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Sydney Mitchell LLP

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Birmingham, Sheldon, Shirley

Dean Parnell

Work 0121 698 2200
Sydney Mitchell LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution, employment.


Dean is a Partner and he jointly heads up the Dispute Resolution department and is best known for his ability to handle high-value complicated commercial disputes and all forms of injunctive relief. He is able to act as a Supervising Solicitor on Search Orders and is also a very experienced mediator and has undertaken over 45 commercial mediations as lead mediator. In terms of his practice, Dean has acted for a wide range of organisations including FTSE 100 companies, other publicly quoted companies, multi-national organisations, central government, partnerships and owner managed businesses. Dean is also responsible for the employment and regulatory team and as a part of his practice he is able to deal with employment disputes and company defence work in respect of health and safety, trading standards and food safety prosecutions. Clients have referred to Dean as someone who ‘will always fight your corner’, ‘thinks outside the box’ and a ‘problem solver’; he is well known for wanting to achieve the best possible result for his clients.


Hammond Suddards 1995-99; Pinsent Curtis Biddle 1999-2003; partner Sydney Mitchell 2003 to date.


The ADR Group; The Employment Lawyers Association; chairman of Birmingham Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Committee; president of Birmingham Law Society (2010/2011); finance director of Birmingham Law Society; MENSA; sits on the Birmingham City University’s Legal Advisory Panel.


De Montford University (LLB Hons).


Rugby, gym.

West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Sydney Mitchell LLP is ‘one of the strongest of the smaller city centre firms in commercial litigation’, and thrives under the leadership of Dean Parnell, who is ‘very experienced and sensible, with sound judgement and a particular skill at negotiating very good deals for his clients’. Parnell is an experienced mediator and is also qualified to act as a supervising solicitor for search orders. The practice represented clients in a number of multimillion-pound claims and noted an increase in injunctive relief, SWAP claims, shareholder disputes and civil fraud. Kamal Majevadia, who co-heads the team with Parnell, has ‘good technical knowledge and is particularly good at insolvency, restructuring and financial professional negligence cases’. Richard Cooper departed for Emms Gilmore Liberson.

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West Midlands: Human resources


Within: Employment

Sydney Mitchell LLP’s diverse practice ‘punches above its weight’. The practice acts for employers and individuals in contentious and non-contentious matters, and Birmingham-based team head Dean Parnell attracts praise for his ability to ‘focus on solutions rather than conflict for the sake of it’. He represented an individual in a complex disability discrimination and victimisation claim against their employer, as well as a shareholder who was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct following a health and safety audit. Jade Linton is ‘a superstar and a joy to work with’; she acted for an individual in sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010, which was complicated by the fact the claimant and respondent had previously been in a relationship. She also handled a whistleblowing claim brought by a high-ranked executive whose employment was terminated due to suspicions of fraudulent activity. Associate Tina Chander left the firm to join Wright Hassall LLP.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles high-value and complex claims regarding property and banking issues for clients such as Hertford Solutions and West Bromwich Building Society. The ‘commercially astuteDean Parnell has ‘technical knowledge that is second to none and is a solicitor you would want on your side’. He leads the practice with Kamal Majevadia, who is singled out for insolvency, restructuring and financial cases. Assistant solicitor Sundeep Bilkhu supports the partners with regards to negligence claims against solicitors and construction professionals, and recently represented a professional client in a case against his governing body for allegedly failing to adequately represent him in court resulting in significant liability costs. The ‘hardworking and responsive’ Preena Lal is also recommended.

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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Health

Sydney Mitchell LLP’s public-sector healthcare practice is headed by Fahmida Ismail in Birmingham, closely supported by consultant Tony Harris, who splits his time between Birmingham and Shirley and acted for a retiring senior partner with regards to the cancellation of his GMS contract and the negotiation of his retirement agreement. Areas of expertise include advising on sales, acquisition and mergers of GP practices, partnership disputes, and LIFT and non-LIFT projects. Harris and Ismail recently advised on the changes to partnership agreements in the context of retiring and incoming partners and the re-mortgaging of freehold surgery premises through a complex borrowing scheme requiring safeguarding and indemnity clauses to protect each individual partner. In another mandate, Ismail oversaw the retirement of a GP partner who wished to remain an owner of the leasehold premises. Associates Stewart Coles and Roy Colaba recently represented a GP partnership in connection with the lease of its surgery premises, while Dean Parnell handled a commercial dispute between dentists working in the same practice where the relationship had completely broken down but a fee-sharing agreement remained.

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