Rob Rinder is a British criminal barrister and television personality. In 2014, while still a practising barrister, he began hosting the reality courtroom series Judge Rinder. He also hosts The Rob Rinder Verdict.
Rob specialises in cases involving international fraud, money laundering and other forms of financial crime. He was involved in prosecutions following the murders of Leticia Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis in 2003, and the defence of British servicemen on charges of manslaughter after the deaths of detainees in Iraq. Since 2010, he has been involved in the investigation and prosecution of alleged bribery, corruption, and fraud in the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
While practising as a barrister, Rob wrote television scripts in his spare time. Upon attempting to sell one, he met producer Tom McLennan and he was offered the opportunity to front a British version of Judge Judy. Since 2014, he has been the eponymous judge in Judge Rinder. As he is a practising criminal law barrister and not a civil court judge, he wears his normal barrister's court dress but without the barrister's wig. He received praise for his cross-examination abilities and acerbic comments.