Albion Chambers

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Bristol

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BS1 1DR

Taunton

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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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Crime Team Bulletin - The A, B, D and C of Encrochat: The Story So Far

The story so far is that those defending and prosecuting cases in which the primary evidence is based on the evidence of text messages sent via the Encrochat system are feeling nervous. Practitioners expect a further judgment this month from the Court of Appeal. However, the guidance given by a strong Court of Appeal on 5 May 2021, in what must be seen as the leading authority on the subject, is clear. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, gave the leading judgment in R v A, B, D and C [2021] EWCA Crim 128.

Imposter Syndrome: Moving On

Kate Brunner QC and Sarah Regan's article entitled Imposter Syndrome: Moving On, questions whether it is time to look afresh at the imposter syndrome narrative and why pathologising normal anxieties can be unhelpful to barristers and future generations, and is featured in the latest edition of Counsel Magazine (p.23).

 

Second Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Anna Richardson to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 31 August 2021. Her Honour Judge Richardson will be based at Truro Crown Court.

We congratulate Anna on her appointment.

Matrimonial Finance Bulletin: Unpaid Costs in a Needs Case

It is very common for each party at a final hearing to be carrying unpaid costs. The amount owed should feature on the Form H and may range from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds, sometimes tens of thousands. Where a litigation loan has been taken out the true debt may be much higher than is apparent on the Form H, on the basis that the lawyers have been paid but only by taking out a debt, usually at penal rates of interest. In these circumstances the question arises to what extent should a Judge increase the award to take account of the costs? What if the costs are unreasonable?

Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Richard Shepherd to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 19 July 2021. His Honour Judge Shepherd will be based at Portsmouth Combined Court Centre.

We congratulate Richard on his appointment.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021: Familiar but uncharted territory for Family Courts

The Domestic Abuse Act came into force on 29 April 2021. For the family courts, there are several implications, in particular, provision for protection for victims and witnesses in legal proceedings.

There are two new measures in place, designed to assist witnesses and victims: 

Contempt of Court Spring Series: The Full Series

Over the last 15 weeks Richard Shepherd and Alex West have partnered with LexisNexis to bring you a comprehensive overview of Contempt of Court. You may already have each individual bulletin saved to a dedicated folder in your inbox, but just in case you don’t we’ve included hyperlinks in the table below. Now you know you have the full set.
 

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

Sentencing and Costs

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.

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