Jeremy Dein QC
  • Calm, thorough and a man who takes his cases extremely seriously. Clients end up eating out of the palm of his hand.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • An incredibly capable defence practitioner who specialises in serious matters including murder, terrorism and organised crime.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Dein has significant appellate experience and is known for his sure touch when dealing with vulnerable defendants with mental illness.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Uncompromising in his defence of young clients.

    Legal 500 2021, Crime

  • A very bright and respected advocate with a growing reputation in the Court of Appeal.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • He is very diligent and very capable.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • The more complex and intense the case, the more he thrives.

    Legal 500 2020

  • He exhausts every possible avenue to move the case forward.

    Chambers UK 2019

  • A fantastic silk who is excellent on the legal arguments and extremely hard-working.

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Incredibly capable and both authoritative and approachable.

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Committed and client friendly.

    Legal 500 2017

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 and Partners and Legal 500

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.

Features as lead presenter in the award winning BBC 1 documentary series “Murder Mystery and my Family”, an examination of historic death penalty cases in the UK. Series 4 airs in April 2020, with Jeremy analysing the evidence and legal framework from a defence perspective. The programme is now being broadcast in countries across the world.

Presenter, podcast series “Criminal Justice on trial” (a detailed review of the criminal justice process, spotlighting the dramatic impact of Coronavirus, and examining the mechanics of the system generally).

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.

Recent Testimonials

  • "A very bright and respected advocate with a growing reputation in the Court of Appeal" Chambers UK 2020
  • "He is very diligent and very capable." Chambers UK 2020
  • "The more complex and intense the case, the more he thrives" Legal 500 2020
  • "He exhausts every possible avenue to move the case forward." Chambers UK 2019
  • "A fantastic silk who is excellent on the legal arguments and extremely hard-working." Chambers UK 2019
  • "Incredibly capable and both authoritative and approachable". Chambers UK 2018
  • "Committed and client-friendly". Legal 500 2017
  • "Highly sought-after to defend, particularly in murder cases. In ten years as silk he has established a busy, high-level crime practice". Chambers UK 2017
  • "He is one of the finest advocates and his preparation before the trial is just amazing." Chambers UK 2017
  • "He is very strong, has a very nice manner with the jury, and always gives his clients 100%" Chambers UK 2017
  • "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. A great jury advocate who is academically very bright."Chambers UK 2017
  • "It is clear he cares more about his clients than anything else".Legal 500 2016
  • "Very much an advocate you underestimate at your peril." Legal 500 2016

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.


  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association.
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit.