Dean Parnell > Sydney Mitchell LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Sydney Mitchell LLP
B2 5TJ

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.


Chair of Birmingham Law Society’s Dispute Resolution Committee (2010-2019); President of Birmingham Law Society (2010/2011); Finance Director of Birmingham Law Society (2012-2018); MENSA.


De Montford University (LLB Hons).


Rugby, gym.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Property litigation

Sydney Mitchell LLP focuses on landlord and tenant disputes, which is a key area for real estate litigation associate Sundeep Bilkhu, who acts alongside Dean Parnell, who leads the wider dispute resolution practice. The duo handles claims relating to the termination of leases, dilapidation claims, adverse possession claims and boundary disputes. Bilkhu also acts for lenders and private clients in bringing professional negligence claims against surveyors and architects, as well as restrictive covenant disputes.

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

Sydney Mitchell LLP works for employers and employees. It has represented some key international companies and has also represented individual clients on a range of matters from whistleblowing and disability discrimination cases through to issues of sexual harassment and discrimination. In addition to these contentious matters the group has also been busy advising on a number of employment issues that have arisen on some complex TUPE transfers. Emma-Louise Hewitt, a senior associate, heads the team and advises on all aspects of employment law, acting for individuals and businesses of all sizes including a global automotive company and fashion designer/retailer. Dean Parnell predominantly advises companies and very senior employees.

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Sydney Mitchell LLP‘s commercial litigation team attracts praise for its ‘competitive costs’ and ‘high levels of partner involvement‘. Dean Parnell, who handles a range of commercial litigation and employment disputes, jointly leads the practice alongside Shirley-based Kamal Majevadia, who handles probate disputes involving commercial issues and company shares. ‘Tenacious senior associate Emma Birch joined from Weightmans LLP adding financial services litigation and manufacturing disputes experience.