Albion Chambers

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Bristol

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BS1 1DR

Taunton

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0117 927 2144

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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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Engagement of Article 2 Concerning Medical Treatment in the Current Crisis

There are a number of key authorities that deal with the engagement of Article 2 with regard to the provision of medical treatment. Running through the authorities of R (Parkinson) v HM Senior Coroner Kent, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and Dr Hijazi (Interested Parties) [2018] EWHC 1501 (Admin) following on from Lopes de Sousa Fernandes v Portugal (Application no.

The Fight for the Right to Privacy

Last week, after five years of campaigning and seeking to get justice, Emily Hunt saw the man who had filmed her without her consent sentenced. Christopher Killick, 41, pleaded guilty to an offence of voyeurism, admitting that he had recorded a one-minute video of Emily, without her consent and for his sexual gratification. He was sentenced to a 30-month community order, fined £2,000 and told to pay Ms Hunt £5,000. Of more significance, he was required to register on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

The Salisbury Poisonings – Scope in the Spotlight

The dark narrative of what took place vs the ridiculousness of the ‘spires of the cathedral’ defence put forward by the alleged perpetrators, captured the nation’s and media’s attention in the months that followed March to July 2018. The horrific effect of the poison itself and the espionage subtext which sat alongside it, filled many hundreds of front page stories. But, as is often the case, once the initial coverage had died down, in the background the process of exploring what really happened, in the less salacious forum of the Coroner’s Court, had begun.

When Morality and the Law Divides – An Exploration of the Decision in Ceon Broughton v Regina (2020) EWCA Crim 1093

This case concerned the issue of causation in gross negligence manslaughter. The rather dramatic facts overshadowed the issue which was whether his negligence caused the death.

Facts

Louella Fletcher (LF) was the long-term girlfriend of CB. She attended the Bestival Music Festival on Saturday, 9 September 2017. She had had her own drugs confiscated by security staff as she entered the festival, a fact that she communicated to CB via text. She also told him that she wanted, ‘that big one’ and he replied that he would bring some.

Re Y (Children in care: Change of Nationality) [2020] EWCA Civ 1038

This case addresses the somewhat esoteric, but important issue of whether a local authority requires the consent of the court to apply for British Citizenship on behalf of children in their care, where the parents do not consent.

Deception as to Fertility Does Not Negate Consent

The issues raised by the recent decision in R v Jason Lawrence (2020) EWCA Crim 971 (23 July 2020)

Workers, Elephants, Bikes, and the Semi-Detached Barrister

Mr R. Somerville v. (1) Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (2) Nursing and Midwifery Council Case Number: 2413617/2018.

 

Overview

An employment tribunal has ruled that Robin Somerville, a Barrister who sits as a tribunal chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), is a ‘worker’ rather than an independent contractor and therefore entitled to holiday pay.

3 Things Criminal Cases Can Teach Us About Employment Tribunal Advocacy

“Your client sounds like a bit of a wrong ‘un.”
 
Bank customer service staff. To my mortgage adviser.
 
About me.
 
When I’d called from Trowbridge County Court (in the days when it was actually in Trowbridge) to say I was very sorry but I couldn’t make my appointment as I was stuck in court, it just didn’t occur to me to explain I was phoning from a civil court.
 
Or that I wasn’t on trial myself...
 

They’ve Got a Ticket to Ride… but do they care? Employment Status in the Supreme Court

The return of recreational cricket has been an interesting experience for me and many others. It allowed me to go back to giving people the finger in public (as an umpire). Accompanying cricket’s return is complex and exacting guidance for sanitisation breaks, social distancing in the field and regular ball sanitisation. As with all lawyers, the chance to use difficult rules to try and ruin everyone’s day is, of course, one I relish(!)
 

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