Dawn Goodman

Dawn is a partner in the Contentious Trust & Succession Group awarded the Contentious Trusts & Estates Team of the Year ' STEP Private Client Awards 2007/08 and 2009/10 and consistently top rated in directories. She received STEP Trusted Advisor of the Year this year, for the first time voted on by STEP members worldwide.

Having a wealth of experience of litigation in most offshore jurisdictions as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Dawn advises asset holders, trustees, protectors, personal representatives and other fiduciaries, civilian and Shari'a law heirs, charities and beneficiaries generally as well as creditors or other adverse claimants who are involved in a dispute or potential dispute. Previously a divorce lawyer, Dawn also specialises in advising trustees and beneficiaries caught up in divorce proceedings.

Dawn uses her experience as a litigator in these fields to advise trustees on risk management and settlors on creating robust structures. Once a problem has arisen she advises on methods to defuse contention, risk mitigation and alternative dispute resolution as well as on proceedings if necessary. She is experienced in constructive or consensual proceedings as well as the most hostile and complex litigation involving trusts, foundations, succession, divorce, professional negligence and fraud.

Her broad experience includes trust, succession and fraud litigation in most of the leading offshore jurisdictions, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. She has considerable experience handling multi-jurisdictional disputes involving conflicts between common law, civil code and Sharia law principles.

Practice areas


  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists


  • College of Law

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