Albion Chambers

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Bristol

Broad Street

BS1 1DR

Taunton

29 Park Street

TA1 4DG

0117 927 2144

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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.

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Updated Tribunal Rules Published

The latest (October 2020!) version of the ET Rules have now been uploaded to the gov website. Only four months late I guess.  Here's the link for bookmarking and a cure for insomnia.
 
ps. Hat Tip to Paman Singh, Head of Litigation at Law at Work, for spotting this and disseminating it on Twitter.

Crime Team Bulletin: When Enough Really Is Enough

I can remember when a reference to the Attorney General on the grounds that a sentence was unduly lenient was a rare event. Now the situation has changed so much that it appears that every sentence that someone dislikes has become fair game.

Albion Chambers Crime Team goes from strength to strength

Albion Chambers is delighted to announce that its Crime Team has been joined by Philippa Eastwood. Called in 2003 she is an experienced criminal practitioner with a particular expertise in financial crime and proceeds of crime matters.

The arrival of Philippa takes our crime team to 32 members, one of the largest practising on the Western Circuit.

Child Law E-Bulletin: Essential Siblings

I have recently represented a series of children who, for various reasons, couldn’t be placed together but had what professionals termed “essential” relationships with each other. Analysing the law and considering the vagaries associated with the implementation of care plans post placement order, we found ourselves reflecting on the grim reality that what was deemed an “essential sibling relationship” by today’s team of professionals might not be deemed so by the incoming placement team, the prospective carers matched with the children or the adoptive family at some point down the line.

Inquest Team E-Bulletin

The Queen (on the application of Sharon Grice): a summary to save you reading time!

GRICE [2020] EWHC 3581
  
On Christmas Eve, Mr Justice Garnham handed down his judgment in the above case.
 
Judicial review proceedings were brought on behalf of the family of Sharon Grice. 

Is there going to be a fundamental change to discrimination claims?

The Claimant in Steer v Stormsure Ltd UKEAT/0216/20 has tried to persuade Mr Justice Cavanagh that there should be interim relief available for discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that section 124 Equality Act 2010, while providing for recommendations and compensation, does nothing for claimants who have lost their job prior to a final hearing. Steer seeks to add that remedy to the statute.

Case so far

Seeing the Wood for the Trees - And Saving a Few Hectares Too

Please indulge this brief sojourn through my sepia-toned memories. There is a point… I promise.
 

Kate Brunner QC appointed as Chair of the Appeal Board for the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority.

Chambers is proud to announce that Kate Brunner QC has been appointed as Chair of the Appeal Board for the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA). The PMCPA is the regulatory body which administers the code of practice of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. She will take-up this part-time appointment on 1 January 2021.

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