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




Child Law Conference 2018

Five CPD hours for *£45.00

This year's conference will feature finding of fact hearings and expert evidence. The keynote speaker will be:

  • His Honour Judge Richard Bromilow

Our guest speakers will be:

  • Dr Freda Gardner Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Peter Richards Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon
  • Mark Sloman PAMs Assessor

Speakers from the Albion team will be:

Employment and Professional Disciplinary Seminar 2018

5.5 CPD hours for £55*

Alongside the usual case law update, the team will be focussing 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. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • • Discretionary bonuses, no need to guess
  • • Nothing to fear from Pension Calculation
  • • 52 cases in 52 minutes, the only case law update you need


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.

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.

Appointments to the CPS Serious Crime Group

Following an invitation for applications to the CPS Specialist Panel, Sarah Regan and David Sapiecha have been placed on the Serious Crime Group list at level 4.

We congratulate Sarah and David on their appointments.


Recorder Appointment

We are delighted to announce that Richard Shepherd has been appointed as a Crown Court Recorder with effect from 4 April 2018.

Chambers congratulates Richard on his appointment.

Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Jason Taylor QC to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 12 March 2018. His Honour Judge Taylor QC will be based at Swindon Crown Court.

We congratulate Jason on his appointment.

Judicial condemnation of Coroner’s policy on burials

Later this month, the High Court will hear an application for Judicial Review of a highly controversial policy introduced by the Coroner of Inner North London, Mary Hassell. The proceedings have been brought by Adath Yisroel Burial Society who have objected to the controversial “cab rank” approach adopted by the coroner, which fails to take into account the religious requirements of both Judaism and Islam. Under both Jewish and Islamic law, bodies must be buried on the day of death or as soon as possible afterwards.