Called to the bar in 2003, Henry is an experienced barrister specialising in family, employment and civil practice
A tenacious advocate, he prides himself on his approachability and forensic attention to detail when preparing cases.
In the words of one instructing solicitor, “Henry has recently done an absolutely outstanding job … he was consistently available to discuss the case and provide invaluable advice … we secured a fantastic result … I believe largely as a result of the huge amount of work Counsel put in.”
Henry is experienced in all areas of public and private law proceedings, including complex allegations of physical and sexual harm. Recent notable cases include the following:
- 2011 – acted for Mother in care proceedings in which she was alleged to have cause multiple injuries to the child. Complex matter necessitating a 10-day finding-of-fact hearing.
- 2013 – represented Mother in a 9-day matter in the High Court concerning the placement of children in a non-Hague Convention state.
- 2014 – successfully acted in care proceedings for a father alleged to have sexually abused his child from a previous relationship. Attended hearings involving the Police, who resisted disclosure of material. Successfully applied to cross-examine the complainant, who was still a child. At the conclusion of the Local Authority’s case, it sought leave to withdraw the allegations and discontinue proceedings.
- 2015 – represented Father at a 5-day final hearing involving important live evidence from a Psychologist. At the conclusion of the hearing, the children were placed in the care of Father under a Care Order.
- 2015 – represented Mother at 5-day finding-of-fact hearing in which Father was alleged to have physically and sexually abused the child, Mother facing cross allegations of emotional harm.
Henry is experienced in all aspects of employment practice, from straightforward cases of unfair dismissal to more complex matters involving allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE. He is regularly instructed by prominent trade unions, government departments (via the Treasury Solicitor) and local authorities. Recent notable cases include:
- 2010 – G v HM Prison Service – successfully acted for the Claimant in a complex whistleblowing claim requiring a 7-day hearing.
- 2011 – M v North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust – represented the Claimant, a South African national, in a 10-day hearing dealing with multiple allegations of discrimination on the grounds of race.
- 2012 – M v City of Sunderland College – successfully represented the Claimant in a 7-day claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
- 2013 – W v Rotherham MBC – represented a social services manager against in a claim for discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation.
- 2015 – N v South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service – successfully represented the Respondent in a 7-day claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
- 2015 – H & others v Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust – acted for multiple Claimants in 4-day preliminary hearing to determine whether there had been a service provision change.
Henry is experienced in all aspects of personal injury practice. He has knowledgeable about all aspects of road traffic law, including the assessment of damages for credit hire.
- 1994 – BA Hons in English Literature, University of Leeds, 2:1
- 2002 – BVC, Inns of Court School of Law, Very Competent