20th March 2013
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
10th June 2013
Matthew Curtis represents 11 year old on serious sexual offences
Matthew Curtis and his solicitors Martin & Strain recently represented an 11
year old facing sentence before the Crown Court for serious sexual offences.
An application was made before the Resident Judge at the Crown Court in
Caernarfon for the case to be adjourned for a judicial review claim to be
made. A Divisional Court sitting in Cardiff quashed the committal and
directed the Youth Court to proceed to sentence. The young client never had
to appear before the Crown Court or indeed meet his counsel.
The case is reported here
6th June 2013
Businessman fined £28,000 for felling protected yew tree
A businessman responsible for illegally felling a protected yew tree has been ordered to pay a total of £28,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Angelo Esposito, 35, who wanted to create more parking spaces for a flat conversion, was criticised in court for his "cavalier disregard" of planning laws.
14th May 2013
Prestatyn fire deaths: Melanie Smith guilty of murder
Matthew Curtis and Ian Murphy QC of Farrar's Building successfully prosecuted Melanie Smith at Mold Crown Court. After a three week trial Melanie Smith was convicted of 5 counts of murder arising out of a fire deliberately set in her home in Prestatyn, North Wales. The case was covered widely by the press BBC News, ITV News; Daily Post.
18th March 2013
Simon Mintz joins Linenhall Chambers
Simon Mintz is the newest member of Linenhall Chambers set, joining from St Johns Buildings.
Beginning his career at the bar in 1998, Simon has specialised in aspects of Criminal Practice and qualified as a level 3 Prosecutor, Simon will form a key part of the criminal team at the chambers.
Visit Simon's profile here
18th March 2013
Michael Barrow wins unfair dismissal claim for Deputy Chief Executive in charity case
Michael Barrow recently won an unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal for the Deputy Chief Executive for a well known charity, with the compensatory award being in excess of £52,000.
12th March 2013
Wyn Lloyd Jones and Brett Williamson successfully prosecute 'body in the boot' murder
John Yates faces a sentence of life imprisonment following his conviction for murder after trial. He had taken his wife in the boot of his car to police HQ in St. Asaph but denied murder on the grounds of loss of control. The jury took less than 3 hours to convict him. He faces sentence on the 20th March 2013.
7th March 2013
Defendant acquitted of cocaine conspiracy
A man charged with one of the largest cocaine conspiracies discovered in North Wales was unanimously acquitted by a Caernarfon jury. Owen Edwards successfully defended Shane Clarke who had maintained that his involvement with an admitted cocaine dealer was based upon friendship not business. The police investigation named Operation Justice had otherwise led to the successful prosecution of 27 defendants.
25th February 2013
Linenhall Chambers North Wales Annexe Opening
Linenhall Chambers have joined in partnership with Bangor University to open up a legal base at the Law School.
The new annexe, a resource for the local legal community, will be used as base for clients to meet their representation in the locality as well as create opportunities for law students at the university.
The facility will officially open on the 1st March 2013 with an industry seminar being presented as well as the opportunity to meet representatives from the legal set and their partners.
For more information, click here.