14th April 2014
Ben Douglas-Jones appears in landmark Supreme Court victory for the serious fraud office
Ben Douglas-Jones, together with Edward Jenkins QC, represented the SFO. On 26th March 2014 the Supreme Court ruled that the SFO is right that disobedience of a pre-trial criminal restraint order is a civil contempt of court. It is not a criminal offence. Furthermore, the Supreme Court found that civil contempt is not extraditable- even though it attracts a 2 year sentence.
20th March 2014
Chambers Terms and Conditions
Linenhall Chambers are in the process of developing the general terms and conditions which apply to the provision of their services. Pending the development of those terms, and save where expressly agreed, barristers will provide their services on the Standard Conditions of Contract for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012. A copy of those Terms can be found here
19th February 2014
SFO Blockbuster Case Collapses
After five days of legal submissions, Mr Justice Hickinbottom has dismissed a charge of conspiracy to defraud against five defendants in a commercial transaction worth £170 million.
The first Defendant, Eric Evans, was represented by Ben Douglas-Jones, as specialist fraud and regulatory Counsel and door tenant with Linenhall Chambers, led by criminal Silk, Patrick Harrington QC and John de Waal QC.
The Defendants had set up a complex commercial transaction involving opencast mining sites and restoration obligations.
30th January 2014
Linenhall barrister Gareth Roberts is celebrating after the publication of his second novel
Linenhall Barrister Gareth's second novel 'Whatever Happened to Billy Parks?' is a vivid and engaging story of wasted talent, second chances, family, friendship, and, of course, the beautiful game. October 17th 1973: the greatest disaster in the history of English football.
Mr Roberts said he wanted to write a football book that went beyond the stories celebrating footballers as glamorous or focused on the pursuit of glory.
27th January 2014
Manslaughter by neglect prosecution results in conviction at Chester Crown Court
Maria Masselis prosecuted the son of an elderly lady after she was found dead with an unusual fracture. The case involved the prosecution and defence calling multiple experts as to the body's healing response to injury, and issues of causation. The Defendant was convicted by unanimous verdict of the jury. Sentence has been adjourned for medical reports on the Defendant and his wife (against whom the prosecution halted proceedings due to her ill health).
23rd January 2014
Simon Medland QC leads prosecution of Andros Wetherill
Simon Medland QC recently led the prosecution in the Case of R v Wetherill
and others, leading Andros Wetherill to be sentenced to a minimum of 25
years for of the murder of Mrs Glynis Solmaz, 65, during a burglary. Three
other men were also jailed after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to burgle
Ms Solmaz's home.
Assisted by Linenhall Barrister Anna Pope.
BBC News Leader Live Daily Post
22nd January 2014
Linenhall Barristers in case involving two decades of violence
A six week trial concluded at Mold Crown Court relating to allegations of physical and sexual violence over a twenty year period. The investigation was described as the largest of its type conducted by the North Wales Police. The prosecution case relied upon witnesses from England, Wales, Scotland, Holland and Spain and involved detailed forensic medical evidence.
22nd January 2014
Owen Edwards in successful prosecution of dangerous rapist
Peter Watton faces a lengthy prison sentence following his conviction on twelve counts relating to the abduction and rape of a Chester woman. Mr Watton committed the offences within days of his release from a prison sentence for offences including kidnap. He went on the run following a national media appeal only to be eventually arrested near Wrexham. The case has been adjourned for sentence.
BBC News Daily Mirror Chester Chronicle
22nd January 2014
Glen Johnson Appeal
Owen Edwards prosecuted the appeal by Glen Johnson against the imposition of a disqualification from driving. Mr Johnson's Audi Q7 was spotted speeding on the A55 in North Wales. The Liverpool and England footballer claimed that he didn't receive the initial notifications from the police and that his response must have been lost in the post. Following cross examination by Mr Edwards, His Honour Judge Philip Hughes described the footballer's explanation as incredible. An appeal against the length of the ban also failed.
BBC News Wales Online Daily Post
21st January 2014
Linenhall welcomes new Barrister Leanne Jones
We are delighted to announce that Leanne Jones formerly of New Walk Chambers, Leicester has accepted an invitation to join our Civil Team here at Linenhall Chambers.
View Leanne's profile here.