Dharmendra (Dee) both defends and prosecutes. He has experience as leading junior and led junior. He is instructed in cases of the utmost seriousness including murder and, by way of example, is frequently instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Units across the UK. He has experience in a broad spectrum of serious criminal cases, with a focus on serious organised crime, financial crime, and confiscation proceedings.

Dee has developed a keen eye for detail and is often instructed on cases turning on complex issues of fact and law.

Dee is also a specialist in consumer and trading standards law. He is frequently instructed by local authorities in a range of complex matters including, most recently, several multi-handed animal welfare matters.

Dee has extensive knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He is a specialist in cash forfeiture and account freezing applications/orders, including confiscation and restraint proceedings under Part II POCA 2002.

Key cases

R v AE & others (2022) – Harrow CC – Leading Junior (defending) – leading Kate Hare of Foundry Chambers. AE (a female and second defendant) was unanimously acquitted of all counts in a multi-handed, two-month trial at Harrow CC. The case involved a complex and novel cutthroat defence in which it was suggested, inter alia, that the first defendant had raped AE in the context of a long-standing abusive relationship. The allegations (from all sides) involved substantial crystal meth dealing, modern slavery and controlling prostitution, with tens of thousands of pages of served evidence, including phone download material.The defendant’s case was that she is a victim of modern slavery, and we presented a wealth of material to support her defence at trial. Instructed by Lloyds PR Solicitors.

Op Swan (2022) – Nottingham CC – Led Junior for the Crown. Instructed by East Midlands Complex Casework Unit. Prosecuting 12 members of an OCG for the alleged multi-kilo supply of cocaine from the North West to the East Midlands.

Op Serpent (2021) – Birmingham CC – Defending – junior alone. Dee represented AW; the only defendant acquitted out of 20 defendants in total. AW faced allegations of large multi-kilo Conspiracies to Supply Class A Drugs. The case, heard at Birmingham Crown Court, featured a voluminous amount of material (over 10k pages of served evidence). The trial also contained references to modern slavery offences for others.

Leicester County Council v Hudson and Sanders Ltd (2022) – Leicester Magistrates’ Court and High Court – Successfully represented the local authority in proceedings brought against the defendant company – a large poultry business owner, for the death of over 27,000 chickens in their care. During proceedings the defendant sought to judicially review preliminary determinations by the judge, which Dee successfully opposed in the High Court.

Op Bali [2020] – Nottingham CC – Junior Alone for the Crown. Successful prosecution of employees of a reputable company, alleged to have been involved in a series of cyber-attacks against the company resulting in a loss of over £800k

Further information


Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor

Grade 3 on Serious Crime Panel Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)


Criminal Bar Association (CBA)