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 ACCA
Solicitor, Lyons Davidson

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 to train and qualify as a solicitor.

He is currently practising as a corporate/commercial/regulatory solicitor with a national firm based in Bristol. He is an adviser to the south Wales ACCA members' network and a member of the Bristol ACCA members' network. His interests include swimming, golf and travel.

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John Davies
Head of Technical, ACCA

John is responsible for ACCA's work on technical policy matters affecting the accountancy profession. As well as co-ordinating the range of ACCA’s activities, he has a special interest in company law, insolvency and pensions matters and is directly responsible for ACCA's outputs in those areas. He acts as secretary to the ACCA Global Forum for Business Law and its insolvency and pensions committees, and also acts as editor of a periodical newsletter for ACCA's insolvency practitioner members. He represents ACCA on a number of professional and business bodies in the UK and Europe. 

John writes widely for the professional and business press and has written policy and advisory material published by ACCA on topics such as the responsibilities of company directors, auditors’ liability, credit management, corporate rescue, e-commerce and limited liability partnerships. He has lectured on company law, audit and money laundering issues in the UK and around the world and conducted interviews on television and radio.

He has a degree in sociology and politics from the University of Wales, a Diploma in financial management and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.