BDBF adds former Slater & Gordon chief as equity partner
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Claire Dawson

London-based Brahams Dutt Badrick French (BDBF) has tapped Claire Dawson (pictured), a former employment law head at Slater & Gordon, as a new equity partner of the boutique firm.

Dawson’s hire follows the appointment of Paula Chan, another ex-Slater & Gordon leader, six months ago. Both significantly bolster BDBF’s market-leading expertise advising and representing senior individuals in high-profile employment disputes.

Dawson has over 17 years’ experience and is dual-qualified in England and Wales and Ireland. Having trained and qualified at legacy firm Hammonds, now Squire Patton Boggs, she moved to Russell Jones & Walker, later acquired by Slater & Gordon. 

Joining Slater & Gordon as a partner in 2011, Dawson became the firm’s national head of employment law in 2017, a role she held for two years before moving to CC Solicitors in Dublin.

In addition to representing senior individuals in financial services, professional services, large multinationals, healthcare, and technology in various disputes and exits, Dawson, who will officially join BDBF on 1 April, has significant experience of running high-value discrimination and whistleblowing complaints for those working in regulated sectors.  

She also has a particular interest in issues facing women workers, including pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the gender pay gap, and sexual harassment. 

“I am excited to be joining BDBF, a firm that is not only at the very top of its field professionally, acting on the most significant employment cases, but one that also places such emphasis on looking after its people, promoting close team working, and developing a positive and supportive culture internally,” said Dawson.

BDBF was launched in 2012 by former Lewis Silkin partner and head of employment at Stewarts, Gareth Brahams. The firm’s staff collectively own over 15% of the legal business through an innovative employee ownership model. BDBF’s leadership consists of three female and two male equity partners.

“We are delighted Claire has joined the firm. Claire joins us as the world of work is about to undergo yet another period of radical change as we move out of lockdown,” said managing partner Brahams.

“The firm continues to attract the employment sector’s heavyweights, driving success on landmark and complex cases. Our ambitious and considered growth trajectory will ensure that we continue to strengthen our position as the go-to firm for senior regulated individuals in their employment disputes.”