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 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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Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Edward Burgess QC to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 11 March 2019. His Honour Judge Burgess QC will be based at Reading Crown Court.

We congratulate Edward on his appointment.

Kate Brunner QC prosecutes manslaughter of 100-year old

Kate Brunner QC successfully prosecuted Artur Waszkiewicz for the manslaughter of a 100-year-old woman, in a case involving complex CCTV evidence and issues relating to causative link between injuries sustained in the attack and the pneumonia which directly caused death. Click here to read.
 

 

Employment Status: Varnish, Velodromes and Vento

This missive is not going to cover, in any sort of depth, the interesting recent authorities about plumbers, drivers and delivery riders: the topic has been done to death by others and by this time next year, there will be a few new cases on point.

What this bulletin is going to explore is the extent to which we need to re-examine our traditionally held views of employment status, whether the status quo of our understanding can still be justified.

Martin v Martin

One of the challenges facing those of us practising in the field of financial remedy is how to deal with a private family business operated by one of the parties to the marriage. Such businesses are often the source of much of the parties’ wealth and may well be the source of most of their future income.

Western Circuit Women's Forum

We are pleased to support the Western Circuit Women’s Forum event ‘Women in law – Support, Retention, Progression’ on Friday, 8 March, celebrating International Women’s Day.  

For more details and to book your place please click here.

 

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.

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

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