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Dawsons LLP

Main office location

2 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
United Kingdom
Contact details :

+44 (0)20 7421 4800
+44 (0)20 7421 4848

Firm profile

Practice area(s) we specialise in:
Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Commercial, Corporate, Dispute resolution, Employment, Family, Intellectual Property, International arbitration, Private client, Property, Tax Planning
Countries/Regions we advise on/do business in:
United Kingdom
United States of America

About our business:
  • General

Dawsons was recommended by independent research guide, the Legal 500, for our “growing reputation in international work”, while Chambers UK noted the presence of practitioners with a “remarkable knowledge of foreign jurisdictions”. As this suggests, much of our work has an international dimension, and our clients increasingly rely on us to provide an international perspective on their investments and businesses.

  • Private Client

Dawsons Private Client department, with its "highly rated practitioners" (Legal 500) acts for a broad range of clients based in the UK and internationally. We have particular experience of providing international tax planning advice to UK resident but non-domiciled individuals, as well as individuals who have relocated to the UK. Our wealthy private clients increasingly require international advice on a broad range of issues affecting themselves and their businesses, including tax planning and investment, property, trusts and inheritance planning. With our considerable expertise in all aspects of UK trust law and international probate, Dawsons is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of the trustees of major offshore trust companies. Through our extensive connections with overseas advisers, we can recommend high-quality practitioners in most jurisdictions to assist with complex international matters.

  • Corporate

Our Corporate Commercial team has many years' experience of international work, spanning everything from cross-border M&A and preparing foreign companies for listing on the London markets, to advising on international tax and corporate structuring, as well as all aspects of international commerce. Our business clients get the benefit of a one-stop-shop service, covering the international advice they need for themselves and their businesses. The group works closely with our Private Client department to assist with issues such as personal tax and succession planning, trusts and foundations. And, with practitioners who are fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Serbo Croat and Punjabi, we can often provide advice in your language of choice. In addition to our own international expertise, we are also members of the Transnational Taxation Network, which enables us to recommend international tax practitioners in most major jurisdictions.

  • Family

The choice to live or work abroad can have a huge impact on family life, often in unforeseen ways. This is particularly true if you find yourself involved in international divorce proceedings. The Family department at Dawsons comes highly recommended for practitioners who are "thoroughly knowledgeable at all levels" and have a "remarkable knowledge of foreign jurisdictions" (Chambers UK). Highly experienced in handling family matters throughout Europe and globally, we offer expertise in everything from drafting international prenuptial agreements and 'jurisdiction shopping', to representing clients in contested proceedings and negotiating agreements involving international assets. The choice of jurisdiction can often be critical to the outcome in a divorce case since different countries have different laws on the division of assets, maintenance, pensions, property and even issues relating to children. Our team has written a number of articles sharing their expertise on this subject and, cooperating with lawyers from other jurisdictions, has compiled the Capital and Prenuptial Agreements International Table 2007 and the Spousal Maintenance International Table 2007, which provide guidance on the differences between jurisdictions.

  • Litigation

Rated "particularly highly" for our "incredibly good disputes work", we can offer our clients a top quality international dispute resolution service. We have the thorough grasp of other jurisdictions necessary to handle cross-border commercial disputes and, where there is scope for choice, we can also advise clients on which country's court system will be most favourable to them. Our lawyers are fluent in a wide range of languages and can often assist clients in their language of choice. In addition, we have established relationships with top class law firms globally, and can call on them to assist where appropriate. As well as being "combative when required" and fighting hard for our clients, our practitioners are also recommended for their approach to resolving disputes in a cost-effective way by "always looking for a sensible negotiated solution" (Chambers UK Legal Guide). We have considerable experience of complex international arbitrations – including proceedings under LCIA, CIArb, LMAA and ICC regulations – and frequently advise on drawing up arbitration agreements. Two of our partners are Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and we are members of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Typical client base:

Entrepreneurial, high net worth individuals; inward investors to the UK; companies wishing to raise funds or list on stock exchanges

Accreditations, awards and recommendations:
  • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA)
  • Transnational Taxation Network.
  • Fellow of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration and German-Speaking Lawyers Association.

We are interested in developing contacts in/with:

Law firms with experience in mergers and acquisitions or firms doing tax planning; firms requiring advice on; listing in the UK; international arbitrations; prenuptial agreements; and divorces with an international dimension.

Key contact

Harender Dahia
Position within firm:
020 7421 4876