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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

Owen Edwards successfully defends doctor charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Owen Edwards represented Dr. Darwish during a seven-day trial at Cardiff Crown Court in June 2021. The case involved the tragic death of an elderly pedestrian. Dr. Darwish was driving to work when the pedestrian crossed over the road from his right. The prosecution alleged that the collision was caused by a serious visual problem which made Dr. Darwish unfit to drive. The defence case was that the collision was effectively unavoidable. Dr. Darwish was represented by Rachel Stone of DAC Beachcroft a specialist solicitor in fatal driving cases. Expert evidence was called as to both eyesight and the cause of the collision. The prosecution expert conceded under cross examination that the window of opportunity to view the pedestrian was limited. The defendant was found not guilty of all counts. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/partially-sighted-psychiatrist-killed-87-20822715 … Read More

Laura Knightly makes successful submission of no case to answer on a charge of assaulting an emergency worker

In a recent trial before Crewe Magistrates’ Court, the defendant was a woman with no previous convictions, who had been charged with an offence of assaulting an emergency worker. The defendant had been driving her child to nursery when she was pulled over by a male police officer. The incident which followed was recorded on the officer’s body worn video camera. The defendant suffered with PTSD and informed the officer of the same. After speaking with her briefly and taking her driving licence, the officer then went back to the defendant’s vehicle and opened her car door without asking for permission or getting her attention first. This abrupt action upset the defendant. When the defendant went to attend to her infant, who was crying, the officer proceeded to lean into the defendant’s car before touching and pulling her. He told the defendant to leave her child alone or he would … Read More

Sam Aynsley to cycle 874 miles for MS charity

Sam Aynsley is taking to the saddle to raise money for a MS charity. He will cycle all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats over 14 days in June to fundraise for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. A few other members of Chambers will join in for a couple of days each to support Sam in his endeavour. We wish him the best of luck for his challenge. If you would like to donate, Sam’s Just Giving page link is below.   JustGivingSamAynsley   Thank you for all your support!   … Read More

Defending senior ex-employees from allegations of breaches of restrictive covenants and confidential information

Michael Barrow recently, after a five-day trial, successfully defended two senior ex-employees and their company (set up post termination of employment) from claims by their former employer of breaches of various post termination restrictive covenants, breach of confidential information, inducement to breach contract, conspiracy to injure the financial interest of the former employer and for deliver up of confidential information and property allegedly removed by the employees. The case centred around the incorporation of the restrictive covenants into the contracts of employment (and their enforceability in any event), the definition of confidential information therein and a consideration of the common law duty of confidentiality post termination for ex senior employees. After hearing substantive evidence of fact and legal submissions at trial, all of the former employer’s claims were dismissed. The important point and message from the case is to ensure incorporation of the post termination restrictions into the contracts of … Read More

James Coutts and Caroline Rees QC prosecute man who caused the death of his partner during a bondage sexual encounter

James Coutts was led by Caroline Rees QC and instructed by CPS Complex Case Unit in the case of Warren Coulton who was charged with gross negligence manslaughter. Warren Coulton and his partner were celebrating his 50th birthday at a Welsh holiday lodge and consumed a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. They engaged in consensual bondage sexual activity, culminating with him restraining her arms and gagging her mouth with a sock, restricting her ability to breathe, before he fell asleep, only to wake in the morning to find her lifeless body. The 7-day trial at Mold Crown Court was presided over by Mr. Justice Picken. The jury retired for a little under two hours before returning a unanimous guilty verdict. The defendant was sentenced to a period of 6 years in prison. This was an unusual case involving a history of consensual bondage sexual activity, which focussed around whether the … Read More