Albion Chambers

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Bristol

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BS1 1DR

Taunton

29 Park Street

TA1 4DG

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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Kate Brunner QC is appointed to chair the Isle of Man Independent Covid Review

Kate Brunner QC has been appointed by the Government to chair the Isle of Man Independent Covid Review which will report at the end of 2023.

In response to her appointment, Kate said:

Launch of National Deprivation of Liberty (DoLs) Court announced

Yesterday (22 June 2022), The President of the Family Division announced the launch of a new National Deprivation of Liberty Court based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, under the leadership of Mr Justice Moor.

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Care in the community – when will Article 2 be engaged?

This article looks at some relevant cases over the last few years to assist practitioners with the thorny problem of identifying the circumstances in which Article 2 may be engaged for a patient who is receiving care in the community. It is intended as a brief overview of the relevant decisions, seeking to draw out the key principles that can be applied to other cases.

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Somerset County Council v NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group Respondent And Others [2022] EWFC 31

This is the second instalment of decisions in relation to failings on behalf of the Local Authority in Somerset in respect of adoption medicals. Whilst the LA in question was initially Somerset, the issues were not considered limited to their working practices.

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Somerset County Council v NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group Respondent And Others [2022] EWFC 31

This is the second instalment of decisions in relation to failings on behalf of the Local Authority in Somerset in respect of adoption medicals. Whilst the LA in question was initially Somerset, the issues were not considered limited to their working practices.

R v Taylor: acquittal secured in attempted-murder case

David Sapiecha secured acquittal in the case of R V Taylor, in Exeter Crown Court, for a man charged with attempted murder for stabbing his partner 13 times with a knife. He was convicted of s18 and received a seven-year sentence of imprisonment, avoiding a potential 25-year starting point for attempted murder.

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John Anthony Turner v The Queen (2022) EWCA Crim 617

This appeal against sentence reiterated two important issues; firstly, that a judge can only sentence on findings of fact that are consistent with the verdict of the jury and secondly, that it is not permissible to sentence on the basis of a “multiple incident” in respect of a count drafted as a specimen. 

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When is sleep a vulnerability?

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera wrote that “making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite.” In that passage he was talking of a conscious decision on the part of both parties and the different feelings evoked by the former, but I was reminded of it by several recent decisions involving victims who were asleep or who were believed by the defendant to have been asleep during sexual offending.  
 

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