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Welcome to Albion Chambers

Albion Chambers was established over 100 years ago and has an excellent reputation across the Western Circuit for integrity, approachability and the highest quality of advice and advocacy.

Chambers is led by Charles Hyde QC and has 75 barristers including five Queen’s Counsel. There are three door tenants, all of whom are Queen’s Counsel.

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Court of Protection Seminar 2019

Speakers:

Tim Baldwin – When to resort to judicial review – Overlap with Care Act 2014 and other adult social provision

Alec Small – The interplay between the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act

Yasmine El Nazer – Review of the Mental Capacity Act (Amendments) Bill (2018)

Registration and refereshments from 1.30pm and the seminar will commence at 2.00pm.

Sarah Regan secures landmark order to shut down the Twitter account of convicted rapist

Sarah Regan successfully prosecuted Nigel Wilkinson who was convicted in 2016 of offences of rape and administering a substance with intent to rape in respect of three men. Following extensive press coverage, he was arrested and charged with offences in relation to a further seven men.

Kate Brunner QC and Clare Fear secure acquittal on grounds of insanity for mother who drowned 4-year old during psychotic episode

Kate Brunner QC led Clare Fear in a highly unusual trial in Newport Crown Court in December 2018. A mother with undiagnosed schizophrenia had drowned her daughter and burned the body in a ritualistic ‘sacrifice’, believing that she was acting under divine instruction and that her daughter would be returned to her by angels. Two psychiatrists agreed that she did not know what she was doing was wrong: indeed she believed she was saving the world.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Offences and Defences

This seminar focusses on the implications of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on criminal practice. In particular, it deals with the implications of the Act on the now widespread phenomenon of “County Lines” drug-dealing cases, including the referral of suspected victims to the National Referral Mechanism and the defence provided by s.45.

December 2018

One door closes – and other door opens - Alan Fuller
Brexit hash: Food safety after Brexit - Kate Brunner QC
Sentencing: When does being ‘very large’ become a problem? - Alun Williams
Environmental prosecutions: waste management still a focus for regulators - Alexander West

December 2018

Down on the farm: uninsured drivers on private land - Emily Heggadon
Contempt of Court: Parties beware! - Lucy Taylor
Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214: A worrying development in vicarious liability - Philip Smith

December 2018

An adversarial process? - David Sapiecha
Funding for inquests arising from a custodial setting - Richard Shepherd

December 2018

Re T (a child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2136: Is it necessary to establish a lack of valid consent before restricting a young person’s liberty? - Yasmine El-Nazer

December 2018

Separate representation of children: The tension between understanding and ‘best interests’ - Jonathan Wilkinson
"Not within the child's timescale?" - Stephen Roberts
When private law meets public law: Is that a bad thing? - James Cranfield
A few random thoughts about fact-finding hearings - Stuart Fuller

December 2018

Abuse of process and entrapment in online 'paedophile hunter' cases - Edward Hetherington
Intimidatory offences - Rupert Russell
Money launderers and POCA: Cash couriers, cash custodians and bank accounts – when will POCA bite? - Alexander West
Evidential pitfalls in the digital case system - Richard Shepherd

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