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Anna Price prosecutes man caught by paedophile hunters and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

Anna Price prosecuted the case of Brian Royston who has been jailed for 3 years for attempting to incite a child, whom he had been communicating with online, to engage in sexual activity. He had arranged to meet 13-year-old “Lily Smith” at a Cheshire Railway station and to stay with her for the weekend whilst her Mum was away.    Unbeknownst to him, the online profile was a decoy set up by members of the Elusive Child Protection Unit who confronted him at the station. Royston arrived at the station with a bag containing Viagra, condoms, lager, and a necklace he had bought as a gift for Lily.  The Police were informed, and he was arrested. You can read the full article here.   Paedophile caught at Cheshire station on way to meet girl, 13 – Cheshire Live (cheshire-live.co.uk)     … Read More

Success in historical sexual abuse case

James Coutts recently represented a female Teaching Assistant on allegations of historic sexual abuse against a student who attended the school where she worked.  The client a 47 year old Teaching Assistant between 2011-2013,  was acquitted of all 10 allegations after a 6 day trial. James was instructed by Sallie Stokes of GHP Solicitors, Wrexham. Read More

Linenhall Chambers Criminal Barristers recognised in leading Chambers UK Bar 2022 rankings

The Chambers and Partners 2022 edition was released on the 21st October 2021.  Two of our Linenhall Chambers Criminal  Barristers have achieved a band 3 ranking which we are extremely proud of.   The Linenhall Crime Practice Group achieved a Band 2 ranking. The independent guide to the UK’s top sets of barristers chambers uses over 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions to produce the tables.  They collect their client responses through a number of means but mostly through in-depth interviews. In the latest edition the guide stated: “Based in Chester, this respected set comes highly recommended for its strong practice in criminal matters.  Its barristers regularly prosecute and defend cases relating to homicides, sexual offences and organised crime, as well as financial crime.” Owen Edwards,  head of the Criminal Team, who’s recent work included prosecuting Barry Bennell, a youth coach who was accused of a multitude of sexual offences gained, … Read More

Linenhall Chambers Family Barristers recognised in leading Chambers UK Bar 2022 rankings.

The Chambers and Partners 2022 edition was released today, the 21st October 2021.  Two of Linenhall Chambers Family Barristers have achieved a Band 2 ranking.  This is an exceptional achievement.  Linenhall chambers is the only barristers chambers ranked in the guide for the Wales & Chester circuit on the English side of the border,  illustrating their dominance in Chester, North and Mid Wales. The independent guide to the UK’s top sets of barristers chambers, uses over 200 research analysts across 200 jurisdictions to produce the tables.  They collect their client responses through a number of means but mostly through in-depth interviews. In the latest edition Daniel Dodd, head of the family team, attracted praise from instructing solicitors for his handling of complex non-accidental injury cases.  He acts in a wide range of cases relating to child law and is well equipped to handle challenging issues such as sexual abuse allegations. Read More

63 years imprisonment for child kidnapping gang over satanic abuse fears.

Anna Pope and Ember-Jade Wong prosecuted the case of Wilfred Wong and others, who were recently convicted of conspiracy to kidnap. The gang was represented by several members of the criminal team including Duncan Bould, Nicholas Williams, Richard Edwards and Elen Owen. They carefully planned the kidnapping over several months. This involved the use of burner phones, hire cars, passports, false plates and a coded system of communication.  On 4th November 2020, the child was snatched at knifepoint from their foster carer in Anglesey.  Months of planning unravelled  in a few hours, thanks to the quick action of North Wales Police. Within 4 hours the vehicle containing the child was tracked and stopped on the M1 in Northamptonshire . The investigation was fast paced and complex – and the presentation at trial involved detailed analysis of a large quantity of evidence. A further person represented by Anna Price was found Not … Read More

Linenhall Chambers recognised as leading set for Wales & Chester in Legal 500

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2022 edition was released 29th September 2021. Linenhall Chambers have been included at the highest level of work across a range of legal disciplines including; family, crime, personal injury and chancery.  Linenhall are the only barristers chambers ranked in the guide for the Wales & Chester circuit on the English side of the border, illustrating their dominance in Chester, North and Mid Wales. The independent guide to the UK’s top sets of barristers chambers, known in the industry as the definitive guide to lawyers, analyses law firms in over 150 jurisdictions from across the world. It only awards legal professionals who have completed a rigorous benchmarking process including interviews and feedback from both clients and professional peers.  Feedback from clients and peers included, ‘an excellent and reliable set’ and ‘the backbone of Chester’. The latest edition of the guide ranked Linenhall in the top tier … Read More

Ben Douglas-Jones QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge.

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to announce that Ben Douglas-Jones QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge. Ben is a Recorder of the Crown Court and took silk in 2018.  Ranked in Tier one by Legal 500 for Criminal Fraud, Consumer Law and General Crime. He is consistently highly recommended in the legal directories for Criminal Fraud, Business Crime, Consumer Law (trading standards, trade-marks, copyright, consumer protection offences) Financial Crime and Crime. Ben is the author of several key legal texts. He was named The Times Lawyer of the Week for successfully prosecuting Ieuan … Read More

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