Dean Armstrong QC is a highly experienced practitioner who has been involved in some of the highest profile cases of the last decade including R v Darwin ( the canoeist case ), R v Asil Nadir, R v Tabak ( murder of Joanna Yeates in Bristol ), and the cases involving the collapse of the News Of The World newspaper. He has also provided advice to those involved in the “Cash for Honours” inquiry and the Leveson inquiry.
He is a regular commentator on legal matters both for Sky and BBC TV as well as on the radio and has recently been a contributor on cyber matters on BBC Business breakfast briefing.
He has a City background, having been employed by blue chip corporates and major City Solicitors and has advised on mergers and acquisitions, directors and shareholders rights and obligations, and set up the regulatory regime for a major multi national. The combination of City based advisory experience and high level advocacy makes him suitably placed to lead large scale City Litigation.
In recent years he has become increasingly involved in all matters cyber and he is co author of Cyber Security Law and Practice, an authoritative and thorough textbook in this new area. Dean lectures extensively on this subject and, in recent times, has advised high profile entities on GDPR and the consequences of a data breach. Dean has also advised the Law Commission on proposed changes to domestic data protection law.
Most recently, Dean has been commissioned to write a groundbreaking textbook on the regulation of Blockchain and cryptocurrency to be published in 2019.
An accomplished silk who has real-world commercial experience garnered in the City of London. Sources applaud him for his superior client service, mastery of the facts in a case, and effective advocacy. His recent work includes defending allegations of tax fraud and money laundering. He is experienced in cases with significant international elements.
Strengths: "Canny, commercial, tactical and smart." "He has very sound judgement.""
Very able, incredibly well prepared and someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of any case he's instructed in; he's a very effective advocate and very good with clients.
His style in front of a jury is very appealing.
Recent work: Acted for a defendant in a large private prosecution involving an alleged fraud on DAS, a German insurance company."