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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Dean Wilson LLP

Dean Wilson LLP is 'an excellent quality firm' with a clinical negligence team that is filled with 'experienced and reliable practitioners'. The group specialises in high-value catastrophic clinical negligence claims involving birth, brain, spinal and orthopaedic injuries. Ben Davey is 'excellent' and focuses on complex multi-track cases, having developed a reputation for handling very high-profile matters.

Practice head(s):Frances Pierce

Other key lawyers:Alex Brown; Ben Davey


'Dean Wilson has strength and depth in a relatively small team. They are client-focused and results-focused.'

'Alex Brown is a senior solicitor with years of experience. He's good with clients, is realistic and commercial in his approach.'

'Ben Davey punches well above his weight.  He is astute and maintains a good grasp of the overview of a case, even when unexpected complications would knock a lesser lawyer off course.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a complex fatal delay in diagnosing lung cancer case.
  • Handling a multimillion-pound cerebral palsy matter caused by birth injury claim.
  • Acting in an article 2 ‘right to life’ matter denied by medical negligence.
  • Acting in a matter involving medical negligence causing the client to lose vision.
Next Generation Partners

Alex Brown - Dean Wilson LLP

Rising stars

Ben Davey - Dean Wilson LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Dean Wilson LLP

Dean Wilson LLP's personal injury team is 'knowledgable, compassionate, committed and full of talent'. Led by 'a total figurehead for the firm', Frances Pierce, the team skilled in handling an assortment of high-value and complex matters which range from severe brain and spinal injuries to amputation. Pierce is an accomplished mediator and litigator and specialises in brain injury claims in both adults and children, while newly-made partner Alex Brown is also skilled in dealing with brain injury claims.

Practice head(s):Frances Pierce

Other key lawyers:Alex Brown; Ben Davey


'Frances Pierce is definitely someone you would want batting for you, not for the other side. A strategic thinker who is willing to think outside the box to ensure the best outcomes for her clients.'

'Frances Pierce is a tenacious and formidable lawyer who is prepared to take risks and fight difficult legal principles.’

'Alex Brown is absolutely a rising star which is an obvious testament to his ability to have been made partner.’

Next Generation Partners

Alex Brown - Dean Wilson LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Dean Wilson LLP

Dean Wilson LLP is highlighted for combining its expertise with a high degree of client care on complex financial remedy and children cases. Julian Hunt acts for a broad range of clients from high-net-worths to those of more modest means and employs both collaborative and litigation solutions on financial and children matters. Sarah Phillips  also has broad experience including financial remedy cases involving pensions, trusts and assets in foreign jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):Julian Hunt

Other key lawyers:Sarah Phillips


'The family team at Dean Wilson is led by Julian Hunt who brings experience and compassion to his cases. Julian always puts the clients first and this is part of the ethos of the entire family department. The quality of work is of a London standard but at a much lower cost to the client.'

'The level of client care and knowledge of the clients and their individual cases is particularly striking.  Instructions are always thoroughly prepared and clear.'

'Julian Hunt is one of the toughest negotiators but one of the most charming men you will ever meet.'

'Both Sarah Philips and Julian Hunt are a pleasure to receive instructions from. Julian's experience shines through. He provides his clients with a high level of support and presents their cases in the most thorough and persuasive fashion.  Sarah is very committed to providing each of her clients with the best possible representation and achieving the best possible result of each of them.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a mother on divorce, finances and children matters with an allegation of assets being hidden in overseas jurisdictions.
  • Representing a client on divorce, finances and children issues, also involving domestic violence and a challenge to a prenuptial agreement.
  • Assisted a mother who wished to use a collaborative process. The parties became hostile but through shuttle collaborative means the matter was settled without recourse to litigation.

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South East: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Dean Wilson LLP

Dean Wilson LLP's property litigation group, which is led by Claire Whiteman, is experienced in lease extension and enfranchisement claims, and matters concerning rent and service charge arrears. Property-related statutory enforcement (including HMO licensing, noise abatement and Community Assets Listing) is an area of recent growth for the firm. Gabrielle Moffatt demonstrates strong capabilities in development-related disputes and commercial landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):Claire Whiteman

Other key lawyers:Gabrielle Moffatt


'The team's depth of knowledge is excellent, and it is well integrated with other practice areas'.

'Provides practical advice with down-to-earth language, minus the jargon'.

'They conduct a strategic assessment of all the options available  are are resolute in their approach'.

'Very tough in negotiations'.

'The firm has a modern approach that makes it approachable and instills confidence in clients'.

'A very well respected go-to firm for property litigation'.

'Gabrielle Moffatt was wholeheartedly committed to our situation and was always straightforward and mindful of our needs; she demonstrated complete and full understanding of the process'.

'Gabrielle Moffatt is understanding, competent and flexible in her approach'.

Key Clients

Batcheller Monkhouse


Shoreham Port Authority

Pepper Fox Ltd

Austin Rees

The Gym Group Limited

Leaders Ltd

Gary Pickard / Jacksons

Ellman Henderson Ltd

Hydehead Properties Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a business tenant in disputed lease renewal proceedings based on redevelopment ground under the 1954 Act.
  • Representing a freeholder of a block of flats in a dispute over the appropriate capitalisation rate in the valuation of ground rents under leasehold extension and enfranchisement legislation.
  • Represented a flat owner in an appeal against City of London Noise Abatement Notice.
  • Acting for a freeholder in claim against leaseholder for unauthorised alterations discovered in context of dealing with a lease extension.
  • Acting for a landlord of block of flats regarding its blanket ban on keeping dogs.
Rising stars

Gabrielle Moffatt - Dean Wilson LLP

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