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Gordon practised from London Chambers for over eight years before moving to Guernsey in 1998. He has been a partner since 2001. He had extensive experience before the English Courts and a special interest in Guernsey and English common law. He has a substantial commercial law, professional negligence and personal injury practice. In addition, he is Guernsey’s most renowned public lawyer, taking cases to the Supreme Court and Privy Council. He has appeared in some of the most substantial Guernsey cases. Highlight deals:He has represented Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay since 2005. In addition he acts for the insurer of Guernsey’s government, the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands. 
Gordon appeared in one of the largest personal injury claims to come to trial nationally, recovering nearly £14 million for his client.

What the directories say:

“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 recommended in Dispute resolution and Insurance.”Gordon Dawes displays a ‘smooth, professional style and a good sense of humour'” (Legal 500 UK, 2015).”Gordon Dawes ‘has a rising profile at the local Bar,’ with a practice directed towards banking, insured risks and public law, amongst other areas, (Chambers UK, 2013).


Barrister (England, currently non-practising) 1989; London Chambers for over eight years; moved to Guernsey 1998; advocate (Guernsey) 2001; partner 2001 to date.


Editorial board ‘Jersey and Guernsey Law Review’.

Lawyer Rankings

Guernsey > Insurance

Mourant has a particular strength in handling long-term insurance policy transfers, with the team being instructed by leading insurance companies on some of the most significant recent deals. John Lewis and Helen Wyatt are recognised as leading lawyers in the insurance field, regularly advising on the structuring and acquisition of captive insurance vehicles, insurance-linked securities and regulatory elements of corporate transactions. The client list is comprised of multinational insurance companies and locally-held captive insurance companies, while Gordon Dawes and Chantal Barrett are the names to note for insurance-related litigation.

Guernsey > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

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The practice at Mourant acts on the full range of instructions from its roster of multinational financial institutions, trustees and liquidator clients. Recent highlights saw the team acting in a number of highly-publicised, multi-jurisdictional insolvency instructions as well as complex trust litigation, breach of contract claims, regulatory disputes, fund litigation and corporate crime matters. The team, which includes industry-leading litigators such as Gordon Dawes, Jeremy Wessels, Robert ShepherdAbel Lyall and the firm’s managing partner Jessica Roland, also represents a number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals concerning challenges to Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs), negligence claims and beneficiary disputes. Dawes and counsel Chantel Barrett handle insurance work for, among others, the Medical Protection Society. Roland is scheduled to take the role of Deputy Bailiff, a senior full-time judicial post, in May 2020.