Who We Are

Dean Purdie - Principal Solicitor
Employment Law & Civil Court Cases

Dean has been a Solicitor in Aberdeen for over 10 years.   He established DJP in 2008.  Dean specialises in disputes involving civil, commercial and employment cases.  He regularly appears in courts and tribunals.  Dean believes that modern consumers expect a simpler approach to managing legal costs and tries to offer fixed or capped fees whenever an individual case allows. 

Dean has dealt with a variety of cases in different legal forums, ranging from the Sheriff Courts, Employment Tribunals and professional disciplinary bodies, on behalf of clients.  He has also appeared before local licensing boards in disputed cases, at Road Traffic Commissioner hearings, Fatal Accident Inquiries and he has also participated in both commercial mediation and judicial mediation.  Throughout his career Dean has dealt with cases involving landlord and tenant law, employment law, commercial disputes, personal injury claims, property disputes, interdicts (injunctions), consumer law and family law. 

Dean has taught Civil Court Practice to postgraduate students at the University of Aberdeen since 2009.  He is an elected committee member of the Aberdeen Bar Association, a member of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen and is an appointed member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Education and Training Committee, which oversees training and educational standards for lawyers in Scotland, both in universities and in professional practice.  


Steven Ritchie - Senior Associate Solicitor
Family Law

Steven joined DJP Solicitors in 2011, having worked in legal practice in Edinburgh and the North-East of Scotland.  Practising exclusively in family law Steven deals with a broad spectrum of cases.  Alert to the fact that most people are going through a stressful period when consulting a Solicitor on many of these issues, Steven will work to ensure that your interests are protected during this difficult time.

In an ideal world matters can be resolved amicably between parties and Steven can aid in the negotiation and preparation of a wide array of written agreements covering issues as diverse as contact arrangements, financial provision on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements and child maintenance.

In the event that parties are unable to resolve their differences Steven is an experienced Court practitioner dealing with cases across a number of Courts in Scotland. Steven deals with a large volume of cases arising from the breakdown of a relationship including cases focusing on financial provision on divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and cases arising from cessation of cohabitation.

Steven also has a strong child law practice background and has a wealth of experience in dealing with cases concerning matters such as residence, contact, parental rights, declarator of parentage/non-parentage and re-location cases.

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