Julian Hunt, Partner

I am a Partner at Dean Wilson LLP and Head of the Family Department. I qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and have specialised in Family Law ever since. I became one of the first Solicitors in the area to become a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer, and I am now also a trained Mediator.

A leading law Directory, Chambers UK, has described me as a Leading Individual for whom the market has the ‘utmost respect’. Their sources said that I was “a great communicator” who possesses “solid knowledge of his field”. “His client management skills are excellent and he is a pragmatic litigator.”

My focus is on resolving, not creating conflict and I try to steer couples away from the Court process, to encourage negotiations and to find solutions. I am equally equipped to deal with complex and contentious issues in a calm, focused and if necessary, a robust manner. I strive to adopt the approach which will best benefit each individual and to prepare them for life after divorce or separation.

My specialities:

  • acting on high value & complex divorce/separations, particularly with Trusts & pension issues
  • dealing with cases using the collaborative law model
  • advising on pre and post nuptial agreements and living together agreements
  • advising on cohabitation disputes

I am a thoroughbred Brightonian with strong roots in the community. I am regularly to be found playing league cricket and scratch team golf and I am particularly proud to be Coach to the Preston Nomads Under 13’s who were crowned ECB Sussex Champions 2015.

A final bit of trivia is that I am the youngest Solicitor to have become elected President of the Sussex Law Society and remain the longest golf driving Solicitor in England (the National Solicitors Golf Championships were disbanded the following year!).


I have known Julian for many years and he has provided me with expert support and legal advice, as he has done to many other people I know. I always recommend Julian without the slightest hesitation because I know he will provide a refreshing straight talking and pragmatic approach to all matters.

Nick Stace, CEO, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons