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Linenhall Chambers recommended in 2017 Legal 500

We are delighted to be recognised in the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal profession, which describes Linenhall Chambers as ‘a very helpful set, where individuals go above and beyond to help, even at the last minute’. It has a solid reputation for family and criminal law on the Wales and Chester circuit and across the North West of England, as well as expertise in areas such as employment, property, personal injury and commercial law. The ‘very good clerks’ include senior criminal clerk Gareth Stickels, senior family clerk Gavin James Reeves and senior civil clerk James D’Arcy.’ http://www.legal500.com/firms/9607/9607 … Read More

Linenhall exhibit at MASS conference in Sheffield

Linenhall Chambers was invited to exhibit at the MASS conference which took place in Sheffield. The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) is a membership society of road traffic accident claims experts which was started in 1991 to promote the efficient and effective provision of legal advice and to represent the interests of road traffic accident victims MASS promotes the highest standards of legal services, bringing justice to the victims of road traffic accidents. Their objectives are: To enhance the expertise, knowledge and efficiency of its Members in the handling of road traffic accident claims To keep under review substantive law, court procedure and all other matters affecting the awards of compensation in road traffic accident claims To support test cases for the benefit of the motorist To promote an efficient and expert service to persons pursuing claims arising from motor accidents To seek actively to identify fraud and help stop … Read More

Craig Andrew Proctor sentenced in Ellesmere Port murder

Craig Andrew Proctor made a last minute change to his plea, pleading guilty on the first day of his trial to the murder of Ellia Arathoon. The murder occurred in Ellesmere port in October 2016 with the most likely cause of death being blunt force trauma. Proctor attempted to dispose of the body by burning following the deceased being placed into a suitcase and moved to a nearby wooded area where the body was then set alight whilst inside the suitcase. This was a case whereby many of the witnesses and parties were connected by their use of illegal drugs. Proctor was sentenced to life, with a tariff of 21 years. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/murder-trial-death-mersey-mum-13767596 … Read More

Ben Douglas-Jones successful in High Court Appeal case

Ben Douglas-Jones appeared for the Respondent in the appeal of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council v Pawlowski [2017] EWHC 1764 (Admin).  The High Court agreed with Ben Douglas-Jones that a council or a reviewing court is not functus officio where a private hire vehicle driver’s licence is suspended and further material evidence comes to light. While a suspension is not an interim – but a final – sanction (see R (Singh) v Cardiff County Council [2012] EWHC 1852 (Admin), [2013] L.L.R. 108), the council or court can nevertheless take into account further information and decide whether to reconsider whether suspension or revocation is appropriate. The Court also found that where it was apparent how magistrates had arrived at a decision from the arguments before them and the decision made, detailed reasons were not necessary.  In this case the costs order in the … Read More

Prosthetic penis retrial, Linenhall barristers secure guilty verdict

Simon Medland QC and Matthew Corbett-Jones of Linenhall Chambers were prosecuting Counsel in the retrial of Gayle Newland. A guilty verdict was secured against the Defendant. Having been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault at Chester Crown Court in 2015, Gayle Newland’s conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2016 following criticism of the trial Judge’s summing up. The Defendant was granted bail pending a retrial which took place in Manchester Crown Court. The jury found the Defendant guilty of three counts of assault by penetration and was ordered to sign the sexual offender register. The Defendant will be sentenced on 20th July.   To read more on the case please click the link: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/29/gayle-newland-found-guilty-at-retrial-of-tricking-female-friend-into-sex … Read More

Dominic Joyce joins Linenhall Chambers

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to welcome Dominic Joyce, an experienced civil practitioner, to their Civil Team. Dominic was called to the Bar in 2008. James D’Arcy, senior civil clerk states, “We are very pleased that Dominic has joined Chambers. He will be a great addition to our expanding civil team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to several key practice areas.”   … Read More

“Concrete Tomb Murder” successfully prosecuted

Kim Halsall of Linenhall Chambers, successfully prosecuted, and secured a conviction with a life sentence in a three week murder trial in Liverpool Crown Court.   To read more please click the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-40434131 … Read More

Acquittal secured in historic sex offence case

Maria Masselis of Linenhall Chambers successfully represented one of four Defendants charged with historic sex offences. The Defendant represented by Linenhall was on a joint rape charge with Andrew Timblin. Following a 10 week trial in Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, the Defendant was acquitted, while Timblin, the joint Defendant, was convicted of the rape of two victims. Judge Jeffrey Lewis branded Timblin “depraved” as he passed sentence of 21 years imprisonment.   To read more on the story clink the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40254844   … Read More

Brian Treadwell joins Linenhall Chambers

Chambers is pleased to announce that Brian Treadwell has joined Chambers. Brian was called to the Bar in 2006 and has extensive experience of criminal and sports law. Gareth Stickles, Senior Criminal Clerk states ‘Brian is a highly experienced criminal barrister with an excellent reputation. He is a strong addition to our criminal team and we are delighted to welcome him to Chambers.’    … Read More