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Claire Dawson

Partner

Claire “is fiercely pragmatic, sympathetic and caring, while being highly focused on the outcome.” Chambers UK 2024

Claire is a Partner and recognised leader in the field of employment law.

She has over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer and is commended by clients for her clear, strategic and sensitive advice. Ranked in Band 1 as a leading individual for Chambers UK 2024 and a Next Generation Partner for the Legal 500 UK 2024 for her work for senior executives, Claire is described as “top notch… her judgement is impeccable.” Commentators note that she is “highly experienced and professional,” with  “excellent awareness and commercial judgement.” Sources say she is “outstanding… gives trusted counsel and has a solutions-driven approach”; “She is a very reassuring person to have on your case.”  

Claire is recommended as a Global Leader in Labour & Employment Law in Who’s Who Legal. She has also been recognised in the 12th edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Employment Law.

Claire acts for senior executives, professionals, directors and LLP members in a variety of sectors.  She regularly advises on senior exits, working closely with her clients to achieve their objectives and is very familiar with the issues which arise for clients in regulated sectors such as financial services, the law and healthcare, including the NHS.  Described as having “knowledge in bucket loads,” she is skilled at reaching favourable negotiated outcomes where appropriate as well as fighting high value cases in the Employment Tribunal and High Court.  

Claire has a particular interest in issues facing women at work including pregnancy and maternity discrimination, equal pay and sexual harassment.  Claire frequently advises individuals with physical and mental health conditions in relation to disability discrimination and income protection disputes.  She is expert at assisting her clients to navigate internal grievance and disciplinary processes.  

Chambers UK quotes the following feedback:

“Claire is fantastic and a superb lawyer. She is very clever and strategic, she listens and she is clear, with a helpful mindset.”

“She is someone who is incredibly engaging and intelligent.”

“Claire is excellent in all aspects. She is decisive and moves things along with expertise and care while being direct and to the point.”

“Claire has excellent awareness and commercial judgement.” 

Claire is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars both nationally and internationally and is a “go-to” media commentator on employment law issues, having appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Channel 4, ITV and been quoted in the national press.

Claire is qualified in England & Wales and in Ireland.  She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section) and the London Irish Lawyers Association. Most recently, Claire has been appointed by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law as Employee Co-Chair of the International Labor & Employment Law Committee.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys travelling, yoga, theatre and spending time with family and friends.

Claire was admitted as a solicitor in September 2004.