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Director & Head of the Company & Commercial Team

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Jacqueline heads up our Corporate and Commercial Team, is a Director of the Firm and sits on the Management Team. She is a confident and skilled negotiator, achieves favourable results for her clients and is a seasoned innovator.

Jacqueline head up a specialist team of lawyers best placed to advise on new innovation. Whilst she oversees all work undertaken by her team, she also runs the more complex investment rounds and enjoys working with those looking to disrupt their marketplace or using new and innovative technologies. She has specialist experience in crypto-currency and block chain, where she runs a steering panel of experts in this field as well as giving expert commentary and talks. She has a passion and understanding of machine learning and AI and works closely with our clients in developing their IP, business and securing investment. She has an array of clients across a multitude of sectors and disciplines, each 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 blockchain, cryptocurrency, 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.

Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law Awards 2018
Winner

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 and beyond.

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.

“We have used A City Law Firm (ACLF) for several years now. As a small and growing business, we have had a variety of requirements which have included employment contracts as well as supplier and customer agreements. Time and time again ACLF has provided legal advice that they have explained clearly and have indicated where we can make a commercial call speeding up negotiations. They have also been able to refer us to specialist firms in other countries where our contracts are with international clients. They are a friendly, transparent and responsive modern law firm that I would recommend.” Steve Brooks - Enterprise Times

"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 

Recent transactions include:

- advising and representing corporate client on venture capital Series A investment round for a company disrupting its marketplace;

- international venture with over 40 million capital investment into a blockchain business

- negotiating terms for online investment crowdfunding platform

- large venture capital investment into a specialist consultancy firm

- sale of wholesale and retail business

- establishment and set up of a large hospitality business

- investment into corporate finance business

- merger of four financially regulated businesses addressing out-going shareholders

Other notable 2016/2017 work includes:

  • Complex and bespoke drafting, including for those in the field of technology such as bespoke developer terms, SaaS agreements, terms and conditions etc.
  • Advising clients on the legal position for their business in new and innovative markets such as FinTech businesses, RegTech businesses, EdTech, FashTech and those using technologies such as AI, blockchain, IoT and Big Data.
  • Corporate disputes including advising and assisting those in deadlock;
  • preparing corporates in preparation for a buyout;
  • Technology disputes including disputes over the ownership of software code and technology development;

Jacqueline is regularly instructed by a range of businesses, including by in-house counsel, large corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups across a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Recent talks, seminars & events 

Jackie frequently attends and speaks at events.

Testmonials

Dear Karen,
Jacqueline has recently been acting for me, and I would like to say how fantastic she has been.
Legal disputes are always very distressing and Jaqueline managed my anxieties and emotions so expertly. She managed to guide me, I always felt safe in her hands, she was always available to me, responding in the small hours to my rambling emails on more than one occasion. She managed to make me feel like her most valued client, although I appreciate how busy you all must be! And how trivial my case was in the scheme of things....
We will be staying put with Jackie, to help us set up our new venture without making the same mistakes again. I’m very much looking forward to working with her on a more positive exercise.
Best Regards,

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Emma Davies
When we spoke to Jacqueline she just got us straight away

When the Grandnanny team were looking for someone to help them with their first set of Ts and Cs for their platform we spoke to a number of legal firms. When we spoke to Jacqueline she just got us straight away. She understood our business and what we wanted to do and helped us to understand what that meant in legal terms. She's also fast and easy to work with which helps massively. Highly recommend

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Sarah Vick, Director
They are a friendly, transparent and responsive modern law firm

We have used A City Law Firm (ACLF) for several years now. As a small and growing business, we have had a variety of requirements which have included employment contracts as well as supplier and customer agreements. Time and time again ACLF has provided legal advice that they have explained clearly and have indicated where we can make a commercial call speeding up negotiations. They have also been able to refer us to specialist firms in other countries where our contracts are with international clients. They are a friendly, transparent and responsive modern law firm that I would recommend.

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Steve Brooks - Editor
I cannot thank A City Law Firm enough for all their help with the business so far.

I cannot thank A City Law Firm enough for all their help with the business so far.

They are always there to provide professional support and advice with a personal touch, and nothing is ever too much trouble.

There is no “one size fits all” approach, instead, they have acted in complete interest of the business providing a bespoke approach and documentation to match.  Particular thanks to Jackie who has assisted me every step of the way; not only providing advice for the matter at hand, but also guidance on how to safeguard the business for the future.

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Emma Thornton - True Skincare | Founder & Owner
I hope to work with a ACityLawFirm For many years to come!

I was introduced to ACityLawFirm through a friend, who said, you want get a better service and this will be value for money and I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I have made with MyStr33t!

All of mystr33t’s legal business is now conducted through ACityLawFirm, the team are amazing and they have depth, strength and a great network in many areas of the legal system which I am very thankful for. If I need a response at short notice the turnaround time has been great! I hope to work with a ACityLawFirm For many years to come!

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Vipul Patel CEO & Founder Mystr33t Ltd
They are responsive, available and a pleasure to deal with

Jackie and her team are always on hand to proactively assist us with any legal matters that arise.  They are responsive, available and a pleasure to deal with, which is why we also consistently refer business to them.

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Jamie McGilvray ACIB​ - Director - VERSA
Not only is the work and results excellent, but behind the suits there are human beings.

Before working with ACLF, my experience with law firms had lacked collaboration. I felt like I was just another client, being fed off the shelf solutions that didn’t fit my needs. Tired of the dry, inflexible, gibber-babble I’d encountered in other firms, I knocked wearily on the door of Karen and her team.

What I found inside was rejuvenating. Smart and agile legal solutions built around my business’s requirements, and advice explained in a down to earth, easy manner. We’ve used them across multiple areas – from acquisition to litigation to general housekeeping.

Not only is the work and results excellent, but behind the suits there are human beings.

In my eyes A City Law Firm, is the only City Law Firm.

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Rob Drake - Founder
Their expertise with startups was especially valuable

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

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KeyNest
We've only had good experiences with A City Law Firm.

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

Nutrii

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Nutrii
She understood me, my business and my needs

I instructed the firm to help me with my expanding international sales and marketing business, which largely operates in the Americas. 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

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LITaa
From advice to vital corporate contracts

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

LocalBini

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LocalBini
She is friendly, supportive and a good listener. I would highly recommend Jacqueline for her expert knowledge, great advice and her effective organisation skills.

Being CEO 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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Chand Patel, COO, Bagboard Limited
I would recommend them to any start up company

A City Law firm have been instrumental in the success of AppyParking. Jacqueline and her team have provided essential support and advice across all business and commercial areas. I would recommend them to any start up company with big ambitions especially those wanting to or having secured investment.

AppyParking

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AppyParking
They are very efficient and passionate professionals

is a company with a twist and a disruptive approach to the market, therefore we need an excellent law firm with an innovative approach. Alia and Jacqueline have provided us with all of the support and advice that we have needed since day one. They are very efficient and passionate professionals with a great understanding of the startup world. We would recommend them to any startup with ambitious goals.

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Pureeros

Jacqueline has handled a number of issues for me this year, related to the sale of my business. Jacqueline is incredibly commercial and put the business interests at the centre of everything. She made the process about me and my business, not complicated legal scenarios. She gave me practical advice, enabling me to achieve my goals. I always felt that I understood the process, never feeling overwhelmed with legal jargon or unnecessary workload. She was also honest if she felt I was overreaching or unlikely to achieve something, to avoid me incurring unnecessary costs. Crucially, I trusted her to achieve the best outcome for me, and I knew I could rely on her to negotiate effectively on my behalf.” ”

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KJ