James Watson


‘Skating on the thin ice of self-employment, it is not always easy to set savings aside, and investment can be a stressful and daunting prospect.

Connor Broadley have provided me with financial planning advice and investment management to support my life goals for many years. Not only have they made sure that they share their reasons and approach but, more importantly, they make sure they understand mine. Our journey feels like a joint one, our relationship both educational and enjoyable, and my trust remains undimmed.’

Life Line

1957 – Born in New Zealand, a twin, having flown from Calgary in utero

1975 – Admitted to University of Cambridge

1978 – Rows in Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race for ‘Goldie’, and graduates in Classics and Law

1981 – Rows in British Lightweight VIII, and starts practice at the Bar

1986 – Marries Lucy

1990 – First of four children in four years, including twins (following the family tradition)

2000 – Awarded Queen's Counsel, the same intake as Nelson Mandela

2006 – Appointed a judge (Recorder), whilst continuing in normal legal practice

2007 – Head of Chambers

2016 – A sad and happy year, with loss of father, but graduation of youngest twins

2018 - Old legal dog perhaps, but developing new tricks as a more active Mediator

2019 - Children (an investment which Connor Broadley have not offered to manage!) are now developing their own career lifelines in publishing, medicine, nursing and business

Today, James continues in practice as a barrister, mediator and Recorder from Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, but enjoys a home now less inhabited, with wider scope for hobbies, and more time for leisure…perhaps.