Christopher Henley QC

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Organised Crime

Appeared as leading and sole counsel for many defendants charged with serious crime. Has extensive experience in defending individuals charged with the importation and supply of class A drugs, firearms offences, people trafficking, duty evasion and other serious crime.

Current instructions include the defence of a Prep school headmaster charged with historic child cruelty at a state boarding school in the 1980s and a Romanian national one of seven defendants charged with people trafficking for sexual exploitation.  

R v Mohammed Imran Khan (2014). Principal defendant of 9. MIK alleged to be continuing to control a gang importing heroin from Pakistan. whilst he was in prison serving a long sentence for similar offences. Found not guilty of two allegations of conspiracy to import heroin.

R v AM (2014). Polish national found not guilty of the alleged rape and false imprisonment of his estranged wife

R v Burnett Morris and others (2012). Leading counsel for main defendant in drugs and money laundering trial. Proceeds of drug crime transferred to Jamaica and invested in significant property portfolio and racehorses.

R v Darren Quick (2010) Cardiff CC – Quick alleged to be the head of a drugs gang based in Kent, supplying substantial quantities of cocaine to crime groups in Bournemouth and South Wales.

R v Syed Ahmed (2010) Southwark CC– Leading counsel for a qualified barrister working as an accredited immigration adviser. Hundreds of fraudulent student visa applications submitted to the Home Office. Bogus higher education college in East London supporting the applications. £2.65 million recovered in cash. 

R v Southall (2010) Northampton CC – Leading counsel for the principal defendant in a multi-million pound cigarette smuggling enterprise. 12-month surveillance operation.

R v Mykoo (2009) Wood Green CC – M admitted 84 strangulation robberies. The Judge described him as ‘the most prolific violent robber to be sentenced in London in recent years’. The victims, who included the fashion designer Nicole Farhi, were wealthy lone females.

R v Albar (2008) Southwark CC – A was a member of a Turkish crime group importing heroin into the UK. Leading counsel.

R v Hogg (2008) Kingston CC – Leading counsel for Alfie Hogg. Covert surveillance operation into the supply of cocaine and possession of firearms.

R v Sahan (2007) Croydon CC – Leading counsel for S, one of seven defendants charged with organised people trafficking into the UK from Turkey.