Category: News

Life sentence for man who sawed neighbour’s neck with a kitchen knife

Anna Pope of Linenhall Chambers led by Michael Jones QC, prosecuted in the murder trial of Christian Williams at Mold Crown Court. Mr Williams pleaded not guilty to murder on the basis of self-defence. The prosecution told the jury that Williams was guilty of “intentionally sawing” a kitchen knife through Mr Hamilton’s neck. Mr Hamilton was a neighbour of the defendant and they were said to be on good terms before the murder took place. Gruesome details of the injuries inflicted on Mr Hamilton, which included sawing through the carotid artery and windpipe in his throat to such a degree that there were grooves on the front of his spine, were presented to the court. Christian Williams, of Bagillt, was found guilty and convicted of murdering Flintshire dad Andrew Hamilton after trial by jury. Christian Francis Williams killed his 42-year-old neighbour at a block of flats in Bagillt. At Mold Crown Court the defendant was given … Read More

Car dealer who owed £1.3 million found guilty of fraud

Matthew Corbett-Jones, leading Miss Jade Tufail, has secured convictions against car dealer Gwyn Meirion Roberts from Bangor, North Wales. Mr Roberts defrauded customers of cash deposits and part-exchanged vehicles with the promise of new vehicles which he knew some customers would not receive. The trial, which lasted five weeks at Caernarfon Crown Court, was brought by the complex case unit in Cardiff. The defendant is due to be sentenced on the 5th March 2019.   … Read More

Matthew Curtis prosecutes driver in death of Carol Boardman

Matthew Curtis of Linenhall Chambers prosecuted Liam Rosney at Mold Crown Court, who was accused of causing death by dangerous driving of Carol Boardman,75, mother of cyclist Chris Boardman. Rosney pleaded guilty to death by careless driving on the day that his trial was due to start. Mr Curtis told the court that Rosney had taken three separate phone calls in the minutes leading up to the death of Mrs Boardman, and was distracted by the calls and his phone, which was on speakerphone and on the passenger seat of his vehicle. His Honour Judge Rhys Rowlands sentenced Rosney to 30 weeks imprisonment for causing death by carless driving. The Judge told Rosney that “This was an accident which could have easily been prevented and your contribution to that accident is significant in as much as you were distracted, the distraction being as a result of you using your mobile phone before the … Read More

Ben Douglas Jones QC prosecutes alleged vigilante murder

Ben Douglas Jones QC is prosecuting David Osborne (51), Ieuan Harley (23) and Darran Evesham (47) for the suspected vigilante murder of David Gaut. Osborne admitted perverting the course of justice, with relation to moving Gaut’s body, attempting to clean up blood and attempting to dispose of other evidence, but denies murder, while the other two have pleaded not guilty to murder and perverting the course of justice. David Gaut, was stabbed 150 times and found at his home in Elliot’s Town, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, in August 2018. Newport Crown Court was told Gaut, 54, had recently been released after a 32-year prison sentence for murdering a young boy. The case continues.   … Read More

Kate Meredith-Jones appointed as first tier Tribunal Judge

We are pleased to announce that Kate Meredith-Jones has been appointed as a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. Kate was called to the Bar in 2003 and practises in Family, Mental Health and Court of Protection. We congratulate her on her appointment. Kate Meredith-Jones   … Read More

Linenhall’s Huw Roberts appointed as District Judge

Linenhall Chambers are pleased to announce that The Queen has appointed Huw Eifion Roberts to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed him to the Wales Circuit, based at Wrexham County Court and Family Court with effect from 14 May 2018.     … Read More

Linenhall welcomes David Elias QC as Door Tenant

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to welcome David Elias QC as a door tenant. David has recently prosecuted two high profile murder trials in North Wales (R v Hannah Turtle; R v Jason Cooper). Gareth Stickels, Senior Criminal Clerk says ‘We are proud to have such an eminent silk as part of our Criminal and Regulatory teams. We all look forward to working with him in the future’.   We also congratulate David on his recent appointment as a Recorder.   David is a tenant at 9 Park Place, Cardiff. He specialises in all areas of serious crime and regulatory work. Chambers UK 2018 recommend him as Band 1 and notes ‘He is a very thorough and knowledgeable advocate’. He has developed a strong reputation and has a string of notable … Read More

Linenhall Chambers in support of Criminal Bar Association action

Members of Linenhall Chambers have overwhelmingly decided to support the Criminal Bar Association call for direct action in relation to the new AGFS scheme. It means that most members will be refusing defence cases with legal aid certificates dated after the 1stApril, 2018. We are a Chambers who prosecute and defend. We are proud of that. It is healthy and promotes true professionalism and independence in our specialist trial advocates. We are taking action not because we believe the architecture of the new AGFS Scheme is objectionable. It is because there has been a refusal by the government to build into the scheme any increase in investment. It is because the government refuses to agree any regular review and potential for increases in fees in the future. It is because there has been no increase in government payments to those who defend in legal aid cases since 2007. Members hoped that we could avoid … Read More

Linenhall’s Matthew Corbett-Jones appointed as Recorder

Linenhall are pleased to announce that The Queen has appointed Matthew Corbett-Jones as a Recorder on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The appointment will take effect from 4 April 2018. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Matthew Corbett-Jones as a Recorder sitting on Criminal cases on the Northern Circuit. Read More