Julia Dodds, Director, Dispute Resolution

Julia Dodds, Director, Dispute Resolution, Fieldfisher

I have more than 12 years’ experience of advising UK and international businesses on resolving a broad range of commercial disputes; typically high-value matters where getting to grips with the technical and economic foundations of my client’s business and the dispute are essential.

My experience includes complex contractual claims in the technology, engineering and infrastructure sectors, professional negligence claims, breach of directors’ duties and judicial review. I have a specialist practice in competition law disputes, with in-depth experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in actions in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court.

With a previous career as a financial journalist I enjoy employing my investigation and communication skills to develop my clients’ cases to best effect. I also use my financial knowledge in advising clients involved in disputes in the banking and financial services sector, including claims involving mis-selling, negligent advice and fraud.

While offering expert guidance on litigation and arbitration when necessary, I am always alive to my clients’ economic and business priorities and regularly achieve advantageous settlements through negotiation or mediation. I have been recommended in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Legal 500, which described me as ‘outstanding, extremely fast, proactive and solution-oriented’.

My recent work includes defending a leading Scandinavian company in a substantial UK competition damages claim, which settled on advantageous terms following a multi-party mediation; advising a Middle Eastern commodities trader on a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim in arbitration in the ICC in Paris; and acting for Siemens plc in an intervention in an appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (National Grid plc v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [2009] CAT) and the Court of Appeal, followed by a subsequent successful claim for follow-on damages.

I have worked, pro-bono, on a constitutional challenge in the High Court of Tanzania on behalf of a charity working with street children.
I have written on jurisdictional issues in competition claims: “W H Newson Holding Ltd & others v IMI plc: new developments in the jurisdiction of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal”, 2013 34 ECLR.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking for family and friends, art, film, reading, mooching around in junk shops, travel and bickering with my family about who gets control of the TV remote.