William Hingston

William Hingston

Introduction

Will joined Linenhall Chambers in October 2016, having been called to the bar at Middle Temple the previous year. Before embarking on his legal career he worked in financial services in the City of London and spent four years working in Japan.

He brings substantial experience from his earlier career in business ad finance, in addition to his legal credentials. This has given him a unique understanding of the needs and priorities of business directors and executives in the financial services industry, He is both analytical and pragmatic with a strong commercial understanding of the issues involved in each instruction.

Civil and Commercial Law

Will accepts instructions in fast and multi track cases on behalf of both claimants and defendants in all matters of advisory, drafting and court work. These include:

  • commercial and contractual disputes
  • consumer credit
  • road traffic cases, including credit hire, LVI and fraud
  • occupier’s liability
  • employer’s liability, including industrial disease
  • costs applications
  • product liability

Family Law

In his family practice, Will regularly acts in private and public law cases on behalf of parents, children and other family members. Matters include:

  • child arrangement orders
  • fact finding hearings
  • financial matters under the Matrimonial Causes Act
  • domestic violence including allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • non-molestation and occupation orders
  • prohibited steps and specific issue enforcement applications
  • mental health issues

Criminal Law

Will acts in a full range of legally aided criminal matter, with a particular emphasis on defending vulnerable clients and those with mental health problems. Areas of specialism include:

  • offences against the person
  • sensitive domestic violence cases
  • POCA
  • drug offences
  • motoring offences

Recent criminal cases include:

  • R v A M (2017) – successful defence of a young female client charged with child abduction (Llandudno)
  • R v C M (2017) – successful defence of a client charged with assault. The acquittal came in spite of lengthy bad character evidence adduced by the prosecution and the defendant’s guilty pleas to peripheral offences (Mold)
  • DPP v IR (2018) Court of Appeal Criminal Division – appeal against the sentence of an 18 year old, convicted of a sustained assault outside a public house