James Dawson

James Dawson

Call 1994

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Business & Commercial Law

James Dawson is recognised as a Leading Individual of the UK Bar, with rankings in Chambers UK 2016 and Legal 500. James’ ability to “quickly absorb and analyses complex information” has formed the foundation of his practice and enforced his reputation as a “clear, technically astute advocate”.

James’s practice encompasses the full range of matters affecting businesses and commercial operations. He frequently advises in shareholder disputes and he specialises in insolvency and bankruptcy work, acting on behalf of, and advising liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy as well as directors and individuals.

James’ additional expertise in employment law means that he is ideally placed to act in employee disputes, including allegations of breach of restrictive covenants and disputes in respect of bonuses as well as all manner of director and corporate governance disputes.

James welcomes commercial instructions across the following areas:

  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  • Business entities
  • Professional risk
  • Trading and business financing
  • Shareholder & Partnership Disputes 
  • Sale of Goods and Services 
  • Consumer protection
  • Consumer credit
  • Professional Negligence
  • Professional Disciplinary Matters


"He is incredibly bright, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of TUPE and provides a first-class and responsive service." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

"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 prepares exceptionally well for his cases and his cross-examination is second to none."
(Legal 500 2016 - recommended as a Leading Individual - London Bar)

"He has a fantastic eye for detail, and first-class commercial and strategic instincts."
(Legal 500 2016 - recommended as a Leading Individual - Western Circuit)

"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 2016)

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

Noteworthy and recent cases (Chancery / Commercial)

Abellio v Musse [2012] IRLR 360
Trustee in Bankruptcy of Gordon Robin Claridge v Claridge [2011] EWHC 2047 (Ch) [2012] 1 FCR 388 : [2011] BPIR 1529
Trustee in Bankruptcy of Louise St John Poulton v Ministry of Justice [2011] Ch 1
Robert Harry Pick v Chief Land Registrar [2011] EWHC 206 [2012] 3 WLR 3


May 31 2017:

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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)

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Fee Paid Employment Judge

Professional Bodies

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