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Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC
Charter Chambers


Highly regarded for his unflappable nature in court, Henry is one of the most experienced criminal Silks in practice. He has defended in many high profile criminal cases at the Old Bailey and nationally including 1) the “witchcraft” murder of a young boy and the assault and torture of his siblings, 2) the honour killing of his daughter by a member of the Kurdish community, 3) one of the largest ever drug importations leading to one of the longest ever trials, 4) several large-scale international frauds. 2016 has seen him defending in a massive fraud on BT, three long and difficult murders and an immigration fraud.


Called 1972, Gray’s Inn; QC 1999; president, Board of Deputies of British Jews 2003-09; vice-chair, National Holocaust Memorial Day Trust; vice-president, Council of Christians and Jews.


Criminal Bar Association; Public Access Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit.


University College London (LLB Hons); Fellow (2006).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Henry Grunwald QCCharter ChambersHe defends in knife crime cases.

Defence-focused set Charter Chambers covers the gamut of criminal work. Henry Grunwald QC represented a member of drill group Moscow17, who was acquitted of murder after a teenager was fatally stabbed in Peckham. Leila Gaskin represented the appellant in R v Chudasama, in which the Court of Appeal reduced three concurrent sentences for causing death by dangerous driving, which were initially calculated by adding three lengths together as if they were to be imposed consecutively and then making deductions for personal mitigation and guilty pleas.