Dean completed his Law Degree at Melbourne University in 1989 and began his legal career at two of Melbourne’s larger law firms, gaining experience in property, liquor licensing, general commercial advice, trusts law and general commercial litigation. He subsequently refined his skills in the areas of commercial litigation, debt recovery and enforcement, contract and leasing disputes and general insolvency law.
After being actively involved in the earliest application of the then-new voluntary administration legislation in mid-1993, Dean built a successful practice around a diverse range of complex insolvency and associated litigation files (covering all aspects of bankruptcies and liquidations). By working closely with a number of Australia’s leading accountants and insolvency practitioners, Dean was able to service the needs of a diverse range of clients who from time to time encountered or appointed controllers, administrators, liquidators or trustees.
In recent years, Dean has developed a much broader-based commercial law practice (with a particular interest in succession planning), while training and supervising other lawyers and helping to run a number of businesses of his own. He has also more recently diversified into the areas of criminal law, probate and Will disputes.
Key areas of practice:
Banking and finance
Bankruptcy and insolvency