Dean Thistle

My clients particularly value both my detailed case preparation as well the pragmatic advice I provide, which enables them to make informed decisions. I also have a reputation for skilled and carefully considered advocacy.

I have particular expertise in the civil arena including contractual disputes and landlord and tenant matters, as well as property and trust disputes acting for clients ranging from large commercial organisations to individuals, and have comprehensive experience of both fast and multi-track proceedings.

Within family law I specialise in matrimonial finance proceedings, with particular experience of acting in cases involving children.

I work hard to support vulnerable clients and those who find it difficult to undertake legal proceedings. I have experience of working with interpreters or other intermediaries as necessary to help you overcome any communication barriers you may have.

I am known as a diligent, hard-working advocate and have a reputation for providing frank and realistic advice. My previous experience as a Solicitor enables me to gain a rounded perspective on cases and to advise you on the necessary legal preparation for your case.

I also frequently provide CPD accredited seminars to advise solicitors in civil and family law.

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

My Family Law practice encompasses all aspects of private law proceedings, acting for a parent, grandparent or child.

My experience in this area includes dealing with residence and contact disputes including those involving allegations of sexual abuse (including where those allegations have been fabricated), drug/alcohol abuse and domestic violence. I also represent clients seeking injunctive relief through non-molestation or occupation orders, and can support you in proceedings involving removal from the jurisdiction.

I have appeared at all levels of the Family Court as well as the Court of Appeal.

Divorce and Matrimonial Finance

I have a firm grasp of the recent and ongoing changes in the Family Court and have appeared at all levels. My expertise in this area is such that I regularly update solicitors by presenting legal seminars.

I can support you in any type of hearing in this area – from procedural matters to multi-day final hearings. My clients’ situations have included complex asset portfolios, overseas properties and pre-nuptial agreements, and my experience also includes dealing with interests or shares in companies or jointly owned businesses. I have also worked with clients to protect their assets where a ‘second family’ is involved.

You may have begun these proceedings by representing yourself but now find that you would benefit from some expert legal support. I would be happy to discuss how I could assist you in such circumstances.

I am also experienced in dealing with applications under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989.

Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute

My experience of both family proceedings and civil cases gives me considerable and well-rounded experience of TOLATA and other cohabitation disputes, to such a degree that I also advise solicitors through CPD accredited seminars.

If you are concerned about protecting your property on the break-down of a relationship, ideally I would advise you before you begin any proceedings to ensure that you are able to make a fully informed decision at every stage. However I am experienced at representing clients throughout the proceedings to final hearing and can provide advice at any stage.

Dean Thistle's Testimonials for Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute

“I’ve woke up today feeling so grateful and I owe so much of it to you guys, especially Dean who’s been great, both your guidance through the years and advice has been hugely noted and appreciated.”

Mr M Instructing Dean Thistle – June 2017


I have an extensive civil practice, and before becoming a barrister had several years’ experience as a solicitor. I regularly undertake fast and multi-track cases in all aspects of civil law from pre-issue, throughout proceedings until judgment and subsequent enforcement.

I am also frequently instructed in contractual disputes both for and against commercial organisations, as well as in TOLATA claims in the commercial sphere. My experience of dealing with property disputes includes leasehold enfranchisement, possession, notice requirements, assignment and repairing covenants, advising on behalf of both landlords and tenants. I am also experienced in cases including professional negligence, personal injury claims and detailed assessment of costs.

My experience enables me to appreciate both the legal issues involved in any dispute and the practical and personal impact any proceedings will have on you. As such, I aim to negotiate favourable settlements for you based on a complete understanding of and empathy towards your circumstances.

Dean Thistle's Commercial Cases

Property and Land Law

I regularly act both for landlords and tenants of private or commercial properties, appearing in the County Court as well as the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in relation to trusts of land and leasehold disputes, including disrepair claims, unlawful eviction and harassment as well as possession claims.

I can advise you before the commencement of any proceedings to ensure that you are able to make fully informed decisions at that stage, and represent you throughout the proceedings to final hearing and detailed assessment of costs and enforcement.

Probate & Inheritance

I have extensive experience of acting for personal representatives and beneficiaries in claims involving disputes over the validity of wills, trusts and beneficial ownership of property and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

I am also happy to provide representation and advice in relation to issues of testamentary capacity and undue influence as well as claims involving the liability of estates and personal representatives.