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Shade Abiodun appointed to the CPRC

Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP are thrilled to announce that Shade Abiodun has been appointed to the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee. This is an incredibly impressive achievement and THB are delighted for her. Shade will continue to her practice and will undertake this role part time. Link to Official Announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/appointment-of-folashade-abiodun-as-a-solicitor-member-to-cprc

Make a Will and help others

Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP are taking part in the Fairleigh Hospice "Make a Will Month". In the month of September, you can make a Will with THB and we will waive our usual fee. Instead, we ask for a suggested donation to Fairleigh Hospice of £75 for a basic single will or £110 for a basic mirror or double will. We are able to offer up to 10 appointments for Wills as part of the Make a Will Month and appointments are going fast. Contact Roger Philpot on 01245 349696 or rphilpot@thblegal.com to make your appointment. https://www.farleighhospice.org/Event/make-a-will-month

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.

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