Amanda Kelly
January 4, 2017
Andrew Stephens
April 3, 2017

Gabrielle Henty

Gabby has a broad experience of all aspects of criminal law, she both prosecutes and defends. She is a measured and sensitive advocate who is well known for her commonsense and practical approach. As a defence advocate Gabby represents clients in all types of criminal cases and has also represented clients at tribunals and inquests.

Her meticulous and through approach to casework has resulted in her in being instructed as Junior Counsel in a number of voluminous and serious cases including murder and gross negligence manslaughter.

Regularly instructed to prosecute a wide range of cases including rape, child cruelty serious violence and drugs and fraud. She specialises in cases involving children and very vulnerable witnesses.


Qualifications, Associations


  • CPS Grade 3 Advocate
  • CPS Grade 3 RASSO Advocate
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the SE Circuit

Notable Cases


  • R v DJ & others 2016 Successful defence of 18 year old boy tried with 4 others for conspiracy to do violent disorder, a case involving 3 separate trials of 24 defendants. Client eventually acquitted after a 5 week trial involving cell site, mobile phone and CCTV evidence.
  • R v AH 2016 Prosecution of a care worker alleged to have raped a woman who suffered from a severe learning disability and required a Registered Intermediary to assist in communicating with the court, via video-link from the care home. The defendant was represented by a QC and Junior. Legal arguments on the part of the prosecution concerning the competency of the complainant and the admissibility of the ABE were successful. The case involved much medical and third party material and cross-examination of psychologists.
  • R v K T & R 2015 Prosecution of, kidnap and false imprisonment involving the “snatching” of a baby which had just been taken into care. Case involved issues of covert surveillance RIPA and cell site analysis
  • R v B 2014 Prosecution of multiple knifepoint rapes and false imprisonment. The complainant gave her evidence in chief from the witness box and required skill in handling as she was vulnerable and English was not her first language. Expert forensic evidence re; blood spatter and bad character evidence of previous acquittals were features of the case.
  • R v Z & others; 2011. Led by QC. Prosecution, murder trial. 4 Defendants. Issues involved expert evidence relating to bloodstains and spatter, and expert psychiatric evidence.
  • R v W& W & A F Ltd; 2009. 6 week trial gross negligence manslaughter. Led by leading junior a Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) specialist prosecutor.
Admitted as a Solicitor 1980, Higher Court Advocate 1998, Called 2003
Practice Areas: Crime, Licensing & Regulatory

Email: clerks@westgate-chambers.co.uk

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