Category: News

Proving clinical negligence in the case of an anaesthetised claimant– res ipsa loquitur

Sam Aynsley was instructed in a clinical negligence matter which has recently settled on favourable terms. The Claimant underwent surgery, prior to which her right middle finger was asymptomatic. She awoke with an acute mallet deformity to her right middle finger, but the surgery was unrelated to her hand. It was the Claimant’s case that the mallet deformity was consistent with blunt trauma and must have been caused by the culpable act of a treating clinician during her surgery. The Claimant faced an obvious potential evidential difficulty in proving her claim. Having been under general anaesthetic, the cause of her injury was outwith her direct contemplation. The Claimant contended that the facts, as known to the her at the time she pleaded her case, gave rise in themselves to a prima facie case of negligence i.e. res ipsa loquitur. The health board Defendant had denied liability. It had interviewed those … Read More

Court of Appeal – mobile phone data from victims of rape

Matthew Dunford from our Crime Team  recently represented the prosecution in a Court of Appeal case concerning the issues around the seizure and examination of mobile phone data from the victims of rape. The case has been reported, Charnock v R [2021] EWCA Crim 100 (and on BAILII at ) … Read More

Five years imprisonment for “Mean and Thoroughly dishonest” woman

Brian Treadwell successfully prosecuted the case of Susan Elizabeth Hughes who defrauded a vulnerable friend out of nearly £88,000 over a 14 year period between 2003 and 2017.  Hughes had power of attorney over her friend who had physical and learning the disabilities. The jury heard how she siphoned off thousands of pounds of benefits and used some of the money for expensive holidays and to enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle, to the detriment of her friend.  She was charged following an investigation by social services who had become concerned that she was abusing her position of trust.  Hughes was found guilty following a 7-day trial at Mold Crown Court. She was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by His Honour Judge Rowlands on 13th January 2021.  On sentencing the Judge said “Your mean and thoroughly dishonest behaviour has had a profound effect on the … Read More

Successful Defence of Murder Charge

David Elias QC and Owen Edwards of Linenhall Chambers successfully defended Ben Wilkinson on a charge of murder at Chester Crown Court. The jury returned not guilty verdicts after a nine-day trial ending on the 26th November 2020. The trial concerned the tragic death of Steven Carey who died following a drug related dispute in which he was stabbed. Mr Wilkinson admitted manslaughter but denied any intent to kill or cause really serious injury. Link to report   … Read More

Successful prosecution – paedophile Barry Bennell behind bars

Owen Edwards leading James Coutts and Ember Wong, all of Linenhall Chambers, successfully prosecuted notorious paedophile Barry Bennell on further charges relating to his abuse of young footballers. Barry Bennell who was involved in training youth footballers linked to Manchester City, Crewe Alexandria and Stoke City was described by the Judge as ‘a parent’s worst nightmare’. The latest case related to two young victims who were sexually abused by Bennell in the 1980s and 1990s. Mr Bennell’s sentence was extended to a total, including licence period, of 36 years imprisonment following a hearing before HHJ Thompson at Chester Crown Court on the 8th October 2020. Link to BBC report Link to Guardian Report Link to Independent Report         … Read More

Michael Barrow successfully defends ex-employees for alleged breach of restrictive covenant and confidential information

Following a recent 5 day trial in the County Court at Chester, Michael Barrow successfully defended 2 former employees against all allegations who had had proceedings issued against them by their former employer for alleged breach of restrictive covenants, unlawful use of confidential information post termination of employment, inducement to breach contract and conspiracy to injure.   The case turned upon whether or not in fact the restrictive covenants had been incorporated into their respective contracts of employment and as to whether the information the former employer sought to protect was capable of protection after their respective employment had ceased.  Both contracts of employment had Entire Agreement clauses therein and were found to be valid to the effect that the restrictive covenants, which were contained in another separate and stand … Read More

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Linenhall Chambers is deeply saddened by recent events that spotlight the structural inequalities and institutional racism still prevalent in society. All citizens have the right to peaceful protest; excessive use of force offends the rule of law. It is imperative that all people are treated equally, including by the police and courts. Linenhall Chambers is committed to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion both within Chambers and the community we serve. For more information about work being undertaken by the Bar Council on equality, diversity and inclusion please see here.  … Read More

*How to contact us*

Our staff are now on a rota system of remote and in-Chambers working. Please check with the relevant clerk before sending any papers in to Chambers. If you need to contact one of our clerks, their contact details are: Family: Gavin Reeves 01244 304245 or Lucy Morris  01244 304 207 Crime: Gareth Stickels 01244 304246 or Ryan Turner 01244 304200 Civil: James D’Arcy 01244 304201 or Melissa Roberts 01244 304211 Fees: Charlene O’Reilly 01244 304204 Chambers Manager: Hannah Meredith-Jones  01244 304 218 … Read More

*Coronavirus Update*

March 17th 2020 Linenhall Chambers is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. We are being guided by the UK government’s advice which is changing on a day by day basis. Our primary aim is to provide support to, and reduce any risk to our members, staff  and clients. We remain open for business and all staff are currently in chambers and continuing with work as normal. We have contingency plans in place that will enable us to continue to provide services in all circumstances and the clerks will be in a position to receive calls, emails and instructions if it is necessary for them to work remotely. We will continue to monitor the situation and will makes the requisite updates as and when necessary. Read More

Anna Pope secures conviction in Anglesey crossbow murder

Anna Pope, led by Peter Rouch QC, secures conviction in barbaric crossbow murder. After a six week trial at Mold Crown Court, the jury found Terence Whall, 39, guilty of the ‘medieval-style’ murder of Gerald Corrigan, 74. Terence Whall targeted Gerald Corrigan as he adjusted his satellite dish outside his house in Anglesey, in the early hours of 19 April 2019. The assassin used a cross-bow from 10 metres away from his victim, and the bolt passed completely through Mr. Corrigan’s body, causing irreparable internal damage (including bruising the heart). Following the attack, Mr. Corrigan was rushed to hospital, but gangrene set in and he died almost a month later of multiple organ failure. Click Here for Full Article   … Read More