Set Profile > Linenhall Chambers > Chester, England

Chambers of Duncan Bould
Linenhall Chambers
1 STANLEY PLACE
CHESTER
CH1 2LU
England

Family and children law Tier 1

Serving both sides of the River Dee from its Chester base, Linenhall Chambers‘ family team is praised as an ‘excellent and reliable set’. Members of chambers of varying levels of call are instructed by both local authorities and parents in matters related to abuse, substance misuse, non-accidental injury, and matrimonial finances in both North Wales and the North West of England. Nicholas Sefton and Sarah Morgan are often instructed in private law proceedings for high net-worth individuals, as well as complex and domestic and sexual abuse issues.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

Clare Bate - Linenhall ChambersMiss Bate is a very approachable advocate who appears to deal sensitively and pragmatically with her clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hannah Horton - Linenhall ChambersWonderful manner with clients including those with limited capacity or other personality complications. A great communicator and a persistent advocate when required.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Daniel Dodd - Linenhall ChambersDaniel becomes very invested in the cases, he has excellent knowledge of the law and he takes the time to conduct thorough research. He has a great manner in dealing with clients who are often in a state of crisis.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Morgan - Linenhall ChambersSarah has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and her highly developed critical and analytical thinking skills are a strong asset to any case in which she is instructed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Sefton - Linenhall ChambersNic is an experienced and passionate advocate who is extremely effective at presenting complex legal arguments. He is exceptionally intelligent and always focused on achieving the right outcome. He has always achieved the balance of being a powerful advocate whilst remaining calm under pressure, a skill which in enviable for many in the profession.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kathryn Anslow - Linenhall ChambersKathryn is a a very tenacious and effective advocate. She presents her clients' cases before Courts in a very balanced manner which has gained her the confidence of the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Linenhall Chambers have a strong family group, which is able to cover the whole range of family work.’

‘Linenhall Chambers are an excellent and reliable set. They are very aware of client care and the need to provide high standards of service.’

‘A strong team of family barristers whom we as solicitors feel very confident instructing.’

Clerking

‘All are approachable and will seek to meet your needs wherever possible.’

‘Super service – they’ve never let me down with cover when needed.’

‘I have always found them to be courteous and accommodating in respect of any inquiry made of them and are willing to go above and beyond.’

Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Richard Mullan - Linenhall ChambersRichard is an extremely capable and knowledgeable barrister who is strong in terms of written work as well as advocacy. Work is always thoroughly researched and delivered promptly. Advocacy is impressive and illustrative of many years of experience.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Linenhall Chambers' reputation in the North Wales and Cheshire area for criminal law is  described as 'excellent' and houses many of the circuit's 'heavy-hitters'. Chambers has members who are regularly instructed in some of the most complex and high-profile matters in the region, with Simon Rogers and Anna Pope opposing one another in the high-profile murder case concerning the killing of a retired lecturer using a crossbow. Matthew Corbett-Jones and Ffion Tomos are regularly instructed in serious and violent sexual assault cases. Joint heads of chambers Owen Edwards and Simon Mills recent instructions include large-scale drugs and fire arms conspiracies. Edwards and Tomos are both capable of advocacy in Welsh.

Leading Juniors

Anna Pope - Linenhall ChambersAnna is an astute lawyer and a first-class advocate with a scrupulous approach to the case and a calm and unflappable manner with all concerned. An outstanding barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Corbett-Jones - Linenhall ChambersMatthew possesses the intellectual strength that gives him a head start over many of his peers; he expresses himself with utter clarity and he has an entirely superior approach to finding practical solutions that arise in complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Mills - Linenhall ChambersSimon is the first name on the team sheet for all serious crime in this area, including rapes, murders and conspiracies.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Rogers - Linenhall ChambersSimon is the perfect combination. Strategically clever. Fingertip judgement. An advocate's advocate and the chess player's barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Dunford - Linenhall ChambersVery thorough, calm and thoughtful - and very well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ffion Tomos - Linenhall ChambersFfion is extremely sharp, incisive and proactive. Noted for impeccable preparation and presentation of cases and for possessing effective advocacy skills. Very knowledgeable in matters of law, procedures and effective presentation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘The set are the backbone of Chester and have some heavy hitters.’

‘A very popular and well regarded set in the North Wales and Cheshire region. Many counsel of great skill and experience.’

‘Linenhall Chambers comprises high quality counsel, in a close knit group. We have used them exclusively for over a decade and rarely been disappointed.’

Clerking

‘The Clerks are always very professional and helpful and have a human touch.’

‘I was always of the view that the clerks and support staff at Linenhall were really first class. Attentive, dedicated and specialist in their disciplines. ‘

‘Gareth Stickels and Ryan Turner are excellent. Very approachable and helpful in the event of non-availability of Counsel.’

Personal injury Tier 2

Chester based Linenhall Chambers' personal injury team is known as 'friendly and professional' by clients. Chambers specialises in road traffic accidents, as well as having experienced practitioners in employers liability, work accidents, and credit hire. Members act for both claimants and defendants, with Russell Moffat praised as 'extremely knowledgeable in their field' of the latter. James Woodcock is also highly recommended for cases with allegations of fraud.

Leading Juniors

Russell Moffat - Linenhall ChambersAs well as being extremely knowledgeable in his field, Russell is exceptionally down to earth and approachable and is very good with clients. Russell invariably gets excellent results.
Ranked: Tier 2
Leanne Jones - Linenhall ChambersLeanne has an excellent grasp of the law and her sharp analytical thinking and strong communication skills allow her to deliver a strong performance in court. She fights hard for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dominic Joyce - Linenhall ChambersHe is always very well-prepared. Perhaps his barrister’s best quality, however, is the very realistic approach that he takes to matters. There is a great deal to be said for applying common sense while still representing a client’s best interests.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Woodcock - Linenhall ChambersJames is very personable and explains complex legal issues to our clients in a way and on a level that they can understand.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Linenhall Chambers is an extremely well respected Set of Chambers. It has “strength in depth” across it’s core disciplines.’

‘They are always happy to help with informal queries as well as formal instructions. Whilst as an instructing solicitor tend to opt for a regular Counsel, if that counsel is not available, I have always been offered a more than capable alternative.’

Clerking

‘The Clerks provide an excellent service, their response time is usually within a few minutes. They are very organised and very helpful.’

‘Easy to communicate with, flexible and friendly. James D’arcy particularly is very helpful.’

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

Serving both sides of the River Dee from its Chester base, Linenhall Chambers‘ family team is praised as an ‘excellent and reliable set’. Members of chambers of varying levels of call are instructed by both local authorities and parents in matters related to abuse, substance misuse, non-accidental injury, and matrimonial finances in both North Wales and the North West of England. Nicholas Sefton and Sarah Morgan are often instructed in private law proceedings for high net-worth individuals, as well as complex and domestic and sexual abuse issues.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

Clare Bate - Linenhall ChambersMiss Bate is a very approachable advocate who appears to deal sensitively and pragmatically with her clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hannah Horton - Linenhall ChambersWonderful manner with clients including those with limited capacity or other personality complications. A great communicator and a persistent advocate when required.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Daniel Dodd - Linenhall ChambersDaniel becomes very invested in the cases, he has excellent knowledge of the law and he takes the time to conduct thorough research. He has a great manner in dealing with clients who are often in a state of crisis.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Morgan - Linenhall ChambersSarah has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and her highly developed critical and analytical thinking skills are a strong asset to any case in which she is instructed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Sefton - Linenhall ChambersNic is an experienced and passionate advocate who is extremely effective at presenting complex legal arguments. He is exceptionally intelligent and always focused on achieving the right outcome. He has always achieved the balance of being a powerful advocate whilst remaining calm under pressure, a skill which in enviable for many in the profession.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kathryn Anslow - Linenhall ChambersKathryn is a a very tenacious and effective advocate. She presents her clients' cases before Courts in a very balanced manner which has gained her the confidence of the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Linenhall Chambers have a strong family group, which is able to cover the whole range of family work.’

‘Linenhall Chambers are an excellent and reliable set. They are very aware of client care and the need to provide high standards of service.’

‘A strong team of family barristers whom we as solicitors feel very confident instructing.’

Clerking

‘All are approachable and will seek to meet your needs wherever possible.’

‘Super service – they’ve never let me down with cover when needed.’

‘I have always found them to be courteous and accommodating in respect of any inquiry made of them and are willing to go above and beyond.’

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Richard Mullan - Linenhall ChambersRichard is an extremely capable and knowledgeable barrister who is strong in terms of written work as well as advocacy. Work is always thoroughly researched and delivered promptly. Advocacy is impressive and illustrative of many years of experience.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Linenhall Chambers' reputation in the North Wales and Cheshire area for criminal law is  described as 'excellent' and houses many of the circuit's 'heavy-hitters'. Chambers has members who are regularly instructed in some of the most complex and high-profile matters in the region, with Simon Rogers and Anna Pope opposing one another in the high-profile murder case concerning the killing of a retired lecturer using a crossbow. Matthew Corbett-Jones and Ffion Tomos are regularly instructed in serious and violent sexual assault cases. Joint heads of chambers Owen Edwards and Simon Mills recent instructions include large-scale drugs and fire arms conspiracies. Edwards and Tomos are both capable of advocacy in Welsh.

Leading Juniors

Anna Pope - Linenhall ChambersAnna is an astute lawyer and a first-class advocate with a scrupulous approach to the case and a calm and unflappable manner with all concerned. An outstanding barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Corbett-Jones - Linenhall ChambersMatthew possesses the intellectual strength that gives him a head start over many of his peers; he expresses himself with utter clarity and he has an entirely superior approach to finding practical solutions that arise in complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Mills - Linenhall ChambersSimon is the first name on the team sheet for all serious crime in this area, including rapes, murders and conspiracies.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Rogers - Linenhall ChambersSimon is the perfect combination. Strategically clever. Fingertip judgement. An advocate's advocate and the chess player's barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Dunford - Linenhall ChambersVery thorough, calm and thoughtful - and very well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ffion Tomos - Linenhall ChambersFfion is extremely sharp, incisive and proactive. Noted for impeccable preparation and presentation of cases and for possessing effective advocacy skills. Very knowledgeable in matters of law, procedures and effective presentation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘The set are the backbone of Chester and have some heavy hitters.’

‘A very popular and well regarded set in the North Wales and Cheshire region. Many counsel of great skill and experience.’

‘Linenhall Chambers comprises high quality counsel, in a close knit group. We have used them exclusively for over a decade and rarely been disappointed.’

Clerking

‘The Clerks are always very professional and helpful and have a human touch.’

‘I was always of the view that the clerks and support staff at Linenhall were really first class. Attentive, dedicated and specialist in their disciplines. ‘

‘Gareth Stickels and Ryan Turner are excellent. Very approachable and helpful in the event of non-availability of Counsel.’

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

Chester based Linenhall Chambers' personal injury team is known as 'friendly and professional' by clients. Chambers specialises in road traffic accidents, as well as having experienced practitioners in employers liability, work accidents, and credit hire. Members act for both claimants and defendants, with Russell Moffat praised as 'extremely knowledgeable in their field' of the latter. James Woodcock is also highly recommended for cases with allegations of fraud.

Leading Juniors

Russell Moffat - Linenhall ChambersAs well as being extremely knowledgeable in his field, Russell is exceptionally down to earth and approachable and is very good with clients. Russell invariably gets excellent results.
Ranked: Tier 2
Leanne Jones - Linenhall ChambersLeanne has an excellent grasp of the law and her sharp analytical thinking and strong communication skills allow her to deliver a strong performance in court. She fights hard for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dominic Joyce - Linenhall ChambersHe is always very well-prepared. Perhaps his barrister’s best quality, however, is the very realistic approach that he takes to matters. There is a great deal to be said for applying common sense while still representing a client’s best interests.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Woodcock - Linenhall ChambersJames is very personable and explains complex legal issues to our clients in a way and on a level that they can understand.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Linenhall Chambers is an extremely well respected Set of Chambers. It has “strength in depth” across it’s core disciplines.’

‘They are always happy to help with informal queries as well as formal instructions. Whilst as an instructing solicitor tend to opt for a regular Counsel, if that counsel is not available, I have always been offered a more than capable alternative.’

Clerking

‘The Clerks provide an excellent service, their response time is usually within a few minutes. They are very organised and very helpful.’

‘Easy to communicate with, flexible and friendly. James D’arcy particularly is very helpful.’

Linenhall Chambers was formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of the two largest chambers in Chester, each with a history going back over 60 years. Now with over 60 members and specialist and experienced support staff, the chambers primarily serves the law firms, legal departments, public authorities and bodies, businesses and individuals in Cheshire and the Wirral and in North and Mid Wales, as well as in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire. Members are regularly instructed by clients from across England and Wales with matters proceeding in these localities and also appear in courts across the country for local clients.

The chambers has a long tradition of providing legal services for Wales and many of its members are able to provide advice and conduct cases in Welsh.

Types of work undertaken: Linenhall Chambers has a broad practice with members specialising in a wide variety of areas of law. The areas of work undertaken include both prosecution and defence criminal work, private and public law family work, property and landlord and tenant disputes, commercial disputes, professional negligence claims, contested probate matters, personal injury litigation for claimants and defendants, housing, regulatory and disciplinary matters, health and safety, inquests, Court of Protection proceedings and mental health issues, public law including procurement, education, immigration, prison law, planning and environmental law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior criminal clerk Gareth Stickels
Senior family clerk Gavin Reeves
Senior civil clerk James D'Arcy
Chambers manager Hannah Meredith-Jones
Members of Chambers HENKE QC, Ruth (1987; Silk 2006)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, Andrew (1989; Silk 2008)
Members of Chambers TILLYARD QC, James (1978; Silk 2001)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS QC, Rhodri (1987; Silk 2010)
Members of Chambers MEDLAND QC, Simon (1991; Silk 2011)
Members of Chambers SCHOLZ, Karl (1973)
Members of Chambers JAMIESON, Anthony (1974)
Members of Chambers SOMERVILLE, Tom (1979)
Members of Chambers MOSS, Peter (1980)
Members of Chambers HALSALL, Kim (1982)
Members of Chambers LE BROCQ, Mark (1982)
Members of Chambers BOULD, Duncan (1984)
Members of Chambers OWEN, Elen (1985)
Members of Chambers MILLS, Simon (1986)
Members of Chambers HORNBY, Robert (1990)
Members of Chambers PHILPOTTS, John (1990)
Members of Chambers AUSTIN, Jonathan (1991)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Shan (1991)
Members of Chambers SAMMON, Sarah (1991)
Members of Chambers DUNFORD, Matthew (1992)
Members of Chambers EDWARDS, Owen (1992)
Members of Chambers ERWOOD, Heather (1993)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Huw (1993)
Members of Chambers MULLAN, Richard (1994)
Members of Chambers ABBERTON, David (1994)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Nicholas (1994)
Members of Chambers HEWITT, Alexandra (1995)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Anna (1996)
Members of Chambers MINTZ, Simon (1996)
Members of Chambers MASSELIS, Maria (1997)
Members of Chambers LLWYD, Elfyn (1997)
Members of Chambers AP MIHANGEL, Sion (1998)
Members of Chambers MOFFAT, Russell (1998)
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS-JONES, Ben (1998)
Members of Chambers BLYTHIN, David (1999)
Members of Chambers CORBETT JONES, Matthew (1999)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Gareth (1999)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Brett (2000)
Members of Chambers LLOYD, Trefor (2001)
Members of Chambers JAMIESON, Fiona (2002)
Members of Chambers MIHANGEL, Mair (2002)
Members of Chambers ROGERS, Simon (2002)
Members of Chambers DODD, Daniel (2003)
Members of Chambers MEREDITH JONES, Kate (2003)
Members of Chambers KERRUISH-JONES, Matthew (2003)
Members of Chambers BARNES, Paulinus (2004)