Newcastle Law School

Carl Watson

Carl Watson

Law LLB, 1997. General Counsel at Arcadis Asia

Why did you choose to study your course at Newcastle University?

I didn't want to move away from my native North-East for university as I knew I'd be moving away at the start of my career anyway; and I was settled with rugby for a local side with school friends (RGS Newcastle) also staying in Newcastle. Also, the reputation of the university and Law School was strong.

What did you like the most about your course?

I liked the open approach of the teaching staff - approachable and collegiate style of teaching with use of seminars was very suited to my learning style.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle upon Tyne?

Friendly, honest, energetic and fun but with serious heritage and strength of purpose.

Where do you work now and what does your role involve?

I live and work in Hong Kong. I am General Counsel (Legal Director) for a large, global design and consultancy business in HK covering the 13-country Asia region. I lead the legal and compliance function.

How do you feel your course or other activities you were involved in at Newcastle contributed to you achieving your career goals?

It gave me a structure to legal analysis that I bring with me today. Also, an ability to prioritise legal issues and deal with them methodically.