Jeremy Dein KC
Jeremy Dein KC is one of the most experienced and highly regarded defence counsel in the country. He has an unparalleled reputation for the committed fearless, relentless, and highly professional defence of his clients. Jeremy is uniquely skilful at trial before a jury, on sentence in front of a judge, and in the Court of Appeal. His objective is always the same, the best result for his client humanly possible. Having proudly served as Joint Head of Chambers for 8 years, he chose to stand down in January 2023 so as to be able to focus exclusively upon his thriving practice.
Band 1 Silk, Crime, Chambers UK and Legal 500
Jeremy is also able to draw from his long experience as a Crown Court Recorder, most recently at the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey. He is well respected by the judiciary, and trusted universally by the professions. His outstanding knowledge and application of criminal law and procedure are rooted in his academic grounding. Jeremy’s passion for excellence in criminal defence is also manifested by his close connections with the media, where he is widely sought after as a criminal justice expert. Overall, Jeremy Dein KC is unrivalled in what he can bring to the defence of his client, as manifested by results at trial, and on appeal, over almost four decades of practice.
Jeremy has a longstanding special interest in appellate work, believing that the Court of Appeal is a route that must be followed whenever feasible. He is direct access accredited and has huge experience in taking on appeals against conviction and sentence of both a historical and contemporary type. He will always look to appeal with a fresh, open-minded and eager approach, undaunted by the history of the case. He has consistently achieved notable results on a regular basis and continues to regard the appellate process as an underused but vital weapon in the criminal justice defence armoury. He is extremely popular with privately funded clients due to the hands on service he provides, his accessibility, and total dedication to the case in hand. Both at trial, and on appeal, privately paying defendants have been universally satisfied with the service provided, and the absolute commitment shown.
Jeremy’s strategy begins with early efforts to avoid his clients having to confront the trauma of the trial process. He will use any combination of legal or procedural arguments in order to achieve this. Jeremy is only too aware of how shattering criminal proceedings can be for the accused and their family, and he is therefore as proactive as possible from the outset, using his vast experience to bring proceedings to an end as swiftly as possible. A clear example of such a case is that of R v BR, where a highly successful businessman was recently accused of domestic assault. Jeremy drew upon all of his experience to draft representations to the CPS, persuading prosecution counsel as a result to advise that CPS proceedings be dropped. He is relentless in this respect as demonstrated in his successful application to dismiss in R v D, a high profile, privately funded defence to an allegation of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at Bristol CC, July 2022. All other defendants in the case were ordered to proceed to trial.
At Trial and Sentence
Jeremy has defended in every type of criminal case imaginable. Having taken Silk in 2003, he has unmatched expertise in homicide, serious sex, organised crime, and all manner of top-level cases. For twenty years, he has appeared relentlessly at the Old Bailey, where he is as well-known as any counsel in the UK. He has also conducted many serious cases across the UK, generally before High Court judges. Jeremy has been frequently instructed in high-profile cases, where there is an intense media spotlight, such as that of Tulisa Contostavlos, former X Factor judge, where he was successful despite facing the combined might of police, media and unparalleled publicity. He has great experience in handling the pressures, and in guiding his client through turbulent times. Whether battling for liberty, reputation, or both, he is renowned for the scrupulousness of his preparation, and the power of his presentation. Further examples are: Kano Robinson, international rapper, Blake Fielder Civil, Amy Winehouse’s husband, and Eric Joyce, Labour MP.
Jeremy is renowned for securing acquittals against the odds. A prime, and recent example: He recently succeeded in gaining a double acquittal of FW, charged with double murder. Privately instructed clients, MK and SK, were also respectively acquitted of possession of firearms with intent to endanger life, and death by dangerous driving, at Basildon CC and St Albans CC, respectively. These were unrelated cases, but provide examples of Jeremy’s ongoing, high success rate. In December 2022, following a high profile and hotly contested murder trial involving a Newcastle businessman of previous good character, whom Jeremy defended on a privately funded basis, the jury was unable to reach verdicts. This was despite the prosecution alleging that the case was a straightforward case of murder, as captured on CCTV. Upon retrial, in July 2023, the defendant was acquitted of murder.
Other notable recent results, relating to sentence, are that of R v A, at Bristol CC, where the defendant received a suspended sentence for a serious case of supply of class A drugs despite the guidelines militating strongly in favour of a substantial, immediate prison sentence. Also, a further example: R v M, Cardiff CC, where Jeremy’s client, the main defendant received a sentence of four years for large-scale Riot. In July 2023, in a widely publicised case of death by dangerous driving, D, Jeremy secured a sentence below the sentencing guideline despite the extremely challenging and tragic circumstances of the case.
Overall, Jeremy is as comfortable addressing a jury on the facts, as he is making complex submissions of law. He sees these as twin features of criminal defence. His ethos is a team one, insisting on working with the very best and most appropriate junior available, regarding team ethos as the kingpin of effective criminal defence. He is also renowned for detailed, carefully drafted submissions in mitigation, where necessary, with a strong belief that a sentence can be substantially minimised by the power of high-quality submissions and carefully reasoned, experience-based arguments.
Jeremy has a professional lifetime of experience in the Court of Appeal, a forum in which he has always flourished. He appears in the Court of Appeal with the confidence of a seasoned appellate advocate. Where he has conducted the trial, his approach is one of fearless complaint. Additionally, he has a unique background in accepting instructions having not appeared at trial (whether via solicitors or by direct access). His strategy is one of comprehensive review, positivity, and creativity. No stone is left unturned, whatever the history, however daunting the challenge and whatever the extent of the work, preparation or research. Prime examples are W, where Jeremy succeeded in a hotly contested murder appeal, and the case of O, where convictions for multiple class A drug offences were quashed despite negative advice from trial counsel and a five year sentence. Jeremy proceeded to secure not guilty verdicts at the retrial in September 2023. Jeremy proceeded to secure not guilty verdicts at the retrial in September 2023. In Ardic, he secured the quashing of an extended sentence, and a dramatic reduction in time to be served, despite leave to appeal having been refused. In July 2023, in the case of M, where Jeremy was newly instructed, privately, post-trial, he was successful on appeal against sentence in a murder case, despite trial counsel having advised against the appeal.
Jeremy’s policy relies upon careful but exhaustive analysis founded in exhaustive preparation. No money will be wasted, his advice will always be honest, forthright and constructive. He is currently instructed in numerous murder and other appeals where he did not appear at trial, and in all, cogent and persuasive grounds await consideration by the full court. He also has wide CCRC experience.
Jeremy is one of the country’s leading media experts on Criminal Justice. He appears often on BBC radio, LBC and Talk Radio, as well as on national television.
He is also a joint presenter and defence legal analyst in the BBC’s award-winning documentary series “Murder, Mystery and My Family". His role is to uncover miscarriage of justice in real, historic, UK death penalty cases. Jeremy is a fervent opponent of capital punishment. His passion on this topic, and criminal defence generally, can be gleaned from his input to the 50 programmes made, many available on YouTube. During lockdown he launched “Criminal Justice on Trial”, a series of podcasts focusing upon all aspects of the Criminal Justice System, especially the plight of prisoners at the height of the pandemic.
Jeremy has recently been featured in two documentaries for television arising from his involvement in high-profile, historic, proceedings.
- "He's very intelligent, very focused and very determined." Chambers UK 2024, Crime
- "Jeremy Dein KC is an incredibly capable defence practitioner who specialises in serious matters including murder, terrorism and organised crime. He is often entrusted with high-profile cases that have attracted significant media attention. Dein has significant appellate experience and is known for his sure touch when dealing with vulnerable defendants with mental illness." Chambers UK 2024, Crime
- "Jeremy is a fearless and highly intelligent barrister who really comes alive in trials. He is always well prepared and is clearly driven to ensure that his clients receive the very best possible representation. He is highly respected by all of those within the criminal justice system." Legal 500 2024, Crime
- "Incredibly capable. He's thorough and doesn't give an inch." Chambers UK 2023, Crime
- "Jeremy Dein KC is an incredibly capable defence practitioner who specialises in serious matters including murder, terrorism and organised crime. He is often entrusted with high-profile cases that have attracted significant media attention. Dein has significant appellate experience and is known for his sure touch when dealing with vulnerable defendants with mental illness." Chambers UK 2023, Crime
- "Jeremy is a tremendously skilled and experienced silk who is very well-respected by judges and opponents alike." Legal 500 2023
- "A bit of a superstar who is always a pleasure to work with." Chambers UK 2022
- "Jeremy has the ability to thrive under pressure and will always be prepared no matter what the task is at hand. An outstanding defence advocate who will always provide a first-class service to his clients. As a case unfolds sometimes the law becomes more complex, this is where he will leave others behind. Jeremy is also one of the finest appellant advocates at the criminal Bar. His written submissions are fantastic and his advocacy is tenacious." Legal 500 Crime 2022
- "Uncompromising in his defence of young clients". Legal 500 2021
- "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
- "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
- 2014 - 2023: Joint Head of Chambers, 25 Bedford Row
- 2020: Appointed Patron, Queen Mary College, University of London, Criminal Justice Society
- 2020: Appointed Chair, Criminal Bar Association, Law Reform Committee
- 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), 25 Bedford Row
- 2012: Appointed Course Tutor, Judicial College
- 2008 - 2011: Criminal Bar Association, National Director of Education
- 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)
- 1980 and 1981: UK Observer National Mooting Competition, winner
- 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.
- The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
- Criminal Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit