Dean Peter Dunham 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.
He is considered to be one of the leading authorities on consumer law, being named in the Thomson Reuters Superlawyers List and Legal 500 and being named as Consumer Lawyer of the Year 2018, 2019 and 2020 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.
Dunham is the presenter of the LBC Consumer Hour
Dunham is currently the consumer law columnist for the Mirror Group, the Sunday People and Daily Express newspapers.
Dunham studied law at the University of Buckingham, a private university, graduating in 1997.
He completed the Legal Practice Course and Professional Skills Course at the College of Law and then qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate. Dunham is also a non-practising barrister (called to Middle Temple) and is a qualified arbitrator (MCIArb).
High profile cases
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 libel case against Karin Ward, the original Bucks Fizz in the unsuccessful Bucks Fizz legal dispute during 2011. 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.