Category: News

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

Linenhall Chambers sponsor of North Wales Business Leader Awards

Linenhall Chambers were proud to sponsor the North Wales Business Leaders Awards for the second year running. Martin Griffiths, our Chambers Director, presented JVP with their award after they won Linenhall’s sponsored category: “Professional Service Business of the Year”. The Business Awards recognise the most successful, ambitious and progressive businesses in North Wales across a wide range of categories. Members of Linenhall and their guests thoroughly enjoyed the awards dinner and are pleased to continue to support the North Wales Business Leader Awards. For more information about the event and the work done by all the businesses nominated for awards, please see the link below. … Read More

Linenhall – Pro Bono Immigration Advice Clinic

Pro Bono Immigration Advice Clinic Linenhall Chambers recently marked the five-year anniversary of an important local project supported by Chambers. In 2013, Members of Linenhall Chambers established an immigration and asylum advice clinic in co-operation with the Chester Citizen’s Advice Bureau located in central Chester. For several years, Barristers from Linenhall Chambers have been giving their time and efforts unpaid to assist people in need of advice on important issues relating to immigration: asylum, student and work visas, and benefits related issues. Head of Chambers at Linenhall, Duncan Bould recalls: “Our barristers were often asked to provide help on a range of issues, but some years ago it became apparent that there was a particular gap in provision of advice on immigration matters. We were delighted to be able to assist and over the years a number of our members have been involved in attending the regular clinic and offering … Read More

Simon Medland QC appointed as Circuit Judge

Linenhall are delighted to announce that The Queen has appointed Simon Medland QC to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Lidington MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Simon to the Northern Circuit, based at Preston Crown Court with effect from 22 January 2018. Simon will be known as His Honour Judge Medland QC. He was called to the Bar in 1991 by Middle Temple and took silk in 2011. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2005. Simon’s experience and specialisms encompass all aspects of serious Crime and fraud. He has prosecuted and defended in some of the region’s most serious cases, including many cases of murder, attempted murder and child destruction, child cruelty, serious sexual offending including historic sexual abuse, gross negligence manslaughter in the workplace and … Read More

Linenhall welcomes four new members

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to welcome four new members to our civil and criminal teams. Jo Maxwell, a senior criminal lawyer joins our robust criminal team. Samantha Lumley and James Woodcock join our civil team. Samantha was Called to the Bar in 2009 and is a specialist civil barrister. James qualified as a solicitor and was Called to the Bar in 2011. He has acted in a range of civil matters, specialising in legal costs claims. Ember-Jade Wong joined Linenhall Chambers in 2017 following the completion of her pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service. She is a member of the civil and criminal teams. We welcome all of our new members to Linenhall and look forward to their contribution to Chambers. Read More

Ben Douglas-Jones to be appointed to QC in February 2018

Linenhall Chambers are delighted to announce that The Queen has approved the Lord Chancellor’s recommendation that Ben Douglas-Jones be appointed a QC in 2018.  Ben will take silk at a ceremony in Westminster Hall on 26th February 2018. Ben Douglas-Jones is a specialist fraud, criminal and regulatory barrister. He is highly recommended in Chambers and Partners. The Legal 500 for Criminal Fraud and Consumer Law, describes him as “extremely bright”, with “great intellectual strength” and “extremely able” with the ability to “marshal cases of the utmost complexity”. Ben defends professional and corporate clients including public limited companies. He prosecutes for the Serious Fraud Office and as a junior is a Level 4 CPS panel prosecutor (South Eastern, London; South Eastern, non-London and Wales and Chester). Read More

Linenhall Chambers recommended in 2017 Legal 500

We are delighted to be recognised in the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal profession, which describes Linenhall Chambers as ‘a very helpful set, where individuals go above and beyond to help, even at the last minute’. It has a solid reputation for family and criminal law on the Wales and Chester circuit and across the North West of England, as well as expertise in areas such as employment, property, personal injury and commercial law. The ‘very good clerks’ include senior criminal clerk Gareth Stickels, senior family clerk Gavin James Reeves and senior civil clerk James D’Arcy.’ … Read More

Linenhall exhibit at MASS conference in Sheffield

Linenhall Chambers was invited to exhibit at the MASS conference which took place in Sheffield. The Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) is a membership society of road traffic accident claims experts which was started in 1991 to promote the efficient and effective provision of legal advice and to represent the interests of road traffic accident victims MASS promotes the highest standards of legal services, bringing justice to the victims of road traffic accidents. Their objectives are: To enhance the expertise, knowledge and efficiency of its Members in the handling of road traffic accident claims To keep under review substantive law, court procedure and all other matters affecting the awards of compensation in road traffic accident claims To support test cases for the benefit of the motorist To promote an efficient and expert service to persons pursuing claims arising from motor accidents To seek actively to identify fraud and help stop … Read More

Craig Andrew Proctor sentenced in Ellesmere Port murder

Craig Andrew Proctor made a last minute change to his plea, pleading guilty on the first day of his trial to the murder of Ellia Arathoon. The murder occurred in Ellesmere port in October 2016 with the most likely cause of death being blunt force trauma. Proctor attempted to dispose of the body by burning following the deceased being placed into a suitcase and moved to a nearby wooded area where the body was then set alight whilst inside the suitcase. This was a case whereby many of the witnesses and parties were connected by their use of illegal drugs. Proctor was sentenced to life, with a tariff of 21 years. … Read More