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Law Society Awards 2017

Briony Clarke, Partner at Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP has been shortlisted for is 2017 Gazette Legal Personality of the Year Award. The winners will be announced at the Law Society Excellence Awards on the 19th October 2017. We wish Briony every luck. The full shortlist is available at: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/Support-services/Events-training/Excellence-Awards/shortlist/

New Associates

Taylor Haldane Barlex are delighted to announce that Laura Collins, Shazia Malik, Louise Maples, Hannah Sutton and Lesley Turner have all been appointed as Associates at THB. This is recognition for their expertise in the practice areas where they work and also their continued dedication to the firm.

Briony Clarke Appointed Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court)

THB are delighted to announce that Briony Clarke, who started with us as an administrative assistant some 16 years ago when THB was founded, has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court). This is a prestigious appointment that reflects her ability as a Criminal Advocate. We believe she is the youngest female applicant to have been successful. It is without doubt an extraordinary personal achievement and the partnership are absolutely delighted for her. Briony will continue her practice and sit as a Deputy District Judge part time.

Youth Court Competencies

Ita Farrelly, Partner at Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP, has been working with the SRA on a new Youth Court Advocacy Competency Scheme. The Scheme is now Live and details can be found below. This an important step towards ensuring excellent representation of Children within the Criminal Justice System. http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/cpd/youth-court-advocacy.page

Legal 500 2016 Rankings

Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP are delighted with this years Legal 500 Rankings. Ranked Top Tier for Crime General and second for Crime Fraud and Health and Safety, this reflects the expansion of the Firm over the last year, whilst maintaining its high standards. Peter Barlex, founding Partner says "We are delighted. The firm has grown from strength to strength. With innovative, forward thinking staff and a dedication to client care, we are able to offer a superb service for all clients" In addition to this years firm rankings, a number of leading Lawyers have been recommended by the Legal 500. For Health and Safey, Matthew Taylor has been described as a 'class act' and Briony Clarke as 'exceptional' For Crime, we are recognised for 'going the extra mile' with Mike Warren, Peter Barlex, Russell Haldane and Ita Farrelly being recommended. For Fraud, Mike Warren has been recommended for 'always keeping an eye on the bigger picture' THB are incredibly proud of their achievements which motivates them to continue to work exceptionally hard for their clients.

Full Time Legal Secretary Required (Added 12/04/2016)

****NOW CLOSED***** Full-time Legal Secretary with extensive conveyance experience required to join solicitors office in Chelmsford. The successful candidate will be required to deliver secretarial and administrative support to fee earners. The ideal candidate will be flexible and have a positive approach to working in a busy, demanding and expanding firm. Duties and requirements include: ·Audio and copy typing. ·Answering the telephone and dealing with clients. ·Able to open files and proceed with initial stages of conveyancing transactions. ·Working knowledge of Land Registry Direct system application forms. ·Able to complete Local Authority and other relevant pre-exchange searches. ·Able to complete online Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Registry forms online. ·Working knowledge of post-exchange and completion procedures. ·Accuracy and attention to detail. ·Ability to work as part of a team. Hours of work 9am-5.30pm; Monday to Friday, salary negotiable. If interested then please email our Office Manager, Wendy Bentley WBentley@THBLegal.com with your CV.

Private Client Fee Earner Required

****NOW CLOSED******* Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP are seeking a part time Private Client Fee Earner. Candidates should have a commitment to excellent client service with experience to manage their own mixed case load of wills, probate, trusts, elderly client and LPAs and should have a sound knowledge of all aspects in this area. Candidates will have the ability to take over an existing case load and the ambition to run and develop this part of the business. It’s an exciting time to join our growing firm. Salary and working hours are negotiable. Please forward your CV and covering letter to our office manager Wendy Bentley wbentley@thblegal.com

R v B

Partner Mike Warren has had conduct of a £13 million Class A drug importation for the last 5 years with our client being charged in January 2011. It was alleged that substantial quantities of Cocaine were imported from Costa Rica on a shipment of Pineapples that were destined for our client’s fruit business. The case was classified as a Very High Cost Criminal Case (VHCC) by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) with statements and exhibits exceeding some 15000 pages. The case proceeded to trial in 2012 where the Jury were unable to reach a verdict. At the re-trial in early 2013 the Jury were discharged after the Prosecution accepted some fundamental disclosure errors. At a third trial later that same year ill health of a co-defendant and more disclosure issues led to the jury again being discharged. Between September 2013 and November 2015 there was delay while medical reports were obtained and eventually the co-defendant was deemed unfit to stand trial. Arguments were then advanced for our own client that further proceedings would constitute an abuse of process in that our client could no longer receive a fair trial. The Trial Judge agreed with these submissions and the case was formally concluded with a stay of the indictment some 57 months after our client had been charged. Other co-defendants convicted of the same offence received prison sentences of over 16 years.

Policy Success after Legal Challenge

The Ministry of Justice have lifted the blanket ban on the taking of family photos, whilst publishing proportionate Policy and Guidance in accordance with the Legal challenge mounted by Ita Farrelly. Ita Farrelly, Partner of the Firm, confirms, 'on behalf of our Client, our challenge to the 'photo banning' position taken by Mr Grayling as reported in the Telegraph Newspaper in January 2015, is of fundamental importance to ensure proportionality and fairness when deciding on Policy and the rights of those detained by the state. We believe the National Policy, now allowing for institutional discretion and the protection for all by way of 'undertaking' provides a satisfactory remedy for those detained, the institutions and the public.' http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/moj-backs-down-over-prison-photos-after-legal-threat/5051939.article

Global Firms sentenced after worker killed

Two global companies have been sentenced after a worker was killed and another seriously injured during construction of an offshore wind farm. The case was Prosecuted by Taylor Haldane Barlex's Regulatory department, led by Matthew Taylor. The incident happened when a team of engineers were loading wind turbine blades onto a sea barge for delivery to Greater Gabbard, off the Suffolk coast, on 21 May 2010. During the loading of wind turbine components at Pakeston Quay, Harwich, a 2.11 tonne part of the blade transport arrangement fell off, crushing and fatally injuring one worker and seriously injuring another. Chelmsford Crown Court heard both workers were employed by Siemens Windpower A/S (SWP) but were working for Fluor Ltd, the principal contractor. The injured man, Frank Kroeger, was airlifted to Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge where he was resuscitated twice. He suffered a ruptured spleen, lacerations to his liver, a collapsed lung collapsing, multiple rib fractures on his left side, and significant crush injuries to his right arm and hand, with nerve damage to his thumb and fingers. His injuries were life-changing and required almost three weeks in hospital in the UK, followed by a long period of rehabilitation and treatment near his home in Germany. The family of the fatally-injured man have asked that his name not be released. The investigation carried out by HSE found serious safety failings in the two firms’ management systems for the loading operation, which allowed vital parts of equipment to go unchecked before being lifted. Following a four-week trial in July, prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Fluor Ltd was found guilty of breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was today ordered to pay £275,000 in fines and £271,048 costs. Siemens Windpower A/S (SWP) were charged with the same offence and also a Section 2 (1) breach of the same act, but pleaded guilty at an earlier stage. They were also sentenced today and ordered to pay £375,000 in fines with costs of £105,355. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Julie Rayner said: “This incident could easily have been avoided had suitable systems and procedures been in place to ensure that all loads were properly connected whilst being lifted. “Had the right questions been asked when the lift was being planned and had the bolt and two brackets holding the blade and frame together been checked before they were lifted, the death and serious injury of two workers could have been prevented. “This case clearly highlights the need to ensure that relevant information is considered when lift plans are produced to ensure that all of the relevant risks are considered.”

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