Albion Chambers

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Bristol

Broad Street

BS1 1DR

Taunton

29 Park Street

TA1 4DG

0117 927 2144

clerks@albionchambers.co.uk

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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Chambers and Partners 2022

We are proud to have been recommended again as a Top-Ranked Set in the Chambers and Partners 2022. Congratulations to all our Members and Administration Team. To see our full rankings click here.

Albion Chambers wins Chambers of the Year

Albion Chambers wins Chambers of the Year award for the third year in succession at the Bristol Law Society Awards 2021. Congratulations to our amazing team for all of their hard work.

October 2021

Revisiting orders post-pandemic - Jonathan Stanniland
So, are we actually divorced? - Hannah Wiltshire

Legal 500 2022

We are delighted to have ranked as a Top Tier Set in The Legal 500 UK 2022. Congratulations to all of our fantastic barristers and the administration team. To see the full rankings, click here.

Child Law E-Bulletin: Private Law Children Update

Private Law Children Update

Domestic abuse and the family court is something of a hot topic, both legally and politically. Previous bulletins have been concerned with the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and the highly anticipated judgment of Re H-N and Others (children) (domestic abuse: finding of fact hearings) [2021] EWCA Civ 448. More recently, two cases concerned successful appeals from fact finding hearings following on from Re H-N & Ors:

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.

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