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Dean Wilson LLP
Ridgeland House
165 Dyke Road

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Brighton-based firm Dean Wilson LLP specialises in clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury claims involving birth, brain and spinal injuries, as well as medical misdiagnosis, among other issues. It stands out in difficult cases involving significant injuries where there are particularly complex causation arguments. The practice is jointly led by Alex Brown and Frances Pierce, who have a wealth of experience litigating high-value claims, including those concerning catastrophic birth injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord damage and fatal accidents. Court of Protection matters are another driver of activity. Senior chartered legal executive Ben Davey is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Frances Pierce; Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘Ben Davey was most helpful in guiding me through an unfamiliar area of law to reach a good settlement.’

‘Alex Brown has ensured that I have been periodically but fully updated, explaining details empathetically, sensitively and with clarity. He has always given reasonable time frames when requesting information and been fully accommodating of questions and requests.’

‘Both Alex Brown and Frances Pierce are very approachable and responsive. They show impressive knowledge in the area of brain injury and give clear advice and summaries in response to questions, which instills confidence.’

‘Alex Brown has excellent interpersonal skills. He has a calm, efficient manner and also shows empathy for a complex situation. He reassures while being realistic and honest.’

‘Excellent small but heavyweight PI and clinical negligence team. Nestled in a larger private client firm it can be possible to overlook this PI & CN team but anyone does so at their peril. With a vastly experienced leader in Frances Pierce, the team can rely on its up and coming stars such as Alex Brown and Ben Davey, who have years of relevant experience and can take cases forward and to successful conclusions with vigour.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Dean Wilson LLP's recent mandates included undertaking commercial landlord and tenant work for clients in the property management, retail and leisure sectors. In addition, residential possession cases have been another key area of activity. Also notable is that the firm has a strong track record in debt recovery work that concerns rent and service charge arrears. Practice head Claire Whiteman, a seasoned advocate and enfranchisement specialist, is a key contact for the firm’s property agent client base. Duncan Wilks concentrates on insolvency proceedings for an array of high-street retailers and restaurants. Gabrielle Moffatt’s landlord and tenant expertise sees her advising on numerous rent mediation strategies, as well as breaches of restrictive covenants and easements.

Practice head(s):

Claire Whiteman

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‘Ms Gabrielle Moffatt had the strength and key capabilities to unlock the case at a point that l thought all hope of winning was lost. l hold her in high regard.’

‘Would highly, personally recommend Gabrielle Moffatt. Excellent service, professional, dedicated and went above and beyond. Very knowledgeable.’

‘Dedicated, hard-working specialists. Well respected by clients, professional peers and the judiciary. Particular names; Gabrielle Moffat and Claire Whiteman.’

‘Claire Whiteman and Gabrielle Moffat are professional, trusted and always a pleasure to have on our side.’

‘I would say Dean Wilson is the best law firm in Brighton. All staff are extremely friendly and their practice is always immaculate. I have had several experiences with the firm in the last few years and have always been pleased with their service. Duncan Wilks has been a standout for me, and will regularly to reply to any messages outside of work hours when required.’

‘I have worked with many partners in my time and most of them will tell you what you want to hear, but Duncan’s honesty has saved us a lot of time and money. He was brilliant in finding us the right barrister and QC. He is a masterful tactician and I would not hesitate to use him again.’

‘The team offer a really personal service, reviewing each case on an individual basis and without making you feel like they are just in it for the fee. The advice is genuine and comforting during a troubling time.’

Key clients

The Connells Group

The Gym Group Limited

Co-Operative Estates Group

Batcheller Monkhouse

Leaders Limited

The Baron Homes Corporation Limited

Fairfax Properties

Austin Rees

Homemakers Properties Limited

Shoreham Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for Park Avenue Estates on an application to the First Tier Tribunal for a declaration that a tenant was in breach of the terms of the lease (which would then enable to the tenant to commence forfeiture proceedings) for failing to take adequate action against its own tenant.

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Dean Wilson LLP represents high-net-worth clients on the full range of family law matters, including advice on divorce, financial resolution, children issues, pre-nuptial agreements and emergency protection. Julian Hunt heads the family law department as a specialist family lawyer mediator and collaborative lawyer and experienced in working with the local community. Sarah Phillips frequently handles financial remedy cases, cohabitation disputes and Children Act matters.

Practice head(s):

Julian Hunt

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‘The solicitors I have worked with from this firm are all extremely professional and go above and beyond for their client’s to ensure that they feel that everything has been done to litigate their case at the highest level. ’

‘The team is very experienced and well respected in the area. They are very approachable and user friendly and take the stress out of what can be very difficult situations.’

‘Excellent and extremely efficient. It was made clear from the outset in relation to the structuring and probable fees. ’

‘Dean Wilson has a small, committed and caring family team, who provide top quality advice and representation to clients going through the most difficult of times. ’

‘Sarah Phillips is clever and incredibly hardworking and goes more than just the ‘extra mile’ for her clients. She is a pleasure to work with and I have recommended her on a number of occasions.’

‘Sarah Phillips is an outstanding solicitor. She is insightful and will go the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Julian Hunt is a superb lawyer with a very human touch. He is very bright and strategic in his approach to cases but with a light touch that makes the client feel comfortable and at ease’

‘Julian Hunt is a high quality family lawyer. Looking for the best options for his clients which will aim to settle their financial issues with the least amount of upset to their children and to minimise costs as much as possible. ’