William Dean

William is a barrister practising in London from the Chambers of Andrew Ritchie Q.C. (9 Gough Square). He has a busy common law practice, encompassing civil, family and criminal cases. He appears frequently in the civil courts in trials, applications and interim hearings whilst managing a diverse practice advising on paper and drafting statements of case. He primarily acts in disputes involving matters of personal injury, contract, commercial interests and costs and frequently tackles new areas of work. He regularly acts in family matters involving children in the Family Court and the High Court. The majority of his family practice involves care proceedings. William also acts for defendants and prosecuting authorities in criminal cases, both legally-aided and on a private basis. He regularly acts for the police, HMRC, UKBA and other non-C.P.S. authorities. He is a contributor to books and texts on personal injury, criminal injuries compensation, the Public Law Outline and other legal matters.
Contributed to


Claims on behalf of children—an introduction
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, which sets out the rules relating to proceedings involving children. A child is any person under the age of 18. The rules state that unless a court has made a specific order that a child can act on their own behalf, a child cannot be involved in proceedings without the appointment of a litigation friend. This rule applies whether the child is the claimant or a defendant. The Practice Note also covers the rules relating to service of a certificate of suitability by a person wishing to act as litigation friend and provides an overview of the different types of claims involving children.

Practice areas


  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association


  • Contributing Author

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