Dean Wilson LLP > Brighton, England > Firm Profile

Dean Wilson LLP
Ridgeland House
165 Dyke Road

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Brighton’s Dean Wilson LLP is a ‘small but highly dedicated team‘ specialising in higher value and serious injury claims; the team’s size means it is ‘able to give each client the attention and focus their claims merit‘. The Brighton-based practice is led by Alex Brown, who has experience litigating high-value claims, including catastrophic birth injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord damage and fatal accidents. Other key members of the team include ‘natural leaderFrances Pierce, who is ’empathetic with clients but tenacious and creative as a litigator‘, and senior chartered legal executive Ben Davey.

Practice head(s):

Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘One of the reasons we chose Alex Brown was due to his experience and understanding of how one can be affected when living with a disability. He has identified points that had not even considered and this is therefore helping us plan for the future.’

‘Frances Pierce is a formidable lawyer whom you would always want on your side. She’s knowledgeable and brave but also alive to commercial realities and litigation risk and her clients trust her every inch of the way.’

‘Alex Brown understands what has happened and strives for success, giving very good advice and also the thinking behind allowing me to understand and also make correct decisions.’

‘I cannot say anything negative about the team at all, they have been fantastic to deal with from the start!’

‘Ben Davey has been fantastic in assisting me with my ongoing claim. He gives good advice with my best interests in mind – going through all information thoroughly to ensure I have full understanding.’

‘Alex Brown is excellent a definite rising star with a canny sense of how to prosecute a claim, excellent client skills and immensely hard working.’

‘Ben Davey is an industrious and very capable lawyer who covers all the bases, never misses a trick and works tirelessly for his clients’

‘Alex Brown combines compassion and charm in equal measure to achieve the best results for his clients whilst maintaining a sensible working relationship with opponents. Ben Davey litigates cases of real complexity with aplomb and an excellent sense of judgment.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Dean Wilson LLP‘s highly regarded property litigation team provides the full spectrum support to its broad base of regional and national clients. Based in Brighton and with specialist experience in long leasehold and freehold matters, Claire Whiteman heads up the team. Gabrielle Moffatt has expertise in residential possession claims, and is developing a specialism in matters relating to fire safety, while Duncan Wilks has a strong focus on commercial insolvencies. Solicitor Daniel Dickson is well regarded for his work on disputes involving forfeiture and breach of contract.

Practice head(s):

Claire Whiteman


‘For many years we have been associated with the firm. The supporting team are always extremely helpful and professional. One has confidence that any matters needing their attention will be dealt with efficiently and with their full knowledge of the task in hand.’

‘Claire Whiteman deserves special mention as the partner to go to. She is extremely knowledgeable and has a very professional and pragmatic approach when involved in litigation relating to leasehold matters and landlord and tenant issues. Her case presentation for hearings is especially thorough and well structured.’

‘The property litigation department is brimming with talent. In particular, Claire Whiteman and Gabrielle Moffatt, both have heavyweight property practices. All cases are dealt with robustly and with a personal touch. No matter the complexity, cases are dealt with efficiently, with excellent professionalism and clients always return. They have excellent depth within the team. A well led property team has meant that there are various up and coming junior solicitors learning from talented partners and are being prepared to be the next stars. Daniel Dickson requires particular mention. As a result the team can cover all levels of cases from the more routine to the complicated and everything in between.’

‘The level of service and personal attention from the litigation team at Dean Wilson LLP is exceptional. We work with a number of local litigation solicitors but recommend Dean Wilson to clients at every opportunity and without hesitation.’

‘Claire Whiteman and Gabrielle Moffatt are at the very top of their game and are skilled, efficient and highly competent property litigators.’

‘We work with Claire Whiteman. She is the consummate professional litigator. Strong communication skills with clients, responds promptly to requests for assistance, always seeking to avoid the need for escalation in time and costs but, once in court, a formidable opponent. We’d always want her acting for us rather than against!’

‘Highly skilled practitioners in property litigation. Approach is non-confrontational and effective in dealing with difficult people, keeping animosity to a minimum.’

Key clients

Thousand 4 1000 Cio

Shoreham Port Authority

The Leaders Romans Group

Deacons Building Services Limited

LSK Properties Limited

Perth Holdings Limited

The Connells Group (including Sequence (UK); Fox & Sons; William H Brown)

Co-Operative Group Estates Services

Debenham Property Trust

Legal Protection Group

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

Dean Wilson LLP’s Brighton family law team is made up of ‘highly experienced solicitors, committed to providing the best representation.’ Team head Julian Hunt has substantial experience in advising high net worth clients. He is decribed as ‘an excellent, well respected lawyer, equally at home in litigation and collaborative law settings.

Practice head(s):

Julian Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Phillips; Jennie Apsey


‘Immediate response to questions with accurate and precise document retrieval. All individuals willing and able to take responsibility for enquiries re specific cases and follow the enquiry up until contact with relevant practise member achieved.’

‘Julian Hunt guided me intelligently through a difficult divorce.’

‘Highly experienced solicitors, committed to providing the best representation. A modern firm, consistently endeavouring to provide the highest quality service.’

‘Sarah Phillips is an exceptional solicitor. She is devoted to preparing the best case for her clients and leaves no stone unturned. She works extremely hard and has an exceptional knowledge of private law children matters and those professions associated with it (experts, social workers, CAFCASS). I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’

‘Dean Wilson has a small specialist team of family lawyers who really know how to deliver high quality legal services to people in difficult circumstances. The partners have fantastic professional support and their bundling systems in this electronic age are second to none!’

‘I have worked with Sarah Phillips on a number of complex cases and found her to be knowledgeable, efficient, charming and yet appropriately tough with opponents, and clients when necessary. She is incredibly supportive of her clients and moves heaven and earth to achieve the best outcome for them. I have recommended her to others on a number of occasions.’

‘Julian Hunt is a very experienced solicitor who conducts the advocacy in most of his cases, although in the cases he has instructed me on I have found him to be supportive and insightful and someone who works collaboratively to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘Jennie Apsey is a star in the making. She has qualified later in life and has all the practical experience and insight to assist clients in navigating the most emotionally challenging time of their lives.’