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Fatima Y Hussain

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

Fatima Y Hussain Dean Wilson

Fatima Y Hussain

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

Fatima is a paralegal in the Dean Wilson Residential Conveyancing Department. Fatima assists our Partner, Siobhan Cox with all of her Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Property matters.

Fatima is responsible for taking on delegated task, responding to new enquires and carrying out all required administrative duties.

Before joining Dean Wilson Fatima worked for HMCTS. Her primary role was as Clerk to the Circuit and District Judges. 

Fatima has a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Sussex and hopes to be completing a Master’s degree in the near future. Away from work and studies, Fatima enjoys traveling and badminton.

Qualifications

  • LLB Hons – University of Sussex

Fatima can be contacted by email: FYH@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249209

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Shannon McCarthy-Franklin

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

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Shannon McCarthy-Franklin

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

 

Shannon is a Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution Department working specifically with matters related to Land including transfers of whole or part property and Land Registry applications. Shannon has experience dealing with matters concerning Lease extensions, Notices of Transfer and Charge and Deeds of Covenant.

 

Qualifications

  • Final year Law with Business LLB student at University of Sussex
  • Studying LPC and LLM with University of Law in September 2024

 

 

Recent Client Matters

  • Block Lease extensions 
  • Post-completion matters, e.g. Notice of Transfer and Charge 
  • Transfers of Land 

 

Shannon can be contacted by email: smf@deanwilson.co.uk or on direct dial: 01273 032314

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Annie Fitzpatrick

Associate, Residential Property Department 

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Annie Fitzpatrick

Associate, Residential Property Department 

Areas of Specialism

Annie has worked for Dean Wilson LLP for over 10 years and specialises in all aspects of Residential property transactions. 

Annie has an excellent reputation with local estate agents, mortgage brokers, surveyors and the like and has a large client base, built up over the years. 

Annie’s specialist areas are residential and buy to let sales, purchases and re-mortgages as well as transfers of equity’s. 

Annie can be contacted by email: amf@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249243. 

Annie is assisted by Chloe Whitehead, Paralegal within the Property Department. Chloe’s contact details are: Email: cdw@deanwilson.co.uk Direct Dial: 01273 249245. 

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David Barling

Partner, Property Department

David Barling Dean Wilson

David Barling

Partner, Property Department

Areas of Specialism

David Barling is one of the Partners in the Property Department and has considerable experience in all types of Commercial Property Law.

David acts for a number of property investors and property companies on a wide scale and is used to dealing with very high value transactions.  David also deals with mortgages and in particular, high value loan market association type mortgages.  

David is also experienced in Local Government work having been a member of a number of Councils over the years latterly West Sussex County Council.

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Karl Willmott-Post

Partner & Head of Department, Residential Property Department 

Karl Post Dean Wilson

Karl Willmott-Post

Partner & Head of Department, Residential Property Department 

Areas of Specialism

Karl is the Head of Department of the Residential Property Department and manages the fee earners within the team as well as the paralegals/support staff. 

Karl has worked for Dean Wilson LLP for over 13 years and specialises in all aspects of Residential property transactions. 

Karl has an excellent reputation with estate agents, mortgage brokers, surveyors and the like and is sought after by property developers and local estate agents.  

Karl’s specialist areas are newbuild sales and purchases with or without help to buy involvement, although Karl does deal with residential and buy to let sales, purchases and re-mortgages on a day to day basis and has a wealth of knowledge in this respect. 

Qualifications, Membership 

  • LLB Hons

Karl can be contacted by email: ksp@deanwilson.co.uk or on his direct dial: 01273 249248. 

Karl is assisted by Lauren Gillman, Paralegal within the Property Department. Lauren’s contact details are: Email: lg@deanwilson.co.uk Direct Dial: 01273 032321. 

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Jessica Edwards

Solicitor, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Jessica Edwards

Solicitor, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

I am a Solicitor specialising in personal injury and medical negligence claims. I qualified as a Solicitor in March 2022, having previously spent 4 years working with the team assisting on high value catastrophic injury cases involving brain and spinal cord injury.

I only act for the injured party (Claimants). My specialism is working with people who suffer serious injuries, which may have been caused by:

  • Road traffic accidents including Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians
  • Accidents at work
  • Accidents on public property/highways
  • Medical Negligence/Injury

Recent Client Matters

I have previously reached settlement for my clients who have suffered a range of injuries including fractures, soft tissue injuries and PTSD. Following an accident, a client’s day to day life is affected. My role is to secure compensation for client’s whose ability to work and earn has been impacted and to help them meet future treatment needs on a private basis to assist their recovery.

I am currently assisting my colleague, Ben Davey, with the David Fuller inquiry and compensation scheme, and we act for many the affected family members.

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Negligence 
  • Inquests

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor (LLB Hons)
  • Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (Brighton)
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Lucy Connolly

Conveyancing Executive, Residential Property Department 

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Lucy Connolly

Conveyancing Executive, Residential Property Department 

Areas of Specialism

Lucy has worked for Dean Wilson LLP for over 7years and specialises in all aspects of Residential property transactions. 

Lucy’s specialist areas are residential sales, purchases and re-mortgages as well as transfers of equity’s. 

Lucy can be contacted by email: lac@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249272. 

Lucy is assisted by Jacob Pratley, Paralegal within the Property Department. Jacob’s contact details are: Email: jap@deanwilson.co.uk Direct Dial: 01273 032336.  

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Georgia Kennard

Paralegal, Court of Protection

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Georgia Kennard

Paralegal, Court of Protection

Areas of Specialism

Georgia is a Paralegal in the Court of Protection team. Georgia has been overseeing the administration in the team for four years and provides caring, comprehensive support to clients including:

  • The management of client’s property and assets 
  • Liaison with the Court of Protection
  • Liaison with Cost Draftsman and SCCO
  • Administrative support to whole team

Recent Client Matters

  • Georgia has facilitated the support of a client with complex substance abuse issues. Georgia has provided consistent, reassuring support to the client and has overseen the input of a new multi-disciplinary team purpose built to support the client in their recovery. 
  • Georgia works alongside the deputy for an elderly gentleman with Dementia. Georgia has arranged for his property to be maintained, equipment to be installed, and for social activities to be re-introduced into his life. 
  • Georgia has provided thorough support for a vulnerable adult who is transitioning from a Care facility into private accommodation. Georgia has worked with the professionals involved to ensure that the private accommodation is prepared and suitable for the move. 

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Member of the Professional Deputyship Forum
  • Dementia Friend
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Neel Ummat

Associate, Corporate Department

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Neel Ummat

Associate, Corporate Department

Areas of Specialism

Neel has diverse transactional experience advising clients on share and asset acquisitions and disposals, secured and unsecured lending, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and company restructuring. He also advises on a wide range of commercial contracts for the supply of goods and services for well-established local and national clients covering music, arts and culture, close protection security, education and training, recruitment, travel and so forth. 

Neel has a strong focus on client care and a commercially focused approach, which has led to him establishing a reputation for always completing matters on time and within budget. Neel dedicates himself to providing clients a personal service and creating long-standing relationships to help businesses continue to succeed during their life cycles. 

Recent Client Matters

  • Neel regularly assists one of the largest property agents in the UK to acquire letting and block management agents across the country.
  • Neel acted for a property developer in raising circa £40 million for a new property development in Hove.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor

  • LLB Hons

Neel can be contacted by email: nku@deanwilson.co.uk or on his/her direct dial: 01273 249 224. 

Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts

Associate Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts

Associate Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Rebecca is a Solicitor in the General Litigation team and specialises in dispute resolution, breach of contract, construction disputes, property litigation - including possession claims and debt recovery and enforcement. 

Recent Client Matters

  • Rebecca successfully obtained a freezing injunction in the high court for her client to prevent the Defendant dissipating their assets ahead of high court action.
  • Rebecca settled a complex high court case reported in the media in respect of a construction dispute – Rebecca achieved a three-figure settlement figure for her client.
  • Rebecca settled a breach of contract dispute concerning bonus payments – this was settled ahead of a multi-track trial and achieved a very favourable financial result for the client.
  • Rebecca has been instructed by and defended high profile clients in the music industry where Rebecca had the claim against them dismissed.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor (LLB Hons)
Melissa Birkhead

Melissa Birkhead

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Melissa Birkhead

Melissa Birkhead

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Melissa works in our Dispute Resolution team, assisting on a variety of contentious cases with a focus on residential property litigation. Specialising in possession claims, she operates her own case load and prides herself on creating longstanding relationships with her clients. Melissa is also experienced in assisting clients with matters such as breach of contract, contractor disputes, and common money claims.

Day to day activities include drafting notices, letters before action, and filing claim forms. Melissa also advocates for clients at possession hearings in local Sussex courts.

Recent Client Matters

Regularly working with a nationwide letting agent to aid landlords and tenants with property disputes.

Advocating for a client who hadn’t received rent payments for a significant period, leading to a possession order, rent arrears, and costs in the case being awarded.

Drafting a letter before claim for a leaseholder whose daughter with a disability had been refused permission for an emotional support dog to live in the property, resulting in the freeholder granting permission. 

Qualifications

LLB Hons

Melissa can be contacted by email: mrb@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 032340.

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Danielle Bean

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

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Danielle Bean

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

Areas of Specialism 

Danielle joined the Residential Conveyancing team as a paralegal in 2022. Danielle assists Leon Mumford and Mulberry Dimery in a wide range of transactions including Sales, Purchases, Remortgages, Transfers and Auctions as well as handling the initial onboarding for clients. 

Danielle graduated from Kingston University with a 2:1 Law Degree and aspires to complete the SQE and become a solicitor. 

Qualifications 

2:1 LLB Hons from Kingston University 

Danielle assists Leon Mumford and Mulberry Dimery. Danielle can be contacted by email: djb@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249208 

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Christina Bourn

Legal Assistant, Family Department

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Christina Bourn

Legal Assistant, Family Department

Areas of Specialism

Christina is a proficient Legal Assistant, supporting Jennie Apsey (Solicitor), and the Family Team, in cases where advising about Children Act litigation (private law), Financial Remedies on Divorce, Cohabitation Agreements and disputes, and protection from domestic abuse/injunctive relief. Christina is reputable for her excellent client service, being the first point of call to take all new enquiries.

  • Child arrangement orders
  • Financial remedies on divorce/dissolution of civil partnership
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Qualifications

  • Student of Law Society of New South Wales Australia

Christina can be contacted by email:  cb@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial:  01273 249 293

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Poppy Spencer

Paralegal, Court of Protection

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Poppy Spencer

Paralegal, Court of Protection

Areas of Specialism

Poppy is a Paralegal in the Court of Protection team. Poppy spent two and a half years in the Commercial Property Department and recently moved to Cout of Protection to apply her caring and conscientious approach to:

  • Deputyships for Property & Financial Affairs 
  • Liaison with the Court of Protection
  • Providing collaborative support to Litigation Solicitors 
  • The management of client’s property and assets 

Recent Client Matters

  • Poppy works alongside the deputy for an elderly gentleman with Dementia. Poppy has arranged for his property to be maintained, equipment to be installed, and for social activities to be re-introduced into his life. 
  • Poppy works collaboratively with litigation solicitors, architects, surveyors, and the client’s parents to purchase and renovate a ‘forever home’ which was adapted for the young client to meet his complex needs both now and long into his future. 
  • Poppy provided collaborative support and information sharing to litigation solicitors to evidence the expenditure and losses experienced by a client for his multi-million-pound settlement.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Member of the Professional Deputies Forum
  • Dementia Friend 
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Jennie Apsey

Solicitor, Family Department

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Jennie Apsey

Solicitor, Family Department

Areas of Specialism

Jennie is a Solicitor in the Family team, who advises in relation to Children Act litigation (private law), Financial Remedies on divorce, cohabitation agreements and disputes, and protection from domestic abuse/injunctive relief. 

  • Child arrangements orders
  • Children – specific issue and prohibited steps orders - temporary or permanent removal from the jurisdiction, enforcement
  • Financial remedies on divorce / dissolution of civil partnership - pension sharing, litigation and financial conduct
  • Pre and Post-nuptial agreements
  • Separation and cohabitation agreements 
  • Domestic violence injunctions

Recent Client Matters

  • Jennie regularly represents parents in private children law proceedings where mental health issues, substance misuse, and allegations of domestic abuse are a feature.
  • Jennie has recently successfully defended a Specific Issue application by a mother to remove a child from the jurisdiction and secured a Port Alert Order. She has also acted for the Applicant in a Specific Issue application to permanently remove children from the jurisdiction.
  • Jennie has experience of acting for parents in Children Act proceedings that include Fact-Finding hearings.
  • Jennie has experience of acting for clients in both long and short marriages and recently acted for the Applicant Husband in Financial Remedy proceedings following a very short marriage of 7 months’ duration where all the assets were in the wife’s name including the Family Home. A very successful outcome was secured for the client which enabled him to rehouse and settle significant liabilities.
  • Jennie is often instructed to prepare Financial Consent Orders following agreements reached between parties directly, in mediation, or as a result of solicitor-led negotiation.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor (PGDL)

Qualifications, Membership 

Legal 500 “Star in the making”

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Martina McKay ACILEX

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

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Martina McKay ACILEX

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Martina has worked at Dean Wilson LLP since July 2019, having previously had over 10 years of property and civil litigation experience at Brighton Law firms.

Martina runs a caseload of residential possession claims, service charge arrears matters and general property Litigation matters including Freeholder / Leaseholder disputes, Breach of Lease matters and Housing Disrepair claims. 

Qualifications, Membership

Martina is currently an Associate member of the Charted Legal Executives.

Recent Client Matters

Regularly Assist Managing Agents in Brighton with service charge arrears recovery.

Assists National Letting Agents recover possession of properties for their client’s via Section 8 and Section 21

Assist the Department with new enquiries by taking on varied property matters.

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