Jeremy Dein QC
  • incredibly capable and both authoritative and approachable.

    Chambers UK 2018

  • both clever and hard-working.

    Chambers UK 2018

  • very strong silk in the criminal field.

    Chambers UK 2018

  • 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

  • Committed and client-friendly.

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Called 1982

Silk 2003

Appointed Recorder 2004

Jeremy Dein QC

Head of Chambers

Hugely experienced and committed criminal defence counsel. Expertise in all types of serious crime, including the representation of high profile clients in criminal cases with a major press interest, where the preservation of the defendant’s reputation is an overriding priority.  

Special interest in Appellate work, bringing unrivalled analytical skills, commitment, dedication and thoroughness to the prospect of finding potential new avenues of successful appeal. Fearless in his approach, relentless in pursuit of the desired result.

Unparalleled experience of defending in murder cases at the Old Bailey, and in serious sexual offences trials (defended in first ever UK trial of historic sexual offences committed in Africa).

Renowned in practice for a unique factual and legal approach to Criminal defence, however serious, complex and challenging the case  

Band 1 Silk, Crime, Chambers Directory and Legal 500
Legal 500 2017:Committed and client friendly
extremely hard working Silk...great jury manner...academically very bright...extremely charming...a formidable and worthy opponent...excellent eye for detail"    Chambers UK 2018

Lectures widely on criminal justice issues, principally, defence of the accused, fair trial and advocacy practice. Recent engagements include Hong Kong, India, South Korea Sri Lanka, Indonesia and USA.  Close affiliation with the Chinese University of Hong Kong Law faculty where he has been invited to teach advocacy and featured as a keynote speaker in numerous recent international conferences (ie: defending in serious sexual offences cases, October 2016).  October 2017: appointed practice professor and QC in Residence at Middlesex University, London.

In 2018, has lectured in Hong Kong ( Chinese University) , China ( Prosecuting authorities)  and Philippines ( Cavite state University ). Talks given on professional practice , Criminal defence, fair trial,  and human trafficking ( coping strategy in the UK).  Currently involved in writing first ever Criminal trial advocacy course for  lawyers in Shenzhen , China.

Also featured in the lead defence role in the highly acclaimed BBC1 documentary series, “Murder, Mystery and My Family“ (2018), in which 10 historic death penalty cases were reviewed. In several of these, Jeremy persuaded the Judge that the case merited fresh  review  by  the  courts.

Jeremy frequently appears in the media as commentator and reviewer on criminal Justice related issues: BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio London, LBC, and Talk Radio. 

Joint Head of Chambers, and Head of Crime Group at 25 Bedford Row, the UK's leading pure defence set.

Career Path

2015: Shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year – Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015
2015: Appointed Old Bailey Recorder.
2014: Elected Joint Head of Chambers (Head of Crime group).
2012: Appointed Course Tutor, Judicial College.
2008-2011: Criminal Bar Association, National Director of Education.ô€€€
2004: Appointed Recorder (Sexual Offences ticketed, 2011).
2003: Appointed Queen’s Counsel.
1982: Called to the Bar, Middle Temple.
1981: Graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London (2-1).
UK Observer national mooting completion, winner, 1980 and 1981.


  • Has served on education and race relations committees for the CBA and Bar Council.
  • Former member of “Homrag”, murder reform committee.
  • Former Chair, North London Bar Mess.

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