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Stuart Denney QC

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Stuart Denney QC - Deans Court Chambers


  • St. John’s School, Leatherhead
  • Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge - MA (Cantab)


  • CPS Advocates Panel - Silk

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Health and Safety Lawyers


Criminal and health, safety and regulatory work at the highest level. Stuart Denney’s practice is substantially defence based but includes Crown work as Grade 4 Prosecutor. He has significant experience in civil work (years 1982-1995) and has undertaken civil and criminal health and safety work for over 15 years. He has a further speciality in Tribunal work, arising from alleged professional and sporting misconduct.

He has conducted numbers high profile and complex inquests, representing both individuals as well as companies. These have included accidents at work, HSE prosecutions as well as death by careless/dangerous driving.

Stuart Denney has wide experience of all areas of criminal practice, including many cases of murder and other serious frauds.

Notable Cases

  • Attempted murder

    R -v- Stuart Shaw

    Lead defence for an attempted murder of mother in law by hitting her over the head 29 times with a hammer.

    Defendant suffered an acquired severe brain injury from being assaulted himself prior to his own attack on his mother in law.

    Trial involved contested issues of neuropsychology between experts specialising in acquired brain injury.

  • Fraud (designated serious fraud)

    R -v- Walsby-Tickle (Liverpool)

    Optician fraud following nationwide police/NHS operation Leading Junior for the Defence

  • Crime

    R -v- Dixon (Manchester)

    Manslaughter by gross negligence; acquitted following legal submission Junior for the Defence

  • Regulatory Crime

    R -v- Sovereign (Bournemouth)

    Widespread exposure to asbestos caused by corporate negligence Junior for the Defence

  • Crime

    R -v- Greenwood (Liverpool)

    'Body in the Ribble' murder resulting in the longest and largest murder investigation by Lancashire Police Junior for the Defence

What the directories say

Much of his practice is devoted to the defence of serious crime matters, including homicides, rapes and large-scale drug offences. He is also known for his expertise in handling health and safety cases with criminal elements. He also handles cases concerning regulatory law. "I have terrific admiration for Stuart, who's a fantastic performer."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘He combines an incisive intellect with direct, precise and powerful advocacy.’

Legal 500, 2017

Highly respected silk described by sources as a "class act" and a "technically brilliant" advocate. Much of his practice is devoted to the defence of serious crime matters, including homicides, rapes and large-scale drug offences. He is also known for his expertise in handling health and safety cases with criminal elements. "He's a first-rate all-round advocate. He has a very down-to-earth delivery, from the point of view of the jury. He is also highly intelligent and a first-rate lawyer." "He's amazing, very, very knowledgeable. He works very hard, and his expertise in court is just the best I've seen."

Chambers UK, 2017

Recommended for sensitive homicide and sexual offence cases

Legal 500, 2016

Experienced in all areas of crime, including murder and serious fraud

Legal 500, 2015

Has a broad criminal practice that encompasses considerable regulatory and health and safety work. "He's a very succinct and to-the-point advocate".

Chambers UK, 2015

Advises clients on all aspects of general crime and regulatory work. His areas of specialism include serious sexual offences, homicide and prison law.

Chambers UK, 2015

Highly experienced, thorough and astute.

Legal 500, 2014

Regularly appears in high-profile cases.

Legal 500, 2014

One commentator described him as being "very astute, user-friendly and a good advocate in court." Another said that "he is first-rate both in mitigation and when fighting trials".

Chambers UK, 2013

Described by sources as "the lawyer's QC".

Chambers UK, 2013

Very thorough approach; he's on top of everything and he doesn't miss a trick. A true heavy hitter.

Chambers UK, 2012

Extremely popular senior.

Legal 500, 2011

'Hugely bright' & 'highly experienced, formidable advocate’.

Chambers UK, 2011

An excellent criminal advocate.

Legal 500, 2010

A fearless barrister and one of the cleverest people at the bar

Chambers UK, 2010

...circuit heavyweight

Legal 500, 2009

A name on the lips of everybody looking to instruct the next big thing….A force to be reckoned with.

Chambers UK, 2009

Pragmatic, sensible and technically astute’ 'Excellent at handling clients.

Chambers UK, 2008

Keeps the opposition on its toes.

Chambers UK, 2007

… is bright, has common sense and knows the area inside out.

Chambers UK, 2007​

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