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TOLola Dawson

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    Lola advises on a wide range of commercial disputes acting for companies, investors, private equity funds, financial institutions, partnerships and high net worth individuals.

    She has a wealth of experience in all aspects of dispute resolution: pre-action, High Court proceedings, ADR and settlement negotiations including extensive experience of complex, high value and multi-jurisdictional arbitrations conducted under the LCIA and ICC rules. Lola advises on all forms of commercial dispute including large scale and technically complex IT project disputes, complex supplier contracts, regulatory disputes, construction matters, insurance coverage disputes and professional negligence claims against solicitors, valuers, surveyors and financial advisors. She also advises on dispute avoidance by creating strategies to enhance clients’ negotiating positions and exit options.

    Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, Lola has also obtained her Higher Rights of Audience and has advocated in the County Courts of the South East Circuit.

    Lola is recognised by Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer for commercial litigation.


    ‘The team stands out for its very user-friendly client-interface, actively cultivating a strategic relationship; taking a deep and proactive interest in the challenges and opportunities facing the business, and generally projecting the role of a partner genuinely interested in client success.’

    Legal 500 2021

    ‘Great team, very user-friendly and committed; also realistic and commercial when needs be. The individuals within the commercial litigation team communicate well with each other and are particularly adept in dealings with QCs, seeking advice only when necessary and/or appropriate.’

    Legal 500 2021

    ‘The entire team has a fundamental understanding of the subject matter involved, briefs properly and responds efficiently and effectively when questions arise. The focus appears to be on providing a first-rate service to the clients and, from my perspective, the team achieve that.’

    Legal 500 2021

    Lola has been described as having ‘tenacity and skill’ and being part of ‘an attentive strategic team’ by a client.

    Client recommendation

    Work Highlights

      • Successfully negotiating the settlement of a high value commercial agency dispute.
      • Acting for a systems integration service provider in respect of multimillion pound claims relating to one of the world’s largest civilian IT projects.
      • Successfully defending a security for costs application made by RBS against Litfun Limited, a third party litigation funder, and obtaining a judgment that recognised the commercial utility of ATE products and the important role they play in supporting the litigation funding market.
      • Acting in a multi-million pound dispute between a loan servicer and a valuation surveyor in respect of losses suffered from a negligent overvaluation of a landmark property in London (also advising on CMBS, loan sale and securitisation issues).
      • Recovering losses on behalf of liquidators in claims against solicitors for breach of trust and against valuation surveyors for loss of a chance.
      • Acting in a multibillion dollar international dispute between a national electricity company and national gas companies heard at the ICC in Paris.


    Meet the team