fiduciary obligations to their firm or employer. Catriona has been actively involved in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation including high-value discrimination and whistleblowing related claims. She gives clear and pragmatic advice in situations which are usually time-critical and high-profile. Where there is a market-sensitive or public interest angle, Catriona works with PR advisers.
Catriona has had experience of advising and coordinating large redundancy exercises and office closures for employers. She also regularly advises employers on defending Employment Tribunal and High Court claims by employees and executives.
“Catriona Watt receives high praise from interviewees, one of whom names her “a very impressive, jaw-droppingly able senior associate”. She is noted for her handling of particularly sensitive partnership exit issues.” (Chambers 2017 – Associate to Watch” for Contentious Partnership)
Catriona Watt has “commercial nous and great client-handling skills”. Legal 500 2016
“Catriona Watt is a senior associate and is well regarded for her solid advice on the law relating to partnerships and LLPs.” (Chambers 2016 – Recommended as an “Associate to Watch” for Contentious Partnership)
Catriona is recommended by The Legal 500 2015 for Partnership law.
“Catriona Watt is “an excellent employment litigator” who advises both employers and employees. She is best known for her work with senior individuals, with impressed clients praising her availability and overall client service.” (Chambers 2015 – Recommended as an “Associate to Watch” for Employment (Senior Executive))
Catriona is a member of the Employment Law Association, Association of Partnership Practitioners and is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Catriona regularly attends IBA conferences and events and often writes for industry press.
“I wanted to pass on my personal thanks to you both [Catriona and Ronnie] for your advice and counsel over the last few weeks. It has been invaluable.”
“Initially the matter, as always, was dealt with by Ronnie Fox whose professionalism and understanding of the situation is remarkable. The day to day handling of the case was in the hands of Catriona Watt, who we also found excellent. She understood her subject and explained the problems in a clear and concise manner and when we gave instructions she carried them out to the letter (I have used Ronnie Fox for many years and I have found that all his assistants have been excellent and he clearly is able to train young lawyers in a very admirable way).”
“Catriona Watt and Ronnie Fox are there to make things happen for their clients, not to tell them why something can’t be done. Fox is the firm to go to if you want tough and effective advice.”