Carrie Davies, MBE Associate

Speaks:  English, Portuguese

Qualified: 2019 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office:  London

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Carrie Davies, MBE

As a Projects lawyer, Carrie helps her clients to deliver challenging and complex projects in various jurisdictions. Carrie's experience belies her years of PQE, having had a considerable amount of commercial experience before deciding to become a lawyer. She is an MBA-qualified, History and LLB graduate with over 15 years' experience advising multinational corporations, governments and NGO's on legislation and legal frameworks, governance, process design, and political and economic realities in Southern Africa.

Carrie has designed and run complex, multi-faceted projects in challenging environments, including coordinating multiple consultants and lawyers and managing significant budgets and resources. She has worked for both the public and private sectors and has experience engaging with senior government officials, business leaders and politicians in pressurised and time-sensitive situations. She is used to working in multi-cultural teams, drafting and negotiating documents and to achieving consensus in order to deliver outputs on time and to budget.

During her training contract at Gowling WLG she rapidly became a sought after resource on government-related mandates, with many client plaudits for her input. Since joining Gowling WLG, Carrie has supported on major commercial real estate transactions, been seconded to Barclays Bank's and Direct Rail Services' legal teams, and worked on political and time-critical contract negotiations for public sector clients. She is currently the firm's Client Service Manager for a two-year, cross-firm contract with a major central government department.


  • Client Service Manager for major UK government client: engaging with senior members of the Government Legal Department to coordinate teams of lawyers from across the firm providing support on multiple matters. This involves engaging with senior public servants, financial reporting, client liaison and problem solving;
  • Modern Energy Partners programme (MEP): As a member of the Commercial Advisory Group provided pro bono advice on the development of a methodology and toolkit to enable public sector site teams to develop strategic site energy plans to deliver sustainable carbon savings. MEP is a collaboration between BEIS, Cabinet Office and Energy Systems Catapult;
  • Government Client: advised on the post-procurement contracting of a series of Brexit-related contracts which involved negotiating under pressure in a charged political environment and engaging with senior business people and civil servants. Was subsequently reinstructed to advise on contract amendments and extensions;
  • Government Client: advised a UK Government department on renegotiation of a single-source contract including attending negotiation meetings, support on drafting of a simplified dispute resolution mechanism, engaging with the client on developing post-contract management tools and supporting the collation and streamlining of a complex, multi-part contract;
  • Government Client: Supported a cross-sector team of senior lawyers on settlement of a complex PFI-exit related dispute including support on negotiation of settlement terms and documentation of the agreed settlement and supporting documents;
  • Senior Trade Policy Advisor – USAID: advising US and Mozambican governments on trade-related legal, economic and political economy matters, and leading a multi-cultural team of economists, including design and management of complex projects involving multiple stakeholders from private sector, government and civil society. This involved coordinating programmes and events and engaging with senior politicians, public servants and business leaders;
  • Represented the UK government as Honorary Consul, intervening on matters involving UK citizens including deaths and arrests and liaison with local government to arrange official visits of dignitaries including royal visits. This involved problem solving, engagement with senior figures and handling sensitive and complex situations;
  • Built and developed a representative business association in Mozambique, working with member companies including Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Unilever, including advising business on legal issues, analysing and commenting on existing and draft legislation, negotiating legal reforms, facilitating legal compliance for companies, and authoring publications to de-mystify the legal framework;
  • Pro-bono: in addition to her commercial work, Carrie is committed to using her legal and commercial skills in pro bono activities, in support of the firm's wider corporate social responsibility objectives. She manages the Birmingham office's relationship with the Royal British Legion including coordinating the annual Poppy Day appeal; has worked at Birmingham Legal Advice Clinic; has acted on two successful immigration cases for Kids in Need of Defence; and is a non-executive director of the Elan Valley Trust (which manages the estate from which Birmingham receives the majority of its water).

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Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      September 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2017

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK), trainee
    • Education
      University of Law, LPC
  • 2015

    • Education
      Open University, LLB (Hons)
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
    • Career
      USAID Programme, Senior Trade Policy Advisor
  • 2009

    • Career
      Henley Management College, MBA
  • 2007

    • Career
      Matriz Consultoria Lda, Managing Director
  • 2006

    • Career
      Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Honorary Consul
  • 2004

    • Career
      SAL & Caldeira Advogados Lda, Senior Consultant
  • 2000

    • Career
      Mozambique Commercial, Industrial & Services Association (ACIS), Executive Director
  • 1994

    • Career
      University of London, BA (Hons)

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