Dominic Benthall

Year of call: 2002

Dominic is an experienced and formidable advocate, having appeared in cases across the full spectrum of the criminal law. He is particularly experienced dealing with vulnerable witnesses and defendants. He is renowned for his thorough preparation and attention to detail.

Dominic has considerable expertise in complex boiler-room frauds having prosecuted on behalf of the SFO and is on the CPS Advocates Panel at Grade 3.


R v IHC and ors (Central Criminal Court) – conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime (£30m)

R v TV and ors (Ipswich CC) – conspiracy to burgle (75 properties in 2 months)

R v KT and another (Canterbury CC) – large scale money laundering and offences against Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

In 2013, Dominic defended in R v ZA and ors (Central Criminal Court) – multi-handed sex offences (‘Operation Bullfinch’ – the Oxford grooming case – led by QC)

Dominic regularly defends in cases involving allegations of serious violence, fraud and possession with intent to supply / importation of Class ‘A’ drugs.

Dominic is also privately instructed to advise and defend in driving cases.

 Dominic accepts instructions on a Direct Access basis.


MA (Hons.) Edinburgh
Diploma in Law
Direct access qualified

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

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R v SR and ors (Maidstone CC) – family member laundering the proceeds of the so-called ‘Kent Breaking Bad’ case (large scale cannabis production)

R v DC (Kingston-upon-Thames CC) – s.18 in HMP Wandsworth

R v KT (Southwark CC) – defence abuse of process argument successfully resisted in test purchase operation case

R v JB and MD (Canterbury CC) – child cruelty case, injuries inflicted on 2 month old baby

R v SQ (Southwark CC) – ‘Operation Sunbird’ (led by QC) – conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime, conspiracy to use false instruments

R v FA and others (Southwark CC) – conspiracy to defraud 3 local authorities of housing and council tax benefit over a 7 year period

R v NN (Guildford CC) – allegation of sexual assault – healthcare assistant accused of sexually assaulting pensioner patient seconds before general anaesthetic

R v EK and others (Isleworth CC) – conspiracy to do s.18 GBH

Dominic has significant experience in fraud cases, having prosecuted (as junior counsel led by QC) two cases for the Serious Fraud Office (R v AS – Ipswich CC, R v DP and six ors – Ipswich CC), as well as acting as disclosure junior in a large number of other SFO cases.

Dominic is appointed to the CPS Advocates List (Grade 3) and prosecutes for HM Revenue and Customs.

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