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Dean Kingham is Head of the Prison law, Crime and Public Law department.

He has been listed in the Legal 500 directory for the last three consecutive years.In 2013 he was described as an “excellent advocate”.  Dean described this entry as a “commendable achievement” and something he wished to build upon. Clearly, he did, as the 2014 directory described him as “excellent and relentlessly pursues the prison authorities”. The 2015 edition refers to him as the “key contact” and a “specialist” in parole.

He is highly skilled in parole applications and appears before the Parole Board daily. He is well-known to the Board’s members and is known for his committed fearless approach. He has represented some of the most high profile prisoners and is fearless in his arguments to the Board and any challenge to the prison authorities.

He is known to trawl through psychological research studies in order to utilise them within his parole arguments and catch prison psychologists unaware. He has used a number of studies on denial/maintaining innocence, age on risk and the limitations to assessments such at the Risk Matrix 2000 to good effect to achieve the release of prisoners with no support for progression.

In 2014 Dean, featured in the Times and the Telegraph via Vouchedfor and has been listed within the Top 50 Solicitors in the UK who have received the highest volume of positive customer reviews. Click here to see Dean’s Profile.

Dean is a current committee member for the Association of Prison Lawyers at what is a critical time for the future of prison law. Dean describes the challenges ahead as “fundamental to the future of legal aid. We have a fight on our hands to ensure legal aid remains for prisoners. Everyone I have encountered is passionately fighting against the proposed cuts in funding to ensure prison law legal aid has a future”. Dean has been a fierce critic of the reduction in legal aid and is committed to ensuring access to justice and compliance with the rule of law.

He is Parole Board lead for the Association of Prison Lawyers and as a result sits on the Parole Board user group and Parole Standards Board. Through this role he is safeguarding prisoner’s interests and assisting to improve the parole system. He is involved in a number of projects to improve the process.

Dean is passionate about miscarriages of Justice and is committed to assisting prisoners who maintain their innocence. He attends meetings of Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (PPMI) and writes articles for organisations assisting those whom maintain their innocence. Dean was asked to attend the Innocence Network UK 2011 annual meeting entitled, Investigating a claim of Innocence:  Going beyond a desktop review and be a guest speaker.

He has assisted FASO (False Allegation Support Organisation), has close links with JENGBA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association) and is a member of Justice, the Law reform and human rights organisation.

Dean has worked closely with the Koestler Trust and takes a keen interest in the exhibition each year. He has a number of artworks from prisoners displayed in his home as he recognises the excellent work of this organisation.

Dean also writes many articles regarding Prison Law which are published regularly:

Dean joined us in January 2011 to work exclusively within the Prison Law department and has progressed to an Associate. He is an able lawyer who specialises not only in prison law matters, but also criminal appeals, Judicial Review applications and Human Rights challenges.

Before joining Swain and Co he spent a number of years at a leading East London firm specialising in criminal matters and prison law. During this time he was a prison law supervisor and headed the public law department. He has a wealth of experience and can be truly regarding as a specialist in prisoner rights, criminal appeals, Judicial Reviews and the Human Rights Act.

He is essentially dual qualified as he was called as a Barrister in 2005. As a result of his bar training he has substantial advocacy skills as evidenced by his Legal 500 entry.

Whilst studying he undertook a number of legal placements including mini-pupillages at Matrix chambers, 187 Fleet Street and Landmark Chambers. He also spent time as a Judicial Marshal experiencing life as a Judge both at Snaresbrook and Chelmsford Crown Court. To complete his experience he also has a short placement in the Crown Prosecution Service. He also volunteered with a number of organisations including homeless projects.

His considerable experience in a wide range of settings make him a well-rounded Solicitor. His main role is representing prisoners at Parole hearings and prison disciplinary hearings.  Dean is known for dealing with the most complex parole cases often representing those with very complex presentations and needs including prisoners with Personality Disorders, gender dysphoria, Brain injuries and Austistic Spectrum Disorders including Aspergers Syndrome. He has built considerable knowledge of these issues.

Dean regularly engages in Judicial Review proceedings challenging decisions of public bodies. He is viewed as a Judicial Review specialist.

Dean is passionate about miscarriages of Justice and is committed to assisting prisoners who maintain their innocence. He attends meetings of Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (PPMI) and writes articles for organisations assisting those whom maintain their innocence. Dean was asked to attend the Innocence Network UK 2011 annual meeting entitled, Investigating a claim of Innocence:  Going beyond a desktop review and be a guest speaker.

Dean has substantial criminal law experience and is accredited to represent individuals at the police station. He regularly advises in respect of both Appeals against Conviction and Sentence. He has a particular interest in individuals whom have received life sentences but are subsequently detained under the Mental Health Act in Hospital and should have received a Mental Health Act based sentence such as a Hospital Order. He regularly advises in respect of whether a prisoner was correctly assessed as “dangerous” and given an IPP sentence. He is always happy to discuss potential appeals.

Outside of the office Dean’s passions include Scuba Diving, travelling, yoga, photography and Football. He is a keen West Ham fan, but do not hold that against him!

Dean has also travelled extensively and whilst in Ecuador assisted an Irish national obtain parole whilst detained for drug trafficking.  He gave his time pro-bono (free) investigating an appeal against sentence.  Whilst assisting her he taught English to other inmates at El Inca Prison.

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Email: Dkingham@swaincohavant.uk.com

Tel: 0239 248 3322
Fax: 0239 248 3366
Address: Compass House,
57 Meridian Centre,
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PO9 1UW

What Dean's clients say:

Well, what can I say, it is unbelievable, I keep reading the Parole Board decision to reassure myself it is not a dream, as I fully expected to end my days as a prisoner in a prison somewhere, I really did. Of course it is down to your professionalism, even though you are a West Ham supporter, thank you so very much Mr. Dean Sir.

J.L.

Dear Dean Kingham, Sarah Grundy (Blake) and Jemma Atkinson, I am just writing to say thank you all, for the help you have gave me. The time you have spent looking into my case must of been a burden on all of you, so I would like to say a massive Thank you once again. Thank you all!

W.C.

Dear Dean Kingham, I’d just like to thank you for all the efforts you, and Swain & Co have put in regarding my recent trial. Even though it was unsuccessful I was very satisfied with the service provided by your team.

W J, HMP Bullingdon

Dear Dean and Antonia, I trust you are well. I have received the parole broad decision today – Release! Excellent! All that left for me to say id a massive Thank you, for all your help and assistant in these matters. Thank you to all at Swain & Co for all your hard work. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. One last time thank you Kindest personal regards

R E

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