Duke Street


Duke Street

3 Duke Street
County Durham
United Kingdom

Proud to be serving the people of Darlington

We have a team of specialist solicitors in Darlington dealing with all elements of law including, but not limited to: criminal defence, divorce, child arrangements, motoring law, conveyancing, housing law, prison law, armed forces law, abuse claims advice, business and white collar law and debt recovery.

Our lawyers in Darlington cover a wide range of legal services including:

Criminal Defence

If you or a family member have been arrested, or are facing a criminal charge or have been asked to attend a voluntary police interview it is important that you seek legal assistance. Our Darlington expert lawyers offer you expert legal support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Call 0800 038 6363 for immediate legal support.

Since being founded in 1988, Watson Woodhouse has developed an enviable reputation for the successful defence of cases of serious crime. We understand that being charged with an offence can be an extremely stressful period in your life. Our experienced solicitors will undertake the most vigorous preparation for the defence of your case. We also one of a small number of firms to hold a VHCC accreditation which allows us to take on very large and complex cases.

Our solicitors are specialists in their field and are able to support you in all aspects of criminal defence.


Watson Woodhouse have a large team of experienced family solicitors able to support you in all aspects of family law. We work across a wide range of areas including relationship breakdown, care proceedings, domestic abuse, child arrangements and change of name on deeds. We appreciate that it is an unsettling time when seeking a family law solicitor, whether you are going through a divorce, seeking arrangements for children or have been the victim of domestic violence. At Watson Woodhouse, our lawyers strive to provide support and treat your case with the sensitivity you deserve.

We offer a FREE initial 30 minute consultation, this could be either over the telephone, within our Darlington office or at one of our other offices across the region. The purpose of this is to discuss your situation with you in order to determine if you have a case and if we can help you with it. Due to the wide areas of expertise we offer, it is highly likely that we will be able to help you progress your case.

Motoring Law

We at Watson Woodhouse Darlington understand that your licence can be your livelihood and that the prospect of losing it due to a motoring prosecution can be very stressful. We have a team of experienced motoring law specialists who can help to provide you with the expert support, advice and/or representation for all allegations of motoring offences in England and Wales.

Our experienced lawyers can give you first class support across all areas of this very technical area of law including, speeding offences, totting-up 12 points, appeal of driving ban, early removal of driving ban, mobile phone offences, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, dangerous driving, careless driving, drink and drug driving.


We understand that buying or selling a property can be a stressful experience. Here at Watson Woodhouse Darlington, our experience and expertise can ensure that we make every transaction as easy as possible. Along with very competitive rates, a dedicated conveyancer will be appointed to your case, so you can keep in touch by email, phone, letter or face-to-face appointments.

All our lawyers receive frequent updates and ongoing training and our membership of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme ensures the highest standards of client service can be delivered. We believe in transparent competitive pricing. Please use our online quote tool to give you an estimate or call our Darlington office today.

We can help with various property related transactions including, buying and selling property, investment and buy-to-let, switching mortgage provider, tenancy agreements, the right to buy your council house, transfer of title.

Whatever you conveyancing needs, contact our Darlington office team today.


Housing Law

At Watson Woodhouse Darlington we understand the stress and uncertainty involved when a housing issue arises. Our specialist housing law solicitors can provide advice on a number of housing related issues for tenants.

Legal Aid may be available to you depending on your income and circumstances.

Prison Law

If a friend or member of your family is currently in custody, whether they are a long term prisoner or someone who has recently been detained, we can provide advice on their legal rights. Our expert solicitors can assist in all areas of prison law thoroughly and efficiently including, but not limited to, parole reviews, independent adjudications, sentence calculation, recall and Category A review.

Armed Forces Law

At Watson Woodhouse we are proud of our country’s servicemen and women. We really value the work they do. We have strong links with the various armed forces and frequently represent military personnel in the UK and abroad.

Not only are we specialists at dealing with the specific issues relating to our military clients but we also offer a 15% discount on our private fees to anybody who works for the UK’s armed forces.

Alongside our Darlington office we have Northallerton and Harrogate offices which are well placed for Northern military barracks and stations such as Catterick and Leeming Bar.

Abuse Claims Advice

Tragically, the most common abuse is in the family home by someone living with the victim or visiting the family.

Institutional abuse is usually carried out by individuals in a position of power while at a particular organisation. The type of abuse suffered by children can include physical, emotional and sexual, all of which can, and usually does, have a significant effect on their life as an adult.

The institutions where abuse has been known to occur have a duty to care for and protect the children while ensuring there is a safe environment for them. These include, but are not limited to schools, foster care homes, clubs and leisure premises, church and religious establishments and detention centres.

Our civil litigation team have a national reputation for supporting abuse survivors. The team have been involved in large scale cases such as Medomsley Detention Centre and also in supporting a client in the landmark ‘same roof rule’ case that resulted in changing the law.

If you have suffered any form of abuse, please contact the Darlington office and ask to speak to a member of the civil litigation team for a free and fully confidential consultation.

Business and White Collar Law

Watson Woodhouse Solicitors are experts in all areas of business and white collar crime. Our lawyers understand that as professionals, you face a lot of scrutiny and pressure. We can be there to ease that burden by providing support, assistance and advice on all potential queries or issues.

Contact our lawyers today to arrange to speak to one of our business and white collar law specialists.

Debt Recovery

Outstanding debt owed to you can be a frustrating and unsettling time as it can have a significant effect on your livelihood and business if you are unable to pay your own bills or pay your employee’s wages.

Through our Darlington office you can access our team of specialist debt recovery lawyers who can assist in the recovery of debt that has not been paid to you or your business, whether it is disputed or not by the debtor.

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