Regional law firm Watkins and Gunn has made a high-profile appointment to its award-winning team to support the continued expansion of the business.
Faris Dean has been recruited to head up a new team focusing on business law.
The firm, with offices in Newport, Cardiff, Pontypool and London, will now provide a wealth of corporate and commercial services including partnership and investment agreements, buying and selling of businesses and shares, shareholders agreements, advising on commercial contracts and drafting terms and conditions of business.
Joining the team from Richard Nelson LLP with 15 years of experience, Mr Dean, who is also a qualified accountant and fluent Arabic speaker, will assist the firm in developing the new department.
Providing both local and national SMEs with legal support, Mr Dean will also work to develop Watkins and Gunn’s international business offering, particularly targeting the Middle East, where it is already acting on behalf of an airline company.
Speaking of his new role, he said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the team here. Watkins and Gunn is a progressive firm. It has an excellent reputation in South Wales and has won a number of awards to back this up. I was interested in joining to expand its offering and develop the business internationally. My goal is to set up and expand the corporate commercial service to a level that makes a positive contribution to the firm.”
Clive Thomas, managing partner at Watkins and Gunn said: “We are delighted to have someone of Faris’s calibre join the team. His reputation precedes him and his experience will undoubtedly benefit us as we continue to expand the business.”
“We’re looking forward to offering new and existing clients a full range of corporate and commercial legal services. It is a very exciting time at Watkins and Gunn, with so many new developments and opportunities, and this appointment is the latest example.”
Watkins and Gunn offers a wide range of legal services including Accident Claims, Medical Negligence, Wills and Probate, Employment Law, Education Law, Public Law, Business Law, Divorce and Family Law, Childcare Law, Criminal Law, Road Traffic Law and Property.