Caroline Watson

Caroline Watson

Partner

Expertise

  • Family Law
  • Wills Probate and Wealth Protection
  • Employment

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Shoosmiths LLP
England

WSG Leadership

WSG Group Leaders
Member
Family Law Group
Group Leader
Profile

Caroline is national head of family law and a member of the Shoosmiths Private Wealth team.

Caroline specialises in all areas of family law to include divorce, separation, cohabitation, pre and post nuptial agreements and children matters.

Caroline is also experienced in dealing with international issues and leads the World Services Group for family law in Europe.

Caroline understands that every family is unique and so she will get to know her clients and agree a course of action that best meets their needs. Caroline's advice is clear, practical and strategic whilst also understanding the sensitive and emotional issues that can arise.

Her clients include wealthy individuals, business owners, directors, senior managers, sporting/media personalities and expats. Caroline also works closely with lawyers in other jurisdictions, whether it be working alongside them to consider jurisdiction issues or to apply for orders in the UK after an overseas divorce or in relation to the relocation of a child. Caroline’s cases often involve her advising on complex family finances with issues including overseas assets, family businesses and third party interests.

Caroline is named as a notable practitioner in Chambers and Partners and known for her meticulous case preparation and technical expertise. Caroline is also a trained collaborative lawyer and member of Resolution (a national organisation promoting an amicable and conciliatory approach in family law cases).

Caroline is able to guide and support her clients through settlement negotiations whilst also being a robust and confident advocate in the event of court proceedings.

Caroline is happy to provide an initial consultation by telephone without charge or obligation to discuss the issues in a case and explain how she and the Family Team can help.

Education

LL.B (hons) - Manchester University
Areas of Practice

Employment | Family Law | Wills Probate and Wealth Protection

Articles

Managing your Mental Health during Separation or Divorce
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Caroline Watson, head of Shoosmiths Family Law team, offers practical advice on looking after your emotional wellbeing if you’re going through a divorce or a separation. When someone close to you dies, it’s generally accepted that there are five stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Some psychiatrists say that the emotional stages of a relationship breakdown are the same...

Tax: Amber Warning for Those Contemplating Divorce or Separation
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

We've become familiar with the Met Office issuing “traffic light” warnings about potentially disruptive weather. Couples contemplating divorce or separation could face similarly rough going when it comes to their tax affairs, especially Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when property or a business is involved. The alert level right now would be considered “amber” - think before you separate as you might not be able to complete a settlement in time for this tax year...

Is the COVID-19 Vaccination in a Child’s Best Interest?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If parents cannot agree whether their children should be vaccinated, they can make an application under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 to ask a judge to determine the issue. In M v H (Private Law Vaccination) [2020],  the mother objected to the parties' two children aged six-years-old and four-years-old  being given routine childhood vaccines in accordance with the NHS vaccination schedule...