Albion Chambers

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Bristol

Broad Street

BS1 1DR

Taunton

29 Park Street

TA1 4DG

0117 927 2144

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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 Adam Vaitilingam QC and has 74 barristers including four Queen’s Counsel. There are two door tenants, both of whom are Queen’s Counsel.

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New Head of Chambers

The members of Albion Chambers are delighted to announce that Adam Vaitilingam QC will become Head of Chambers from 17 June 2019. Charles Hyde QC is stepping down after completing four years in the role. We express enormous gratitude to him for leading Chambers with such skill. He will continue in full time practice.

Wilkinson & others – leading case on the assessment of severe psychological harm

In December 2018, Nigel Wilkinson was convicted of 13 sexual offences including rape and administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual act, committed against six victims. He received a total sentence of 20 years and six months made up of a custodial sentence of 16 years and six months and an extended licence period of four years. 

Kate Brunner QC elected as the next leader of the Western Circuit.

Albion Chambers is proud to announce that Kate Brunner QC has been elected as Circuit Leader to take over from Bill Mousley QC in October. We offer Kate our sincere congratulations on her appointment.

Charles Hyde QC, Head of Chambers said:

Employment and Professional Disciplinary E-Bulletin May 2019

Warnings and Pre-Warning Misconduct

Cited Cases:

  • Sweeney v Strathclyde Fire Board UKEATS/0029/13 (12 November 2013, unreported)

  • John-Charles v NHS Business Services Authority UKEAT/0105/15 (12 October 2015, unreported)

Not All Warnings are Equal

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittal of alleged Munchausen-by-Proxy mother

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittal of alleged Munchausens-by-Proxy mother, accused of repeatedly smothering and poisoning baby daughter in Derriford hospital.

The case involved paediatric and other expertise. Metabolic acidosis in blood-gas readings (a point not raised by counsel or medics at an earlier trial) proved pivotal in establishing a potential for natural apnoea, and the jury accepted that against a background of £1.7bn annual NHS negligence payouts, hospital error could explain toxicology.

Employment and Professional Disciplinary E-Bulletin May 2019

Reaching for that Rainbow: Following the Yellow Brick Road

Referenced Cases

  • Chagger v Abbey National Plc [2010] IRLR 47

  • Ur-Rehman v Doncaster Jahia Mosque (2012) UKEAT/0117/12/RN

  • Small v Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 882

What’s that Toto?

Lucy Taylor secures Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order

Lucy Taylor obtained a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order against Salvatore Lopresti. The order is understood to be the first obtained in the region. Mr Lopresti, known as the Ice-Cream King of Bristol, was given the order by DJ Matthews at a hearing on 8 May 2019.

May 2019

'He' said, 'she' said... - Darren Stewart
Disability, deadlines and data: time limits, how strictly must they be adhered to? - Lucy Taylor
Redundancy during maternity leave and beyond: new proposals for greater protection - Philip Smith

May 2019

Mars and Venus: police disclosure in the Family Division - Rachael Morton
'It all comes from the same pot anyway?': Who should pay the 'top-up' fee for experts who charge outside legal aid rates? - Yasmine El-Nazer
What is the appropriate legal framework when a local authority seeks to assess potential kinship carers, with the subject child, outside of the jurisdiction? - Joanna Lucas

May 2019

Joint lives, periodical payments and the Chinese tigers - Deborah Dinan-Hayward
Pensions: pre-marital accrual - David Chidgey
Litigation conduct and add-backs: ABX v SBX v DX [2019] EWFC 81 - Philip Smith

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