Albion Chambers

Albion Chambers
Broad Street
Bristol BS1 1DR

Albion Chambers
29 Park Street
Taunton TA1 4DG

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 69 barristers including five Queen’s Counsel. There are three door tenants, all of whom are Queen’s Counsel.




May 2018

Shared Parental Leave: Three years in - Liz Cunningham
An invitation to challenge Burchell? - Simon Emslie
Back to basics: Recognising a redundancy situation - Richard Shepherd and Emily Heggadon (pupil)

May 2018

An adversarial process? - Kirsty Real
"The Perpetrator Issue": Scope shouldn't be this difficult R (Hambleton) v Coroner for Birmingham Inquests (1974) - Richard Shepherd

May 2018

Global maintenance orders - Nicholas Sproull
Interim orders for sale - David Chidgey
Sharia law review - Richard English
Committal proceedings: Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam) - Jonathan Stanniland

May 2018

Local Authority v G (Parent with Learning Disability) [2017] EWFC B94: Guidance in care proceedings involving parents with a learning disability - Monisha Khandker
Long-term foster care as a plan for permance: The balance sheet - Alice Darian
Same goal, new rules: The impact of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and secure accommodation in Scotland - Yasmine El Nazer

Employment and Professional Disciplinary Seminar 2018

Alongside the usual case law update, the team will be focusing on all things money, from the perspectives of both claimant and respondent lawyers. We also have a number of guest speakers to give their insights into modern ET litigation.

Further details to follow.

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittals in rape and manslaughter cases.

In the first trial, Ryan Canning, a serving police officer accused of rape was acquitted by a jury at the Truro Crown Court.

The defendant had met the complainant through a dating website. She claimed that he had raped her at his home. Two other women had also made similar claims.

The defence pressed the Crown for disclosure of phone records. As a consequence, no evidence was offered before the trial commenced.


At the Exeter Crown Court, Terence Birchall was acquitted by a jury of manslaughter by heroin injection.

CBA Announcement

Members of Albion Chambers' Criminal team will not accept instructions in legal aid criminal defence work until further notice. This action is taken in response to the steady erosion of the criminal justice system by repeated cuts and lack of investment.

Stephen Mooney prosecutes UKIP candidate for gross negligence manslaughter and breach of Health and Safety Regulations

The defendant, Keith Crawford, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter and breaches of Health and Safety Regulations relating to excavations, following an eight-day trial. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' imprisonment. The jury found that he failed to provide proper safety equipment to Mr Peter Clements who was constructing a soakaway for the defendant’s swimming pool. As a result, the trench that he was digging collapsed burying him alive.