Gordon Dawes

'Very commercial and a pleasure to deal with'

— Chambers UK, 2019

Gordon Dawes



I am a Partner of Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey) LLP in our Guernsey Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.

I am an English Barrister by background.  I was in London Chambers for nine years, gaining extensive court experience, before moving to Guernsey in 1998 and joining Ozannes, now Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey) LLP, where I have been a Partner since 2003.

My practice focus points are regulatory law and white collar crime, trust disputes and related issues (for example director and company issues arising in a trust context) and areas of crossover between the regulatory and fiduciary worlds.  I have a substantial commercial practice more generally with considerable experience also of insurance and public law.  I have particular interests in litigation connected with Russia/CIS and litigation funding.

I have taken cases to all levels of the Guernsey court system including cases to the Privy Council and to the Supreme Court/House of Lords and to the European Court of Human Rights.

I have written extensively about Guernsey law including writing what is still Guernsey's leading textbook, Laws of Guernsey, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2003.  I have been a member of the editorial board of the Channel Islands' leading law review, the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review, since 2003.

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 Barclay from 2005
  • Acting for the Appellants in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in Liquidation) v Conway and ors.
  • Appointment to the Legal 500 inaugural Hall of Fame for dispute resolution
  • Former Times Lawyer of the Week

What the directories say

Legal 500, 2022 states "Gordon Dawes has a passionate commitment to getting the best result for the client."

"Gordon Dawes has a penetrating brain that is robust and at the same time flexible." Chambers and Partners UK, 2021. 

“The outstanding Gordon Dawes handles a diverse range of instructions spanning from regulatory and insurance-backed matters through to trust disputes.”  Legal 500 UK, 2020.

Gordon is "a highly experienced advocate who is particularly steeped in Guernsey law." Chambers and Partners UK, 2020.

Chambers and Partners 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.

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