Claire DawsonPrincipal Lawyer (Partner), Employment
Claire is a Principal Lawyer (Partner) in the London Employment Department.
Claire's practice encompasses all aspects of Employment Law, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters for a wide range of individuals.
Claire regularly advises upon severance terms and packages particularly for directors and senior executives. Claire acts for clients in Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination and Whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal as well as acting for individuals in high value disputes (breach of contract, team moves, breach of post-termination restrictions) in the High Court.
Claire is part of the Firm’s Disability Discrimination and Age Discrimination special interest groups. Claire has particular experience advising clients with physical disabilities, degenerative conditions and mental health problems, including disputes which involve applications for Permanent Health Insurance.
Claire regularly advises doctors, including consultants and GPs, in relation to employment disputes with both NHS and private employers. Claire works with colleagues in our Professional Discipline and Regulation team where GMC issues arise.
She has considerable experience advising groups of elected employee representatives in collective Redundancy situations.
The Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2014 says of Claire:
“Described as a "consummate professional" by one effusive client, Claire Dawson commands a growing reputation in high-value claimant work. "I believe that she is exceptional," remarks one source.”
Some of Claire’s notable cases (settled confidentially) include:
- High-value claims for breach of contract and Unfair Dismissal due to Whistleblowing resulting in a favourable early settlement for our senior executive client;
- Advising an international banking executive in relation to Constructive Dismissal and Sex Discrimination resulting in a substantial exit package;
- Representing senior executives in a number of high value Age Discrimination claim;
- A complex Disability Discrimination claim resulting in favourable settlement.
Claire is a regular speaker at seminars on Employment Law issues and is often asked to comment in the print and broadcast media. She is one of ITV This Morning’s “Legal Eagles,” answering viewers’ queries.
She is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association, the Discrimination Law Association and the London Irish Lawyers’ Association.