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.




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Cakegate - The Decision

Has the religion vs. sexual orientation protected characteristic debate now finished? 

The Facts
The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal yesterday released its judgment in the case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company in which it rejected the appeal of two Christian bakers who had refused to make a cake with a logo of Bert and Ernie, bearing the message “Support Gay Marriage”.

Inquest Team E-Bulletin - October 2016

Peter Thornton QC took the opportunity in one of his last cases as Chief Coroner to urge coroners to avoid archaic language and speak in a way which juries can readily follow.

The case of R. v. Hamilton-Jackson v. HM Assistant Coroner for Mid Kent and Medway [2016] EWHC 1796 (Admin) concerned a man who had a history of mental health problems and self-harm. The inquest into his death investigated whether he should have been managed under the prison ACCT policy in the days leading up to his death, after he had superficially cut his wrist two days before.

Breaking Court of Appeal Judgment

Lock v British Gas Court of Appeal Judgment on Holiday Pay Calculation

Chambers Cake Sale

We are holding a cake sale throughout the day on Friday, 30 September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be a variety of cakes on sale in the Clerks' room, so please come and join us.

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)

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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.

An example

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.