Dean specialises in financial lines products, with a focus on directors & officers, professional indemnity, management liability and coverage in the London and Australian markets.

With extensive experience advising on complex coverage issues and monitoring and advising insurers on strategy to resolve coverage disputes and the underlying litigation or investigation, Dean also has experience investigating, managing and resolving a diverse range of breach of director duties and professional indemnity claims. This experience ranges from defending directors in shareholder oppression claims and not-for-profit organisation disputes, to defending professionals as diverse as real estate agents, art restorers and photometry technicians to mortgage brokers, accountants and financial planners. Dean has also represented directors in ASIC examinations and ICAC investigations.

Dean has undertaken secondments at major insurers, where he supported various financial lines claims across multiple jurisdictions which required him to liaise with the local offices. He has developed a deep understanding of the relationships between insurers, brokers and insureds, which has enabled him to be recognised for his pragmatic and commercial approach to his advice.

  • Advising Australian and London insurers on coverage issues concerning class actions, large loss claims, claims by liquidators, investigations, inquiries and royal commissions and monitoring the same.
  • Defending Australian and London insurers in coverage litigation.
  • Defending directors for alleged breach of director duties claims by liquidators, shareholders, not-for-profit association members and family members.
  • Representing directors in ASIC investigations and ICAC inquiries.
  • Defending various professionals for allegations of negligence, breach of contract and engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct.
Areas of Expertise
  • Class Actions
  • Coverage
  • Directors + Officers Liability
  • Financial Institutions
  • Professional Liability

Industry Representation
  • Financial Institutions + Services
  • Healthcare + Life Sciences
  • Professions + Business Services
  • Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Professional Affiliations
  • Australia Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group (Company Secretary for the National Committee)
  • Financial Planning Association of Australia (Professional Standards and Conduct Committee)
  • NSW Claims Discussion Group