Cara Dowling

Of Counsel, Knowledge
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Cara Dowling

Cara Dowling



Before joining us, Cara Dowling spent 10 years working as a dispute resolution lawyer in the London office of a US law firm where she gained significant experience in international arbitration, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She has advised on a large number of multi-jurisdictional, high-value claims in the English High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as leading international arbitration institutions. Cara joined our disputes knowledge team in London before transferring to the Vancouver office.

Cara provides knowledge support and thought leadership to the firm's global international arbitration and dispute resolution practices, ensures our lawyers are up to date on current legal and practice issues, and designs and delivers bespoke knowledge products and legal training for our lawyers and clients. Cara has a particular interest in climate change risk and disputes arising from disruptive technologies. Cara is a member of the CPR Institute's Digital Transformation Committee.

On the knowledge management side, Cara works with the Canadian and global knowledge teams to implement a knowledge strategy to provide our lawyers with tools to work more efficiently and effectively, and provide our clients with innovative legal products and solutions. Knowledge management is key to our service delivery model.

Cara is assistant editor of Norton Rose Fulbright's International Arbitration Report, and editor of our International Arbitration video series.

Cara is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (the CPR Institute) and International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).

Professional experience

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LL.B., (with Honours), University of Adelaide, South Australia
B.A., University of Adelaide, South Australia


  • Law Society of England and Wales 2007
  • Barrister and Solicitor, qualified in Australia 2004
  • Solicitor, Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015, 2014, 2013