Henderson Chambers

Alan Dashwood QC

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Practice Areas

The Law of the European Union and its interface with Public International Law, particularly in the field of investment arbitration. More recent EU practice has focused on the legal implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, including the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. Other fields of EU specialisation include:, EU internal market regulation including product liability; competition law, including State aid; age and sex discrimination, the Working Time Directive and other EU-related aspects of employment law; all aspects of the law of EU external action, including trade, development co-operation and foreign, security and defence policy; EU anti- terrorism measures; the European Arrest Warrant and other EU Measures in the area of freedom security and justice; the Brussels 1 Regulation and the New Lugano Agreement.


Called to the Bar 1969, entered private practice in 1997. Bencher, Inner Temple 2002. Appointed QC 2010. Previously,(1995-2009) Professor of European Law at Cambridge, now Emeritus; (1987-1994) Director in the Legal Service of the Council of the EU, providing extensive experience of the EU Legislative process and of litigation in the CJEU. Professor (part-time) City University (2012). Appointed CBE in 2004 and KCMG in 2013.


Previously, Editor, Common Market Law Review and European Law Review. Co-author, Wyatt and Dashwood's European Union Law (6th ed). Co-editor, and principal contributor, The Future of the Judicial System of the European Union. Co-editor, and contributor, 'EU External Relations: Law and Practice.' Contributor to the Bar European Group's Practitioners' Handbook of EC Law. Many articles in legal journals.