Latest Chambers News

Michael Barrow successfully defends ex-employees for alleged breach of restrictive covenant and confidential information

Following a recent 5 day trial in the County Court at Chester, Michael Barrow successfully defended 2 former employees against all allegations who had had proceedings issued against them by their former employer for alleged breach of restrictive covenants, unlawful use of confidential information post termination of employment, inducement to breach contract and conspiracy to injure.   The case turned upon whether or not in fact the restrictive covenants had been incorporated into their respective contracts of employment and as to whether the information the former employer sought to protect was capable of protection after their respective employment had ceased.  Both contracts of employment had Entire Agreement clauses therein and were found to be valid to the effect that the restrictive covenants, which were contained in another separate and stand … Read More

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Linenhall Chambers is deeply saddened by recent events that spotlight the structural inequalities and institutional racism still prevalent in society. All citizens have the right to peaceful protest; excessive use of force offends the rule of law. It is imperative that all people are treated equally, including by the police and courts. Linenhall Chambers is committed to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion both within Chambers and the community we serve. For more information about work being undertaken by the Bar Council on equality, diversity and inclusion please see here.  … Read More

*How to contact us*

Our staff are now on a rota system of remote and in-Chambers working. Please check with the relevant clerk before sending any papers in to Chambers. If you need to contact one of our clerks, their contact details are: Family: Gavin Reeves 01244 304245 or Lucy Morris  01244 304 207 Crime: Gareth Stickels 01244 304246 or Ryan Turner 01244 304200 Civil: James D’Arcy 01244 304201 or Melissa Roberts 01244 304211 Fees: Charlene O’Reilly 01244 304204 Chambers Manager: Hannah Meredith-Jones  01244 304 218 … Read More

*Coronavirus Update*

March 17th 2020 Linenhall Chambers is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. We are being guided by the UK government’s advice which is changing on a day by day basis. Our primary aim is to provide support to, and reduce any risk to our members, staff  and clients. We remain open for business and all staff are currently in chambers and continuing with work as normal. We have contingency plans in place that will enable us to continue to provide services in all circumstances and the clerks will be in a position to receive calls, emails and instructions if it is necessary for them to work remotely. We will continue to monitor the situation and will makes the requisite updates as and when necessary. Read More

Anna Pope secures conviction in Anglesey crossbow murder

Anna Pope, led by Peter Rouch QC, secures conviction in barbaric crossbow murder. After a six week trial at Mold Crown Court, the jury found Terence Whall, 39, guilty of the ‘medieval-style’ murder of Gerald Corrigan, 74. Terence Whall targeted Gerald Corrigan as he adjusted his satellite dish outside his house in Anglesey, in the early hours of 19 April 2019. The assassin used a cross-bow from 10 metres away from his victim, and the bolt passed completely through Mr. Corrigan’s body, causing irreparable internal damage (including bruising the heart). Following the attack, Mr. Corrigan was rushed to hospital, but gangrene set in and he died almost a month later of multiple organ failure. Click Here for Full Article   … Read More

Coutts successfully defends footballer Sean Merryweather

James Coutts of Linenhall Chambers successfully defended footballer Sean Merryweather who was accused of GBH after breaking an opponent’s leg in a “flying kick” during a match. Mr. Merryweather denied grievous bodily harm and the trial was held at Mold Crown Court. James Coutts of Linenhall Chambers was instructed by solicitor Emily Carlisle of Allington Hughes and defended the case at trial. The jury cleared Mr. Merryweather of the charges. … Read More

Team Linenhall complete Tough Mudder to raise over £3000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

A team of barristers and staff from Linenhall Chambers completed the Tough Mudder challenge on Saturday. We pushed ourselves to the limit crawling through mud, ice and electrical fences to raise over £3000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK. Everybody made it through the course, with amazing team support and camaraderie. Our fundraising page is still open for donations. Thank you for the incredible support so far. Click here   … Read More

Linenhall barristers appointed as Recorders

Linenhall are proud to announce that two of our barristers, Nicholas Williams and Anna Pope, have been appointed as Recorders. The Queen has appointed 159 Recorders on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, The Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The appointments will take effect from 16 September 2019. Read More

Former international footballer sentenced to 10 weeks in prison

Clare Bate of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted Dean Saunders, a former premier league and international football player, for failing to provide a breath specimen after being stopped by police while driving his vehicle in Chester. Mr Saunders, 53, a father of three was said to be unsteady on his feet and slurring his speech when he was pulled over by the police in May 2019. He failed to provide a breath specimen at the roadside and again at the police station. After initially pleading not guilty to two charges brought against him, Mr Saunders decided on the morning of his trial, to plead guilty. He was sentenced to 10 weeks in custody. … Read More

Tough Mudder for Muscular Dystrophy UK

Linenhall have entered a team of barristers and chambers staff to take on Tough Mudder North West in September. The team will be pushing themselves to the limit over 13 or 25 muddy, wet, ice cold & electrifying obstacles, raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK. This amazing charity funds research into treatments and cures for muscle weakening and wasting conditions and to help provide a range of services and resources to help people live as independently as possible. Muscular Dystrophy UK support the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the United Kingdom. They bring together people affected by more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle weakening and wasting conditions. We would really appreciate your support!   To help us raise funds, please  CLICK HERE … Read More