Mark Henley

Year of call:



M.A. Christ's College, Cambridge (Double First)


2007, 2010, 2015, 2021 - Treasury Counsel

2019 - Deputy District Judge


Five major competitive Bar scholarships

2019 - Legal 500 Leading Individual

Mark has 25 years experience of Inquest work: including deaths in custody, those arising from  accidents in the workplace, deaths in care homes and road traffic collisions. He has experience of jury Inquests and those where Article 2 is engaged,

Has acted for Government Departments in Inquest since 2007, when he was first appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) by the Attorney General (reappointed in 2010 2015 and in 2021, now Regional Panel A).

According to the The Legal 500, “he has a thorough and meticulous eye” [2019] and, “he has very good tactical nous” [2017].

Examples of his Inquest practice include:

Representing the Ministry of Justice in Inquests into the deaths of prisoners, both with and without juries: such as a complex four day Inquest involving issues of alleged medical negligence both by the Prison Medical Service and by a hospital.

Representing both families and insurers in Inquests into fatal road traffic accidents.

Representing insurers in Inquests into deaths in the workplace involving Health and Safety issues: such as an inquest into a death on a construction site.

Representing both families and the insurers of care homes in Inquests into deaths in care homes.

Representing Highways England (through the Government Legal Department) in a four day jury Inquest into the death of a pedestrian on a motorway.

Instructing Solicitors’ comments on his work include, ”Thanks again for taking on this matter at such short notice and doing such a great job in very difficult circumstances …… It was an excellent outcome ……… The witnesses are very grateful for your input and support” (Government Legal Department solicitor).