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.

Widespread Media involvement:  includes an up and coming pivotal role, as defence lawyer, in prime time BBC investigatory series (2018) on historical miscarriages of justice.        

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.

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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.􀀀
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.

Articles & Publications

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


  • Criminal Bar Association working parties on reform of Silk, International Criminal Court, domestic violence and numerous other projects.
  • Criminal Bar Association think tank, 2003: reform of the law on character evidence (liaison with the UK government).
  • 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, National Director of Education, 2008-11.
  • Tutor, South Eastern Circuit advocacy training, Keeble College Oxford University.
  • Moot trainer and widespread experience in judging.
  • Lecturer: Law of evidence and criminal procedure, LLB and bar finals, 1982-5.

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

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


  • 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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