Christopher Henley QC

year of call :

1989

year of silk :

2015

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Recommended Silk in Chambers and Partners (2017 and 2018) and Legal 500 (2016), and consistently cited over many years as outstanding in his field of practice:

‘able, hardworking and incredibly bright….good at driving his point home’

‘very hardworking and popular’

Chris Henley is highly regarded for his keen attention to detail, his imaginative and intelligent approach to challenging issues, and his tenacious and persuasive advocacy. Legal 500 has commended the very broad range of serious cases he undertakes. He has recently been elected Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association.

Since taking silk in 2015 he has been instructed by solicitors in multiple murders, two murder appeals, several very substantial tax and VAT frauds in Southwark and Birmingham, as well as two serious terrorist cases, and very recently acted in a very high profile trial concerning serial false allegations of rape (R v JB, Southwark CC). He has secured acquittals for a Prep School headmaster charged with multiple counts of historic child cruelty, a professional valuer charged with high value mortgage fraud, a defendant of good character charged with manslaughter and a young defendant charged with kidnap.

He has advised a Muslim charity on issues raised by the Charity Commission following a covert investigation by ITV, a journalist on their obligations under terrorism legislation and a solicitor facing allegations of serious professional misconduct. H has been interviewed by Joshua Rozenberg for Law in Action, and by ITV news. He is Vice Chair of the CBA and has had a number of articles published on legal aid cuts and proposed reforms to the Criminal Justice System.

He has been instructed in many high profile cases in recent years involving allegations of fraud (VAT, Revenue, fraudulent trading), terrorism (21/7 bombings, Syria) and murder (the Damilola Taylor and Daniel Morgan cases).

Current and recent instructions include a series of significant terrorism cases: JJ, a Bolton secondary school teacher, charged with section 5 TA 2006 offences, SG, an ex-British Soldier charged with travelling to Syria to fight against the Assad regime, MAS charged with membership of the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) and disseminating terrorist propaganda, and H a vulnerable defendant charged with a section 5 offence. He regularly provides pre-charge advice and assistance to solicitors acting on behalf of clients detained under the Terrorism Acts 2000 & 2006. He recently advised the solicitor acting for members of a family who were detained having been deported from Turkey; all were subsequently released without charge. He provided advice to T, a teenager, who is the youngest female prosecuted for Terrorism.

He has extensive experience of advising professionals charged with misconduct by their professional bodies, he provides comprehensive pre-charge advice in cash seizure and restraint proceedings, has a strong record in regulatory offences (health and safety, environmental protection) and has appeared at inquests.

Member of the CBA Executive and Amnesty International.