William Dawson


William Dawson is highly respected for his advice to both senior executives and high-end employers. Sources praise him as a “highly pragmatic” lawyer who “knows how to get the best for his clients.” 

Chambers UK

William advises employers and "High Flyer" employees, based both in the City and elsewhere, with a particular emphasis on matters involving reputational risk. He enjoys working with leading individuals across all business sectors, where work includes handling contentious discrimination and regulatory matters as well as non-contentious contractual advice. He advises on team hires and issues around restraint of trade.

Who we help

William advises professional firms, including law firms and financial institutions on difficult and sensitive people issues of all kinds, including contentious matters.

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Reported cases

04 August 2008UBS Wealth Management (UK) Ltd and another v Vestra Wealth LLP and others [2008] EWHC 1974 (QB)
William Dawson

Contact details

Tel:  +44 (0)20 3375 7151
Fax: +44 (0)20 3375 5127

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  • Legal 500, 2012
  • Chambers & Partners 2013


Partner at Farrer & Co since joining in 2007. Partner at Simmons & Simmons 1988 - 2007 and Head of Employment/International Employment from 2001.


Cambridge University


WACA Perth Australia