Category: News

Coutts successfully defends footballer Sean Merryweather

James Coutts of Linenhall Chambers successfully defended footballer Sean Merryweather who was accused of GBH after breaking an opponent’s leg in a “flying kick” during a match. Mr. Merryweather denied grievous bodily harm and the trial was held at Mold Crown Court. James Coutts of Linenhall Chambers was instructed by solicitor Emily Carlisle of Allington Hughes and defended the case at trial. The jury cleared Mr. Merryweather of the charges. … Read More

Team Linenhall complete Tough Mudder to raise over £3000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

A team of barristers and staff from Linenhall Chambers completed the Tough Mudder challenge on Saturday. We pushed ourselves to the limit crawling through mud, ice and electrical fences to raise over £3000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK. Everybody made it through the course, with amazing team support and camaraderie. Our fundraising page is still open for donations. Thank you for the incredible support so far. Click here   … Read More

Linenhall barristers appointed as Recorders

Linenhall are proud to announce that two of our barristers, Nicholas Williams and Anna Pope, have been appointed as Recorders. The Queen has appointed 159 Recorders on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, The Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The appointments will take effect from 16 September 2019. Read More

Former international footballer sentenced to 10 weeks in prison

Clare Bate of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted Dean Saunders, a former premier league and international football player, for failing to provide a breath specimen after being stopped by police while driving his vehicle in Chester. Mr Saunders, 53, a father of three was said to be unsteady on his feet and slurring his speech when he was pulled over by the police in May 2019. He failed to provide a breath specimen at the roadside and again at the police station. After initially pleading not guilty to two charges brought against him, Mr Saunders decided on the morning of his trial, to plead guilty. He was sentenced to 10 weeks in custody. … Read More

Tough Mudder for Muscular Dystrophy UK

Linenhall have entered a team of barristers and chambers staff to take on Tough Mudder North West in September. The team will be pushing themselves to the limit over 13 or 25 muddy, wet, ice cold & electrifying obstacles, raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK. This amazing charity funds research into treatments and cures for muscle weakening and wasting conditions and to help provide a range of services and resources to help people live as independently as possible. Muscular Dystrophy UK support the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the United Kingdom. They bring together people affected by more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle weakening and wasting conditions. We would really appreciate your support!   To help us raise funds, please  CLICK HERE … Read More

Linenhall at The Eisteddfod, Llanrwst

Linenhall Chambers are proud to be involved in the prestigious National Eisteddfod 2019 at Llanrwst, Conwy. Linenhall are exhibiting with The Wales and Chester Circuit and will be at the Eisteddfod all week. We look forward to seeing you there. … Read More

Linenhall Criminal Seminar – Chester 17th July 2019

Criminal Team Seminar: When:               17th July 2019 17.00 – 19.00 Where:             The Crowne Plaza, Chester – The Roodee Suite CPD points:     2 Programme: Simon Mintz – What does “Good Character” mean since Hunter? Anna Pope – Dealing with Vulnerable witnesses at Court Owen Edwards – Update on Sentencing Please contact Gareth Stickels by 12th July 2019 if you would like to attend: or 01244 348 282   … Read More

Linenhall sponsor Wales Legal Awards in Cardiff

Linenhall Chambers had great pleasure in sponsoring the category of Claimant Team of the Year in the inaugural Wales Legal Awards. The award ceremony and dinner took place on Friday 17th May in Cardiff. We very much hope to continue to support the Wales Legal Awards in future years. Congratulations to all who won awards and to everyone who took part. Read More

Life term for ferocious hammer attack murder

Linenhall barristers John Philpotts and Sarah Badrawy prosecuted John Garner of Penyffordd who was accused of murdering his wife. John Philpotts told the jury of the sustained and ferocious hammer attack by Mr. Garner before he called 999 to tell them “I’ve murdered my missus”. The trial at took place at Mold Crown Court and following a successful prosecution Mr. Garner was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to a life term serving a minimum of 22 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing Judge Rhys Rowlands stated: “It was in any view a cowardly, brutal and sustained assault on a defenceless woman” … Read More

Mother convicted and sentenced for drowning her baby.

James Coutts of Linenhall Chambers was led by Oliver Saxby QC of 6 Pump Court, instructed by Nicola Rees (Senior Crown Prosecutor, CCU CPS Cardiff) in the case of a mother accused of gross negligence manslaughter of one of her twin babies, Rosie. Sarah Morris, aged 35, has been convicted following trial, of the gross negligence manslaughter of her daughter. Miss Morris had left her twins unattended in a bath for periods of time during a 47-minute phone call with her partner. The case, tried before Mr Justice Picken at Mold Crown Court, revolved around the definition of gross negligence within the context of a single mother caring for her children, and looking after them as they sat in a bath with about 8 inches of water in it. Rosie had died on the afternoon of 29th July 2015. A police investigation followed but no charges were brought, Rosie’s death … Read More