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Watson Marshal is a small, professional firm practising in Hammersmith, west London. Founded in 1809, we have a long-standing, well-established reputation as an open, efficient and thorough legal team.

Our office is small and friendly. Our size ensures we deliver a personal service, working directly for clients rather than in large teams. Our clients also have easy access to additional legal services through our incorporation by Owen White & Catlin.

Information about the team and our history follows:

Who we are

  • Susan Davies: Senior Associate

Susan Davies Watson Marshal is led by Susan Davies, a solicitor who joined the firm in 1987 when it was based in Hammersmith. In 1999 she bought the non-litigation half of the practice, and moved the office to Chiswick. She is now back in Hammersmith. She deals with wills, trusts, probate, inheritance tax, powers of attorney and deputyship applications to the Court of Protection.

  • Jane Stenning: Associate

Jane Stenning Jane deals with wills, trusts, probate, inheritance tax, powers of attorney and deputyship applications. She joined Watson Marshal in 1997 and qualified as a solicitor in 1998; she had previously worked in management and personnel. She is based in Shepperton.

  • Leonette Blake: Legal Secretary

Leonette Blake: Legal secretary and receptionist As our administrator, Lee supports our work and ensures the smooth-running of the office. She will often be the first person clients speak to when they phone. She has been a legal secretary throughout her career, working for large and small firms and covering all areas of practice. She joined us in April 2015.

Solicitor Chiswick, West London: Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Conveyancing

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Watson Marshal celebrated its 200th anniversary, and 10 years in business in Chiswick, in December 2009.

In 1809 Samuel Watson inherited the practice of Saunders & Judkin when Mr Judkin retired; Mr Judkin is described in guide books as the "honest solicitor" and a plaque in his memory is in the church of St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street, London. Samuel Watson changed the firm's name to Watson & Sons. From about 1860 until 1966 the firm was based in Bouverie Street. Around 1973 it merged with Marshal & Co, becoming Watson Marshal. In 1999 Susan Davies took over the practice from Michael Sharman and Vanessa Watson and moved the firm from Hammersmith to Chiswick.

Significant events

1809 Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln born. Samuel Watson formed Watson & Sons (later named Watson Sons & Room) having inherited the practice of Saunders & Judkin from Mr Judkin. Tory PM: Duke of Portland then Spencer Perceval.
1837 The Wills Act confirmed that every adult had the right to make a will. Whig PM: Viscount Melbourne.
1862 Land Registry established. Liberal PM: Viscount Palmerston.
1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act allowed women to become solicitors or barristers. Liberal PM: David Lloyd George.
1925 The Administration of Estates Act established the intestacy rules. Virtually the same rules apply today. Conservative PM: Stanley Baldwin.
1967 Leasehold Reform Act gave lessees of houses the right to acquire the freehold. Labour PM: Harold Wilson.
1973 Watson Sons & Room merged with Marshal & Co to become Watson Marshal. Conservative PM: Edward Heath.
1975 The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act gave certain relatives and vulnerable dependants the right to challenge a will. Labour PM: Harold Wilson.
1979 Estate Agents Act introduced to regulate the work of estate agents. Conservative PM: Margaret Thatcher.
1980 Housing Act gave council tenants the right to buy their homes at a discounted price. Conservative PM: Margaret Thatcher.
1987 Landlord and Tenant Act allowed lessees of flats to extend their leases or collectively buy the freehold. Conservative PM: Margaret Thatcher.
1999 The wills, probate and conveyancing business of Watson Marshal was taken over from Michael Sharman and Vanessa Watson by Susan Davies. Labour PM: Tony Blair.
2005 Civil partnerships became law on 5th December. Labour PM: Tony Blair.
2009 Watson Marshal celebrated its 200th anniversary and 10 years in business in Chiswick. Labour PM: Gordon Brown.
2014 Watson Marshal was incorporated by Owen White & Catlin LLP offering Watson Marshal clients an easy route to additional legal services. Conservative/LibDem coalition government with Conservative
PM: David Cameron.
2017 Watson Marshal moved back to Hammersmith. Conservative PM: Theresa May
Solicitor Chiswick, West London: Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Conveyancing
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