Dinah Rose QC has a broad practice, encompassing public law, competition law, EU law and employment law. 

Her particular areas of interest include human rights and civil liberties, competition damages claims, telecommunications, regulation (acting for both regulators and regulated parties), and discrimination law. 

She has a particular strength in written and oral advocacy, across a range of different legal fields. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union in many of the leading cases of recent years.

Unusually, Dinah has considerable experience both of leading teams in large scale litigation in a commercial environment, and of representing individuals bringing publicly-funded claims against the State.

Some recent highlights of Dinah’s practice have included: 

  • representing UNISON in the Supreme Court in its successful challenge to the lawfulness of Employment Tribunal fees, which the Court found to be a breach of the common law right of access to justice (R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor July 2017)
  • representing the Law Society in its intervention in the Court of Appeal in the case of ENRC v Serious Fraud Office (August 2018), concerning the scope of legal professional privilege;
  • representing the claimant in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong in the case of QT v Director of  Immigration (July 2018), a judicial review of the Director's refusal to grant dependent spouse's visas to gay married couples. The Court ruled that the policy was discriminatory and unlawful;
  • representing the Law Society in its judicial review of cuts made by the Lord Chancellor to criminal legal aid (R (Law Society) v Lord Chancellor, August 2018). The Divisional Court quashed the Lord Chancellor's decision on the grounds of unfairness and irrationality;
  • representing reproductive rights NGOs in their intervention in the Supreme Court in a challenge to the prohibition in Northern Ireland on abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission v Attorney General for Northern Ireland May 2018);
  • representing Visa Inc in its continuing defence to claims brought by retailers alleging that interchange fees charged on card transactions are anti-competitive, and breach Article 101 TFEU (Sainsbury's v Visa Commercial Court July 2017, Court of Appeal July 2018);
  • Representing 10 civil liberties NGOs in a successful challenge before the European Court of Human Rights to the mass interception of data by the security services under RIPA (September 2018), found by the Court to breach Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Representing IBM in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against a judgment overturning IBM's closure of its final salary pension scheme (IBM v Dalgleish, August 2017);
  • representing a journalist from The Guardian in the Supreme Court in his successful challenge under the Freedom of Information Act to the Government’s refusal to disclose letters written by Prince Charles to Government ministers (R (Evans) v Attorney General 2015); 

In Chambers and Partners 2019 Dinah is ranked as one of 25 ‘Stars at the Bar’, with star rankings in three practice areas and high ratings in a further five: "Dinah Rose QC is, quite simply, 'one of the best advocates of her generation,' and one of those rare barristers who is 'capable of turning a case through the force of her advocacy.'...One of the most celebrated courtroom lawyers working today, sources say 'it is quite something to see her in action.'...'She showed great audacity in putting across the message in a way that was not only clearly understood, but made the judges think there was no other option than to rule in her favour,''She has a common-sense way of putting things and is always right!'...'demonstrably the best in a room of top administrative law barristers' - she is a figure of heroic inspiration to those on her side...Her recent work includes cases with far-reaching consequences for society, such as her work for Unison in its judicial review challenge to the new fees regime for employment tribunals, which the Supreme Court upheld, finding that such fees are unlawful because they restrict access to justice... 'She delivers an unprecedented mix of strategy, advocacy, knowledge of the law and confidence in what she's doing. She's fiercely intelligent and charismatic, and she's so personable and down-to-earth as well.'"  She has also been recognised as a Legal 500 2019 Silk of the Year for Employment Law.



Public & Regulatory

Dinah has a very broad practice across the whole spectrum of public  law. She represents both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of courts and specialist tribunals, from the Administrative Court to the highest appellate levels. She has appeared in many of the leading public law cases of recent years. Dinah’s public law work overlaps with her expertise in human rights and EU law. 

Claimants Dinah has advised and represented range from NGOs and publicly-funded individuals to large commercial entities and trade associations challenging regulatory or Government decisions and legislation. Dinah has also represented JUSTICE, Liberty, and other public interest groups in appellate interventions.

On the Defendant side, Dinah has advised and represented many public authorities, including Government departments, the NHS, local authorities, and a wide variety of regulators, including Ofcom, Ofgem, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the GMC and other medical regulators, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Advertising Standards Authority, The Teaching Standards Council, the Bar Council and the Law Society.


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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Dinah has appeared in many of the leading civil liberties and human rights cases of recent years, in UK courts and specialist tribunals (including the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and SIAC), appellate courts including the Supreme Court, as well as the European Court of Human Rights. Her clients have included terrorist suspects facing deportation to torture, a Christian registrar disciplined for refusing to conduct civil partnerships, prisoners in solitary confinement, the mother of a British soldier who died in Iraq, and individuals and NGOs seeking to defend their privacy rights against surveillance by the State.


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EU & Competition

Dinah’s interest in competition law developed from her expertise in regulatory matters, through cases such as the Pay TV appeal. Over the past decade she has acquired a strong reputation in this field, including both European and domestic regulatory investigations, and stand alone and follow-on damages actions. She is currently instructed in some of the largest competition investigations and private litigation, including the Commission’s investigation into alleged Euribor fixing, and claims for damages brought against Visa. Dinah has appeared before the Commission in Brussels, and has extensive experience of appeals before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and claims in the Commercial Court, where she has acted for both claimants and defendants.

Dinah has longstanding expertise in EU law, and has appeared in the CJEU on many occasions. Her practice covers a very wide range, including social policy (discrimination and employment rights, free movement of workers, social security), competition, environmental law, sanctions (Iranian and Ukrainian), and other forms of regulation, including taxation and tobacco regulation.


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Dinah acts regularly for Ofcom and for communications providers, in the CAT and the High Court, and advises on all aspects of telecommunications regulation in the UK.


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Dinah has a particular interest and expertise in discrimination and equal pay, and in appellate advocacy. 

Dinah was retained by the BBC in December 2012 to investigate and report on instances of harassment and bullying, and the BBC’s policies and training, in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. Her report, Dignity at Work, was published in April 2013. She represented UNISON in its successful challenge to the introduction of fees for bringing claims in Employment Tribunals, decided by the Supreme Court in July 2017.


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Dinah has appeared in a number of leading Immigration cases, particularly in relation to asylum, human trafficking, and  the deportation of individuals said to present a risk to national security. She has appeared in SIAC on many occasions, both as a special advocate and representing appellants. See the Public Law and Civil Liberties sections for further details.


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Dinah has been instructed in significant environmental law matters, including the important claim brought by ClientEarth concerning the UK’s breach of EU law on air pollution standards. See the EU law and public law sections for further details.


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BA (Hons) First Class, Magdalen College, Oxford (Modern History); Post-Graduate Diploma in Law with distinction, City University


  • One of The Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 UK lawyers 2015
  • Public Law Silk of the Year 2013, The Legal 500 UK Awards
  • Competition/EU Silk of the Year 2012, Chambers Bar Awards
  • Human Rights & Public Law Silk of the Year 2011, Chambers Bar Awards 
  • Barrister of the Year, The Lawyer Awards 2009
  • Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2009 (Liberty & JUSTICE  Human Rights Awards)
  • Public Law and Human Rights Silk of the Year 2009, Chambers Bar Awards

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory and Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Al Rawi v Security Services and ors [2011] UKSC 34
  • R (Smith) v Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner [2010] UKSC 29; [2010] 3 WLR 223
  • R (S (Sri Lanka)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2638 (Admin) 
  • R (Sinclair Collis) v Secretary of State for Health [2011] EWCA Civ 437
  • R (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission [2010] EWHC 2550 (Admin)
  • R (Binyam Mohamed) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2009] EWHC 1159 (Admin); [2009] EWHC 152 (Admin); [2010] EWCA Civ 65; [2010] EWCA Civ 158 
  • R (E) v JFS [2009] EWCA Civ 626 [2009] UKSC 15; [2010] 2 WLR 153
  • R (Age UK v Secretary of State for Business Innovations & Skills [2009] EWHC 2336 (Admin); [2010] ILR 260; ECJ Case C-388/07; [2009] ECR I-1569
  • R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2009] EWCA Civ 92; [2009] UKHL 45; [2009] 1 AC 345
  • R (Equitable Members Action Group) v HM Treasury [2009] EWHC 2495 (Admin)
  • R (Saunders) v Independent Police Complaints Commission [2009] EWCA Civ 187
  • Hutchison 3G  UK Ltd v Ofcom/Vodafone v Ofcom [2009] CAT 11
  • R (Corner House and Campaign Against the Arms Trade) v Serious Fraud Office [2008] UKHL 60; [2008] 3 W.L.R. 568
  • R (Bradley and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Administrative Court (hearing 7 February 2007) CA 7 February 2008 [2008] EWCA Civ 36; [2009] Q.B. 114


  • BT v Ofcom (080) [2011] EWCA Civ 245
  • The Number v Ofcom Case C-16/10 (17 February 2011)
  • O2 v Ofcom [2010] CAT 25
  • H3G v Ofcom [2009] EWCA Civ 683
  • Vodafone v Ofcom [2009] CAT 11
  • O2 v Ofcom [2008] EWCA Civ 1373; [2009] Bus. L.R. 794

  • Seldon v Clarkson, Wright and Jakes [2010] EWCA Civ 899, [2012] UKSC 16
  • R (Age UK v Secretary of State for Business Innovations & Skills [2009] EWHC 2336 (Admin); [2010] ILR 260; ECJ Case C-388/07; [2009] ECR I-1569 Case C-388/07 [2009] ICR 1080
  • R (E) v Governors of JFS [2009] UKSC 15
  • Health and Safety Executive v Wilson [2009] EWCA Civ 1074
  • Bloxham v Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (ET) [2007] Pens. L.R. 375
  • Tofeji v BNP Paribas 
  • Prebon Yamane Singapore v Spring and others
  • Villalba v Merrill Lynch (EAT) [2007] I.C.R. 469
  • B v BAA (EAT) [2005] ICR 1530 : [2005] IRLR 927
  • Maxcor v Tullett Liberty Ltd
  • Diem (Ho) v Crystal Services Plc (EAT) UKEAT/0398/05/DM, 16 December 2005
  • R (Amicus and others) v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [2004] EWHC 860 (Admin); [2007] I.C.R. 1176; [2004] I.R.L.R. 430
  • R v MoD, ex parte Leale and Lane 
  • Bahl v Law Society (2003) EAT
  • Farr and others (2003)
  • Croft v Royal Mail (2003) CA
  • Lawrence v Regent Office Care (2002) ECJ
  • RCO v Unison (2002) CA
  • Fulham FC v Tigana
  • Williamson and Everington v KoreaOnline
  • Nagarajan v London Underground [1999] 3 WLR 425 (HL (E))
  • French v Barclays Bank [1998] IRLR 646 (CA)
  • Diocese of Hallam v Connaughton [1996] ICR 860 (EAT)
  • Ratcliffe v North Yorkshire County Council [1995] IRLR 439 (HL) 
  • MoD v Cannock and others [1994] ICR 918 (EAT
  • James v Eastleigh Borough Council [1990] 2 AC 751 (HL)


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