Dean is an experienced senior lawyer in the firm's real estate team, with broad knowledge acquired over many years working with clients on commercial real estate transactions and which includes acting for investors, occupiers, developers and lenders.

His experience includes advising on all aspects of commercial property related matters, including: purchasing, selling and managing investment properties; landlord and tenant matters; letting of shops, offices and industrial units; acting for large corporate occupiers; acquiring and structuring sites for commercial and residential development, as well as coordinating teams on the end unit sales process.

Some particular examples of Dean’s wide experience include:

  • acting for large industrial investment funds on acquisitions, disposals (including £150m portfolio), and asset management of large portfolios of industrial estates;
  • acting for a large logistics operator in acquiring a new 150,000+ sq. ft. facility at London Medway pursuant to a development agreement for lease;
  • acting for a large transatlantic financial services operator in the taking of new London headquarter premises in Paternoster Square;
  • advising and acting for a large PLC on the disposal of its £100m+ Manchester office portfolio;
    • acting for overseas investors in the acquisition of £60m+ plus office building in Mayfair;
    • advising residential developers on the acquisition and structuring of residential development sites;
    • acting for a substantial private investment and development company in its acquisition, development and forward sale of sites including for electronic vehicle charging and self-storage facilities;
    • advising a large property developer in connection with its proposed £150m PBSA scheme; and
    • providing corporate support on the acquisition of care homes, acting on the real estate aspects of those business acquisitions.

    Dean joined Shoosmiths’ real estate practice in the London office in June 2022 having spent over 16 years at international law firm Clyde & Co.


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