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.




Autumn Newsletters

In this series our specialist teams look at:

Crime Newsletter

Returning after lockdown Members of the Crime Team

November 2020

What to expect of Counsel to the Inquest: Chief Coroner's Guidance No 40 - Anna Midgley
Costs in inquests: The role of admissions in civil litigation linked to an inquest - Alexander West
R (Skelton) v Senior Coroner for West Sussex and the Chief Constable of Sussex Police and Robert Trigg - Charley Pattison

November 2020

Case law update
The new costs rules - Caroline Middleton
Expert communication: Five lessons from mediation training - David Chidgey
Barder (again) - Nicholas Sproull

November 2020

Regulations, regulations, regulations: Criminalising attendance at work - Lucy Taylor
Interim relief and constructive dismissal: A legal paradox? - Darren Stewart
Mind the gap: Material factors need not justify pay disparity in equal-pay claims - Ehsanul Oarith

Inquest E-Bulletin Maughan v Oxfordshire Senior Coroner

STOP PRESS - Inquests and the Standard of Proof – Finally Resolved – IMMEDIATE EFFECT
Case Citation(s)
Maughan v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46,

Manslaughter Sentencing – Diminished Responsibility

On Friday, Luigi Palmas was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court to a s.37 Hospital Order with a s.41 limitation, following his plea of guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. Adam Vaitilingam QC represented him.

Adam Vaitilingam QC secures second murder acquittal in as many months

Today, in Plymouth Crown Court, Garnham J acceded to a half-time submission and withdrew counts of murder and manslaughter from the jury. Simon Wotton had been charged with murder following the discovery of the dead body of Colin Baines. The two men were friends and had spent the previous day, and most of the night, drinking heavily. They had also engaged in drunken fighting, some of it playfighting, at other times less playful and more confrontational.

When a Loss of Control is Insufficient

In a recent trial before the Crown Court at Plymouth, Anthony Brinton was forced to plead guilty to murder at the end of the defence case. The circumstances, though rare were not exceptional; the defendant ran a defence of loss of control but, following an application by the prosecution, the judge withdrew that defence from the jury, leaving him with no option other than to plead guilty to murder.

Matrimonial Finance Team Recruitment

In response to a significant increase in work levels, the Matrimonial Finance Team invites applications from excellent practitioners of all levels of seniority.

Applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted to Paul Fletcher, Chambers Director (

We are recognised as a leading set by the Legal 500 and top ranked by Chambers and Partners.

Albion Chambers is committed to equality and diversity.