Harry Bentley

Harry Bentley

"Highly organised, meticulously prepared and a barrister with strong advocacy skills."

Chambers UK 2023
Year of call: 2007
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Harry Bentley’s areas of practice are Regulatory law, Professional Discipline and Crime. His experience in Regulatory law ranges from defending individuals in proceedings brought by the Environment Agency to defending companies charged under animal welfare regulations. In professional disciplinary proceedings he both presents and defends. He has significant experience presenting on behalf of Professional regulators such as the National College of Teaching and Leadership (as it was then) and has presented on behalf of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has also defended in Teaching Regulation Agency proceedings as well as having been regularly instructed on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing in Nursing and Midwifery Council proceedings.

He has been involved in many high profile, complex and serious prosecutions both as both leading and junior counsel. His experience in Crime includes multi-handed murder trials, terrorism, investment fraud, drug importation, cheating the revenue and serious sexual offences. He has particular experience in conspiracy allegations ranging from conspiracies to murder, steal museum artefacts, control prostitution or evade immigration controls through to conspiracies to import industrial amounts of cocaine. He is currently involved in a number of cases arising from Operation Emma’s exploit of the EncroChat telecommunications system.

Harry is ranked as a leading junior in Crime for both Chambers UK and Legal 500.

What others say:

“Harry has a wide range of experience, strong advocacy skills, excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law.” – Legal 500 UK 2023

“Comes into his own with clients as he is so personable. He offers excellent legal knowledge and advice.” – Chambers UK 2022

“With Harry, a belt and braces approach is taken when preparing any document for court. Everything is covered and nothing is left out. Weighty documents prepared are always commended by judges. Harry is an advocate, who always impresses, well prepared, measured and can captivate juries with a friendly manner. An advocate with presence who commands the courts respect.” – Legal 500 UK 2022

“A dedicated advocate who has excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law. He has always demonstrated attention to detail at all times so far as preparation and advice is concerned together with excellent advocacy skills.” – Legal 500 UK 2021

“A knowledgeable and highly responsive barrister who instils confidence.” – Chambers UK 2021

“A fantastic barrister.” – Legal 500 2020

“Exceptionally good. He’s very conscientious and diligent, and is strong on his feet.” “Harry’s approach to cases is thorough and clinical but his approach to clients remains kind and empathetic to levels not often seen at the Bar.” – Chambers UK 2020

“He provides very methodical and considered opinions and is never flustered by the most complex cases.” – Legal 500 2019

“He impresses quickly with his obvious ability and is a delight to work with.” – Legal 500 2017

“A very dedicated and effective junior – very straight-talking.” – Chambers UK 2016

“He really is exceptional for his years of call. His ability to get to the crux of the issue quickly is fantastic, especially when in fraud you have thousands of pages of disclosure.” – Chambers UK 2015

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