Our People


+27 82 495 1100 / petere@dawsons.co.za

Peter Edwards has been the Managing Director of the firm since December 2001. Peter obtained his LLB degree from the University of Cape Town in 1991 having completed his candidate attorneyship at Herold Gie and Broadhead attorneys in Cape Town in 1995 whereafter he was admitted as an attorney. Peter is also qualified to practice as an advocate having passed the Advocates Bar Exam in 1992. On the commercial side, Peter has also acted as an in-house Commercial Legal Advisor within the Nedcor Group. Besides Peter’s experience in practice, on the academic front, he has obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law in 1993 and qualified for his LLM in Commercial Law in 1997 (including a module in Shipping Law) both at the University of Cape Town.

Peter has a wide legal experience and as such, his expertise includes commercial drafting and company structuring, admiralty litigation, general commercial litigation, fisheries law and administrative law.

Outside of the legal arena, Peters interests include running, tennis and other sporting activities.

Peter has also served on the Executive Committee of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa for the past seven years.


+27 83 363 5848 / grant@dawsons.co.za

Grant Clark graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1996 with a Masters of Law degree specialising in Commercial law. He joined Dawson Edwards & Associates at the establishment of the firm in 1996 and thereafter spent a year working for the Department of Trade and Industry in London and thereafter two years at Irvin & Johnson Limited as the group legal advisor.

Grant thereafter spent two years working for the Ministry of Education in Japan and rejoined Dawson Edwards & Associates at the beginning of 2004.

Outside of work Grant can be found engaging in one form of sport or another and enjoys an active lifestyle.


+27 82 648 7261 / alistair@dawsons.co.za

Alistair Downing commenced his legal career with the Department of Justice in 1987 and served as a Public Prosecutor until 1995, whereafter he was involved with the maritime leisure industry whilst graduating from the University of South Africa with a B.Proc degree in 2000. He subsequently completed a post graduate Masters degree in Shipping law at the University of Cape Town in 2002.

Alistair thereafter joined Dawson Edwards & Associates in 2003 and is currently a Director in the litigation department. He currently deals exclusively in civil and criminal litigation matters and specialises in compliance issues relating to Maritime, Marine Resources and Environmental law.

Alistair is also one of Cape Towns leading technical mixed gas scuba diving instructors and spends most of his spare time under the water.



+27 72 369 6810 / nicholas@dawsons.co.za

Nicholas Britz graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a B.Soc.Sci majoring in Law and Politics and went on to graduate with an LLB in 2009. He joined Dawson Edwards & Associates in 2010 to complete his two year articles. Nicholas was admitted in March 2012 and was appointed as a director of the firm in 2017. He has also completed a Master’s degree (LLM) in Environmental Law at the University of Cape Town.

Outside of work Nicholas’s interests include hiking, gym, traveling and most sporting activities.


Candidate Attorney
+27 84 351 2044/  sarah@dawsons.co.za

Sarah Marx graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology. In 2016, she went on to study an LLB at the University of South Africa. Sarah joined Dawson Edwards & Associates as a Candidate Attorney in 2020.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys swimming, cycling, running and reading.