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Jennifer Dempster QC

Work 0207 520 6000
Red Lion Chambers (Red Lion Chambers)


Jenni is an experienced and extremely able defence advocate who specialises in serious financial crime and general heavyweight crime, including drug trafficking, sexual offences and causing death by dangerous/careless driving. Described as “just superb”, she is regularly instructed as leading counsel in high-profile cases. Known for her tenacity and hard work, she commands considerable respect among her peers for her jury handling, cross-examination technique, assertiveness and tactical acumen. Jenni remains a popular choice of counsel in difficult, paper-heavy or complex cases and is currently holding instructions in a number of serious cases due for trial in 2018. She is consistently recognised as a highly recommended leading junior and is now ranked in ChambersUK for the 11th year running as a 'Leader at the Bar'.

GENERAL CRIME: In January 2016 she acted for the lead defendant of a highly organised drugs gang responsible for one of the biggest seizures of cannabis in the UK (4 tonnes) and money laundering. In March 2017 she acted as leading counsel for a defendant charged with aggravated burglary at a farmhouse where the homeowners were tied up and very seriously assaulted. In July 2017 she was instructed for a defendant charged in relation to an acid attack on three individuals during an aggravated burglary.

FRAUD, CORRUPTION & MONEY LAUNDERING: In June 2017 she acted as leading counsel for a stockbroker charged with investment fraud in connection with the sale of rare earth metals. In July 2017 she was instructed for the director of a company charged with investment fraud in connection with the sale of fine wine.

SEXUAL OFFENCES: Frequently instructed in cases involving multiple, often historic complaints. In March 2016 she acted for an elderly defendant charged with 10 counts of rape against four sisters, one of whom had severe learning difficulties. The offences dated back 45 years. In May 2016, she acted for a consultant gynaecologist charged with sexually assaulting six female patients. In November 2017 instructed to act for a defendant who is accused of sexually assaulting four of his female clients.

MURDER: In April 2016, she was leading counsel in an 8 week conspiracy to murder trial (a “contract hit”). In January 2017 she was leading counsel in a 5-week conspiracy to murder trial (drive-by shooting). In June 2017, at the Old Bailey, she represented the lead defendant in an attempted murder trial (shooting outside a London nightclub).


Criminal Bar Association


Educated at Broughton High School, Edinburgh and London School of Economics LLB Hons). Called to the Bar 1993. Attended Diploma in Forensic Medicine and Science course in 2001.

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – 2018 silks

Jennifer Dempster QC - Red Lion ChambersA total star: she is a great person to work with and has great tactical nous.

Within: Crime (general crime)

Red Lion Chambers enjoyed a successful round of silk appointments in 2018, with Jennifer Dempster QC and Adam Wiseman QC appointed. Among the existing silks, Riel Karmy-Jones QC prosecuted 11 Irish Travellers convicted of modern slavery offences in the first of several linked trials under the Operation Pottery umbrella; the 11 convicted received sentences aggregating 79 years. Max Hill QC has been appointed the new director of public prosecutions.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – 2018 silks

Jennifer Dempster QC - Red Lion ChambersIncredible with clients and wonderful in court.

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