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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Matrimonial Finance Bulletin: Appointing a Receiver

Anyone practising in matrimonial finance will be familiar with the non-payer, where obtaining an order for the division of the pot is only half the battle. In a case where the bulk of the assets are held within a limited company, the appointment of a receiver may be the best means of enforcement.
 

Scam emails

We regret that the identity of Albion Chambers has been the subject of misuse by criminal fraudsters. If you receive an unexpected request for money purporting to be payment for a case which we are said to have dealt with in relation to a passport or immigration matter, it is almost certainly a scam. Do not take any action, apart from notifying us. Please forward any such message to clerks@albionchambers.co.uk so that we can verify the matter.

Child Law Bulletin: Permission to Oppose and Application for an Adoption Order

(The s47 conundrum)

Placement orders
A placement order under s21 Adoption and Children Act 2002 (“ACA 2002”) can only be made if (a) the child’s parents or guardians consent to her “being placed for adoption with any prospective adopters who may be chosen by the local authority” and have not withdrawn that consent or (b) the court dispenses with that consent on the grounds either that the child’s welfare so requires or that the parent/guardian cannot be found.
 

Crime Team Bulletin: Drafting Attempts – A Change in Practice

R v Reed [2022] 1 All ER 60, [2021] EWCA Crim 572

In my experience, one of the most confusing aspects of cases concerning defendants who have communicated with undercover police officers, or vigilante paedophile hunters in a sexual manner, is that the charges which follow are prosecuted as attempts, with the charges being drafted as ‘contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981, irrespective of the substantive charge.

Crime Team Bulletin: When Life Threatening Isn't

Interpretation of the new S.18 guidelines

In yet another in the raft of references being brought before the court, Regina v Charles O’Bryan (2021) EWCA Crim 1472, is the first case to consider the revised Guidelines which came into effect in July 2021.

Sarah Regan and Rupert Russell secure acquittal for nursery owner

Lesley Bates was the owner of two Bristol nurseries and following a single allegation made to Ofsted in 2016 in respect of a 3-year-old child, she was ultimately indicted with 39 allegations of child cruelty dating back to 1979. Her daughter who managed one of the nurseries faced three allegations and a further defendant, an employee, faced a single allegation.

Matrimonial Finance Bulletin: BT v CU [2021] EWFC 87

Another case has come before the Family Courts applying to set aside a final order on the basis that the Covid is a Barder event.

New Member for Albion's Crime Team

Albion Chambers is delighted to announce that its Crime Team has been joined by Barry White, who was previously practising from Walnut House. Called in 2004, Barry defends serious criminal cases including violence, sexual offences, dishonesty and drugs. He also prosecutes and defends in regulatory and quasi-criminal matters.

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