Albion Chambers



Broad Street



29 Park Street


0117 927 2144

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.




Building company fined £160,000 after child falls from scaffold

Westdale Services Ltd is a national solid wall insulation and general construction contractor. In 2017, Westdale was engaged to install external insulated render to five blocks of flats in Cwmbran. The work involved the erection of scaffold to external walls. On 6 May 2017, Callum Crowley and Marcus Heath (two 12-year-old boys), entered the construction site and approached one of the blocks where the scaffold structure could be accessed from the ground by ladder. There was in place a ladder guard, which was the only measure preventing unauthorised access to the scaffold.

Third Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Stephen Mooney to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 23 April 2019. His Honour Judge Mooney will be based at Lewes Crown Court.

We congratulate Stephen on his appointment.

Vento Band Update

Following the recent case of De Souza v Vinci Construction (UK) Ltd [2017] EWCA CIV 879, the President of the Employment Tribunal has issued new Guidance on Vento awards for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury. The new bands are applicable to claims presented after 6 April 2019 and are as follows:

 Lower band - £900 to £8,800 for less serious cases;
 Middle band - £8,800 to £26.300 for those cases that do not fit into the other bands;
 Upper band - £26,300 to £44,000 for the most serious cases.

Regulatory Team E-Bulletin: April 2019

Challenging CQC Inspection Reports: The Third Way

An unfairly critical Care Quality Commission inspection report and ensuing poor ratings may have a disastrous effect on a provider, both financially and reputationally, and deflate staff morale.  There are three avenues for challenging an inaccurate inspection report.  Two are well-known routes and the third is a rare beast which CQC does not acknowledge the existence of.

Factual Accuracy challenge

List of Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law

Albion Chambers is delighted to announce, that the following members have been successful in their applications to the List of Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law.

List A:
David Sapiecha

List B:
Alan Fuller, Richard Shepherd, Edward Hetherington

We are recruiting to our civil teams

In recent years we have been enjoying a significant increase in our employment and general civil practices.

As part of our strategy for growth and development, and to meet an ever-increasing workload, we are inviting applications from third-six pupillage and junior tenants to our civil team.

Applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted to Paul Fletcher, Chambers Director (

Gemma Borkowski is appointed as a Deputy District Judge.

We are delighted to announce that the Lord Chief Justice has appointed Gemma Borkowski to be a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Circuit.

Chambers congratulates Gemma on her appointment.

Employment and Professional Disciplinary Seminar 2019

Preliminary points

This year’s Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team seminar will focus on all things ‘Preliminary’.  The team at Albion Chambers propose to delve into the issues that can make or break your case at the outset, looking at issues such as jurisdiction, status and costs to give you some invaluable tools to present or defend your case.

Second Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Kirsty Real to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 8 April 2019. Her Honour Judge Real will be based at Reading Crown Court.

We congratulate Kirsty on her appointment.

Successful Prosecution of Avon and Somerset Police Officer

Giles Nelson successfully prosecuted Adam Leighton-Price, a serving police officer, who used an instant-messaging app to encourage a vulnerable woman to her abuse her own children. The Defendant adopted a pseudonym on an online-dating site where he met the woman.

The Defendant was also found guilty of possession of extreme pornography depicting acts of bestiality.

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