Lincoln House Chambers Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:40:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chambers is delighted to announce Lee Hughes’ acceptance of tenancy Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:14:17 +0000 Read more]]> After the successful completion of his pupillage, under the supervision of Daniel Thomas, Lee Hughes officially joins chambers as a tenant.

Lee was called to the bar in 2006 and was a Birkenhead Award Scholar. Before joining chambers, Lee spent several years practising as a solicitor and has worked in some of the most highly regarded health and safety and regulatory crime teams in the country.

Daniel Thomas commented “I am delighted that my first pupil Lee Hughes has accepted a Tenancy with us. Lee arrived in chambers with an impressive established reputation as a senior solicitor in regulatory law at the highest level. It has been extremely gratifying to watch him apply his skills to all areas of chambers practice during his pupillage. He was recently an obvious choice as my junior in a regulatory fraud matter. I wish him every success”.

Click here to view Lee’s full work experience.

Chambers is delighted to announce Richard Butcher’s return to practicing from Lincoln House Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:28:08 +0000 Read more]]> The members of chambers are delighted to welcome back Richard Butcher to chambers.

Richard was called to the bar in 1985 and is a highly experienced barrister specialising in defending in serious and complex criminal cases. Over the past 20+ years, Richard has established himself as a proven trial lawyer in a vast range of complex cases from MTIC and VAT frauds, to gun running, serious drug cases and murder.

Alistair Webster QC, former head of chambers, commented “It is with great pleasure that I learned that Richard Butcher was re-joining chambers. Richard is an experienced advocate of high calibre and I am confident that he will quickly establish himself at the forefront of the junior bar.”

To view Richard’s profile, please click here.

Henry Blackshaw secures £1 million recovery under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:29:47 +0000 Read more]]> This was the final stage of a case which was first listed before Bolton Crown Court in 2014. The defendants were convicted and sentenced for cultivating cannabis in houses controlled by their letting agency.

They had asserted that they had been operating under the direction and for the benefit of a “Triad” gang, rather than their own behalf. This was rejected by the sentencing judge, following a ten day hearing to determine their level of culpability.

The subsequent POCA proceedings had taken almost two years to complete because of the scale of the task to ascertain their benefit from past offending and the level of property ownership between them, against which monies could be recovered.

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To view Henry’s full profile, please click here.

Kate Blackwell QC “Dragged into Court” to become a Master of the Bench of Lincoln’s Inn Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:27:04 +0000 Read more]]>

At a lunchtime ceremony in the Old Hall at Lincoln’s Inn, Kate Blackwell was yesterday (Monday, 18 December 2017) appointed a Bencher of the Inn.

Having enjoyed pre-lunch drinks with Lord Justice McCombe, Lord Justice Davies, Lord Neuberger (current President of the Supreme Court) and her supporters from Chambers, Alistair Webster QC, Kevin Donnelly, Rod Priestley and Leila Ghahhary, Kate then participated with great dramatic flair in the ancient tradition of being “dragged into court”.

With Lord Justice Davies on one arm and Lord Justice McCombe on the other, she was

frogmarched to high table in the Hall, struggling all the way.

Having reluctantly (as tradition demands…) accepted the honour bestowed upon her and received the applause of the Hall, she joined the benchers for lunch.

Kate will undertake committee work at the Inn in the New Year and hopes to make a positive and lasting contribution, working to develop and enhance the educational and pastoral functions of the Inn.

Click here to view Kate’s full profile.

An IT manager from Flintshire in North Wales has been jailed for a fraud worth nearly £130,000 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:21:34 +0000 Read more]]> Simon Rey, aged 40 from Connah’s Quay, North Wales appeared for sentence at the Crown Court at Minshull Street on 29th November 2017. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of fraud by abuse of position. HHJ Savill sentenced Rey to 20 months imprisonment. The fraud related to Rey’s time working for the Money Advice Group, a financial advisory service based in Carrington, Manchester.

Tim Storrie, instructed by Michael Balmer at Cartwright King, defended. To read more follow this link:

Lincoln House Chambers shortlisted for Legal 500 Regional Chambers of the Year award Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:50:00 +0000 Read more]]> Chambers are delighted to announce the shortlisting for the Legal 500 2018 ‘Regional Chambers of the Year’ award. Lincoln House Chambers are among just two chambers from the Northern Circuit to be nominated for the award. The announcement follows the recent Legal 500 rankings whereby chambers were listed in tier 1, with 22 silks and juniors recognised for their excellence.

To find out more information or to instruct one of our members, please contact David Wright on 0161 832 5701.

Simon Gurney recognised as a leading junior for Professional Discipline by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:11:53 +0000 Read more]]> The 2017 editions of the leading legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, have recognised Simon Gurney for his expertise in representing healthcare professionals and police officers before their regulatory bodies.
The 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners features Simon as a ‘ranked barrister’ in the field of Professional Discipline.
The editors described him as “an advocate with strong expertise in representing police officers and healthcare professionals before their regulatory bodies. He is experienced in everything from FTP hearings to High Court and Court of Appeal advocacy.”
Referees commented on his strengths: “He is an exceptionally good advocate and his legal knowledge is amazing” and “I found him to be very professional and very knowledgeable, with a very clear analytic mind to deal with the matters in hand.”
The editors noted his recent work, where he acted for a consultant plastic surgeon in what is now the leading case on proceeding in absence in the field of professional discipline.
The 2017 edition of the Legal 500 also features Simon as a Leading junior in the field of ‘Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing’. He is recommended for professional disciplinary proceedings.
In the same directory, Simon was ranked as a Leading junior in the field of criminal law, as he has been each year since 2014. The editors said that he is “intelligent, persuasive and diligent.”
Ivan Bowley listed as a ‘Class Leader’ for Industrial Disease litigation Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:27:09 +0000 Read more]]> The recent Chambers and Partners listing recognises Ivan Bowley as a leading practitioner for both Personal Injury and Industrial Disease litigation.

The rankings follow a particularly successful year spent working on British Coal and British Steel Coke worker multi party actions as well as maintaining a significant practice representing individual claimants on complex industrial disease cases.

Access the full Chambers and Partner’s rankings here.

To instruct Ivan, or for any further information, please contact Ty Price on 0161 832 5701.

Andrew Thomas QC presents in Health and Safety Conference 2017 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:20:35 +0000 Read more]]> Head of Chambers, Andrew Thomas QC, yesterday discussed the developments in Health and Safety legislation in the UK at the Health and Safety Conference 2017, hosted in association with the University of Salford.

The conference provided a comprehensive overview of current health and safety legislation; exploring the Government’s “Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy and discussing strategies for improving workplace wellbeing.

Notably, among those also in attendance were representatives from several leading solicitor firms in this area including Addleshaw Goddard, Slater Gordon, JMW and Stephensons.

To instruct Andrew, or for any further information, please contact David Wright on 0161 832 5701.

Simon Gurney secures acquittal in historic rape case concerning 3 complainants Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:47:36 +0000 Read more]]> Following a two week trial at Croydon Crown Court, Simon Gurney secured the acquittal of his client who had been accused of historic sexual abuse by 3 of his cousins between 2004 and 2009.

His client was accused of raping one of his cousins, who was alleged to have been just 3 years old at the time. He was also accused by two other cousins, from a different side of his family, of sexually abusing them when they were young children.

Simon’s client was himself just 23 years old, and between the ages of 10 and 15 at the time of the alleged offences.

The jury returned not guilty verdicts on all six counts alleged against Simon’s client.

Simon was instructed by Colleen Dickinson-Jones of Roebucks Solicitors.