One of the brightest at the Criminal Bar, Edward Henry QC has a reputation for defending cleverly, creatively, and tirelessly. Known for his brilliant legal arguments and exceptional advocacy, he is someone to have in your corner.
Edward Henry has dedicated his career to defence work. His sought out to defend the most serious and high-profile crimes at all stages of the process and is frequently instructed to adopt a case at appeal to provide the greatest opportunity of success for the client. He has a proven track record in developing procedural arguments (Abuse of Process, Disclosure and PII) which have repeatedly stopped major prosecutions. His client care is faultless, and his advocacy sets him apart, he is a tremendous criminal practitioner.
Edward is a leading specialist in defence whose practice encompasses all forms of serious crime. He has been instructed to act in over 40 murder trials, cases of terrorism (IRA, Tamil Tiger and Al Qaeda), serious sexual assault, serious drugs, money laundering, immigration fraud, people trafficking and firearms. His capacity to think outside of the box means he often argues novel and successful points of law. He has, against the odds, succeeded in staying historic sexual abuse allegations, and has successfully overturned convictions as fresh counsel on appeal.
In 2016 Edward played a decisive and leading role in dismantling the prosecution case in the widely reported “Cirencester Four” Royal Agricultural University gang rape trial in which the defendants were acquitted.
In 2015 his disclosure submissions were instrumental in forcing the Prosecution to offer no evidence against those charged with assisting Dale Cregan, the quadruple murderer, whilst he was on the run.
Edward is widely regarded for his expertise in matters involving experts and disclosure. His cross examination of a lip-reading expert, following extensive analysis of her evidence in previous cases, led to her being abandoned in other cases and he was invited to speak on Newsnight about the case.
Edward has broadcast on issues of criminal law and human rights for the BBC on The Moral Maze, Five Live, and News 24. He has also been interviewed on Newsnight and by ITN. He appeared with Koo Stark, his former client, on Daybreak in 2013 campaigning against the legal aid “reforms”. Edward is currently instructed to defend a high-profile celebrity in relation to historic Operation Yew Tree allegations.
A courtroom favourite, Edward Henry does not disappoint, he is known for his clever tactics and for being at his absolute best, on his feet.
Notable Crime cases
R v F  Croydon Crown Court
Successful defence of man accused of a campaign of gunpoint rape.
R v P  Chelmsford Crown Court
Successful defence of an accountant charged with sexual assault.
R v B  Kingston Crown Court
Successful defence of a fruit and vegetable trader charged with two counts of large scale cannabis smuggling.
R v Koo Stark 
Edward Henry represented Ms Koo Stark, the internationally renowned photographer and the former girlfriend of the Duke of York, charged with a serious art theft.
Earl of Cardigan  Chippenham Magistrates Court
Edward Henry represented David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan in criminal proceedings.
Edward Henry QC appears for the defence in Watford samurai sword murder.
The case concerns the killing of Luke O’Connell in North Watford on 31st August 2019, who was stabbed to death with a samurai sword. Watford Observer (https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/19473792.murder-trial-luke-oconnell-stabbed-watford/
R v G 
Edward Henry QC defended an individual charged with murder, and an associated GBH. The client had deep-rooted mental health problems which developed as a result of a destructive drug addiction. A defence of diminished responsibility was advanced involving complex neuro-psychiatric and neuro-biological evidence.
R v MacLeod 
Edward Henry QC defended an alleged major league drug-dealer, charged with murder following an alleged punishment stabbing of a rival dealer in Brighton. The prosecution case was apparently overwhelming but a determined defence resulted in a hung jury after over 40 hours of deliberations.
Edward Henry QC defends 18-year-old acquitted of murder at the Old Bailey
Edward represented CM who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court.
CM and AF, both 18, were charged with murder, together with a 15-year-old youth, following the death of Mark Fontaine. Mr Fontaine died following a stabbing in Chelsea, on the 30th May 2018.
Edward and Tom were instructed by Andrew Moxon of FMW Law.
R v H 
Edward Henry QC successfully defended an individual in his appeal against his conviction for rape. The application was made out-of-time as trial counsel had negatively advised. Edward found six grounds of appeal, four of which were upheld.