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.

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Jason Piper
Policy Lead - Tax and Business Law, ACCA

Jason leads ACCA’s policy work on the closely related fields of tax and business law, considering both the direct impacts of developments in each field and the wider implications for business and society as a whole.

His policy and research interests cover all aspects of business form and their regulation, how they interact with tax systems and the wider economic and social environment, including the influence of technological change on both the regulatory and economic environment for entrepreneurs and criminals.

He is the face of ACCA at a number of UK government and EU Commission expert groups on tax and business law matters. He also represents ACCA on tax, business law and economic crime issues at Accountancy Europe, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEUnited) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC).

Jason 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. He is also a chartered tax adviser.