Gordon Dawes

Gordon Dawes

'Gordon understands the complexities of his clients'


I’m a Partner in our Guernsey Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.

I worked in London chambers for over eight years before moving to Guernsey in 1998, and have been a Partner since 2003.

I have extensive experience before the English Courts and a special interest in Guernsey and English common law.

I have a substantial commercial law, professional negligence and personal injury practice and am a renowned public lawyer in Guernsey, taking cases to the Supreme Court and Privy Council.

Professional qualifications

  • Advocate, Guernsey, 2001
  • Barrister, England, 1989 (currently non-practising)


  • The Editorial Board of the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review

Work highlights

  • Representing Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay since 2005
  • Acting for the insurer of Guernsey's government, the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands
  • Appearing in one of the largest personal injury claims to come to trial nationally, recovering nearly £14 million for my client

What the directories say

Chambers UK, 2019 states, 'Gordon Dawes  is "very commercial and a pleasure to deal with," says a source, who adds: "His client care is excellent."'

'The "tactically very astute" Gordon Dawes "runs his teams with a great degree of practicality and efficiency."' Legal 500 UK, 2019.

'Legal 500 UK, 2016, lists Gordon as a Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution and he is recommended for Private Client, Trusts and Tax.

'Gordon Dawes has a strong reputation for his public law experience, having represented the Guernsey government among other high-profile clients. Sources say that he is 'extremely able' and that 'for public law matters, he is head and shoulders above the rest in Guernsey',' Chambers UK, 2016.

'The 'very experienced' and 'excellent' Gordon Dawes is especially well known for his expertise in public law matters,' Chambers UK, 2015. Gordon is ranked in Dispute Resolution.

Described as 'excellent', Legal 500 UK, 2015, ranks Gordon as a Leading Individual and he is Recommended in Dispute Resolution and Insurance.

'Gordon Dawes displays a 'smooth, professional style and a good sense of humour',' Legal 500 UK, 2015.