Michael Dean > Dentons > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

European Competition and Regulatory.


Michael is a partner in our Glasgow office.

Michael obtained an Honours Degree from Glasgow University and studied EU law at the College of Europe, Bruges. Early in his career, he worked for four years in London with a major international law firm, before returning to establish a practice in a Scottish commercial law firm.

Michael has experience in competition law, including cartel proceedings, distribution, state aids and merger clearances. In addition, he has extensive knowledge in the fields of public procurement and export controls. He also has considerable expertise in regulatory law, particularly in the power, post and water sectors.

He is an Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany for Glasgow.


Trained O’Donnell Vaughan & Co; qualified 1986; assistant McKenna & Co, 1986-1988; assistant Lovell White Durrant 1988-1990; McGrigor Donald, 1991-1997; partner Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 1998 to date.




International Association of Defense Counsel; Procurement Law Association; Competition Law Association; Scottish Competition Forum; Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Glasgow; New York State Bar International Section.


University of Glasgow (1982 LLB (Hons); 1983 Diploma, Professional Legal Practice); College of Europe, Bruges (1984 Diploma in Advanced European Studies).


Running; tennis; hill walking.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Dentons demonstrates a tenacity for merger control, compliance, vertical supply chain, competition litigation, public procurement, utilities regulation and dawn raid mandates, deploying its far-reaching international network to handle both domestic and cross-border affairs. Practice head Michael Dean is reputed for the full array of competition law matters, a forte which he complements with extensive expertise of regulatory law, particularly within the water, post and power fields. Elsewhere, Catriona Munro is a go-to for state aid, cartel and contentious competition law affairs meanwhile counsel Carolyn Burns is forging a prominent reputation among government and regulatory clients. Senior associate Melanie Martin is also a key member of the team, having notably advised the UK government on competition, Brexit and state aid-related issues.