Georgia Dawson takes prime function at Freshfields

Georgia Dawson

Georgia Dawson has grow to be the primary girl to steer a magic circle regulation agency.

Freshfields confirmed yesterday that it has appointed Dawson as its subsequent senior accomplice. The skilled lawyer — who at present serves because the agency’s Asia managing accomplice and the chief of the Asia dispute decision apply — succeeds present senior accomplice Edward Braham.

Dawson began authorized life within the Sydney workplace of Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) earlier than becoming a member of Freshfields in 2004. She made accomplice in 2012.

The inner and regulatory investigations specialist will relocate to London from Hong Kong/Singapore to steer a brand new senior administration group which can encompass Alan Mason (US), Rafique Bachour (Frankfurt) and Rick van Aerssen (Brussels). The brand new-look group will take up its duties in January 2021.

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Dawson commented:

“I’m honoured to have been elected by my fellow companions, alongside Alan, Rafique and Rick. With this group we now have broad expertise and a range of views, and a shared objective and imaginative and prescient for Freshfields. We intend to protect the easiest of our tradition, market main practices and requirements of shopper service whereas main the agency into the subsequent chapter of its lengthy historical past.”

Though Dawson is the primary girl to take the helm of a magic circle regulation agency, she isn’t the primary to take action at a significant Metropolis participant. Different feminine leaders previous and current embody Lesley MacDonagh, who in 1995 turned the primary girl to be elected managing accomplice of a prime ten Metropolis agency, Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells), and Penelope Warne, the present UK chairman and senior accomplice at CMS.

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