Judy Dawson

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1992 - Christ’s College, Cambridge University, BA (Hons) Law

1995 - MA Cantab

Inns of Court School of Law BVC (‘very competent’)


1993 - Pupil at Assize Court Chambers, Bristol

2001 - Tenant at Assize Court Chambers, Bristol

2001 - Tenant at Unity Street Chambers, Bristol

2005 - Tenant at Sovereign Chambers, Leeds

Author of A Practical Guide to Handling Motor Insurers’ Bureau Claims (Cavendish, 2002)

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers


2017 - Lord Chancellor's Examiners of the Court

2019 - North Eastern Circuit Deputy District Judge

2020 - Criminal Recorder Appointment, North Eastern Circuit


2012 - North Eastern Circuit

1994–2005 - Western Circuit

Judy represents both families and corporate clients at inquests, utilising her technical knowledge and her detailed cross-examination skills in a sensitive manner, necessary to secure the best results.

She is a very experienced Counsel who has a nationwide reputation for her meticulous preparation and ability to assimilate, understand and present complex facts, in particular arising out of extensive medical records.

She has been involved in seminars in particular in relation to inquests arising out of hospital deaths.

Judy is well known for a sympathetic approach and her personable nature enables her to understand the concerns of her clients and ensure that the Coroner is fully aware of the issues.

Judy is also a Court Examiner, having been appointed by the Lord Chancellor in October 2017. Court Examiners, who are barristers or solicitors who have practised for at least five years, undertake examinations in line with Civil Procedure Rule 34. This is a part-time position and Judy continues to remain in practice.

Contact Judy’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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