Chambers 2022: "He is very helpful and pragmatic. He provides very detailed responses to issues rather than assuming a level of knowledge, which is always helpful to ensure you haven’t missed anything." "Owen Dear is knowledgeable and practical in his advice and is good at balancing legal risk with commercial risk." Legal 500: 'Owen Dear is an excellent employment lawyer, thinks cases through clearly and thoroughly'
Owen trained and qualified in 2008 with an Oxfordshire based firm undertaking employment work and a full range of contentious litigation. Owen has since worked in both Cardiff and the City of London, before returning to Oxfordshire when he joined the firm in 2013.
Owen advises on all aspects of employment law; from day-to-day HR issues including disciplinary and grievance matters, to major commercial transactions involving transfers, restructures and redundancies. He particularly enjoys working with clients, which include a wide range of SMEs, national corporate and charitable organisations, on major projects including those related to gender pay gap reporting, equal pay, national minimum wage and data protection, helping them to overcome complex and sensitive challenges so that they can get on with what they do best.
Owen also represents both employers and employees before the Employment Tribunal and County Courts, and in negotiations; applying his skills in dispute resolution.
Outside of the office Owen is keen sports fan and enjoys, occasionally, attempting to actively pursue his interests in rugby, running and cycling.
Owen was promoted to partner on 1 February 2021.