Education & Professional Qualifications
Lord Reid Scholarship (2008 - 2009)
Diploma in Legal Practice (2006)
LLB with Distinction, 2005,
BA (Hons) (First Class), 2003
Professional Career to date
Devil Masters: Alastair Duncan QC, Ronaldo Renucci.
2009: admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
2006 - 2008: Simpson and Marwick, Edinburgh
Prior to coming to the bar Helen spent two years working in litigation at Simpson and Marwick. She gained experience across a broad range of contentious work, and in particular of professional negligence and professional regulatory cases.
Helen Watts specialises in professional liability, and has a particular interest in claims against medical and legal professionals. She has represented doctors and hospitals at complex and difficult Fatal Accident Inquiries, including the Inquiry into the deaths in George Square, Glasgow in December 2014.
Her professional liability experience also includes cases involving engineers, architects, surveyors, auditors, investment fund managers and accountants. She is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 as a leading junior in medical and professional negligence matters.
She also acts on behalf of professionals, notably solicitors and doctors, in professional regulatory matters and has experience of judicial reviews relating to professional disciplinary proceedings.
Helen is also regularly instructed in commercial and insurance disputes.
She was awarded the Lord Reid Scholarship for 2008-2009.
Fatal Accident into the deaths at George Square in December 2014: Acting for an occupational health doctor on the instructions of his defence organisaiton.
Mr MacR for Judicial Review of a Decision taken by the Council of the Law Society of Scotland 2012 CSOH 81: Acting for the petitioner in relation to a judical review of disciplinary proceedings.
Tods Murray v Arakin 2012 CSOH 26: Acting for solicitors in a long running professional liability dispute.
M v Chief Constable of Strathclyde 2013 CSOH 65: Acting for a probationary police constable who was dismissed following an unproven allegation of sexual assault.
Legal 500 2016 - Tier 1 ranking for medical and professional negligence