Albion Chambers



Broad Street



29 Park Street


0117 927 2144

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: 4/15

Civil Contempt: Permission and Appropriate Forum

Types of case requiring permission

CPR 81.3(5) provides that permission to bring committal proceedings is only required in two types of cases: 

Domestic abuse fact findings in private proceedings – A roadmap through Re H-N and Others (children) (domestic abuse: finding of fact hearings) [2021] EWCA Civ 448

You may recall that Clare Fear wrote about a highly anticipated Judgment from the Court of Appeal on the issue of how the family court deals with domestic abuse in private proceedings. The Judgment was released yesterday morning; this article focusses on the guidance given – rather than the four appeals – with reference to key passages and excerpts.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 3/15

3/15 Civil Contempt: Summary of the Changes in CPR 81

Background and consultation

With effect from 1 October 2020, there is a completely redrafted CPR 81, and Practice Direction 81 is revoked in its entirety with regard to proceedings for contempt of court.

In consultation: ‘Proposed rule changes relating to contempt of court: redraft of CPR Part 81’, which ran from 9 March 2020 to 1 May 2020, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee stated that in its view the procedural aspects of the existing CPR in relation to committal proceedings were:

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 2/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings: Legal Framework

The legal framework of contempt proceedings

CPR 81 governs committal proceedings.

As applications for committal for contempt can result in imprisonment or other draconian sanctions, including confiscation of assets, specific regard must be had to article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). For more information, see Inplayer Ltd (formerly Invideous Ltd) v Thorogood [2014] EWCA Civ 1511.

Operation Jasmine inquests conclude: serious failures in care contributed to deaths in Brithdir Care Home 2003-2005

The Coroner presiding over an eight-week inquest into deaths in a care home in South Wales in the early 2000s has found that there was serious abuse by the nursing staff and managers. Anna Midgley represented the contracting local authority. There were concerns that steps should have been taken earlier by that authority, the local health board, and the regulator CSIW as it then was, to terminate the contract for care with the provider and/or take enforcement action. Whilst the Learned Coroner held that there had been too much focus on proc