Author: Hannah MeredithJones

Owen Edwards secures 22 years in prison for Cheshire paedophile.

Mr. Owen Edwards prosecuted the case of Anthony Hulme who was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing young children over a seven-year period in the 1980’s You can read the full article here. Depraved Nantwich paedophile abused toddlers and kids ‘over long period of time’ – Cheshire Live (cheshire-live.co.uk) … Read More

Sarah Badrawy successfully prosecutes two men for Rape and Indecent Assault which happened 30 years ago

Steven Booker was 15 when he raped a 13-year old girl in Rhyl in the summer of 1990.  His co-accused, Nicholas Roberts was convicted of indecently assaulting the same girl.  The victim, who has lifelong anonymity to protect her identity, had the bravery to come forward and report the offence years later. You can read the full article in full here. Rhyl men jailed for sickening rape of girls in woods and house 30 years ago – North Wales Live (dailypost.co.uk) … Read More

Simon Mintz and Ffion Tomos act in case of former swimming coach jailed for sex assaults on children.

A former swimming coach from Welshpool has been jailed for 9 years after sexually assaulting 3 children and possessing indecent images.  He was convicted following a 5-day trial at Mold Crown Court in July.  His claims that his electronic devices were hacked were not believed by the jury. You can read the full article here Former swimming coach jailed for sex assaults on children – BBC News … Read More

Kate Meredith-Jones Appointment as a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to announce that Kate Meredith-Jones has been appointed as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal by the Senior President of Tribunals, the Right Honourable Sir Keith Lindblom. The Senior President of Tribunals has assigned her to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber to exercise the Mental Health Jurisdiction within that Chamber, with effect from 17 May 2021. Background Information Kate Meredith Jones will be known as Tribunal Judge Meredith-Jones. Kate was called to the Bar  in 2003 and has practised as a barrister in Chester since 2005 having undertaken her pupillage in Sedan House Chambers. Kate undertook a LLM focused on Mental Health and Human Rights. She was appointed as a fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber in 2019. Linenhall Chambers would  like to congratulate Kate on her appointment. Read More

Jonathan Austin – Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to announce that Jonathan Austin has been appointed as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal by the Senior President of Tribunals, the Right Honourable Sir Keith Lindblom. The Senior President of Tribunals has assigned him to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber with effect from 1 September 2021. Background Information Jonathan Austin will be known as Judge Jonathan Austin. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1991 and joined Linenhall Chambers in 2008 from Chambers in Cardiff. Jonathan was appointed as a fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber in 2011. He was assigned to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in 2014 and was appointed to sit in the Court of Protection in 2020. Linenhall would like to congratulate Jonathan on his appointment. Read More

Linenhall Staff Recruitment – Revenue/Credit Controller

POST:                                                 Revenue/credit controller RESPONSIBLE TO:                         Chambers Business Manager MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE: The fast and efficient collection of outstanding counsel fees KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Chase debts – via a combination of client visits, phone, email, statements & reminder letters/emails, Send monthly debtor statements to all key Clients Undertake regular visits to major Clients to review outstanding balances and operational issues Review Debtor lists/WIP via One to One review with Barristers and agree actions Regular reviews of Aged Debt reports with the relevant Clerks for Practice teams Review actions with the Billers and Clerks to ensure all information for chasing debts is accurate and up to date Attend regular Practice team meetings to update barristers on Debt situation and problem Clients Produce monthly Debtors reports for management and control purposes Identify workflows (activities involved with the process) and opportunities for change/improvement ·       Advising barristers on the most effective and … Read More

Linenhall Recruitment – Established Practitioners

Established Practitioners Applications are invited from exceptional candidates, especially in the following practice areas: Crime We welcome applications from all levels of call with a background in Crime, Regulatory and Health and Safety in particular CPS Graded practitioners. Family Applications are welcome from practitioners from all levels of call with a background in Family, Financial Remedy and Court of Protection Civil We welcome applications from practitioners of up to 5 years call with a background in civil matters including PI, Property & Estates and Commercial. Tenants will have the benefit of specialist clerking teams and a large portfolio of established clients. Please send applications by way of CV and covering letter to Chambers Director, Gavin Wright, at g.wright@lhchambers.co.uk or call 01244 348282 for further information or should you wish to request that any reasonable adjustment be made in relation to your application. Read More

Ember-Jade Wong defends in case involving ex-solider attempting to smuggle Albanians into UK

The defendant, Zaim Berisa, brought three eastern European men into the UK in his car on the ferry from Ireland to Anglesey for £600 but was caught by the Port Authorities at Holyhead. He was found guilty of assisting unlawful immigration following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.  At the sentencing hearing Ember-Jade Wong informed the court that her client, who was an ex-soldier, had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after serving in wars that broke out in the former Yugoslavia.  He also had significant health problems which could be “life threatening” if sent to Jail.  Her Honour Judge Jones told the defendant that ordinarily this offence would result in a jail sentence because of the impact of illegal immigration into this country”   She was persuaded to hand out a non-custodial sentence due to the “specific, particular facts of the case” and for health reasons.  … Read More

Matthew Corbett-Jones prosecutes Rapist Kidnapper sentenced to 25 years

Matthew Corbett-Jones successfully prosecuted the case of Joshua Hughes who grabbed a 15-year-old girl and dragged her to a secluded location near Grosvenor Park where he raped her.  The attack happened in October 2020.  Hughes was found Guilty following a 4-day trial at Chester Crown Court in June before His Honour Judge Berkson.  On sentencing the defendant to 25 years the Judge told Hughes “You are indeed the predatory rapist the jury found you to be and have shown no remorse for your behaviour.”  He also praised the “immense” amount of work done by the Police and Prosecution team and the bravery of the victim who “suffered severely from these events.” Read Article here … Read More

Owen Edwards successfully defends in fatal driving case

Owen Edwards successfully defends in fatal driving case. Mr. Ian Thomas was charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist carelessly following a tragic road traffic collision in mid Wales. The trial took place before HHJ Parry at Mold Crown Court in February 2021. The prosecution relied upon the fact that the collision took place within the motorcyclist’s correct lane. Their case was that the defendant must have sought to make an unsafe right turn into a junction or had lost concentration. The defendant was represented by DAC Beachcroft who are specialists in the field of road traffic collisions. Expert evidence obtained cast doubt on the prosecution case and a detailed analysis of other material helped to establish that the motorcyclist had been driving erratically and at speed creating a hazard to which Ian Thomas had to respond. Under cross examination the prosecution forensic collision examiner conceded that there were … Read More