Laurie Watt joined the firm in 1972, was made a partner in 1974 and elected Senior Partner in 1998. Laurie undertook the role of Senior Counsel with the firm from 2006 to 2015 when he retired. However Laurie maintains close links with the firm and, in particular in relation to his role as International Secretary of ALFA International, a major network of top independent law firms from around the world, of which Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is the member firm for England and Wales. Laurie’s role involves searching for new members around the world, and all international membership applications are reviewed by this Committee before being referred to the ALFAI Board of Directors for confirmation. In addition to his role with ALFA International, Laurie is Treasurer of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and Chair of its Executive Committee.