Dean Skinner


Contact Dean Skinner

Telephone 01273 734 600


Dean Skinner is an experienced property solicitor who joined the firm in November 2015.

Dean deals with a full range of residential conveyancing property transactions including sales, purchases, transfers of equity and remortgages.

Dean brings a calm and knowledgeable approach to all of his client matters and also an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining great working relationships with both his clients and all other parties to a property transaction.

In his spare time Dean enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen Arsenal fan.

Dean can be contacted via email


Just wanted to take this opportunity to say a great big THANK YOU for all your help and support and your tireless pursuit of excellence." M & C Hughes- 2019

"I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you very much for the hard work you put into the sale of our property. You dealt with my endless emails and phone calls with so much patience, efficiency and professionalism from beginning of the process until the sale was (finally!!) completed - with all the delays and complications along the way." A-Hart 2019

"Crosby Woods provided efficient and professional service throughout my first time buying process. Dean was fantastic and was very quick at responding to any queries we had. He also would be happy to explain everything which is very important the first time you are buying a house due to being unsure with the process. He was also great at putting pressure on other solicitors and suppliers when needed. I would have no problem recommending this company and would like to thank you so much for all your support during this process which made it pain and stress free!" M.Phillips- 2019

We have moved before and used other solicitors and I must say that the professionalism shown by the staff here was the best we've seen. I would highly recommend Dean and his colleagues as they have been fast to act and easy to talk to. They kept us informed and made everything move smoothly even though our circumstances were difficult." Rob and Celine S- 2019

"Dean Skinner was our solicitor in our first ever flat purchase. Being new to the process, Dean was very helpful at explaining things to us and helping us when we weren’t sure who to contact about various topics. The service was always professional and to a very high standard. We would most definitely recommend using Crosby and Woods." F.H- March 2019

"Dean you have been so efficient and helpful with getting our sale completed. You have been a far cry from the previous solicitors we were using." LM- Feb 2019

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your courteous, efficient service and for making my sale and purchase run smoothly. I will definitely recommend you." E.B- December 2018

“The friendly, approachable team at Crosby Woods guided us through each stage of the buying process, provided excellent, professional advice and remained calm when things became hectic. Overall a great, value-for-money service.” J.B- July 2018

"I contacted Dean at Crosby & Woods on recommendation and couldn’t have been happier with the conveyancing service provided. After our initial conversation, Dean promptly sent out the relevant paperwork and once I have engaged his services the communication from Dean and Helena was excellent, and, as a first time buyer, they answered all my questions clearly to give me peace of mind.

Throughout the process they were efficient in dealing with my enquiries and met all deadlines to ensure my house purchase went as smoothly as possible. I had to drop off documents at the Crosby & Woods office on a couple of occasions and even though I didn’t deal with Dean or Helena directly the rest of the Crosby & Woods team were friendly and efficient.

will certainly considering using Crosby & Woods in the future as and when I need their services. Thanks again." M.Tate- July 2018

“Dean and Helena’s communication throughout the purchase of my first property has been exceptional and their diligence made the buying process extremely stress-free. They’ll certainly be my go-to conveyancers in the future and I’d recommend them to anyone.” R.H-April 2018

"We've been really pleased with the level of service from Crosby & Woods solicitors. They've been really approachable about a range of issues and as first time sellers, they really helped put us at ease with their helpful advice and guidance. The service was not only highly professional but also good value for money." PB- April 2018

"I chose Crosby and Woods to do the conveyancing of  a studio flat in Hove based on their positive Google reviews. I wasn't disappointed. Dean and Helena did a very professional job, offering a competitive quote,communicating quickly and efficiently throughout and showing flexibility when needed. A very positive experience". KP-Hove, March 2018

" I would have no hesitation in recommending your company and would certainly use your services again in the future." H Dawson Feb 2018

"Just wanted to say a quick thank you for your help with the purchase of our

We are really pleased with the flat and luckily we already found a tenant
who is planning to move in at the end of January.

As we mentioned to you before, we are planning to buy more flats. Can we
contact you again when we find our next flat... hopefully later this year?" Z.V - Jan 2018

"Happy New Year !

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you and Helena have
done to complete my sale.  It's been a bit of a marathon and you guys
have been great ! Definitely, recommend."

Anon - Jan 2018

"Dean Skinner was of great service when dealing with an unusual transfer of name on property deeds.  At all times he was professional, courteous and offered excellent advice for the best avenues to proceed down taking the hassle out of having to chase other third parties myself, I will definitely be looking to use his services again."

T Finch - October 2017

"I have been extremely impressed with the service I received from Dean Skinner and Helena Boultwood throughout the sale of my Norfolk property and the purchase of our new home in Saltdean.


I have always received prompt replies to any queries I have made and have been kept fully informed of the progress of my sale/purchase.


Helena, especially, has been amazing.  She has dealt with "last minute" glitches in an efficient, calm manner.


I will definitely use the services provided by Crosby and Woods in the future and will recommend your firm to others requiring conveyancing services".



C Whitworth - Oct 2017

"I recently received excellent service from Dean Skinner and Helena Boultwood in the sale of my property in Brighton. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to you."

C Lawrence - August 2017

"Hi Dean & Helena,

 Just a quick line to say thanks for all your help with my purchase, you were completely amazing."

P Garvey - June 2017

"I can highly recommend both Dean and Crosby & Woods Solicitors. Dean has made my first home purchase a quick and stress free experience by responding quickly to my queries and giving expert advice. I have felt confident in Crosby & Woods during the entire process and will be using them again in the future. Many thanks."

E Cuthbert - June 2017

"I would like to say how happy I am with the services of your team. Helena excelled herself dealing with a difficult and challenging (for many reasons) sale of my property, lease extension and sale of garden, all of which has been completed today.
I started the process with Dean Skinner, and was then handed over to Helena, although Dean did take time out to meet with Tony (my husband) and myself to sign the forms at a moments notice when needed.

Both Dean, and especially Helena were excellent and were always happy to answer my questions and keep me updated.
Never was a phone call or email ignored.

Thank you once again to both of them, they are a credit to your company, and I would have no hesitation in using again or recommending."- S Meah- October 2016

"Dear David,

I felt I must write to say how well Dean and Helena have looked after me during the recent sale of a flat. This was a small matter really but it arrived at a very difficult time for me and Helena especially, was extremely supportive and helpful.

 These things are always a bit stressful for those of us not versed in the law but Helena was approachable throughout and helped me find a sense of perspective amidst the sea of endless queries. They dealt  very professionally with many more queries and demands than I knew about  and for this I am also grateful. Without them there were times when I could have cheerfully pulled out." Ms A Cotton, Hove- August 2016

"I needed to complete a house purchase quickly and although initially tempted by cheaper quotes, I read the recommendations online about Crosby & Woods and gave Dean a call.  From the onset, I felt confident that the purchase would be dealt with quickly and efficiently and I wasn’t disappointed.  My emails were responded to immediately and professionally and I never felt the need for constant chasing which I have in the past.  Dean even took work home to ensure we could meet the completion deadline.  Communication was first class and between the team and I would definitely recommend Crosby & Woods to others and wouldn't hesitate to use their services again for any future conveyancing."

A Easterbrook - June 2017

"Dear Dean,

Even though the work you are doing for me is not yet complete I would like to express my thanks to you for not only your considered and good advice but also for your patience, speed of response to both telephone calls and emails and for me a real rarity of actually of being able to telephone you when necessary and on the rare occasions when you not available to receive a return call shortly afterwords. 

What a contrast you are compared to so many others. It is often a nightmare dealing with solicitors, many just don't get your work done, don't respond to telephone calls and charge huge amounts.  You even managed to complete a purchase of an investment property within two months, something of a rarity outside of London and your bills have been very reasonable.

Thank you so much for your really excellent service, you have been and continue to be a real pleasure to work with, I couldn't recommend you more highly."


 John- April 2016    

"Good Afternoon Dean,

We at PR Homes Direct Ltd. are very grateful for the help and good service that we have had from you and your Company. We would certainly recommend Crosby & Woods to any of our colleagues."

Yours sincerely

Peter Winslow

Director PR Homes Direct Ltd- 30th April 2016

"Dean and Helena have been exceptional at every stage of our conveyancing process. We had a very tight deadline to meet and their speed and regular communication ensured we took ownership of our new property swiftly.
We will definitely recommend their services to our friends and colleagues."

Mr D Ramirez, Shoreham - April 2016