Rob Deans Principal

Rob Deans



Rob’s experience in the Middle East extends to an incredibly wide range of intellectual property related matters. From trade mark portfolio management through to cross-border disputes, Rob aims to deal with simple matters efficiently and to make complex matters seem simple.

After 17 years in the region, Rob has gained an in-depth knowledge of the region’s intellectual property laws and systems, and a strong appreciation of local practice. However, most importantly, he enjoys working with a team to understand the needs of clients and to deliver genuine solutions.

Academic qualifications

BA, law (Cambridge University), 1990
MA, law (Cambridge University), 1994


Solicitor, England & Wales, 1994
Solicitor, Hong Kong SAR, 1995

Before Deans IP

Johnson Stokes & Master (Hong Kong SAR), 1994-2000
Bird & Bird (Hong Kong SAR), 2000-2003
Clyde & Co (UAE), 2003-2020


For intellectual property in the UAE:

Legal 500: Leading Individual or Hall of Fame, 2010-2020

Chambers Global: Band 1 or Star Individual, 2011-2020

World Trademark Law Review (WTR) 1000: Gold Tier 2015-2020

Managing IP: IP Star 2014-2020

Managing IP, IP Stars says:

Deans impresses with his “knowledge, demeanour and responsiveness

Chambers Global says:

An omnipresent figure with an in-depth knowledge of intellectual property laws

A “Leading light and “The main name in this market

WTR 1000 says:

Rob Deans “inspires confidence with his astuteness; he always finds the right solution


Legal 500 says:

Rob Deans has a “long-standing, good reputation”; clients “trust his advice and his vision”, describing him as “very resourceful

Friendly, personable and practical