James Dawson

James Dawson

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James Dawson is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Employment - Western (Bar) - Band 2

Has a nationwide practice, representing both employers and employees with a focus on discrimination and unfair dismissal law. His crossover work in commercial law also contributes to his expertise in restrictive covenants and TUPE work.
Strengths: "He is incredibly bright, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of TUPE and provides a first-class and responsive service."
Recent work: Acted for a solicitor accused of gross misconduct in misleading the County Court. MacFarlane v BLM was a multi-day trial, including cross-examination of managing and senior partners in BLM. The Employment Tribunal found the claimant had been unfairly dismissed.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Employment - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Acts for both claimants and respondents in a broad range of discrimination and unfair dismissal cases across the country. He also advises on confidential information matters and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: "He clearly dedicates much time to the preparation of matters, and knows the papers back to front, so that he can use them to make points very clearly."
Recent work: In the whistle-blowing case of England v St Edmund's School, he proved through cross-examination that the claimant's allegations of a colleague's inappropriate behaviour were false and unfounded.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Employment – Western Circuit - Band 2 Set

James Dawson - Offers in-depth employment law expertise to clients on complex cases concerning issues such as race discrimination and breaches of restrictive covenants. He is also a part-time employment judge.
Expertise: "He is a clear, technically astute advocate who is very thorough and approachable." "His knowledge of law is almost nerdy, and he uses it to such a powerful extent that he is incredibly convincing."
Recent work: Instructed by Larchcroft Education Trust on a claim against one of its schools concerning race discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Employment - Western (Bar)

James Dawson is instructed on a variety of employment and discrimination cases, and is widely recognised for his expertise in TUPE cases.
Expertise: “He is excellent in handling cases involving sex discrimination.”
Recent work: He handled a TUPE case before the President of the EAT. 

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsJames Dawson is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the London Bar.
Employment – Leading juniors
James Dawson - He prepares exceptionally well for his cases and his cross-examination is second to none.

James Dawson is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Employment – Leading juniors
James Dawson - He has a fantastic eye for detail, and first-class commercial and strategic instincts.

James Dawson is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Employment – Leading juniors
James Dawson - He quickly absorbs and analyses complex information in order to establish the relevant issues

James Dawson is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14 for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Employment expertise at the Bar. "3PB’s ‘articulate and persuasive’ James Dawson is recommended."

“Very Bright James Dawson is an experienced EAT advocate” (Legal 500)

“Rated highly by solicitors” (Legal 500)

“Extremely knowledgeable, confident and sensible’ (Legal 500)

James is an experienced, specialist employment & civil practitioner.  He has been frequently recommended by the Legal 500 in various disciplines including employment law where he has been described as "Very Bright" and “‘extremely knowledgeable, confident and sensible’ and insolvency law here he has been described as "providing a high quality service..." It has also was acknowledged him as being "highly rated by solicitors".

James specialises in the following areas:

Employment Law

Commercial Law (including bankruptcy, insolvency and consumer credit)

His CV in respect of his specialist areas can be obtained via the links on this page.

Testimonials from clients

An "excellent choice of barrister" (lay client)

"it was very reassuring to be so ably represented" (lay client)

"Thanks for giving me Mr Dawson for this job. He excelled and got us a good result" (instructing solicitor)

"I would definitely instruct him again" (instructing solicitor).

"Most importantly can you please convey our thanks to our barrister James Dawson who represented us so well; it was clearly evident that he had thoroughly prepared for the case. His knowledge of the facts and background information was very impressive and his skills in cross examination ...[were]  excellent. He was very easy to work with and very supportive to those witnesses who were less confident at the prospect of being a witness”. (HR Partner of lay client).

"We consider he conducted a difficult hearing in an exemplary fashion" Extract from the judgment of the tribunal in Uche v Oxfordshire County Council.


November 1 2016:

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June 10 2016:

3PB Barristers Employment team delivers Mock ET and Employment Law training to more than 200 ACAS delegates ...read more

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Academic Qualifications

LLB (Hons) University of Southampton

Professional Bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association