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Henry Hills

Henry Hills M.A.

Solicitor

Henry Hills is a Solicitor and Crown Court Advocate specialising in Criminal Law and is based in our Wrexham office

Henry is utterly committed to achieving justice and ensuring people’s rights and liberties are safeguarded.

After a career in the Probation Service, Henry qualified as a Solicitor in 1998.  During his career as a Criminal Defence Lawyer, he has experienced all levels of cases, from road traffic through to serious and complicated cases in the Crown Court. 

Henry qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate in 2009, and he practices mainly in the Crown Court.  He is an experienced trial Advocate in a wide range of cases, including serious violence, drugs, sexual offences, robbery, and burglary, and has maintained a high success rate across the board. 

Henry brings his wide range of experiences of life and people to bear on his work.  He is meticulous in his preparation; he is determined to achieve a fair and proper result for all those whom he represents.  He has a particular aptitude for and is skilled at working with vulnerable witnesses and clients. As Henry says “It is essential that each client is looked after with care and dedication so that they feel confident that their case is being advanced in their best interest”. 

Notable Cases

R -V- Riat and others (Mold Crown Court sitting at Chester; and the Court of Appeal) [2012] EWCA Crim. 1509
Appeared in this conjoined appeal, representing the Appellant Doran, in what has become the leading authority on hearsay evidence.  The appeal in Doran’s case centred on the admission of the deceased Complainant’s ABE video recording as hearsay on the application of the Crown.  It was submitted on behalf of the Appellant that, amongst other things, the video interview was unreliable because of the way in which it was conducted, and ought not to have been admitted.  The Court of Appeal held that the conviction was safe and the appeal was dismissed. 

R -V- Stefanik (Caernarfon Crown Court 2013)
Defended a Polish Defendant charged with Section 20 Wounding.  Upon arrest, the Defendant told the Police that he had smashed a bottle over the Complainant’s head.  The jury acquitted, apparently accepting the proposition that the statement was ‘lost in translation’. 

R -V- Prevete (Mold Crown Court 2014) 
Instructed junior in this murder case.  The victim sustained multiple stabs wounds inside a pub toilet.  The Defence of non-insane automatism was advanced during the three week trial. 

R -V- Baki (Mold Crown Court 2015)
Secured the acquittal of a Turkish Kebab Restaurant Assistant.  The Defendant drove a customer home at her request and invited him into her daughter’s bedroom at 3am; it was alleged that he then sexually assaulted the 17 year old daughter.  The jury appeared to accept that this was the story of ‘a strange event’, and acquitted the Defendant. 

R -V- Owen (Mold Crown Court 2015)
The 78 year old Defendant faced allegations of Indecent Assault upon his daughter some 40 years earlier.  He was acquitted on all accounts. 

R -V- Davies (Mold Crown Court 2015)
Secured acquittal in a case of Burglary Dwelling.  The Defendant was alleged to have gone into a farmhouse and stolen a car key, then gone into the car and stared the engine.  The Complainant farmer went over to the Defendant, and they engaged in a conversation while the Police were called.  The Defendant’s case was that he was troubled by evil spirits, and was seeking refuge; but he did not enter the farmhouse, the key was in the car ignition.  The jury acquitted after 30 minutes’ deliberation.  As a sad post-script, I learned that the Defendant committed suicide in August 2016. 

R -V- Roberts (Mold Crown Court 2016)
Defended in a five day historic sex case involving three Complainants made allegations of a very serious nature, including Rape of a child under 13 years. 

R -V- Nash (Mold Crown Court sitting at Chester Crown Court 2016)
Secured acquittals in two out of three counts of Rape.  The initial trial involved two Complainants in which the Defendant was acquitted of one count and convicted of the other in respect of Complainant No.1; the jury could not reach a verdict in respect of the Count involving Complainant No.2.  There was a re-trail, and the jury acquitted the defendant of Rape on Complainant No.2 after 45 minutes’ deliberation. 

R -V- Taylor (Swindon Crown Court 2016)
Defended in a five day historic sex case involving two former step children.  The Defendant faced a 13 count Indictment; he was acquitted on six of nine counts of Indecent Assault on Complainant No.1 (female); and he was convicted of two counts of Indecent Assault on Complainant No.2 (male).  The jury could not reach verdicts in respect of the five outstanding counts. The Crown did not seek a re-trial.

Professional Groups

Henry is a member of the following professional groups:

• National Committee Member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates.
• The Law Society Criminal Practitioners Group. 
• MoJ Working Group on AGFS Reform.