Dean is a partner who brings 30 years’ experience as a solicitor to advise on partnership, employment and shareholder disputes. He counsels professional firms and individual partners, employers and employees, companies and shareholders alike on their rights and obligations, with a focus on high-value matters involving strategic, operational, financial or reputational risk.

Dean has a wealth of partnership and employment law knowledge having acted for respondent employers, LLP members and employees on injunctions, restrictive covenants, team moves, partnership disputes, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and whistleblowing complaints. He also has extensive experience advising on the employment aspects of a wide variety of private equity, M&A and outsourcing transactions, as well as workforce restructurings.

Dean has a keen interest in corporate governance and compliance issues and has advised companies, limited partnerships, senior executives and LLP members on their responsibilities under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, the UK Corporate Governance Code, the FCA Remuneration Code, the Takeover Code and recommended best practice.

Dean advises on bonus and carried interest schemes, service agreements, disciplinary and grievance matters and the termination of employment of senior executives, including the tax rules for severance payments. He has been responsible for negotiating exit packages for Senior Managers and FCA/PRA Approved Persons employed by UK, US and European banks and other financial institutions.

Dean endeavours to assist clients to fulfil their objectives in often difficult and stressful circumstances employing the patience, discretion and pragmatism for which he is known. He has presented client seminars and delivered keynote speeches on topics such as TUPE and the Bribery Act 2010.

Dean is recommended by The Legal 500 for partnership law and is described as “a veteran of the partnership space”.

Appointments, Associations and Memberships

Dean’s professional experience has included being a non-Council member of the Law Society Remuneration Committee and sitting on a peer review panel for Oxford University Press.

Dean is a member of the Industrial Law Society, the Association of Partnership Practitioners and the Employment Lawyers Association.

Outside work Dean is a member of the Royal Automobile Club and Chair of the Billiards Committee.

Client Testimonials

“Dean, once again, I want to thank you for all of your support and truly professional service. You are a credit to the profession.”

Dean you’ve been a star throughout this process. I understand now how difficult it must be to manage your clients’ expectations with respect to probability of success, costs, process, timing etc. You must have had so many balls in the air at times!”