Dean regularly represents employers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers in mediations, adjudications, expert determinations and arbitrations.
Dean has been handling construction disputes for approximately 25 years. Prior to practising law in Dubai he practised as a barrister from India Buildings Chambers in England and prior to that he worked as a quantity surveyor, after a period of service in the Royal Marines.
Dean has been based in Dubai since 2006 and since then he has been involved in some of the biggest construction arbitrations in the region. Whilst his primary area of practice is handling construction and engineering disputes, he also deals with disputes relating to upstream and midstream Oil & Gas matters and is regularly called on to represent employers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers in mediations, adjudications, expert determinations, arbitrations and the DIFC Courts. He has experience of the FIDIC, ICE (now ICC), NEC and JCT forms of contract along with many bespoke forms too.
Dean's day to day practice sees him working with the FIDIC suite of contracts (main contracts, subcontracts and consultancy forms) and he has conducted arbitrations under the auspices of the UNCITRAL, DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, QICCA, BCDR-AAA and ICC Arbitration Rules as well as numerous ad hoc arbitrations under various lex arbitri. He is conversant with the substantive and procedural laws of England, the DIFC and several civil law jurisdictions in the Middle East. As well as acting as counsel, Dean also accepts appointments as an arbitrator, adjudicator or mediator.