Albion Chambers



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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 Adam Vaitilingam QC and has 74 barristers including three Queen’s Counsel. There are two door tenants, both of whom are Queen’s Counsel.




Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 15/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings - Appeals, Purges and Discharge

This final bulletin in our Spring Series examines the law surrounding appeals in respect of contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’), both for the claimant and defendant, whether appealing in relation to the finding of contempt or the sanction imposed. It also considers the process by which an individual’s contempt can be discharged (in modern terminology) or purged (in old-fashioned terminology).

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 14/15

Having looked at different contempts in recent weeks, this bulletin examines the principles and purposes of ‘sentencing’ in contempt cases following a successful contempt application under CPR 81 (also referred to as a ‘committal application’) and the powers of the court, which include imprisonment, confiscation of assets (‘writs of sequestration’) or imposing a fine. It also considers when the court will consider it appropriate to impose a sanction in the defendant’s absence, and, if imposing a term of imprisonment, when the court is likely to suspend this.

Inquest Team E-Bulletin

Justice Committee publishes its report on the Coroner Service

On 27 May 2021 the Justice Committee published its First Report on the Coroner Service, reaching the damning conclusion that ‘successive governments have failed bereaved people by failing to establish a National Coroner Service’. The government’s response is due by 27 July 2021.

Kannan Siva prevents convictions for serious drug trafficking offences following defence submissions based on the principle of “double jeopardy”

Kannan Siva, instructed by Aidan Woods Solicitors in Bristol, assisted in securing Not Guilty verdicts for the defendant (MD) in the Crown Court at Kingston on 25 May 2021.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 13/15

This week’s bulletin considers the circumstances where a party’s assets can be confiscated (also known as a ‘writ of sequestration’) as a remedy, punishment or coercion as part of contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as committal proceedings’). This Practice Note does not address writs of sequestration to enforce a judgment, order or undertaking in a situation where no proceedings for contempt of court are brought.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 12/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings: County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications

This week’s bulletin considers contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) in relation to County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications. It is not intended to cover the individual peculiarities of the diverse range of committal-type actions that may be taken when a defendant is in breach of the County Courts Act or a High Court certification.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 11/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings: Non-Compliance with a Court Order or Undertaking

This week’s bulletin considers when proceedings for contempt of court under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) may be brought for non-compliance with a court order or undertaking and the process to be adopted in bringing them, including the need for a penal notice on the order in question. It also considers bringing proceedings for contempt of court for breach of a court order or undertaking against a company or corporation.

Crime Team Bulletin - Falling Dominoes: Guilty Pleas, Credit and the “first to break ranks”

On 23 April 2021, in R v Plaku and others [2021] EWCA Crim 568 a strong Court of Appeal, headed by Holroyde L.J., gave what must be regarded as the leading judgment on credit for a guilty plea. And the warning to defence practitioners is clear and unequivocal: only those who make it clear that they intend to plead guilty at the earliest stage in proceedings will be entitled to full credit of one-third discount. The following principles emerge:

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 - An Introduction

Albion Chambers Crime Team Seminar

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 - 5:00-6:00pm - via Zoom webinar

Matrimonial Finance Bulletin: Private FDRs

Private FDRs

Private FDRs were first dreamed up in London as a way of avoiding outlandish delay. Rumours circulated of cases being listed 18 months hence, and so in an effort to speed things along parties took matters into their own hands and enlisted the services of London QCs to conduct the FDR outside the court process. It was more expensive, but much faster.