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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers


David Bentley QC is a specialist criminal defence advocate – with a wealth of trial and appeal court experience spanning murder, terrorism, serious sexual offences, fraud and money laundering.

He has developed a particular specialism in DNA cases, appearing in many of the leading trials and appeals in this controversial field. 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. 


David has defended in a number of complex and high-profile trials – including acting for a man accused of attempting to leave the UK to fight for ISIS, representing a Mexican national in a  transgender escort murder case, acting in a multi-handed joint enterprise murder arising outside a party, representing a young man accused of being the lynch-pin in a “contract killing” conspiracy to murder, acting for a client facing money-laundering charges in proceedings related to a recent “landmark” Supreme Court decision on definition of “criminal property” and acting for a vulnerable deaf defendant in a complex multiple rape case.


David’s successful appeals have included the quashing of murder, terrorism and historic sexual allegations. Other notable cases have included acting for an accused in the Massereene Barracks shootings in Northern Ireland (and on his successful appeal), securing an acquittal in a murder case founded on “unconvincing” hearsay evidence, defending in a major animal rights “terrorism” case in Oxford, acting for a doctor accused of perverting the course of justice following a tabloid “sting” operation and representing an IFA in a £12M “Ponzi” fraud.


Called 1984; Gray’s Inn. Publications of note: article on recent developments in money laundering in Archbold News; ‘Fair trial’ chapter in ‘Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime’ (OUP); ‘Developments in DNA law/practice’. Archbold News, February 2011.


CBA, South East Circuit.


Bedford School; London University (1982 LLB (Hons)).

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David Bentley QC

Doughty Street Chambers

A superb advocate who gets results.