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.

Over the past year, some highlights of Dinah’s practice have included: 

  • 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); 
  • representing David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP in their continuing challenge to the statutory regime for the mass retention and use by public authorities of personal communications data, now pending before the CJEU (R (Davis and Watson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department); 
  • representing Imperial Tobacco Ltd in its judicial review of the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products (based on EU law, IP law, public law, and human rights) (R (Imperial Tobacco and others v Secretary of State for Health);
  • representing a leading US Bank in the EU Commission’s investigation into alleged Euribor manipulation;
  • representing Visa Inc in the Commercial Court in defence of an ongoing competition damages claim brought by major retailers concerning credit and debit card fees;
  • representing members of the GMB Union in damages claims (alleging breach of Data Protection rights, breach of privacy, conspiracy, and defamation) arising out of the operation of a secret database blacklisting Trade Union activists in the construction industry;
  • representing the largest commercial broadcaster in Hong Kong in a challenge to a decision by the broadcasting regulator that its contracts and policies were anti-competitive;
  • representing a private health care provider, HCA, in a successful appeal against the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision requiring it to divest itself of two hospitals;
  • representing the successful Appellants in the Supreme Court in the case of R (Bourgass) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, establishing that the Home Office’s policies for segregating prisoners were ultra vires and unfair;
  • representing the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association in a judicial review of new tax legislation, based on EU law, currently pending before the CJEU;
  • representing a woman prisoner serving a life sentence in a claim alleging sex discrimination in the provision of probation hostels (R (Coll) v Secretary of State for the Home Department), currently pending before the Supreme Court;
  • representing the Law Society in its challenge to the Ministry of Justice’s decision to introduce new criminal legal aid contracts for duty solicitors.

In Chambers UK 2018 Dinah is ranked as a ‘Star at the Bar’ with recommendations in eight practice areas.  In three of these practice areas, Dinah is ranked in the ‘Star’ category and in the top band for three more areas. In Legal 500 2017  Dinah is ranked among the Leading Silks in seven fields.

Chambers UK 2016, Star at the Bar: “Dinah Rose QC enjoys a reputation as one the most supremely talented advocates of her generation, and is known as an utterly formidable courtroom performer who is unafraid of going into battle in the most difficult of cases on behalf of her clients. Her highly accomplished appearances in many of the leading cases of the day lead market sources to be effusive in their praise for her, saying that “she is a strong leader in a team, who has excellent oversight of the issues in a case, and is very creative and authoritative. Her advocacy is absolutely compelling.” She counts among her many areas of expertise administrative and public, civil liberties and employment law, in which spheres she undoubtedly stands at the very top of the tree. Sources particularly rate her “ability to make very complicated legal and factual issues straightforward both for the client and the judge” and her “frankly brilliant advocacy that is very engaging and persuasive.” She offers additional prowess in competition, European and telecommunications disputes. Her reputation as an exceptionally robust counsel has led to her appearing in a large number of the most important cases heard in London.

Dinah is also top ranked in Competition & EU in Chambers Global 2016. 

In December 2013, Dinah was ranked as one of Chambers UK’s Top Silk Bar 100, in their inaugural listing of the top barristers practising at the Bar of England & Wales. “A formidable advocate who commands complete respect from the judiciary and is a very pleasant person to work with.

Dinah is ranked as one of the top lawyers in Who's Who Legal, Management Labour & Employment 2014. 

The Times Law 100, (March 2012) - Dinah is featured in The Times’ list of the 100 most influential lawyers.



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 is currently instructed by UNISON in relation to the challenge to the introduction of fees for bringing claims in Employment Tribunals, due to be heard by the Supreme Court later this year.


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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.



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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