Dean Dunham

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Dean Peter Dunham[1] is a solicitor-advocate, barrister and arbitrator, who has served as the Chief Ombudsman at The Retail Ombudsman a former Alternative Dispute Resolution provider in the UK.[2]

He is considered to be one of the leading authorities on consumer law, being named in the Thomson Reuters Superlawyers List and Legal 500[3] and being named as Consumer Lawyer of the Year 2018 and Solicitor Advocate of the Year 2018.

Dunham, who is often referred to as a "celebrity lawyer", is also one of the leading commentators on consumer law in the media, providing regular commentary on BBC One, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He has also written legal advice columns in the Daily Mirror and Sun newspapers and is currently the consumer law columnist in the Sunday People newspaper.


Dunham studied law at the University of Buckingham, graduating in 1997.[4]

He completed the Legal Practice Course and Professional Skills Course at the College of Law and then qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate.[1]

High profile cases[edit]

Dunham has been involved in a number of high profile cases, involving well known organisations, including such football clubs as Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sports Direct, Porsche U.K. and celebrities such as Freddie Starr in his unsuccessful[5] libel case against Karin Ward,[6], the original Bucks Fizz in the unsuccessful Bucks Fizz legal dispute during 2011.[7], Adam Ant, Ed Sheeran and Joe McElderry.

He has represented footballers Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur and England), Giovani Dos Santos (Spurs and Mexico), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) and football managers Alan Pardew and Rafa Benitez.

In addition, he has also represented television personalities Anne Hegerty (The Chase), Alex Reid (Celebrity Big Brother), the late Colin Fry and Derek Acorah, as well as victims of the Lloyds Banking Group scandal, successfully settling litigation with the Bank, obtaining millions in compensation for his clients.


  1. ^ a b "Dean Peter Dunham". Law Society. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Dean Dunham announces the new Consumer Rights Act". The Retail Ombudsman. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ Consumer advice: The top 10 things you need to know, Daily Mirror, 29 June 2013
  4. ^ "Buckingham Independent" (PDF). University of Buckingham. 2006.
  5. ^ "Freddie Starr loses grope libel case". 10 July 2015 – via
  6. ^ "Microsoft Word - starr-v-ward-judgment.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  7. ^ Bates, Stephen (15 July 2011). "Bucks Fizz in legal dispute over who owns group's name". The Guardian.