Mr Dean is global head of offshore at HFW. He focuses mainly on dispute resolution and advisory work involving offshore vessels and rigs including contractual disputes and drafting, collisions, fire and explosion, total loss, towage, seismic and limitation.

He regularly speaks at and chairs offshore vessel conferences and is on the BIMCO panel for its ‘Using SUPPLYTIME’ course, the review committee for the SUPPLYTIME 2005 revision and on the drafting committee for BIMCO’s new standard form Offshore Dismantling Services Agreement. Experience gained working for an International Group P&I club specialising in offshore vessels enables Mr Dean to combine practical understanding with the legal role and he is identified in the legal directories as one of the leading individuals in his fields.

Mr Dean was thanked for his contribution to the most recent edition of the leading textbook on offshore contracts by Simon Rainey QC – ‘Paul Dean of HFW, one of the leading and busiest practitioners in the field of offshore contracts ... and a veritable guru on the topic of the BIMCO forms, particularly SUPPLYTIME, who as before very kindly gave me the benefit of his great experience and practical insights and with whom once again I have had the great good fortune to work on a host of tricky problems on the various BIMCO forms’.

Mr Dean is qualified in England and Wales and was admitted as a solicitor in 1991.