Jacqueline Watts

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Head of the Company & Commercial Team

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Jacqueline is a Senior Associate Solicitor heading our Corporate and Commercial Team.   She is a confident and skilled negotiator , drafter and achieves favourable results for her clients.

She oversees all start-up and scale-up business work undertaken by her team, whilst she runs the complex and larger investment rounds and disruptive technology files. She has an array of clients , across a multitude of sectors and disciplines , at varying stages of funding , expansion and exits.

Jacqueline completed her Law Degree and Master’s Degree at Kings College, London.   She had a varied career before joining A City Law Firm in 2012, including having worked in The Hague for the Defence Team of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor. She embraces innovation and her knowledge and pioneering work on block chain, crypto currency , digital assets, IOT and drones is incredible and inspiring. She is often consulted on these niche areas by other lawyers and in-house counsel.

Jacqueline is proactive, conscientious and will look after your business’ requirements. Clients instruct her time and again and appreciate her practical and friendly approach. Currently handling a large government and private project for smart housing ; token international investment round and fintech businesses she is a seasoned innovator.

Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law Awards 2018
Winner

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Jacqueline is regularly instructed by a range of businesses, including SMEs, entrepreneurs and Start-ups across a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Mergers and acquisitions:

Jacqueline has represented clients in a number of mergers and acquisitions including those involving complex regulatory aspects.

Technology 

Jacqueline frequently advises clients using or incorporating innovative technologies and in experienced in data protection and the GDPR. She is able to offer an insightful and innovative approach enabling clients to evaluate their risks with new products and technology.

Jacqueline has advised clients on an array of matters involving virtual reality, blockchain and artificial intelligence and is excited by the challenges presented by the shifting legal landscape in these fields.

Jacqueline has acted for a number of clients in their investment rounds.  She has experience in dealing with Angel Investors and Venture Capital from seed funding through to Series A.

Media & Advertising

Jacqueline has experience within the media and advertising fields having drafted an array of legal documents including broadcasting agreements, production contracts, television and film financing agreements and advertising agreements.

Commercial drafting 

Jacqueline has extensive experience in preparing a wide range of corporate and commercial documents including complex shareholders agreement; option agreements (including employment related options); share purchase agreements; asset purchase agreements; joint venture agreements; assignment of intellectual property rights; bespoke articles of association; international joint venture agreements; app and website developers agreements; franchise agreements;  bespoke terms and conditions; employment and consultancy agreements.

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"We are very proud to have Jacqueline & her team at A City Law Firm as our lawyers. Their expertise with startups was especially valuable as she wrote our Terms & Conditions and our Privacy Policy; and provided valuable advice on our company articles. Excellent lawyers for a startup budget." KeyNest

"A City Law firm have been instrumental in the success of AppyParking. From its early days as a pre revenue start up dream to the reality of thriving business, Jacqueline and her team have provided essential support and advice across all areas. I would recommend them to any start up with big ambitions." AppyParking

 "We've only had good experiences with a City Law Firm. We've received very professional and importantly- friendly service from Jacqueline. She is approachable which makes communication open." Juhani Meurman – Nutrii 

“A City Law Firm, our UK legal partner, has been supporting LocalBini since the beginning. From advice to vital corporate contracts, the assistance of City Law Firm has been invaluable. Special thanks to Jacqueline Watts for supporting our startup.” LocalBini

“I instructed the firm to help me with my expanding international sales and marketing business, which largely operates in the America's.  Jackie has helped me from an early stage of my business. I feel that she has always offered us a quality service at an excellent price.  She always delivers on time, which is important to me and my business.  She understood me, my business and my needs and we recommend her services to anyone".  Litaa Limited

"The team at A City Law Firm have been a great help to our start-up company and offered sound and helpful advice throughout our growing period. We are keeping A City Law Firm as our number one advisers as we grow and we recommend them to others without any hesitation. " KINGSLAND ROAD WORKSPACE LTD TA Shed

 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jackie and the team for your help and assistance with my corporate case. I found the service provided professional, informative and friendly. Being a startup I felt in difficult place and you were available either by phone or email, and you answered any queries that I had – even if they were ridiculous! The whole process was made incredibly easy thanks to the service you provided.” A. Bester Functional Food Company

“Being COO of a start-up is incredibly challenging and stressful. The Legal, Financial and HR “to-do” list of duties is enormous and daunting, even if you have 20 years of City experience. Jacqueline Watts at A City Law Firm has consistently provided an exceptional level of service and delivered documentation at an affordable rate.  Our requirements have included a diverse range of topics such as company formation, shareholder agreements, employment initiatives/contracts/handbook, intellectual property rights and several supplier legals. Jacqueline has always been a quick phone call away from providing sound legal advice. She is friendly, supportive and a good listener. I would highly recommend Jacqueline for her expert knowledge, great advice and her effective organisation skills.” Chand Patel, COO, Bagboard Limited 

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Recent 2016/2017 transactions include:

- advising and representing corporate client on seed investment round for an early stage start up which is disrupting its market;

- advising and representing corporate client on seed investment round for FinTech business;

- sale of international recruitment business;

- purchase of a chain of opticians;

- sale of IT business;

- purchase of engineering company;

- sale of travel agency;

- sale of accountancy practice;

- purchase of retail business;

-   investment into a start-up technology company (c.£1,000,000) (2016)

-  Broadcasting Group expansion (£11 Million)

Other notable 2016/2017 work includes:

  • Shareholder disputes;
  • Advising and preparing a large corporate entity in respect of its multimillion pound buyout;
  • IP dispute over software code and technology development;
  • Commercial Fraud of an employee within technology company

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Recent talks, seminars & events 

Jackie frequently attends and speaks at events including:

Presenting a workshop on getting your business ready for investment at FashHack conference in October 2017;

  • Moderating a panel of venture capitalists discussing investment in FashTech at the FashHack conference in October 2017

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Articles by Jacqueline Watts

Why is it important to make a Will?
If you die without making a Will, all your property and finances (your estate) will be distributed by the intestacy
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What is IP and why do I need to protect it?
So you’ve come up with an awesome idea for a startup. You know that you have the potential to be
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I will definitely be using this firm again
My solicitor was extremely professional with me and clearly outlined and explained all details of the Will, even to the
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Are you a shadow director, does it matter?
It is important that all business owners and those contemplating commencing a business are aware of the issues surrounding shadow
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they immediately made me feel at ease and took over
After working for my employer for some 22 years of loyal service I was made redundant without any due notice
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Using Social Media at Work
Employees who discuss their opinions openly on websites are at risk of finding that their messages are deemed malicious, damaging,
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Through her experience and commanding negotiation style she was successful in securing a much higher settlement
My work assignment in Hong Kong was due to end and no alternative roles were available in the Company. My
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Questions on Franchise & why is it right for you?
Had enough of your regular 9-5pm job, had a baby and can’t face returning to work or just bored and
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IVF: Your Employment Rights
What is the entitlement to leave in relation to the treatment? At a minimum the treatment cycle lasts six months
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Raising capital: Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is a new phenomena for businesses to raise capital by selling their equity to a large number of individuals,
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