Category: News

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

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