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Dean Kershaw - Crime

Dean is a natural jury advocate and has defended in many high profile cases including murder, attempted murder armed robberies and rape. He has appeared on many occasions at the Court of Appeal for both prosecution and defence and is a highly skilled barrister in his field.

At the age of 34 yrs Dean was appointed an Immigration Judge and hears cases at the First Tier Tribunal. Then at the age of 36 yrs he became one of the youngest appointed Recorders in the Crown Court and sits on the North Eastern Circuit in Leeds and Bradford.

Dean is a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) approved assessor and has been appointed as an external assessor for the CPS to assess their Higher Court Advocates. He travels around the country assessing barristers and solicitors as to their competence and advocacy skills in the Crown Court.

Dean began his career as a prosecutor in Birmingham before joining Nottingham Law School where he was senior lecturer on the Bar Vocational course. Together with three other criminal barristers he wrote the criminal Litigation and Evidence course. Dean maintained a practice during his time at Nottingham Law School until returning to the bar full time. Dean was made the chairman of the Student Disciplinary Panel at the University and heard cases involving exclusion from the University.

He has also been a contributor to many publications including “European Case Summaries” and “Human Rights” by Cavendish press.

Dean regularly lectures to various groups and has given talks on Immigration and criminal advocacy.


• LLB (Hons)
• Sweet and Maxwell Prize for Highest Law Degree
• Sir Thomas Moore Scholar
• Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching)


Member of Criminal Bar Association


• Immigration Judge (2006)
• Recorder Crown Court (Crime) (2008)
• External Advocacy Assessor CPS
• Grade 4 Prosecutor



• R v Hussain
Successfully defended Attempted Murder case.

• R v M S Khan 
Case of murder involving Honour killings in the Midlands
Successfully Acquitted

• R v Williams 
Junior counsel in murder where defendant acquitted on successful application of dismissal. Case involved a mentally impaired defendant.

• R v Palmer - Attempted Murder.
Successfully having the case dismissed at half time due to lack of evidence and faults in the prosecution process of identification before High Court Judge


• R v Tang 
Defended successfully in a large scale drugs case involving the criticism of Home office techniques in drugs analysis

• R v Thompson and others
Leading defence counsel in large scale drugs supply and blackmail case


• R v Hasani and Memolla 
Successfully prosecuted gun gangsters and then won Court of Appeal case involving the latter defendant