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QEB News: Edward Henry and Selva Ramasamy appointed as Queen's Counsel
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QEB News: Edward Henry defends in historic sexual offences Court Martial
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QEB News: Edward Henry acts for Company Director in appeal against disqualification

QEB News: Edward Henry appeared on behalf of the Earl of Cardigan at Swindon Crown Court in his appeal against conviction for a public order offence.
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QEB News: Edward Henry warns that the ‘administration of justice is not a business and can never be run on narrow cost-centred imperatives’
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QEB News: Prosecution offer no evidence against Royal Agricultural University students accused of rape
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QEB News: Edward Henry has had a busy July and August with 8 cases in a selection of courts and tribunals successfully defended – which included the prosecution offering no evidence in a conspiracy to murder following service of abuse argument; a PC cleared of assault; a Doctor’s reputation preserved at the MPTS; a joint enterprise robbery and an art fraud.
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QEB News: Edward Henry represents Lord Cardigan in hat-trick of harassment acquittals
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Edward Henry

Call 1988
BA (Hons) [CANTAB]
Dip Law

Practice: Crime; Financial Crime and Regulatory

Recommended as a Leading Junior in Crime and Fraud Crime


"He runs a silk's practice as a junior. He is extremely knowledgeable and a great jury advocate." "He has good legal skills and is convincing in court." Chambers UK (2017) Crime

A "terrific" junior with a "phenomenal" track record who specialises in all areas of general crime. He is particularly known for his expertise in serious organised crime, and is highly respected for his mastery of complex legal issues, including expert evidence and abuse of process. He regularly receives plaudits from market sources for his client-handling skills. Chambers UK (2017) Crime

"He deploys his huge intellect with great skill." Legal 500 (2016) Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)

A leading specialist defence junior with a silk-type practice, Edward Henry has been recommended in legal publications over many years, being described by The Lawyer magazine (as far back as 2004) as a  junior who ranked as a QC.

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.

He is regarded by his professional clients as ‘an excellent advocate with a phenomenal brain’ and ‘very approachable.’ Edward’s practice encompasses all forms of serious crime, business crime and regulatory matters. Edward is asked to advise on professional negligence and liability in the context of criminal claims and was on the SIF panel of advisors. After the demise of the SIF he continued to receive instructions in this field.  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.  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. His client care and empathy is described as ‘very strong’. Edward has been instructed to act in well over 40 murder trials, cases of terrorism (IRA, Tamil Tiger and Al Qaeda inspired), serious sexual assault, drugs, money laundering, immigration fraud, people trafficking and firearms. His recent fraud and financial cases include the successful defence of a former CEO of The Money Portal who faced a £60m allegation of fraud, brought by the SFO. Edward also advises re POCA and whether SARs should be or ought to have been made.

Recent Cases

August 2015:

R v Mohammed Miah: Conspiracy to murder (instructed by Sternberg Reed). Edward argued abuse of process;  the prosecution offered no evidence.

Kings Lynn Magistrates Court: Edward acted for a police constable cleared of assault (instructed by Slater Gordon).

MPTS: Edward represented a psychiatrist who kept his practising certificate without conditions imposed (instructed by the MDU).

July 2015:

R v Shaun Nunes: Edward acted for a DJ charged with joint enterprise robbery (instructed by Stokoe Partnership).  His client was acquitted. The two co-defendants, separately represented, were convicted.

R -v- Nicholas Philp:  High value art fraud (instructed by Shaw Graham Kersh). Following disclosure the prosecution offered no evidence against Edward’s client.

Regulatory and Professional Discipline

Edward has considerable regulatory experience, defending police, solicitors and medical professionals in the criminal courts and appropriate tribunals. His recent record before the NMC is exemplary. Two of his last three cases have been stayed on abuse of process. The final case was demolished at half time, when Edward demonstrated that the NMC’s witnesses had been colluding on Facebook (instructed by John Kingston and Ediri Okonedo of the MDU).

Broadcasting and Media

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 was retained by Associated Newspapers for pre-publication advice on issues such as contempt of Court and reporting restrictions from 1993-2010. He appeared with Koo Stark on Daybreak in 2013 campaigning against the legal aid “reforms.”


Edward is deeply committed to the practice of advocacy, the liberty of the individual, and the criminal justice system. He gives seminars on various aspects of law and is highly sought after as a mentor to Pegasus scholars, from the USA, Australia and New Zealand. He undertakes pro bono work and is a member of the Bar Pro Bono group.

Professional memberships

SEC, CBA Representative on Bar Council 2009-2014, South Eastern Circuit Executive 2006-2009, ARDL, FSLA, Justice, POCLA, Public Access Bar Association, Shelter. Co-opted onto the Judicial Appointments Commission Advisory Group from 2011.


Called 1988.

Trustee/Board Member

Release and Deputy Chair of Fine Cell Work


Art, music, theatre, singing.

Notable cases:

No impairment and no warning in a case of admitted dishonesty
Edward Henry recently defended Dr Z before the MPTS on charges of dishonesty and alleged clinical incompetence.

R v X, Court Martial, Military Court (2017)
Defended a former member of the armed services accused of historic serious sexual offences.

Appeal of Nana Luther (2016)
Challenged the two year Company Director disqualification order imposed upon the defendant before the Court of Appeal.

R v Martin and others (2016)
Defended student at Royal Agricultural University accused of rape. Prosecution offered no evidence following defence submissions.

R v P&P (Southwark) (2015)
Instructed to defend two company directors charged with insolvency offences – case adjourned. Instructed by Steven Young

R v F (Croydon Crown Court) (2015)
Successful defence of man accused of a campaign of gunpoint rape. Edward’s cross-examination of the complainant caused

R v P (Chelmsford Crown Court) (2015)
Successful defence of an accountant charged with sexual assault. Instructed by Raj Law.

R v B (Kingston Crown Court) (2015)
Successful defence of a fruit and vegetable trader charged with two counts of large scale cannabis smuggling – the only

R v F (CCC) (2014)
Tragic case of a paranoid schizophrenic who was misdiagnosed and went on to kill a sex worker. Plea to manslaughter accepted.

R v W (Manchester Crown Court) (2014)
Successful defence of a man accused of assisting Dale Cregan. Edward’s disclosure arguments directly led to the collaps

Earl of Cardigan (2014)
Edward Henry represented David Brundell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan in criminal proceedings at Chippenham Magistrates Court.

Student Disciplinary Hearing (2013)
Edward Henry successfully represents student at disciplinary hearing.

R v Koo Stark (2013)
Koo Stark cleared of theft

NMC v H (2012)
Misconduct allegations repudiated after prolonged battle for the recall of witnesses following non-disclosure


Cheating the public revenue (R v Lunn)
Should a series of tax cheats be charged as a single count or as a series of individual counts? Edward Henry reports in light on the recent Court of Appeal ruling.
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Examining deferred prosecution agreements—SFO and Rolls-Royce
Edward Henry argues that a widespread move towards entering into deferred prosecution agreements could result in a shift away from trials and open justice.
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Edward Henry analyses the findings of the Lammy Review on BAME defendants for Lexis Nexis PSL
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Edward Henry considers the High Court guidance on wasted cost applications for Lexis Nexis
Edward Henry is interviewed by Lexis Nexis for their Lexis PSL Corporate Crime series on the implications of the decision in R v Cornish for wasted costs applications following an acquittal.
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Edward Henry comments on Lexis PSL Corporate Crime analysis
Edward Henry, warns that the administration of justice-particularly criminal justice-is not a business
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Effect of the Boyle Transport decision
Edward Henry considers the effect of the Boyle Transport decision by the Court of Appeal on the limitations on piercing the corporate veil in confiscation proceedings.
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Edward Henry comments on the Bribery Act 2010
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Edward Henry comments on the future plans of the SFO
Interviewed by Jon Robbins of Lexis Nexis, Ed Henry considers David Green’s recent speech in which he outlined future p 24.9.2014
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Expert Evidence
Recent Developments in the Use of Experts and Admissibility of Expert Evidence � An International Perspe 3.11.2007
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Forensic lip-reading
Mary Luckham of London University examines a landmark case in which Edward Henry challenged the reliability of forensic lip- 19.12.2004
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