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
22nd October 2013
Pawn-broker pleads guilty to illegal money lending
Graham Walker pleaded guilty to offences under the Consumer Credit Act 1974. John Wyn Williams acting on behalf of the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit said "in times of austerity vulnerable people forced to borrow money from such people need the protection of regulation".
26th September 2013
John Wyn Williams successfully prosecuted a case on behalf of the Complex Case Unit
John Wyn Williams successfully prosecuted a case on behalf of the Complex Case Unit in Merseyside. The case involved a gang of drug dealers who had armed themselves with a sub-machine gun and a Colt 45 and set up a drugs safe house in Widnes as part of their expansion into Cheshire.
13th August 2013
Mental illness no bar to good parenting
David Blythin, instructed by Barbara Crawford of Jacobs Solicitors, successfully represented a mother in a fully contested final hearing lasting 4 days at Liverpool County Court.
29th July 2013
Linenhall member appointed as Principal Judge
Linenhall Chambers are pleased to announce that Nigel Thomas has been designated the part-time role of Principal Judge, Agricultural Land and Drainage Division in the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.
View Nigel's profile here.
22nd July 2013
RAF Officer in Court Martial Success
Owen Edwards successfully defended an RAF officer facing career threatening assault charges. The prosecution called several witnesses during a three day trial. Detailed cross examination revealed serious inconsistencies in their accounts. The case required an understanding of life on camp but more importantly a willingness to robustly represent the interests of an accused in a court martial.
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.