Harry Bentley

Harry Bentley

"Comes into his own with clients as he is so personable. He offers excellent legal knowledge and advice."

Chambers UK 2022
Year of call: 2007
For enquiries please call: 020 7353 5324 or email vcard cv save

Criminal Defence

Harry has appeared in many high profile serious crime cases including several murders and conspiracies.

Notable Cases:

R v E

Led by Narita Bahra QC, defending a client charged with two counts of encouraging terrorism contrary to section 1 Terrorism Act 2006. It transpired that the client was a young man whose mental health deteriorated during the covid pandemic and went undetected.  Narita and Harry’s positive engagement with the opposition resulted in a just outcome.

R v WB

Led by David Whittaker QC, WB was charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit GBH. The case had its roots in gang crime and was one of a number of tit-for-tat murders and violent assaults in Salford, Manchester. Previous incidents had included the murder of Paul Massey who was standing for Mayor of Salford and a grenade attack on a family’s home. In the instant case, the victim had been tracked using a GPS tracker attached to his car before being attacked with a machete in the street. WB was acquitted of both counts following a 6-week ‘Covid’ trial.

R v T

Led by Narita Bahra QC. The defendant was accused of murdering his disabled mother and dismembering the body by decapitation while suffering from a drug induced psychosis. Extensive psychiatric evidence was called over a number of days by both the prosecution and defence.

R v AA

Led by Narita Bahra QC. The defendant was one of three young men charged with the high profile murder of an 18 year old outside Cardiff University Student’s Union.

R v M

Led by David Whittaker QC defending a murder by intentional drowning of a young mother by her boyfriend.

R v K

Leading counsel in a multi handed trial involving a 6 month county lines Class A drug conspiracy.

R v K

The defendant was charged with 12 counts of historic rape. The trial involved three vulnerable witnesses including the defendant himself who suffered with a mental health disorder.

R v L 

Led by Andrew Radcliffe QC. The defendant was charged with attempted murder of a family friend following an argument over a rake. The case received widespread media attention as the defendant had a previous conviction for murdering a 3 year old child in 1979.

R v H

The defendant was charged with the murder of her partner by stabbing him with a kitchen knife twice at a hot tub party. The defendant had previously suffered over two years of domestic violence at her partner’s hands. Led by Ms Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC. Click here to read about the case in the national press.

R v I

The defendant was one of six individuals involved, in the mass manufacture and production of anabolic steroids, in specialist laboratories within the UK. The Prosecution sought to rely upon evidence against the client, of his company and business dealings, spanning over 9 years. Led by Ms Narita Bahra of 2 Hare Court.

R v RM

The defendant, a head teacher was cleared of 3 counts of fraud after being accused of fraudulently claiming for expenses and taking money from the schools petty cash. Her alleged fraudulent spending was uncovered during an audit of the school’s accounts following her departure in 2014.

R v C

The defendants were charged with false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and robbery against a letting agent. The victim alleged that he had been lured to talk about business at their residence before being burned with an iron, whipped with a belt and threatened with a knife. The next morning he was forced to go to a bank to apply for a £20,000 loan. The defendants were acquitted of false imprisonment and ABH charges.

R v A

Acted for a prison officer whose childhood sexual abuser was transferred to the prison where she worked causing post traumatic stress disorder and an acute psychotic episode leading to allegations of assault. Successfully raised the defence of ‘M’Naghten’ insanity followed by the judge immediately imposing an absolute discharge disposal.

R v R

Led by Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC in one of the largest slavery prosecutions in the UK to date. The case involved allegations starting 25 years ago made by multiple vulnerable complainants.

R v B

 Led by Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC in the defence of an Italian national who was charged with the murder and dismemberment of a serving police officer. The two men had met over the social media app Grindr before the murder. The case received a large amount of media attention.

R v W

 Led by Orlando Pownall QC in the defence of a wealthy nightclub owner’s son. The defendant had suffered bullying and emotional abuse at the hands of his father over many years until he stabbed him in the chest one evening. Psychiatric evidence was called of the defendant suffering with Adjustment Disorder.

R v F 

Acted as sole counsel charged in a multi-handed conspiracy to steal ancient Chinese jade and Rhinoceros horn artefacts from museum across the U.K.  The defendant suffered with mental health issues and learning disabilities requiring an intermediary during the trial.

R v TJ

 Acted as sole counsel for the first defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to control prostitution worth over £1m arising out of one of the most popular internet based escort agencies in the North of England.

R v G

 Acted as sole counsel for the defendant involved in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine. The defendant was arrested whilst handing a kilogram bag of cocaine through a car window. Following a hung jury the defendant was acquitted at his retrial.

R v R

 Led by Narita Bahra in a case of a multi-handed conspiracy to commit violent disorder. The defendants were alleged to have driven from the Midlands to London following the burning of the Guru Granth Sahib in India.

R v R

 Acted a sole counsel for the first defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to facilitate the breach of immigration laws by transporting non EU nationals out of the United Kingdom into other EU member states.

R v T

 Led by Nicholas Corselli in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Cocaine and Cannabis by a successful art dealer and music producer.

R v M

 Led by Brendan Kelly QC in a multi-handed case of the killing of a drug dealer. The defendants were originally charged with murder but the Crown Prosecution Service ultimately accepted pleas to manslaughter. The defendant gave evidence for the prosecution and received a substantial discount to his sentence.

R v W

 Led by Robert Fortune QC in a multi-handed joint enterprise murder of by a group of teenagers. The defendant was 14 years old and successfully acquitted.

R v S

 Led by Ish Sheikh in a case involving a murder and two attempted murders in a church cemetery at night in Ilford.

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