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Judy Dawson

Year of call:
Christ’s College, Cambridge University, BA (Hons) Law
MA Cantab
Inns of Court School of Law BVC (‘very competent’)
Pupil at Assize Court Chambers, Bristol
Tenant at Assize Court Chambers, Bristol
Tenant at Unity Street Chambers, Bristol
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers, Leeds
Author of A Practical Guide to Handling Motor Insurers’ Bureau Claims (Cavendish, 2002)
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Lord Chancellor's Examiners of the Court
North Eastern Circuit
Western Circuit

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Noted for her expertise in insurance fraud matters.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Very experienced in insurance fraud cases.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

Judy has practised exclusively in insurance fraud for over 10 years and has a wealth of experience in formulating strategies against organised conspiracies. She has been consistently recognised in the Legal 500 and Chancery and Partners UK Bar Guides as one of the leading Counsel in the field; in the 2016 Chambers and Partners she was identified as one of only eight Band 1 rated motor insurance fraud Counsel in the whole of the country.

She handles large fraud rings, identifying the extent of exposure and defending litigated cases. Judy specialises in a front-loaded, robust, pro-active approach designed to avoid proceedings being issued or ensuring discontinuance on service of a detailed Defence. She also regularly advises on industry concerns, most recently the growth of cold calls persuading people to make injury claims arising out of non-injury accidents and claims for non-existent treatment. She also specialises in alleged legal representative dishonest involvement.

“She provides excellent analysis of data in multi-party fraud cases.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

“She has a market-leading technical and strategic skillset” – The Legal 500 (2014)

Judy also has a high-level practice in technical insurance indemnity issues, regularly writing articles and advising in this area. She is the co-author of a book on Motor Insurance Bureau claims

Developing law

She is at the forefront of the development of this area of law, and solicitors and insurer clients benefit from her wealth of knowledge of the latest developments and strategies. She is regularly invited to address the insurance industry on developing law, evolving patterns within insurance fraud and combating newly emerged types of fraud.


Having practiced in criminal law for 12 years, earning a reputation as a formidable advocate, she combines her courtroom abilities, in particular exceptional cross-examination skills, with her strong forensic skills and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that her insurer client is placed in the best possible position to defend these difficult cases.

“Very thoughtful, highly approachable and extremely knowledgeable.” “Prompt in her advice, she gives very straightforward, no-nonsense direct opinions, and she is clearly very experienced.” – Chambers and Partners (2018)

“She’s always prepared to tell us not what we want to hear but the actual facts of the case in front of us. Her pleadings are second to none, she sets up the cases perfectly and she explains the positions very well.” “She’s got a tremendous ability to absorb very difficult and complex cases.” – Chambers and Partners (2017)

Contact Judy’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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