Rob Deans Principal

Rob Deans



After over 29 years in Asia, Rob has gained an in-depth understanding of the intellectual property laws and systems across the region, and a true appreciation of local practice.

Having practised in Hong Kong for 10 years, Rob moved to the Middle East in 2003 where he has developed a practice which 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.

However, most importantly, he enjoys working with a team to understand the needs of clients and to deliver genuine solutions across the Middle East and the rest of Asia.

Academic qualifications

BA law (Cambridge University)
MA law (Cambridge University)


Solicitor, England & Wales, 1994
Solicitor, Hong Kong SAR, 1995 (non-practising)

Before Ownership

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


For intellectual property in the UAE:

  • Legal 500:  Hall of Fame or Leading Individual, every year from 2010 onwards
  • Chambers Global: Star Individual or Band 1, every year from 2011 onwards
  • Managing IP: IP Star, every year from 2014 onwards
  • World Trademark Law Review (WTR) 1000: Gold Tier, every year from 2015 onwards

News & Insights

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