There is a new ‘UK’s top criminal barrister’

Jeremy Dein QC seizes throne as Wolkind’s crown slips

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The criminal silk who represented Tulisa in the Fake Sheikh case has proudly trumpeted himself as the “UK’s Top Criminal Barrister” on his website.

25 Bedford Row’s Jeremy Dein QC and his interesting website have certainly caught Legal Cheek’s attention. On its homepage, the Queen Mary College, University of London, graduate said he is “widely recognised as UK’s top criminal defence barrister and top criminal appeals barrister”, as well as “the UK’s best criminal defence barrister”.

A screenshot of Dein's website taken before we got in touch with him
A screenshot of Dein’s website taken before we got in touch with him

While there’s no question Dein’s legal credentials are impressive, there’s been heightened focus on how barristers conduct and describe themselves online recently. This is thanks to a recent Bar Standards Board hearing, in which 2 Bedford Row silk Michael Wolkind QC was reprimanded and hit with a £1,000 fine for claims made on his website about his status as the nation’s “top barrister”.

It seems Dein realises this. Legal Cheek got in touch with him to give him the chance to comment and, shortly after, we noted his website underwent a few quick amendments.

A screenshot of Dein's website taken after we got in touch with him
A screenshot of Dein’s website taken after we got in touch with him

However, equally proud claims can still be found on Dein’s YouTube channel (screenshotted below) — and then there’s his Google account.

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Dein — who defended murderer Tony McCluskie, convicted of killing former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie — is rated five stars on Google on the basis of three reviews written eight months ago. One such ranking comes from someone called *same surname klaxon* ‘Lee Dein’ (screenshotted). Legal Cheek understands this is his wife.

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Dein’s Wikipedia entry has also piqued our interest. It states:

Dein is ranked 1 in Chambers directory leading QC’s in crime 2015. [sic]

It is correct to say Dein is a ‘Band 1’ barrister in the ‘Crime – London (Bar)’ category of Chambers and Partners, but so are 32 others. There is also a category called ‘Star Individuals’, in which Dein does not feature. Wikipedia is typically edited by independent third parties rather than the featured individuals themselves.

When Legal Cheek got in touch with Dein, he said:

With hindsight, my website, overseen by an external company, has involved a naively judged marketing exercise. Following from the recent comments of the BSB, I have already had the language amended, and intend to have the content fully revised and updated. I would never wilfully take action to undermine the public trust in the criminal justice process, and have never been accused of doing so. I have given 33 years of honest and total commitment to defence practice in the criminal courts and continue to do so.

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BB

Jeremy Dein is one of the most modest and self effacing barristers in the country. He would never describe himself as “the best”. But, actually, he is!

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Average Barrister

Every lawyer mentioned on LC is either a Top Barrister, Top City Solicitor or a Top Lawyer, regardless of their actual seniority. As for Mr. Dein QC, “he thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.”
― Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies

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Anonymous

That’s not true – you’re forgetting that LC’s career progression is that you start as a “wannabe”, then become a “rookie”, and at some indeterminate point everyone is a “top” lawyer.

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Anonymous

Oh. I thought the picture had been photoshopped…

Feel bad now…

Can’t help it…

Mustn’t say it….

Mnnnnnnnnnn…..

DUMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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John

i find it disgusting that people should leave derogatory comments about a well respected , charitable hard working man.

Jeremy Dein is an exceptional QC and has advised friends and family of mine in the past.

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Officious bystander

Alleged criminals, TC, alleged.

And besides, you’ve not been without your scrapes with Officer Dibble now have you?

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A QC

I’m view of his record, his explanation and the amendment of the website, I would advise that you remove this hatchet-job of an article forthwith.

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Top Cat

Au contraire.

Why is not BSB not investigating this egregious bragging, which appears to be in breach of the publicity code?

His heaping of blame onto a third party provider is, for a ‘top’ QC, truly pathetic.

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Anonymous

How can it be the fault of the external company? His website, YouTube video, Googleplus account and Wikipedia ALL describe him as the UK’s “top criminal QC.” Of course, he wrote it all himself in a cheap marketing stunt to get cases. And now, in an equally cheap stunt, he tries to pass the blame elsewhere.

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Anonymous

You, Sir, clearly have learning disabilities.

Which probably explains why you don’t know when to stop.

It’s time for your meds and nappy change.

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Trumpenkrieg

No it actually isn’t. It’s just some guy making jokes about Trump being Putin’s slave over and over. At least I keep it fresh with my racist bigotry.

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Anon

Comments about his looks are an embarrassment to LC. Why didn’t you delete them all?

If that is his wife who gave the Google review, how is that the fault of the “external company” who manage his website?

Is it their fault that he described himself as ranked one?

Did he make changes because he read BSB comments or because you contacted him?

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Y Cymro

Always like the references in Legal 500 or Chambers and Partners. Big reveal- guess what, its only barristers who look at it to deride those that are wrongly listed. Doubt many solicitors or clients check it out.

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Anonymous

“With hindsight, my website, overseen by an external company, has involved a naively judged marketing exercise.” NONSENSE. THE EXTERNAL COMPANY IS GIVEN THE CONTENT BY YOU. THEY DESIGN THE WEBSITE AND UPLOAD IT. ARE YOU SAYING THAT YOU NEVER READ IT WHAT THEY UPLOADED?

“Following from the recent comments of the BSB” FOR A QC, TOP OR OTHERWISE, THIS IS SHOCKING ENGLISH.

“I have already had the language amended, and intend to have the content fully revised and updated.” ONLY WHEN LEGAL CHEEK POINTED IT OUT TO YOU. YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE NEEDED THE BSB OR LEGAL CHEEK TO TELL YOU THAT TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS THE UK’S TOP CRIMINAL QC IS CRASS AND MISLEADING.

“I would never wilfully take action to undermine the public trust in the criminal justice process, and have never been accused of doing so.” OF COURSE THE WHOLE “TOP QC” PROMOTION WAS WILFUL. AND IF IT WERE NOT, IT SHOWS APPALLING JUDGEMENT FOR A BARRISTER AND QC.

“I have given 33 years of honest and total commitment to defence practice in the criminal courts and continue to do so.” IS THIS ANOTHER PLUG FOR YOURSELF? YOU REALLY DON’T STOP!

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Turnbull

His Google page still says he is the Top Ciminal QC. One of his reviews is from “Lee Dein” and has a photo so he must be able to check if that is his wife or an independent person giving an independent 5 Star review.

Does he remember ever representing a lady with the same name as his wife? To be fair to him, if he is still not quite sure from the small photo who she is, he could ask his wife to clarify the position.

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Anonymous

I think there could have been a bit more research done on this topic, there is at least 3 other QCs and Junior counsel who market them self as ‘Best Barrister’

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Anonymous

Jeremy Dein is a distinguished and first rate barrister. That is a fact. His work rate and skill in the court room along with his unrivalled determination to fight for his clients are attributes that make him a top QC. Anyone that finds themselves in the criminal justice system would be lucky to have Jeremy in their corner.

Reading through the comments makes me think of school playground bullies picking on someone because of their appearance. Those derogatory comments ought to be deleted and frankly they speak more about the person that wrote them.

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Turnbull

Your loyalty is admirable and obviously you are entitled to your opinion about his skill in the courtroom.

How do you feel about about his Wikipedia entry stating he is ranked one. Do you find it misleading?

How do you feel about him using his wife, if it is indeed her, for a google review of his services.

How do you feel about him using a form of self description which you know has been criticised ?

How do you feel about him blaming his external management team?

How do you feel about him claiming g he has removed the “offending” d scriptions whn they are currently still there?

There is nothing wrong with loyalty but sometimes a person should plead guilty sincerely. I don’t think you are helping his rehabilitation at all.

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NB

Whilst some poetic licence was involved, I don’t see anything particularly misleading on the website. Afterall, a website is a marketing tool. The fact is, he is considered amongst his peers and solicitors alike, a “top QC”, and he is ranked No 1 in the directories. What is wrong with statijg this? His list of cases is enviable for any criminal practitioner.

Anyone who has every met Jeremy will know is extremely hard working and dedicated to his clients. I find some of the comments on here totally disgraceful.

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Anonymous

he is not ranked No 1, he is in a broad No 1 band, not even the top one, of a particular directory. don’t you think his wording is misleading? and what do you think of him using his wife, apparently, for a google review.

and his blaming some external management.

come on, wake up. stop being so partial.

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Simon Myerson QC

I like him and I rate him. If I were in trouble he’d be one of the names on the list. I see no reason to doubt his word, save that it’s obviously exciting to sneer at a guy who came from nothing to climb to the top of a difficult profession. Accordingly, I believe him when he says the website was a third party exercise.
The comments about appearance and family are beyond unpleasant. It’s clearly easy to be brave like that when you’re anonymous. It’s one of the reasons I rarely read LC anymore and don’t comment on it.

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Anonymous

what was his word about the lady called Dein who gave him a google review?

” I believe him when he says the website was a third party exercise” – without his input? Hmm yes…

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