William Dawson

Senior Counsel

William Dawson

Contact details


  • Chambers UK, 2016
  • Legal 500, 2015


Partner at Farrer & Co since joining in 2007 and Consultant since November 2016. Partner at Simmons & Simmons 1988 - 2007 and Head of Employment/International Employment from 2001.


Cambridge University


WACA Perth Australia

The "knowledgeable and commercial" William Dawson is praised by clients as someone who "provides an excellent service." He regularly handles complex restructurings and team move issues for employers, with added experience in discrimination and whistle-blowing issues.

Chambers & Partners UK

William is Head of the Senior Executive practice at Farrer & Co and 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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