James Dawson

James Dawson

Call 1994

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James is a senior and specialised practitioner in Employment and Commercial law. He has been consistently recognised as a leader in his field by clients, solicitors and legal publications (see below).

James is proud to have been described as having knowledge of the law that is almost "nerdy" and for being recognised for the thoroughness of his preparation. In hearings he is known as being "incredibly convincing" and he has received tribute from Mr Justice Langstaff, President of the EAT, for his submissions.

James has quickly and consistently achieved high office throughout his career, being appointed subject leader in employment law for Manchester Metropolitan University at the age of 28, being appointed an Employment Judge  at the age of 30 and now being head of the Employment and Equalities Group for 3PB.


Legal Directories

"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." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"He quickly absorbs and analyses complex information in order to establish the relevant issues."
(Legal 500 2015 - recommended as a Leading Individual)

"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."
(Chambers and Partners 2015)

"He has a fantastic analytical mind and prepares exceptionally thoroughly."
(Legal 500 2015)

Judicial Comment

“I have already paid tribute to the argument of Mr Dawson” - Mr Justice Langstaff: Woods v Somerset County Council.

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

“Mr Dawson … represented the Claimant with great skill....” - Judge Davies: Hayden v STRI

"[Mr Dawson's] preparation and advocacy ...was first-class" Judge in Budhram v Oxford City Council

Client Tributes

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).

“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).


May 31 2017:

3PB Employment and Equalities Group partners with ACAS to deliver Employment Tribunals masterclass ...read more

November 1 2016:

3PB Barristers' Commercial & Business Law Group brings you the Autumn Edition of its Legal Update Handout ...read more

June 10 2016:

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

... more news

Academic Qualifications

LLB (Hons)

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Fee Paid Employment Judge

Professional Bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)