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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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The Domestic Abuse Act 2021: Familiar but uncharted territory for Family Courts

The Domestic Abuse Act came into force on 29 April 2021. For the family courts, there are several implications, in particular, provision for protection for victims and witnesses in legal proceedings.

There are two new measures in place, designed to assist witnesses and victims: 

Contempt of Court Spring Series: The Full Series

Over the last 15 weeks Richard Shepherd and Alex West have partnered with LexisNexis to bring you a comprehensive overview of Contempt of Court. You may already have each individual bulletin saved to a dedicated folder in your inbox, but just in case you don’t we’ve included hyperlinks in the table below. Now you know you have the full set.
 

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 15/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings - Appeals, Purges and Discharge

This final bulletin in our Spring Series examines the law surrounding appeals in respect of contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’), both for the claimant and defendant, whether appealing in relation to the finding of contempt or the sanction imposed. It also considers the process by which an individual’s contempt can be discharged (in modern terminology) or purged (in old-fashioned terminology).
 

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 14/15

Sentencing and Costs

Inquest Team E-Bulletin

Justice Committee publishes its report on the Coroner Service

On 27 May 2021 the Justice Committee published its First Report on the Coroner Service, reaching the damning conclusion that ‘successive governments have failed bereaved people by failing to establish a National Coroner Service’. The government’s response is due by 27 July 2021.

Kannan Siva prevents convictions for serious drug trafficking offences following defence submissions based on the principle of “double jeopardy”

Kannan Siva, instructed by Aidan Woods Solicitors in Bristol, assisted in securing Not Guilty verdicts for the defendant (MD) in the Crown Court at Kingston on 25 May 2021.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 13/15

Confiscation of Assets ('Writs of Sequestration')

This week’s bulletin considers the circumstances where a party’s assets can be confiscated (also known as a ‘writ of sequestration’) as a remedy, punishment or coercion as part of contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as committal proceedings’). This Practice Note does not address writs of sequestration to enforce a judgment, order or undertaking in a situation where no proceedings for contempt of court are brought.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 12/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings: County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications

This week’s bulletin considers contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) in relation to County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications. It is not intended to cover the individual peculiarities of the diverse range of committal-type actions that may be taken when a defendant is in breach of the County Courts Act or a High Court certification.
 

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 11/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings: Non-Compliance with a Court Order or Undertaking

This week’s bulletin considers when proceedings for contempt of court under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) may be brought for non-compliance with a court order or undertaking and the process to be adopted in bringing them, including the need for a penal notice on the order in question. It also considers bringing proceedings for contempt of court for breach of a court order or undertaking against a company or corporation.
 

Crime Team Bulletin - Falling Dominoes: Guilty Pleas, Credit and the “first to break ranks”

On 23 April 2021, in R v Plaku and others [2021] EWCA Crim 568 a strong Court of Appeal, headed by Holroyde L.J., gave what must be regarded as the leading judgment on credit for a guilty plea. And the warning to defence practitioners is clear and unequivocal: only those who make it clear that they intend to plead guilty at the earliest stage in proceedings will be entitled to full credit of one-third discount. The following principles emerge:

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