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 four Queen’s Counsel. There are two door tenants, both of whom are Queen’s Counsel.

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Deputy High Court Judge Appointment

We are delighted to announce that Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon has appointed Adam Vaitilingam QC to be a Deputy High Court Judge.

We congratulate Adam on his appointment.

 

Edd Hetherington secures acquittal in Hospice fraud trial.

After a seven-week trial in Bristol Crown Court, a jury today cleared Alistair Gibson of conspiracy to commit fraud. Mr Gibson is the former Finance Director of St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton and had been accused, along with the Hospice’s former CEO, of securing grant payments to the value of £1.2million by submitting falsified invoices.

Edd Hetherington acted as Leading Junior in the defence of Mr Gibson, securing a unanimous not guilty verdict.

Coroner’s Power to Require Attendance of Witnesses Has Real Teeth

Today’s headline that the human rights of children and young people with mental health problems and autism are being abused is a cause for real concern.  Sophie Bennett was a one such young person, who tragically died aged 19 in May 2016 whilst at Lancaster Lodge in Richmond.  An inquest into her death heard evidence that the home had been run in the style of a ‘dictatorship’, with untrained staff, removal of therapy sessions and a ‘bootcamp’ mentality, and concluded that inadequacies in its management and policies had contributed to her death.

Chambers of the Year 2019

 

We are delighted to have been awarded the Chambers of the Year Award at the Bristol Law Society Awards and Dinner 2019.

Chambers and Partners 2020

We are delighted to have again been ranked as a top-ranked set in Chambers and Partners 2020 directory. We congratulate all our members whose excellence has been recognised.

A highly regarded chambers considered by interviewees to be "a fantastic rival to top London sets."

 

Defendant prosecuted by Sarah Regan branded as vile rapist and jailed for 18 years

John-Lee Osborne used fake social media profiles in a deception which led to his conviction for a campaign of rape. Having set up false Instagram, WhatsApp accounts and telephone numbers using an online application, John-Lee Osborne deployed them to contact and threaten his victim in what the judge described as a means of controlling her body and her mind. HHJ Horton said that this case represented a disturbing development in the use of social media, with the internet in his hands becoming a weapon which he used to enable him to create a sex toy that he could control.

Recorder Appointment

We are delighted to announce that James Cranfield has been appointed as a Recorder on the Western Circuit, Family Division with effect from 16 September 2019.

Chambers congratulates James on his appointment.

Regulatory Team E-Bulletin - August 2019

High Court holds that not all uses of a mobile phone whilst driving are contrary to S41D RTA 1988

The High Court has held in DPP v Barretto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin) that S41 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Regulation 110 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 only prohibits the use of a mobile phone or other hand-held device to engage in interactive communication whilst driving.

Lucy Taylor prosecutes former brothel owner for benefit fraud

Lucy Taylor prosecuted Natalie Davis for failing to disclose a change in circumstances, which led to a £17,700.15 overpayment of Disability Living Allowance.

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