17th November 2014
SFO Blockbuster Case Dismissed
After seven days of legal submissions, Lord Justice Fulford has dismissed an application by the Serious Fraud Office for leave to prefer a voluntary bill of indictment against six defendants in respect of a commercial transaction worth £170 million.
The first Defendant, Eric Evans, was represented by Ben Douglas-Jones, led by criminal Silk, Patrick Harrington QC, of Farrar's Building and John de Waal QC, specialist Chancery Silk.
28th July 2014
Andrew Thomas QC & Nick Williams of Linenhall Chambers - successful prosecution
Two men convicted of Zain Sailsman murder in Macclesfield in connection with drugs and firearms offences.
28th July 2014
Linenhall welcomes new Barrister Ffion Tomos
We are delighted to announce that Ffion Tomos formerly of 30 Park Place, Cardiff has accepted an invitation to join our Family, Civil and Crime teams here at Linenhall Chambers.
View Ffion's profile here.
17th June 2014
Hakeem Adelakun acquitted of match fixing
Mark Wyeth QC and Ben Douglas-Jones secure acquittal of footballer in what the Daily Telegraph called English Football's Biggest Match Fixing Scandal. Hakeem Adelakun a Crystal Palace academy player was today found not guilty unanimously by a jury in Birmingham Crown Court following a five week trial.
22nd April 2014
Blood counts but is not a trump card
David Blythin, instructed by Faye Coaker of Griffiths & Hughes Parry Solicitors, successfully represented a man and his mother, who applied to care for a young girl following the death of her mother. They had extensive involvement in caring for the child throughout her life, despite not being her blood relations. Their application was opposed by the natural father, who had minimal involvement with his daughter, and had emigrated some years previously.
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).