The ACCA Global Forum for Business Law

The forum brings together experts from the corporate sector, public practice and academia from around the world to debate trends and developments in business law. One of its areas of special focus is on how legal systems can achieve the right balance between encouraging entrepreneurial initiative and providing necessary protection for stakeholders and the public interest.



Faris Dean FCCA, Head of Business Law, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Faris obtained a law degree from the University of Leicester and gained his postgraduate diploma in law from the College of Law in London. He then joined and trained with two international accountancy firms before qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant. Following that Faris joined a law firm in the UK to train and qualify as a solicitor.

He has worked as a solicitor in the UK for 10 years. He is currently practising as a corporate/commercial solicitor with a firm based in The United Arab Emirates. His interests include swimming, golf and travel.

ACCA expert


Jason Piper
Technical Manager, Business Law and Tax

Jason works in the External Affairs team of ACCA dealing with tax and business law matters. His policy and research interests cover all aspects of business form and their regulation, alongside their interaction with tax systems and the wider economic environment. He represents ACCA at a number of international expert groups on tax and business law matters, convened by the UK Government, the European Commission, the European Federation of Accountants (FEE), the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC).

His written outputs include submissions to the EC on the future of European Company law, development of VAT and dealing with avoidance and evasion. He has developed positions on issues from cybersecurity to the war crime of pillage in relation to corporate governance, and has given evidence before a Select Committee of the UK House of Lords and drafted submissions for Select Committees of both UK Houses of Parliament, and writes regularly for the ACCA Blog and trade and mainstream press.

He has a first degree in Law with European Legal Systems from the University of East Anglia and a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of London, and is a Chartered Tax Adviser.