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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.

Leon Mumford Dean Wilson

Leon Mumford

Associate Solicitor, Residential Property Department

Leon Mumford Dean Wilson

Leon Mumford

Associate Solicitor, Residential Property Department

Areas of Specialism

Leon joined Dean Wilson LLP in January 2022, having worked in Uckfield for approximately 7 years prior. Leon specialises in all aspects of Residential property transactions. 

Leon’s specialist areas are residential and buy to let sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity’s. Leon does also have experience in dealing with commercial property transactions to include the sale and purchase of businesses, although has predominantly practiced within residential conveyancing areas of law. 

Leon also provides Independent Legal Advice on Guarantees and Indemnities, where required. 

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor
  • LLB Hons

Leon can be contacted by email: lpm@deanwilson.co.uk or on his direct dial: 01273 032338.

Leon is assisted by Danielle Bean, Paralegal within the Property Department. Danielle’s contact details are: Email: djb@deanwilson.co.uk Direct Dial: 01273 249208.  

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Helena Boultwood

Conveyancing Executive, Residential Property Department 

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Helena Boultwood

Conveyancing Executive, Residential Property Department 

Areas of Specialism

Helena joined Dean Wilson LLP in June 2022, having worked previously in Bristol and Cardiff. 

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

Helena can be contacted by email: hb@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 032333 

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Becca Porter

Senior Legal Assistant / Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

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Becca Porter

Senior Legal Assistant / Paralegal, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Areas of Specialism

Becca supports Alex Brown and the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Team in cases involving 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 

  • BA (Hons)
Amanda Hayward Dean Wilson

Amanda Hayward

Finance Director

Amanda Hayward Dean Wilson

Amanda Hayward

Finance Director

Areas of Specialism

Amanda is the Finance Director for Dean Wilson LLP and has over 20 years of experience in both this field and practice management.   She is responsible for the overall financial management and performance of the firm.  She enjoys looking at new and improved ways to make the financial process and reporting more efficient and seamless from both a management and fee earning perspective.  She works closely with the James Chadburn, the Managing Partner in supporting the firm’s plans for future growth and development. 

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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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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

Kalia Shellard Dean Wilson

Kalia Shellard

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Kalia Shellard Dean Wilson

Kalia Shellard

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Kalia is a Paralegal within the Dispute Resolution team specialising in Landlord and Tenant Disputes. 

Kalia is a highly motivated individual who has experience managing her own caseload and always strives to achieve the best outcome for her clients. 

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • LLB Hons
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Izabela Toma

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution Department

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Izabela Toma

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution Department

Area of Specialism

Izabela is a proficient paralegal specialising in property litigation.

Izabela independently handles residential possession proceedings and is experienced in dealing with disputed matters. She consistently strives to resolve conflicts, seeking to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

She also works closely with a Partner to assist in various types of disputes, including title disputes, forfeiture under commercial leases, lease variation, and determination of service charge reasonability.

Recent Cases

Regularly acts for the Legal Protection Group in nationwide property possession proceedings.

Successfully handled a case involving the eviction of a trespasser in which she achieved a favourable financial resolution for the client, avoiding the need for court proceedings.

Assisted in representing an RTM company for an application to the First-Tier Property Tribunal for the determination of service charge reasonability and the variation of a lease.

Qualifications

Izabela graduated with a First-class degree from the University of Law, Guildford, and holds an award for the highest average mark at her campus.

Izabela can be contacted by email: ixt@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273249296.

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Francesca Lyons

Solicitor, Commercial Property & Real Estate Department

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Francesca Lyons

Solicitor, Commercial Property & Real Estate Department

Areas of Specialism

Francesca joined Dean Wilson in July 2022 as a solicitor in the commercial property team.

Francesca deals with a broad range of commercial property work ranging from sales and purchases, landlord and tenant matters, secured lending and due diligence title investigations in corporate transactions.

Francesca advises on all aspects of the landlord and tenant relationship and has experience acting for clients from private landowners, limited companies, charities and pension companies.

Qualifications

  • Solicitor 
  • BA Hons

Francesca can be contacted by email: fl@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 032345.

David Barling Dean Wilson

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 

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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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Sinead Dye

Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property & Real Estate Department

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Sinead Dye

Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property & Real Estate Department

Areas of Specialism

Sinead is an associate solicitor with over 5 years of experience in the Real Estate team. Sinead has experience in all aspects of commercial property with a focus on land development and the strategic land sector.

Sinead acts for both regional developers and landowners on a wide range of transactions including major land acquisition, land promotion, residential new build estate set ups and plot sales. Sinead’s wide scope of work has given her the experience and expertise to provide a comprehensive service and advise longstanding clients on multiple transactions to assist their ongoing business needs.

Sinead is proactive in her approach and works closely with her clients to achieve their goals in a timely manner.

Sinead works closely with the team which comprises David Hodge (Partner), Amy Edwards (Solicitor), Isabelle Svendsen (Paralegal), Samanda Mazreku (Legal Assistant) and Beverley McLoughlin (Assistant).  The team always look for solutions and take a flexible and pragmatic approach – the team are proactive, not reactive and the culture is “how” can we make this deal happen when obstacles are presented. The team are experienced in acquiring land (often site assembling) and taking the development through to the sale of individual units and we deal with developments comprising single units to in excess of 150 units. The team are also experienced in land trades and are not fazed in dealing with sites with a GDV in excess of £100m .

Recent Client Matters

  • Dealt with the estate set up for a residential development of 93 new dwellings;
  • Acting on a site acquisition for £7m; 
  • Involved in an ongoing refinance of a commercial portfolio worth over £32m.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor 
  • LLB Hons
     

Sinead can be contacted by email: sjd@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249270. 

David’s email is dh@deanwilson.co.uk or on his direct dial: 01273 249 249. 

Amy’s email is ae@deanwilson.co.uk and her direct dial is  01273 249 268.

Isabelle’s email is ixs@deanwilson.co.uk and her direct dial is 01273 249259.

Samanda’s email is szm@deanwilson.co.uk and her direct dial is 01273 249 263.

Bev’s email is bm@deanwilson.co.uk and her direct dial is 01273 249 242.

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Martina McKay ACILEX

Paralegal Executive, Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Martina McKay ACILEX

Paralegal Executive, Property Litigation and 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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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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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 032334.

Sara Nilsen

Sara Nilsen

Senior Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Sara Nilsen

Sara Nilsen

Senior Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Sara is a Senior Paralegal within the Dispute Resolution department and has extensive experience in all matters concerning residential possession claims. Sara represents both landlords and tenants and also works with providers of insurance cover for landlords. 

Additionally, Sara has experience in regard to breaches in relation to running Holiday Lets, from a lease perspective, acting for both leaseholders and freeholders. 

Sara is fluent in English and Norwegian and has a working knowledge of the Scandinavian languages. 

Recent Client Matters

  • Acting for the landlord in a defended section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 claim with disrepair dispute and successfully obtaining possession order and costs
  • Acting for the landlord in a defended section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 claim with subletting breach

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • Bachelor of Law from University of Sussex (LLB)

Sara can be contacted by email: sn@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 249276