Joseph Lewin

Joseph Lewin

London P +44 (0)20 7031 3794 F +44 (0)20 7031 3799



Joseph is a Partner in Dorsey's London office, who focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly high value cross border dispute resolution and real estate litigation.

During his career, he has been involved in many of the leading cases before the English courts, including the high profile Commercial Court litigation brought by the Tchenguiz brothers in the wake of the SFO's dawn raids following the collapse of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing, and Slater & Gordon UK 1 Ltd v. Watchstone Group Plc, brought by the listed Australian law firm following its purchase of Quindell.

Joseph joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2017, having trained at Simmons & Simmons LLP.

Joseph was featured as a “Rising Star” in Legal 500 for 2022, where he is described as "very experienced, very able, extremely hardworking, and looking to get the best outcome.”

Education & Admissions

BPP Law School, London (Graduate Diploma in Law, 2008)

SOAS University of London (Diploma in Japanese, 2007)

Exeter University (B.A., English, 2005), First Class, with Dean’s Commendation


  • England & Wales


Representative Experience

  • Tchenguiz & others -v- Grant Thornton UK LLP & others: acting for Grant Thornton in the defence of two high profile claims brought by the Tchenguiz brothers in the Commercial Court.
  • Slater & Gordon (UK) 1 Ltd -v- Watchstone Group Plc: Defending a listed public company in a high profile £637 million claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of a sale of a number of its operating subsidiaries, and its counterclaim, leading to a successful settlement that was described by Legal Business Magazine as “a significant victory”.
  • Otello Corporation ASA -v- Moore Frères & Company and Last Lion Holdings Limited: Acting for listed Norwegian software company Otello in its successful High Court action arising from Moore Frères’ attempts to block Otello from selling its minority shareholding in Last Lion for $53 million, with the case heard to an expedited timetable, with trial on liability ending under three months after commencement.
  • Watchstone Group Plc -v- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP: Acting for the claimant on a widely-reported £63 million claim against a former adviser, arising out of a 2015 transaction, for breach of contract, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty and unlawful means conspiracy.
  • Advising an Italian company on a substantial real estate dispute relating to a large property formerly occupied by its UK subsidiary.
  • Acting for a Japanese sports media major in relation to a dispute with a joint venture partner regarding a multi-million dollar investment in a Singapore company.
  • Advising a client in the mining sector on approaches to third parties seeking to prevent the disposal and receipt of proceeds of a subsidiary mining entity.
  • Representing a BVI company in a series of complex linked LCIA arbitrations relating to ownership of a telecommunications company in a Central Asian republic, and, following the successful outcome, in the subsequent multi-million pound worldwide enforcement action.
  • Advising a leading British retail bank in an investigation by the UK government into the sale of PPI.
  • Acting for a Turkish state-owned enterprise in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration brought by a Dutch/Turkish joint venture company regarding construction works undertaken on a section of the strategically important Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, and representing that entity in enforcement proceedings in Jersey.
  • Acting for an aircraft leasing company in an arbitral dispute in relation to the leasing of an aircraft to a Siberian air carrier.
  • Advising a UAE trading company in relation to an ICC arbitration against a French multinational company.
  • Advising a leading Japanese high tech manufacturer in a tax dispute arising from an intellectual property transaction with a Dutch counterparty.
  • Advising in relation to a real estate dispute regarding two adjoining properties in London’s prestigious The Bishops Avenue.
  • Defending one of the top English universities in a biotech procurement challenge in the Technology and Construction Court by an unsuccessful tenderer.
  • Acting for one of the largest British investment banks on a number of investigations arising from the creation of electronic communications, including regulatory advice.
  • Representing a major European manufacturer in relation to a heavily contested multi-million pound dilapidations dispute with a former landlord.
  • Advising a Russian individual in relation to threatened attempts by the Russian Federation to extradite him.
  • Advising a Brazilian construction company in relation to potential ICC proceedings against a Chinese manufacturing company regarding a tax indemnity.

News & Resources


Ensuring Access to Justice: The Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill and the Path Forward Post-PACCAR
Court Ordered ADR in Commercial Disputes: The Court of Appeal's Pivotal Decision in Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
ClientEarth v Shell plc Case Analysis: Directors’ Duties, Derivative Actions and ESG
Court of Appeal provides clarity as to the question of whether a tenant has a ‘Covid defence’ to a landlord’s claim for rent arrears: Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd v Cine-UK Ltd; London Trocadero (2015) LLP v Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd and others [2022] EWCA Civ 1021
Reading the Riot Act to the Powerful: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation
Transcending the Challenges of Crypto Assets
The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022: A Solution to the Commercial Rent Arrears Problem?
UK National Security and Investment Bill Receives Royal Assent
UK Supreme Court decides important judgment on Business Interruption Insurance
Implied Duty of Rationality in Commercial Contracts
UK FCA's Business Interruption Insurance Test Case Decided by High Court
UK Supreme Court Gives Landmark Ruling on Reflective Loss
UK High Court Considers What Amounts to a Waiver of Privilege in Recent Case
UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 Update
UK Business Interruption Policies and COVID-19
Enforcing Contractual Obligations – What To Do If Business Debts Are Unpaid: A Quick Guide
COVID-19 Pandemic – What Should I Do if My Counterparty to an Important Contract is Applying Pressure to Change Our Agreement?
Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Employer Liability
COVID-19 Pandemic – What Should I Do if a Transaction that I Have Been Negotiating Suddenly Collapses?
High Court Refuses to Adjourn Trial Because the Recent COVID-19 Legislation Indicates that Hearings Should Proceed Using Remote Technology
What Should I Do if Government Lockdowns or Supply Shortages Mean that I Can No Longer Supply a Client with Goods or Services Under a Contract?
Contractual Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Can it Excuse a Business from Performance of Contractual Obligations Under Contracts Governed by English Law?
Legal Advice Privilege and In-house Practice: Court of Appeal Provides Welcome Guidance
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - January 2019
Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - December 2018

News & Press Mentions

Joseph Lewin Comments on COVID Lockdown Lost Income Coverage Claims
Dorsey London Attorneys Receive Multiple Rankings from The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2024
Dorsey & Whitney Names 10 New Partners
Dorsey & Whitney London Attorneys Receive Multiple Rankings from Legal 500

Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
International Arbitration & Litigation
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Europe
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Mining
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement


Legal 500 UK Recommended Lawyer 2022

  • Recommended by Legal 500 (2023) as a Next Generation Partner in Commercial Litigation
Joseph Lewin