Philip Watkins is a senior practitioner in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, sophisticated private equity transactions, takeovers, strategic investments, joint ventures, restructurings, re-financings, buyouts and exit strategies.

Over his extensive career, Philip has built a reputation as a trusted M&A counsel to corporations and private equity investors both in the United Kingdom and internationally across a wide range of industries. His expertise spans the energy, technology, media and telecommunications, transportation, retail, hospitality, financial services and education sectors. Philip’s long-term clients include leading private equity house Inflexion Capital, the Middle East’s largest integrated media group Rotana Group, and Galileo Global Education, a leading international provider of higher education.

For close to 20 years Philip has developed an active pro bono practice, and has considerable experience advising several high-profile UK charities and non-profit organizations, including The Roundhouse Trust, The Design Museum, and The Creative Industries Federation.

Philip is also a regular recipient of The Legal 500 UK’s excellence awards.  

Before embarking upon his legal career, Philip was a cultural adviser to the Japanese government. He is a founder member of the Practitioners' Advisory Board of the Masters of Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge. Philip holds BA and MA degrees from Oxford and completed his LPC at The College of Law, London. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales.


LPC, The College of Law, London
MA, University of Oxford
BA, University of Oxford

Bar Admissions

England and Wales
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Awards and Honors
Legal 500 - UK Individual, 2014-2018