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Linenhall sponsor Wales Legal Awards in Cardiff

Linenhall Chambers had great pleasure in sponsoring the category of Claimant Team of the Year in the inaugural Wales Legal Awards. The award ceremony and dinner took place on Friday 17th May in Cardiff. We very much hope to continue to support the Wales Legal Awards in future years. Congratulations to all who won awards and to everyone who took part. Read More

Life term for ferocious hammer attack murder

Linenhall barristers John Philpotts and Sarah Badrawy prosecuted John Garner of Penyffordd who was accused of murdering his wife. John Philpotts told the jury of the sustained and ferocious hammer attack by Mr. Garner before he called 999 to tell them “I’ve murdered my missus”. The trial at took place at Mold Crown Court and following a successful prosecution Mr. Garner was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to a life term serving a minimum of 22 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing Judge Rhys Rowlands stated: “It was in any view a cowardly, brutal and sustained assault on a defenceless woman” https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-man-who-killed-wife-16176900 … Read More

Mother convicted and sentenced for drowning her baby.

James Coutts of Linenhall Chambers was led by Oliver Saxby QC of 6 Pump Court, instructed by Nicola Rees (Senior Crown Prosecutor, CCU CPS Cardiff) in the case of a mother accused of gross negligence manslaughter of one of her twin babies, Rosie. Sarah Morris, aged 35, has been convicted following trial, of the gross negligence manslaughter of her daughter. Miss Morris had left her twins unattended in a bath for periods of time during a 47-minute phone call with her partner. The case, tried before Mr Justice Picken at Mold Crown Court, revolved around the definition of gross negligence within the context of a single mother caring for her children, and looking after them as they sat in a bath with about 8 inches of water in it. Rosie had died on the afternoon of 29th July 2015. A police investigation followed but no charges were brought, Rosie’s death … Read More

Ben Douglas-Jones QC named Times Lawyer of the Week

Ben Douglas-Jones QC has been named by the Times as Lawyer of the Week. He is instructed through Linenhall Chambers as a specialist fraud, criminal and regulatory barrister. He is highly recommended in Chambers and Partners. The Legal 500 recommends Ben for Criminal Fraud and Consumer Law, describing him as ‘extremely bright’ and ‘extremely able’ with the ability to ‘marshal cases of the utmost complexity’. Ben defends professional and corporate clients including public limited companies. He prosecutes for the Serious Fraud Office and is a Level 4 CPS panel prosecutor. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lawyer-of-the-week-ben-douglas-jones-qc-in-david-gaut-murder-case-ghd56zp5n?shareToken=1067385e300f0b5ed0119b4c41107267 … Read More

Life sentence for man who sawed neighbour’s neck with a kitchen knife

Anna Pope of Linenhall Chambers led by Michael Jones QC, prosecuted in the murder trial of Christian Williams at Mold Crown Court. Mr Williams pleaded not guilty to murder on the basis of self-defence. The prosecution told the jury that Williams was guilty of “intentionally sawing” a kitchen knife through Mr Hamilton’s neck. Mr Hamilton was a neighbour of the defendant and they were said to be on good terms before the murder took place. Gruesome details of the injuries inflicted on Mr Hamilton, which included sawing through the carotid artery and windpipe in his throat to such a degree that there were grooves on the front of his spine, were presented to the court. Christian Williams, of Bagillt, was found guilty and convicted of murdering Flintshire dad Andrew Hamilton after trial by jury. Christian Francis Williams killed his 42-year-old neighbour at a block of flats in Bagillt. At Mold Crown Court the defendant was given … Read More

Car dealer who owed £1.3 million found guilty of fraud

Matthew Corbett-Jones, leading Miss Jade Tufail, has secured convictions against car dealer Gwyn Meirion Roberts from Bangor, North Wales. Mr Roberts defrauded customers of cash deposits and part-exchanged vehicles with the promise of new vehicles which he knew some customers would not receive. The trial, which lasted five weeks at Caernarfon Crown Court, was brought by the complex case unit in Cardiff. The defendant is due to be sentenced on the 5th March 2019.  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/car-dealer-warned-faces-jail-15753452   … Read More

Matthew Curtis prosecutes driver in death of Carol Boardman

Matthew Curtis of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted Liam Rosney at Mold Crown Court, who was accused of causing death by dangerous driving of Carol Boardman,75, mother of cyclist Chris Boardman. Rosney pleaded guilty to death by careless driving on the day that his trial was due to start. Mr Curtis told the court that Rosney had taken three separate phone calls in the minutes leading up to the death of Mrs Boardman, and was distracted by the calls and his phone, which was on speakerphone and on the passenger seat of his vehicle. His Honour Judge Rhys Rowlands sentenced Rosney to 30 weeks imprisonment for causing death by carless driving. The Judge told Rosney that “This was an accident which could have easily been prevented and your contribution to that accident is significant in as much as you were distracted, the distraction being as a result of you using your mobile phone before the … Read More

Ben Douglas Jones QC prosecutes alleged vigilante murder

Ben Douglas Jones QC is prosecuting David Osborne (51), Ieuan Harley (23) and Darran Evesham (47) for the suspected vigilante murder of David Gaut. Osborne admitted perverting the course of justice, with relation to moving Gaut’s body, attempting to clean up blood and attempting to dispose of other evidence, but denies murder, while the other two have pleaded not guilty to murder and perverting the course of justice. David Gaut, was stabbed 150 times and found at his home in Elliot’s Town, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, in August 2018. Newport Crown Court was told Gaut, 54, had recently been released after a 32-year prison sentence for murdering a young boy. The case continues. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46907735   … Read More

Kate Meredith-Jones appointed as first tier Tribunal Judge

We are pleased to announce that Kate Meredith-Jones has been appointed as a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. Kate was called to the Bar in 2003 and practises in Family, Mental Health and Court of Protection. We congratulate her on her appointment. Kate Meredith-Jones   … Read More