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.

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Regulatory Team E-Bulletin

Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines - Sentencing Very Large Companies and Local Authorities

Court of Appeal success for Sarah Pope

Sarah Pope appeared in the Court of Appeal case of Re S (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 44, a decision relating to findings of fact in a long-running private dispute about a child. The court overturned one of the trial judge’s findings and considered arguments about the use of ‘similar fact’ or ‘propensity’ evidence in the family courts.

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Inquest Team E-Bulletin - March 2017

Tunisia Inquest and Neglect

In the recent inquest into the tragic deaths of 38 holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach, the Coroner HHJ Lorraine-Smith was invited to consider whether or not a finding of neglect should be left to the jury. The submission that it should was made by counsel for the families who sought to argue that there had been “gross neglect” on the part of the tour operator TUI. In a robust judgment the coroner rejected this argument:

Lexis Nexis E-Bulletin Series: Contempt Proceedings and Contempt of Court - The Compendium

The Series

Richard Shepherd was commissioned by Lexis Nexis to review, research and redraft the Lexis Nexis Professional Practice Notes on Committal-type Proceedings and Contempt of Court.  Lexis Nexis kindly gave permission for Albion Chambers to reproduce some of the content of the practice notes in this e-bulletin series.

Lexis Nexis PSL

Lexis Nexis E-Bulletin Series: Contempt Proceedings and Contempt of Court - Part 12

Committal Proceedings and Contempt of Court

12/12 Appeals, Purges and Discharges

Lexis Nexis E-Bulletin Series: Contempt Proceedings and Contempt of Court - Part 11

Committal Proceedings and Contempt of Court

11/12 Writs of Sequestration

Lexis Nexis E-Bulletin Series: Contempt Proceedings and Contempt of Court - Part 10

Committal Proceedings and Contempt of Court

10/12 Interference with the Administration of Justice

Inquest Team - February 2017

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Cited Cases

  • Luisa Ferreira v Senior Coroner for Inner South London [2017] EWCA Civ 31

  • P v Cheshire West and Cheshire Council; P and Q v Surrey County Council [2014] UKSC 19

  • R v Inner North London Coroner, Ex p Linnane [1989].

Issue

At the Albion Inquest Seminar in 2016, I presented a talk about the Chief Coroner’s Guidance, in particular, I focussed on the guidance in relation to DoLS.

Lexis Nexis E-Bulletin Series: Contempt Proceedings and Contempt of Court - Part 9

Committal Proceedings and Contempt of Court

9/12 Contempt in the Face of the Court

Adam Vaitilingam QC and Sarah Regan successfully prosecute the owner and mechanic of a haulage firm for manslaughter

Matthew Gordon and Peter Wood were jailed for seven-and-a-half years and five years respectively on 27 January 2017. The two men, said by Mr Justice Langstaff, to have a cavalier attitude to maintaining vehicles, were each convicted of four counts of manslaughter on 22 of December 2016, following a five-week trial. The brakes on the Scania lorry involved in the fatal crash, suffered a catastrophic failure as a consequence of a failure to maintain them on the part of both men.

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