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Dean Wilson LLP’s reputation has been built upon our ability to deliver and exceed our clients’ expectations. For over 100 years our success has been founded upon our client focused approach, backed by the knowledge and expertise of our lawyers.

We make it our business to know yours

Having your needs and goals in mind

We aim to deliver outcomes and resolutions efficiently and cost effectively. So whether you need assistance with a business or personal matter we can provide a responsive service delivered to you with expertise and clarity.

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Lauren Gillman

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

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Lauren Gillman

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

Areas of Specialism

Lauren is an experienced Paralegal working for Partner, Karl Willmott-Post in the Property Department. She assists on all aspects of conveyancing transactions, specialising in; sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity. Before changing careers, Lauren was a Project Manager in the Financial Investment industry, which gave her transferable skills to bring to her role at Dean Wilson.

Lauren is currently close to completing her legal studies with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to progress in her career to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

Qualifications

  • CILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice
  • CILEX Level 6 Student
  • Mental Health First Aider

Lauren can be contacted by email: lg@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 032321. 

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Sarah Stevens

Head of HR

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Sarah Stevens

Head of HR

Areas of Specialism

Sarah is a highly experienced HR generalist with a full and comprehensive knowledge of all HR practices and employment law.  With over 30 years of experience in the field of HR, Sarah has established a reputation for providing excellent service, with strong commercial awareness and a pragmatic approach to outcomes.

Sarah specialises in coaching and mentoring, assisting others to reach their full potential, whether that be through training, career development, performance or people management practice.  

Sarah has a passion for fostering a professional, engaging and supportive culture, through working practices, recruitment, retention, succession planning, well-being and learning and development.  

Sarah is known for her practical, resourceful approach, always seeking the most efficient and productive outcomes and solutions for all.  

Qualifications

  • CMCIPD

Sarah can be contacted by email, sjs@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial, 01273 032318. 

Sarah works with her colleague Melissa Frankling within the Human Resources Team.  Melissa’s contact details are mjf@deanwilson.co.uk, direct dial, 01273 032329.

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)
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Claire Whiteman

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Claire Whiteman Dean Wilson

Claire Whiteman

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Claire’s expertise is in property related disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and enfranchisement matters.

Claire’s clients include commercial and private landlords, property agents, tenants’ associations, trusts and other commercial entities in the leisure and retail sector nationwide. Her work is derived almost entirely from recommendations.

She is recommended in Chambers & Partner.  Claire has a good eye for those all-important details, undertakes advocacy and has a practical working relationship with other professionals. Her strong belief in looking after her clients' best interests is her motivating force.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor
  • Member of the Property Litigation Association
  • Member of ALEP
  • Chambers & Partner recommended solicitor 2024 (ranked for 9 years) 

Claire can be contacted by email: clw@deanwilson.co.uk 

Whiteman, Claire

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Joshua Baxendale

Associate Solicitor, Corporate Department

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Joshua Baxendale

Associate Solicitor, Corporate Department

Areas of Specialism

Joshua works in the Commercial & Corporate team at Dean Wilson. He works in mergers & acquisitions and acts on both sides of the transactions. Many of these transactions are in the estate agency sector. He has a wide range of commercial experience, having worked for many recruitment companies in litigation matters. 

Joshua focusses on his client’s intentions and makes those work to ensure that transactions are a client led and not lawyer led process. 

Joshua has acted in cases involving cross-border jurisdictional issues involving many companies in the EU and further afield.

Joshua grew up in Brighton and Hove, and then studied at UEA and the College of Law in Guildford.

Joshua enjoys riding his bike slowly up hills, a dry riesling, and small cups of strong coffee and speaking conversational French.

Qualifications

  • Solicitor 
  • LLB Hons

Recent Transactions

  • Large regional estate agent selling to a nationwide corporate acquirer;
  • Acting for the Buyer of a hospitality business in Brighton;
  • Acting for acquirers moving into new geographic areas and
  • Acting for an estate agent in taking over a local competitor on their retirement.

Joshua can be contacted by email: jjb@deanwilson.co.uk or on his direct dial: (0) 1273 032337. 

Joshua is assisted by Natalia Revesz, Senior Paralegal within the Corporate & Commercial Team. Natalia’s contact details are: Email: nxr@deanwilson.co.uk Direct Dial: 01273 032334.

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Lyubov Nikolchova

Solicitor, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Lyubov Nikolchova

Solicitor, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Lyubov is a Solicitor in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team. She qualified as a Solicitor in May 2024, having previously spent nearly 3 years working on complex injury cases, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, and birth injury. 

Recent Client Matters

Lyubov is working with Alex Brown on a number of birth injury cases where the mothers suffer from PTSD due to a negligent medical care during delivery. She also runs a mixed caseload of claims as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents-at-work, and medical negligence. 

Qualifications, Membership

  • Solicitor 
  • BA (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (Brighton)
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Maryam Pour

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution 

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Maryam Pour

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution 

Areas of Specialism

Maryam is a dedicated Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution team and assists with various possession proceedings including rent mediation, section 21 and section 8 claims. Maryam ensures our clients are kept at the forefront of her work and strives to achieve the best outcomes for them. 

Maryam brings valuable experience from her previous role in a local firm where she worked in the Residential Property department and undertook various caseloads including purchases, sales, lease extensions and transfers of equity, and also assisted with Commercial Property matters. 

Maryam has passed the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE1) and is currently preparing to undertake the SQE2 as part of her journey to qualify as a Solicitor. 

Qualifications

  • SQE1 completed 
  • Distinction MA Law 
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Approaches 
Clare Waller Dean Wilson

Clare Waller

Partner, Employment Law

Clare Waller Dean Wilson

Clare Waller

Partner, Employment Law

Experience

Clare works with employers of all sizes and across all industries as well as senior executives and other individuals, advising on both contentious and non contentious aspects of employment law. This ranges from the provision of ongoing advice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, performance management processes and statutory rights to drafting contracts of employment, service agreements and staff handbooks to representing clients before the Employment Tribunal or civil courts in cases of unfair dismissal, breach of contract, claims to enforce post termination restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality. Clare has experience of representing clients in complex discrimination claims at first instance and in the appeal courts.

Clare designs and delivers client training on any aspect of employment law as well as undertaking regular public speaking engagements.

Recent Notable Cases

Clare recently acted for an employer and two individual Respondents in a multi million pound discrimination claim. She also successfully defended a client against a claim of race discrimination arising of out allegedly discriminatory Photoshopped images being circulated within the workplace.

She is currently advising on the design and implementation of redundancy consultation processes, including where collective consultation obligations have been engaged. 

Clare also works closely with the Dean Wilson Company and Commercial team providing employment law support to its successful mergers and acquisitions function. 

Background

Clare read Law at the University of Reading and achieved distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford. She trained at HRJ Law in Hitchin and qualified in 1999. She obtained a Masters degree in Employment Law from the University of East Anglia in 2006. She became a Partner at HRJ in 2002, joined Hewitsons in Cambridge and Northampton in 2010 and then joined Dean Wilson to head up its employment law team in October 2019.

Areas of Specialism

Unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, post termination restrictions, contracts of employment, company handbooks, disciplinary and grievance procedures.

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Chloe Whitehead

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

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Chloe Whitehead

Paralegal, Residential Property Department

Areas of Specialism

Chloe has worked for Dean Wilson LLP for 6 years, 4 of the years in Residential Conveyancing. She helps with all the administrative tasks in the team and strives to help assist clients and other parties wherever possible.

Chloe has assisted Annie Fitzpatrick and the team with transactions such as sales, purchases, Transfers and re-mortgages making sure all of the administrative tasks are up to date. 

Chloe can be contacted by email: cdw@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249245.

Chloe is the assistant to Annie Fitzpatrick who is an Associate within the Residential Conveyancing team.  

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Julian Hunt

Partner, Family Department

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Julian Hunt

Partner, Family Department

Areas of Specialism

Julian is a highly experienced family practitioner who heads up the Family Department. Julian is a trained Collaborative lawyer and Mediator. Julian is Top Ranked in the Chambers Legal Directory with testimonials including “a really good lawyer, experienced, calm and can fight his client’s corner with flair and creativity without making the dispute intractable.”

Julian’s focus is on resolving, not creating conflict, encouraging negotiation, and finding solutions.  Julian is adept at bringing a calm, focused and if necessary, robust approach to contentious and complex financial situations. Julian will bring empathy and solutions to child related matters. Julian will strive to find the approach which will best benefit the individual and to prepare them for life after separation.

Julian’s specialties :

  • advising on high net worth and complex separations, involving businesses, Trusts, and pension issues

  • dealing with cases using the Collaborative model

  • resolving childcare disputes

  • advising on pre and post nuptial agreements

  • advising on cohabitation disputes

Recent Client Matters

  • Acted for a Wife in Financial Remedy proceedings overcoming Husband’s refusal to provide full financial disclosure and comply with the Court timetable. Secured Penal Notices and multiple Cost Orders against the Husband and an excellent outcome for the Wife.
  • Acted for a Wife in Financial Remedy proceedings that involved 5 hearings including obtaining a Legal Services Order. Secured significant lump sum for housing, repayment of debts and spousal periodical payments throughout the child’s minority.
  • Acting for a Husband following a long marriage where Wife has issued Financial Remedy application. Included instruction of a single joint expert to value a company in which both parties are shareholders, a dispute in relation to matrimonial and non-matrimonial assets and the treatment of foreign assets. Successfully resolving matters outside of the Court process.

Qualifications

  • Solicitor BA (Hons)
  • Member of Resolution
  • Founding member of Brightpod ( Collaborative Group) & Sussex Family Solutions (inter-disciplinary network of family professionals)

Recognition

Chambers ranked No 1 in Family/Matrimonial - “extremely experienced, sensible and really resolution-focused.” ‘Julian is one of the toughest negotiators but one of the most charming men you will ever meet.’

Legal 500 Ranked – “an experienced practitioner who is well known and respected by opponents and the judiciary.” “straight talking, trustworthy and well respected locally.” 

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Jo Taylor

Partner, Real Estate & Commercial Property and Development 

Jo Taylor Dean Wilson

Jo Taylor

Partner, Real Estate & Commercial Property and Development 

Areas of Specialism

Jo trained and practised at a silver circle corporate law firm for a decade before moving to a regional firm in Gatwick. When the opportunity finally arose to practise in Brighton 7 years ago, Jo jumped at the chance of joining Dean Wilson LLP. 

With almost 20 years’ experience, Jo specialises in all areas of non-contentious commercial property, property finance and development. She acts for a variety of clients: investors, developers, landlords, tenants, assignees in relation to refinancing, acquisitions, disposals, leases, management matters and development contracts.

Recent Client Matters

  • Acquisition of multi-let office block
  • Financing and refinancing of commercial portfolios
  • Business acquisitions 
  • Leases and regears

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor 
  • BSocSc Hons
  • Masters
  • PgDL

Jo can be contacted by email: jnt@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249252. 

Jo is assisted by Poppy Spencer, Paralegal within the Real Estate Department. Poppy’s contact details are: Email: ps@deanwilson.co.uk Direct Dial: 01273 249225. 

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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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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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Lily Hossini

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

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Lily Hossini

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Lily is a Solicitor in the firm’s Dispute Resolution department, specialising in Landlord and Tenant matters. She assists with leasehold disputes, lease extensions (both statutory and informal), freehold acquisitions (both collective enfranchisement and first right of refusal claims), right to manage claims, licences for alterations and deeds of variation. 

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • Law Degree, LLB Hons
  • Legal Practice Course, LPC
  • Law, Business and Management, MSc

Memberships

Dean Wilson is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (“ALEP”). ALEP promotes best practice by vetting organisations to ensure a consistently high level of service so that leaseholders and freeholders can contact ALEP members with confidence.

Lily can be contacted by email: LSH@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 032326 

Lily is assisted by Faye Cann, Paralegal within the Dispute Resolution department. Faye’s contact details are - email: FCC@deanwilson.co.uk  and direct dial: 01273 032353.

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Duncan Wilks

Partner, Dispute Resolution 

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Duncan Wilks

Partner, Dispute Resolution 

Areas of Specialism

Duncan advises clients on a range of contentious issues including commercial lease renewals, dilapidations, rent disputes, forfeiture, construction disputes and trusts in land.  He also advises on property related professional negligence disputes and development issues such as boundary disputes and easements.

His other main area of practice corporate insolvency and bankruptcy and in particular, litigation arising out of transactions at undervalue, preferences and issues regarding directors.

Duncan has good experience of broader commercial issues including contractual disputes and debt recovery.  

Recent Client Matters

  • Acting for a landlord in a successful application to the Land Tribunal for a declaration of breach of lease owing to the tenant (a housing authority) placing residents in their properties who abused drugs. 
  • Acting for the liquidator of a well-known company bringing a successful claim against a director for breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Successfully acting for a defendant company in a multi-million pound claim relating to unpaid commission for investment introductions.
  • Successful defence against a winding up petition on the basis of unfair prejudice brought against company and its sole director
  • Numerous successful outcomes to arrears and insurance claims for both tenant and landlord arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Duncan can be contacted by email: drw@deanwilson.co.uk or on his direct dial: 01273 249236

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Partner & Head of Department, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Partner & Head of Department, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Alex is the head of the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team specialises in severe and life changing injuries to Claimants who have suffered Personal Injuries, Criminal Injuries & Medical Negligence resulting in:

  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Birth Injury
  • Amputations
  • Severe Orthopaedic Injuries

Recent Client Matters

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • Solicitor (LLB Hons)
  • Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Headway Panel Solicitor
  • Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (Brighton)
  • Chambers & Partner (Band 2 Partner, Personal Injury and Band 3 Partner, Medical Negligence) 
  • Legal 500 (Next Generation Partner, Medical Negligence)

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