Jeremy Dein QC
  • Extremely charming and a formidable and worthy opponent…. a great jury manner … academically very bright .. always gives his client’s 100 percent

    Chambers UK 2017

  • He is very polished, his judgement is very good, he is hard-working and he is very good wih clients. He is top drawer.

    Chambers UK

  • Extremely hardworking silk who is great with clients.

    Chambers UK

  • Brilliant...exceptionally busy...good choice if you want someone to argue a point of law excellent eye for detail...a very good performer.

    Chambers UK

  • Very much an advocate you underestimate at your peril.

    Chambers UK

  • An excellent lawyer with extremely good judgement.

    Chambers UK

  • He’s immensely reassuring when you’ve got a murder case with a strong forensic element as he’s not at all frightened of facing scientific issues and leading them to the advantage of his client.

    Chambers UK 2017

  • It is clear he cares more about his clients than anything else.’

    Legal 500

Called 1982

Silk 2003

Appointed Recorder 2004

Jeremy Dein QC

Head of Chambers

Hugely experienced and committed criminal defence counsel, appointed Queen's Counsel 2003. Joint head of chambers, and head of Crime Group at 25 Bedford Row, the UK's leading pure defence set. Expertise in all types of serious crime. Unparalleled experience of defending in murder cases at the Old Bailey where he has consistently appeared over recent years. Special interest in Appellate work.

Band 1 Silk, Crime, Chambers Directory and Legal 500
Legal 500 September 2016: "It is clear he cares more about his clients than anything else"

Frequently instructed in high profile criminal cases. For example, Jeremy Dein QC successfully appeared for former NDubz star and X Factor Judge, Tulisa Contostavlos. This trial ended in the first ever stay of proceedings in a non state agent entrapment case. Also secured acquittals on multiple counts of rape in the first ever domestic trial of a UK National tried for offences alleged in Africa. Also instructed to represent a senior Police Officer in the Hillsborough inquest.

Lectures widely in criminal justice, fair trial, advocacy and trial practice in the UK and internationally. He has lectured in India, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong over recent years. Close affiliation with the Chinese University of Hong Kong Law faculty where he has featured in various international conferences in 2016. He was Criminal Bar Association Director of Education, 2008-11.

Appointed Recorder 2004, Serious sexual offences ticketed Recorder 2011, Judicial College course tutor 2012, Old Bailey Recorder 2015.

Frequent commentator on criminal Justice related issues: BBC radio 5 live, BBC radio London, LBC, Tal radio. Also frequently appears as newspaper reviewer, Talk radio.

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Career Path

  • 1981: Graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London (2-1).
  • UK Observer national mooting completion, winner,1980 and 1981.
  • 1982: Called to the Bar, Middle Temple.
  • 2003: Appointed Queen’s Counsel.
  • 2004: Appointed Recorder (Sexual offences ticketed, 2011).
  • 2008-2011: Criminal Bar Association, National Director of Education.

  • 2012: Appointed Course Tutor, Judicial College.
  • 2014: Elected Joint Head of Chambers (head of Crime group).
  • 2015: Appointed Old Bailey Recorder.
  • 2015: Shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year – Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

Articles & Publications

  • Police Misconduct Revisited (Criminal Law Review, 2000).
  • Non-Tape Recorded Cell Confession Evidence (Criminal Law Review, 2002).
  • Custody Time Limits: No Evidence Required (Archbold News, 2002).
  • Custody Time Limits: The Redundant Discretion (New Law Journal, 2002).
  • Re-Trial, Re-Arraignment and Overriding Duty (Archbold News, 2003).
  • Character Evidence: The New World (CBA Newsletter, March 2003, Counsel Magazine, 2003).
  • Defence Disclosure and Trial Management (British Council International Publication, 2003).
  • Defence Disclosure – The Ground Shifts” (CBA News, 2003).
  • Cases that Changed our Lives (Lexis Nexis. Publication 2010).
  • Joint enterprise, the law as it stands, Homicide review advisory group, 2012.
  • Archbold review, issue 9, November 18 2014, “Non State Agent entrapment: The X Factor”.
  • Archbold news, 2014, “non state agent entrapment - The X Factor”


  • Lecturer: Law of evidence and criminal procedure, LLB and Bar finals, 1982-5.
  • Tutor, South Eastern Circuit advocacy training, Keeble College Oxford University.
  • Moot trainer and widespread experience in judging.
  • Criminal Bar Association, National director of education, 2008-11.
  • Criminal Bar Association education committee, 2003-6. Assisted in the planning of many lectures/ conferences/ events, concerning all aspects of criminal law and procedure.
  • Criminal Bar Association think tank, 2003: reform of the law on character evidence (liaison with the UK government).
  • Criminal Bar Association working parties on reform of Silk, international Criminal court, domestic violence and numerous other projects.

Selection of Criminal Justice related lectures and presentations in the UK and abroad:

  • 2003: Old Bailey lecture: CCC, Cell confession evidence.
  • 2003/4: Criminal Bar Association lecture: Character evidence/Hearsay, the revolutionary provisions of the CJA 2003.
  • 2004: Bar Council annual conference (panel included Moses LJ, shadow Attorney general, and Director of prisons), “Prison, does it work?”
  • 2005-7: The college of Law, Bar finals level, video training” The essential skills of the criminal advocate”.
  • 2007: Chair/speaker, symposium in conjunction with Howard league on penal reform “Prison –does it work “?
  • 2007: Criminal Bar Association: Sentencing (Speaking alongside Hooper LJ and Professor Thomas), Sentencing of youth offenders, “A path through the labyrinth”.
  • 2009: Florida University, USA: Trial advocacy.
  • 2010: New Delhi, India: “Freedom of the press and the UK trial process, friend or foe?”
  • 2012: Middle Temple: Recent developments in the criminal trial process.
  • 2012: Seoul, South Korea: Terrorism and Human rights in the UK: Has the law struck a fair balance?
  • 2014: Hong Kong, "The Criminal trial in 2014, Identification crisis?"
  • 2015: Columbo, Sri Lanka “ The fair trial-an abused concept ?”
  • 2015: Keynote speaker, Adriatic Lawyers conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia   “The criminal trial in 2015 – fairness a distant memory”?
  • 2016: Guest speaker, 10th anniversary conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong Law faculty "Globalising legal education".
  • 2016: panellist, international conference "Sexual violence in conflict".
  • 2017: Guest speaker, politeia, "The modern day jury system"
  • 2017: Guest speaker, Queens University Belfast, "The criminal trial in 2017, fair or farce?"