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Dean is an experienced commercial contracts lawyer who also specialises in competition law and State aid.

He has advised a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors on contractual issues ranging from complex outsourcing projects to standard terms and conditions.

Dean has extensive experience of EU and UK competition law, advising clients on contentious and non-contentious matters covering anti-trust issues, merger clearance and State aid.

Dean also advises clients on wider regulatory issues, specifically Data Protection and Bribery Act 2010 compliance.


Dean has extensive experience of commercial contract drafting, negotiating and advising.

He has assisted public sector clients in an outsourcing context, ensuring the client obtains the solution they need on the most favourable terms possible.

He has advised private sector clients across numerous sectors including utilities, chemicals, fast moving consumer goods, logistics, motor vehicle manufacturing and education.

Examples of his experience in this area include:

  • Advising an NHS Trust on a complex transitional ICT services arrangement in relation to a reorganisation of the Trust
  • Advising a fire and rescue service on a major outsourcing of hardware and software
  • Advising a motor vehicle manufacturer on a development consortium backed by EU funding
  • Advising a solar PV business on power purchase agreements, both for sole customers and incorporating export to the grid

Dean has advised on successful merger cases before the Competition and Markets Authority (formerly the Office of Fair Trading) and the European Commission.

These cases have covered a diverse range of sectors including equine bloodstock sales, complex financial products, UK rail franchises, acquisitions of bus companies and mergers of private hire taxi companies.

Dean has designed and implemented competition law compliance programmes for numerous clients.

He has defended clients in competition law investigations including the first cartel investigation under the Competition Act 1998, the “replica kit” case and industry-wide investigations into suspected anti-competitive practices in branded goods and construction.

He has advised on precedent-setting High Court litigation including Chester City Council-v-Arriva and Arriva the Shires-v-Luton Airport.

As a State aid specialist, Dean has advised granting bodies (both public and third sector), grant recipients and third party objectors.

Dean has worked with local authorities on the State aid issues arising from the funding of major redevelopment projects.

He has advised on the existing North East JEREMIE programme and on the forthcoming replacement, JEREMIE II.

Dean has also assisted potential grant recipients in negotiating to ensure the maximum permissible amount of aid is provided to his client.

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