Author: Charlene O'Reilly

Ben Douglas-Jones QC, leading Nathaniel Rudolf QC (25 Bedford Row) and William Douglas-Jones (St Ives Chambers), instructed by Ben Henry of Jonas Roy Bloom, appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Respondent in R v Luckhurst on appeal from the Court of Appeal decision of R v Luckhurst [2020] EWCA Crim 1579

The appeal relates to the scope of permitted legal expenditure as an exception to a restraint order granted pursuant to section 41 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). The Supreme Court is asked to decide whether section 41(4) prohibits an exception for reasonable legal expenses in respect of civil proceedings relating to the same or similar facts as those of the offence(s) giving rise to the restraint order. The respondent, Mr Luckhurst, faces criminal proceedings in the Crown Court. The indictment alleges fraud and theft arising out of Mr Luckhurst’s conduct practising as an independent financial advisory in a company called BBT Partnership Limited. The CPS’ case is that Mr Luckhurst ran a fraudulent Ponzi scheme and stole money from clients. In 2016, a number of BBT’s investors brought civil proceedings in the High Court against Mr Luckhurst and others. Those civil proceedings are ongoing. In December 2017, … Read More

Linenhall Chambers Criminal Team fully endorses the result of the Criminal Bar Association ballot announced on Monday 20th of June 2022.

We will be participating in the forthcoming days of action and adopting new measures set out below: Days of action on the 27th and 28th of June 2022 Days of action on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of July 2022 Days of action on the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th of July 2022 A full week of action commencing on the 18th of July 2022 Action suspended for a week commencing on the 25th of July 2022 A full week of action commencing on the 1st of August 2022 Action suspended for a week commencing on the 8th of August 2022 A full week of action commencing on the 15th of August 2022 This pattern of alternating weeks is then set to continue indefinitely. It will remain under review and subject to the response of the Government. From 27th June Barristers will not be accepting new instructions on Advocates’ Graduated … Read More

109 Years Imprisonment for large crime group gang who plotted to flood North Wales with cocaine and cannabis.

Members of Linenhall Chambers have been involved in both the Prosecution and Defence of a large Encrochat conspiracy to supply drugs into North Wales.  13 defendants received a total of over 109 years imprisonment following a lengthy and complex police investigation.  Andrew Jones led Anna Pope for the Prosecution. Maria Masselis, Nicholas Williams and Simon Mintz represented 3 of the defendants. This convert investigation, dubbed Operation Blue Colbalt, saw 13 crime group members plotting to supply cocaine and cannabis which would have seen the group again around £6 million. North Wales Police hailed the prosecutions as a major victory after every defendant pleaded guilty meaning there was no need for a trial.  His Honour Timothy Petts at Caernarfon Crown Court praised everyone involved in both the prosecution and defence of the complex case, stating “I record my thanks and appreciation to all those involved in the detection and prosecution of … Read More

Richard Edwards of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted the case of Rebecca Williams

Richard Edwards of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted the case of Rebecca Williams, a school teaching assistant who had sex with a 15-year-old boy, after telling him “You’re fit” and “Age is just a number”. The court heard that the defendant contacted the boy online and exchanged flirtatious messages, some of which were on school grounds. The pair kissed and had sex and the boy stayed with Williams overnight. Mr. Edwards said Williams wanted more of a relationship, but the victim ended up blocking her on messaging apps. A 12-month suspended sentence with rehabilitation and 150 hours unpaid work was handed to Williams, who showed no emotion in the dock, from Judge Nicola Saffman. In addition to this, Williams must pay £576, cannot work with children again and must register as a sex offender for 10 years. Judge Saffman told Williams “You knew was you were doing. You were working up to … Read More

76 years imprisonment for members of a Wrexham drug gang.

Simon Rogers leading Ember-Jade Wong successfully prosecute Operation Blue Kyanite, a large-scale conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin. The case involved an organised crime gang bringing kilos of drugs from Liverpool into North Wales. After securing convictions across two trials, 11 defendants were sentenced before Mold Crown Court to a total of 76 years imprisonment for their involvement. https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wrexham-gang-behind-2m-crack-24059541 https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/20164934.inspector-welcomes-76-year-jail-time-wrexham-drug-gang/ … Read More

Prison “only option” Cheshire chef who hid his perverted past from new partner and “close-knit” North Wales community, says Judge Rowlands

Richard Young of Crewe, is a convicted sex offender who covertly filmed a young girl in the shower and failed to tell Cheshire Police he moved to North Wales. Anna Price, of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted Young after he moved to Wrexham in March 2020 and failed to inform his new partner of his criminal past. Young was previously handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, a ban from unsupervised contact with any girl under the age of 16 in July 2018 for committing an act of voyeurism against a young girl but has failed to disclose this to his new community. Having been party to community birthdays, barbeques and set up a paddling pool in his garden, Young’s new partner was “furious” that he had embedded himself into their lives whilst concealing the truth. Counsel Anna Price successfully argued for a custodial sentence which was granted by Judge Rhys Rowlands … Read More

Retirement of Miss Heather Erwood

Linenhall Chambers wishes to announce the retirement from practice of Miss Heather Erwood.  Called in 1993, Heather has been a senior member of our Family Team, specialising in Public Law Children Act proceedings.  Chambers would like to thank Heather for all her hard work and commitment to her clients and fellow members over the years.  We send Heather off with our best wishes for her well deserved retirement … Read More

R -v- Russell Marsh

James Coutts, of Linenhall Chambers was led by Michael Jones QC CPS Cardiff,  in the prosecution of Russell Marsh for the murder of his ex-wife in a house where their four young sons were sleeping. His ex-wife had ended their nine year relationship and developed feelings for another man. The defendant found out about this, concocted a lie to leave his night shift early and return to the home. There he waited until she was alone in the house with her four young children, before entering, arming himself with a kitchen knife and going on to mutilate her face and arms in an upstairs bedroom. Following the horrific disfigurement, he strangled her, covered her body with clothes and locked the bedroom door before taking the children from the house. He went on to dispose of the knife and all mobile telephones before handing himself in to the police saying that … Read More

Linenhall Chambers statement in support of the CBA’S No Returns policy

In support of the Criminal Bar Association and the vote on “No Returns” by fellow members of the Bar, Linenhall Chambers’ Criminal Team will no longer be accepting returns in the Crown Court on publicly funded defence cases from 11th April 2022. ‘No Returns’ means refusing to accept instructions to appear at any hearing where another advocate has already been instructed. In practice, ‘No Returns’ will stop the convention of covering for colleagues on cases where the court has double booked them, usually with insufficient time to adequately prepare within regular working hours. This will allow the Criminal Team to focus entirely on their own work. The continuity of representation will aid our Barristers in achieving the best results for our clients. Read More

Installation of new High Sheriff of Cheshire

Installation of new High Sheriff of Cheshire On Palm Sunday, 10th April 2022, Mrs. Jeannie France-Hayhurst was installed as the new High Sheriff of Cheshire at the Church of St Boniface, Bunbury. Jeannie took office in a ceremony presided over by Mr. Justice Robin Spencer, Kt. Addressing the congregation Jeannie pledged to work tirelessly in her new office throughout the next twelve months of her tenure. The members of Linenhall Chambers would like to congratulate Jeannie on her appointment and wish her every success in fulfilling her duties. Both Jeannie France- Hayhurst and Mr. Justice Spencer are former members of Linenhall Chambers. Read More