Neither system, by modern standards, was very humane. Under the French Penal Code (and Civil Code) the laws were plainly set out in language the ordinary, literate citizen could understand. In the British system only a lawyer (if even then) could know what laws were applicable. Antique laws could still be brought up by judges.
Joseph Samuel Abbott, age 18, was indicted and tried in the Old Bailey on 15th January 1800 for forging a deed, (forgery being I believe a crime specified in the Penal Code for branding) he was sentenced to death.
Death or branding, which should we prefer? Which is less harsh?
Humphrey Crawley was indicted and tried in the Old Bailey on 14th September 1803 for feloniously endeavoring to seduce John Hall (who he was drinking with in a public house) from his duty and allegiance to his Majesty in serving in his Majesty's land forces. He was found guilty and sentence to death.