Dinah Rose

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Dinah Rose QC is a British human rights barrister. A member of Blackstone Chambers, she was named Barrister of the Year in The Lawyer Awards 2009.[1] In 2016, she was appointed a Deputy Judge of the High Court.[2]


Rose was educated at City of London School for Girls and at Magdalen College, Oxford.[1] She was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1989[3] and took silk in 2006.[3] In a July 2009 interview with The Lawyer, she referred to Lord Lester, QC as a "mentor" and described Lord Pannick QC as a "huge influence".[4]

Legal cases[edit]

She has appeared in many high-profile human rights cases, including representing "extraordinary rendition" victim Binyam Mohamed at his Court of Appeal hearing.[5][6]

Rose also worked on the judicial review of the Attorney General's decision to drop the investigation into alleged bribes of Saudi officials by BAE Systems.[7]

Rose represented the family of a child who had been denied a place at the prominent Jewish comprehensive school, JFS, because his mother was not recognised as Jewish by the Office of the Chief Rabbi. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled that the denial of a place constituted unlawful race discrimination.[8]

She appeared for Julian Assange in Assange v The Swedish Judicial Authority before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, in his unsuccessful appeal against extradition to Sweden.[9][10]

It was announced in October 2012 that Rose had been appointed by the BBC to investigate its culture and policies in relation to sexual harassment and bullying, following the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal.[11][12] Respect at Work, for which 930 employees were interviewed, was published at the beginning of May 2013. Rose and her team found 37 cases of alleged sexual harassment by 35 persons between April 2006 and November 2012, but said cases of bullying were much more common, and were often not properly investigated by BBC management.[13] Rose said in June that a "very troubling" atmosphere existed between staff and their superiors at the BBC.[14]


In March 2013, Rose ended her party membership of the Liberal Democrats in protest at Nick Clegg's support for the coalition government's justice and security bill describing it as a "betrayal of the party's guiding principles".[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dinah Rose QC". Blackstone Chambers. Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Section 9(4) Deputy High Court Judge appointments". Judicial Office UK. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "High-flying women on new QCs list". London: The Daily Telegraph. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  4. ^ Dowell, Katy (13 July 2009). "Focus: Dinah Rose QC". London: The Lawyer. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  5. ^ Tsang, Linda (26 February 2009). "Lawyer of the Week Dinah Rose". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  6. ^ Dowell, Katy (11 February 2010). "Dinah Rose QC apologises to court for handing Sumption letter to press". London: The Lawyer. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  7. ^ Krieger, Candice (9 July 2009). "Dinah Rose blossoms into a super-lawyer". London: The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  8. ^ http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/justice/uksc/decided.page?qt=jfs
  9. ^ "Assange appeals 'invalid' warrant at Supreme Court". London: BBC. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  10. ^ Booth, Robert (1 February 2012). "Julian Assange extradition breaches legal principle, lawyer claims". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  11. ^ Rance, Paul, "Interview: Dinah Rose QC", Chambers Student Guide 2012
  12. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/dinah-rose-qc.html
  13. ^ John Plunkett "BBC bullies 'creating climate of anxiety and fear'", guardian.co.uk, 2 May 2013
  14. ^ Maggie Brown "BBC bullying is 'very troubling', says top lawyer", guardian.co.uk, 19 June 2013
  15. ^ Mark Townsend and Daniel Boffey "Dinah Rose quits Liberal Democrats in protest at secret courts", The Observer, 9 March 2013