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I can advise on pre-charge issues, provide representation at trial and, following conviction and sentencing, advise on whether you may have grounds for an appeal, and if so, conduct that appeal for you.
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David Bentley QC is a criminal defence specialist, whose practice encompasses a wide range of serious and complex crimes, including murder, terrorism, fraud, money laundering and sexual offences.
In addition to his trial work, he has an extensive appeals practice.
David has recognised expertise in dealing with DNA and other areas of forensic evidence.
What the guides say
David is listed as a leading silk in Legal 500, and as a ranked QC in Chambers and Partners
• ‘He remains calm in any storm and his judgement is always spot-on.’(Legal 500 2017)
• “long standing experience of handling leading cases...very good” (Chambers 2014).
• commended for his “diligence and cleverness” (Legal 500 2013).
• “DNA evidence is his thing, and he has the ability to understand forensic stuff that is not easy" (Chambers 2014).
• He has received judicial commendation for his “consummate advocacy.”
Potential miscarriages of justice are a particular area of interest, and he receives instructions on a referral basis on a range of serious cases – including being instructed to provide a second opinion, as assigned counsel by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals, and in cases involving referrals from the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
He has several pending appeals. He is also advising on appeal in relation to a number of murder cases – some relating specifically to joint enterprise convictions based on the now discredited pre-Jogee foresight test and has recently authored an article on post- Jogee joint enterprise appeals for the Law Society Gazette.
DNA and other forensic evidence
David has developed a particular specialism in DNA cases, appearing in many of the leading trials and appeals in this controversial field. This too has been noted by commentators, who state that “DNA evidence is his thing, and he has the ability to understand forensic stuff that is not easy" (Chambers Guide 2014).
This expertise includes "low template" DNA and complex mixed profiles, and he has extensive experience working with some of the foremost forensic scientists in this field. He has co-authored comprehensive articles on DNA law and practice published in The Archbold Review September 2012 and February 2011 and a well-received feature in the Law Society Gazette, January 2015. He was also interviewed by the BBC for their recent R4 documentary “Forensics in Crisis” and was quoted in a recent news story relating to DNA contamination fears in sex cases.
His forensic expertise extends to cases involving pathological and psychiatric issues. This has been deployed to successful effect in a recent “baby shaking” acquittal, and in an ongoing automatism defence.
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