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Paul J. Dean

Year of Call:  2001

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Paul J. Dean - International

Paul has been in practice as a commercial barrister for over 15 years. Prior to his call Paul qualified as a solicitor (Eversheds - 1996) and a Solicitor-Advocate (2001). His first degree gives him helpful technical and practical knowledge of disputes involving engineering.

Paul has been involved in the following cases with:-

  1. Denmark: arbitration (rights of audience granted before settlement reached).
  2. Dubai (DIFC) – UK based associate of court advocate.
  3. India – defending a client with novel internet software.
  4. Egypt – property rights dispute.



Chambers and Partners UK 2017 (partnership):
"He has one of the best junior partnership practices in Birmingham and is  more  experienced  in  it  than  anyone  else  I  know:  a  go-to  man  for  partnership." "Always a port of call for me: I trust him when it comes to partnership law and he's involved in the big cases."

Legal 500 UK 2016 (commercial, banking, insolvency and chancery law):
"a well-known insolvency expert" and "Technically very astute and accurate, and very personable."

Chambers and Partners UK 2015 (partnership):
"The key to Paul Dean is that he gives you a very clear understanding of what he needs from you and in return you get access to his analytical and methodical mind."

Legal 500 UK 2014 (commercial, banking and insolvency):
"A very tenacious, efficient and persistent advocate"

Chambers and Partners UK 2013 (partnership):
"He's very methodical and precise, and he gives you the comfort that no point will not have been fully researched and considered."

Legal 500 UK 2013 (chancery, commercial, insolvency and banking):
"an acute eye for detail"; and
a "relaxed but firm style of advocacy".

REPORTED CASES                                                                           

Hamed v Stevens [2013] EWCA Civ 911: (judgment 26 July): conflict of laws (foreign land - Egypt). The case concerned the transfer of US$300,000 by Mr Stevens to Mr Hamed's bank account in Egypt for the purpose of purchasing a holiday apartment. There was a dispute over whether Mr Stevens (and/or his partner) ever received title. Mr Stevens issued proceedings for restitution (in personam) in the Birmingham District Registry. Mr Hamed challenged jurisdiction on the basis that the true character of  the proceedings would be to resolve title to foreign land (in rem), in which case the jurisdiction of the English courts should be excluded under the Mozambique rule (British South Africa Co v Companhia de Mozambique [1893] AC 602). HHJ Purle QC dismissed Mr Hamed's application. The unanimous judgment of the Court of Appeal (Arden, Lloyd-Jones and Fulford LJJ) was that the case did not fall within what was left of the Mozambique rule. Furthermore, it would have fallen within the recognised exception to the Mozambique rule anyway, being a claim in personam: per Lord Mance in Pattni v Ali [2007] 2 AC 85 [26]. Mr Hamed's appeal was therefore dismissed. Lloyd Jones LJ added that a "most interesting point" raised in respect of the operation of Articles 2 and 22 of the Brussels I (Judgments) Regulation "must await decision on another occasion".

Hussain v Al-Awlaqi, Clout & Baya'a: (Dubai CFI 023/2009, 20th May 2010): insolvent limited liability partnership. Trust and confidence had broken down. Deadlock. Just and equitable winding up. Resisted on the basis of having made a reasonable offer to buy out the others. Raft of factual disputes which affected the valuation of the business dramatically. Justice Sir John Chadwick decided that it was "misconceived" to have a trial in order to evaluate whether the offer was reasonable and so the petition would be struck out. Instead he favoured an investigation by a liquidator and ordered a winding up. Paul acted as a UK based Associate of the Advocate in Court.

SPECIALIST AREAS                                                                          

Paul Dean is a member of the following specialist practice groups where detailed CV's can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

  • Insolvency
  • Banking & Financial
  • Company & Partnership
  • Commercial & Chancery Litigation

Recovery magazine (R3):

  • Case summaries (2015)

Insolvency Intelligence:

  • Case note - "Re: Safehosts (London) Ltd [2013] BCC 721 (provisional liquidation instead of administration)" (March 2011)

Corporate Rescue & Insolvency:

  • In Practice - "Proving solvency: consolidated accounts and the wisdom of hindsight?" Vol 7(6) [245] (Dec 2014)

St. Philips Commercial Brief:

  • "The hazards of insurance law" (Winter 2007 - Issue 3)
  • "E-disclosure - adverse costs" (Spring 2010- Issue 7)
  • "E-Disclosure - update (the new practice direction)" (Spring 2011 - Issue 8)
  • Partnership law: "Accounts and inquiries - how to achieve an equal footing" (2013)

Birmingham Law Society Bulletin:

  • "E-disclosure update" (March 2011)
  • Whitgift School, Croydon.
  • 1991: BSc (Hons) Manufacturing and Material Science - 1st class
  • 1993: PGDL (Nottingham Law School)
  • 1994: LPC (Nottingham Law School) - commendation
  • 1996: Solicitor
  • 2001: Solicitor Advocate (Civil)
  • 2001: Called to the Bar (Inner Temple)

Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA).

Birmingham Law Society – Dispute Resolution Committee (former member)


Pre 2006: playing rugby, travelling, scuba diving, certain wines and DIY.

Post 2006: parenting and thinking about the above.