Dean has over 3 decades of legal experience. He initially gained his insurance and reinsurance experience in London, working on a range of London insurance market related matters. He now focuses on providing advice on strategic projects and major disputes in the Asia Pacific region.
Dean is "experienced across the board" and "renowned as one of the strongest insurance lawyers." He has a "very calm and considered" manner and ability to "get his point across in an easy and commercial way."
Chambers & Partners, Insurance, 2021
Dean is "the best in industry."
Legal 500, Insurance, 2021
Dean acts for vendors and purchasers in acquisitions and mergers of insurance companies in the region, and in respect of court approved business transfer schemes. He also provides regulatory and compliance advice to insurers/intermediaries and has acted for regulated entities in a number of regulatory investigations. He has extensive experience of dealing with regulators such as APRA, ASIC and the ACCC in relation to insurance sector companies wishing to conduct business in Australia and has particular expertise in the interface between the industry and regulators.
He has been involved in a number of significant, complex and reputationally critical insurance and reinsurance disputes including in respect of engineering, construction and valuer professional indemnity claims; industrial special risks coverage disputes; trade credit and political risk claims; and warranty and indemnity claims.
Dean is a core member of the firm's resilience team. The team delivers solutions to clients with the aim of building organisational resilience.
Dean is named as a leading insurance lawyer (Band 1) in Australia in Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Dean is also recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 for insurance law.