UK Director

Alex leads Global Counsel's UK politics and policy practice. He previously worked as a special adviser to Theresa May at No 10 and the Home Office, and to David Cameron when he was prime minister.  

At Global Counsel, Alex advises corporates and investors on the issues that are driving policymakers in Westminster, Whitehall and devolved government, and how they can build up the political capital to be heard by decision makers. 

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Supporting major FTSE 100 employers to develop strategies for engaging on progressive tax reform and advocacy.
  • Working with corporates in the food and drink sector to develop a forward-looking whole sector approach to sustainability, health, and skills policy.
  • Advising investors on the risks and rewards from regulatory divergence following Brexit and the covid-19 pandemic.

Latest Insights by Alex Dawson

General Politics

UK Cabinet reshuffle: What should we read into David (now Lord) Cameron's appointment?

General Politics

This week, Practice Director Lilah Howson-Smith, is joined by UK Director Alex Dawson, and Director Denzil Davidson to discuss the Cabinet reshuffle and specifically the appointment of Lord Cameron as Foreign Secretary. The team discusses what it tells us about Rishi Sunak's approach, how it will be received at home and abroad, and what to watch in the coming months for a…

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Unpacking the UK's Autumn Statement

General Policy

UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the long-awaited Autumn Statement yesterday, detailing the new government’s tax and spend commitments alongside the OBR’s economic forecast. The delay of the budget provided Sunak and Hunt with more time to agree on areas of public spending to potentially cut. It seeks to demonstrate the economic competence and fiscal credibility that…

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Rishi Sunak becomes prime minister

General Politics

Rishi Sunak entered 10 Downing Street yesterday as the UK's third Prime Minister in as many months. On this recording of a GC client briefing call, recorded on October 25th, Lead Political Analyst Joe Armitage is joined by UK Country Director Alex Dawson and Director Lilah Howson-Smith to talk through Sunak's agenda.

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