Albion Chambers


Albion Chambers
Broad Street Bristol

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




Legal 500 2016

We are proud to again be recognised as a Leading Set in the Legal 500 2016. The following 18 members have received recommendations:

Adam Vaitilingam QC secures defence costs

In September 2016 at Exeter Crown Court, two defendants represented by Adam Vaitilingam QC were awarded all of the costs they had incurred in successfully defending a regulatory prosecution. Such awards are extremely rare, following the Government’s shameful decision in 2012 to prevent successful defendants from recovering their costs from central funds.

Sanctions for Incomprehensible Claim Forms in the Employment Tribunal


William Jones’s School Foundation v Parry (2016)

Employment Team E-Bulletin

Covert Recordings and Costs

The law surrounding the admissibility of covert recordings in the Employment Tribunal is somewhat muddled. There are competing arguments of public interest versus privacy, and unless a particular conversation can be said to be either litigation or legally privileged there is a real risk to an employer that their frank conversations will be played, on tinny speakers, during the course of an Employment Tribunal.

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Prolific sex offender described as a dangerous, cunning paedophile prosecuted by Sarah Regan jailed for life

Sarah Regan as leading junior, successfully prosecuted Mark Lester, a prolific paedophile charged with 58 sexual offences. In a trial which lasted for five weeks, the jury heard harrowing evidence from a number of young women who had been sexually assaulted by Mark Lester, some when they were as young as six-years old.

Brexit - what effect will it have on criminal practice?

Prior to 23 June 2016, a number of articles were published dealing with the potential impact in event that the electorate voted to leave. Now that the hypothetical has become reality, it is worth considering anew what the vote may mean for criminal practitioners. Such consideration can only ever be conjecture given the early stage of the process. Indeed, it is such an early stage that advice is still being proffered as to whether the result of the referendum is binding or merely advisory.

Kate Brunner QC and Anna Midgley represent nurse in gross negligence manslaugher trial

Kate Brunner QC and Anna Midgley represented a nurse who was charged with causing the death of a 10-year old by failing to identify the signs of a misplaced feeding tube. The trial lasted three weeks at Bristol Crown Court and involved expert witnesses and highly technical evidence the arenas of nursing practice, gastroenterology and pathology.

June 2016

Enforcement of financial orders: does the Limitation Act apply to interest? - Alexander West
Appeals - Nicholas Sproull
A trust deed: is that it 'for all time'? - David Chidgey
Last of the over-spenders? - Gemma Borkowski

Inquest E-Bulletin

DEEPCUT: The inquests in their historical legal context

On 27 November 1995, Private Cheryl James, 18, from Llangollen in North Wales, was found dead with a bullet wound to her head while undergoing initial army training at Deepcut barracks.

Inquest E-Bulletin

The Hillsborough Inquests

On 26 April 2016, the jury returned their verdict of unlawful killing in respect of each of the 96 persons who had died at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. This brought to a close the longest running inquest in legal history. The inquests sat from 31 March 2014 until their conclusion last month following the High Court ruling in December 2012, quashing the verdicts from the original inquests and ordering fresh hearings.