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Taunton

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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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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:

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 - An Introduction

Albion Chambers Crime Team Seminar

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 - 5:00-6:00pm - via Zoom webinar

Matrimonial Finance Bulletin: Private FDRs

Private FDRs

Private FDRs were first dreamed up in London as a way of avoiding outlandish delay. Rumours circulated of cases being listed 18 months hence, and so in an effort to speed things along parties took matters into their own hands and enlisted the services of London QCs to conduct the FDR outside the court process. It was more expensive, but much faster. 
 

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 10/15

False Statements

This week’s bulletin considers when contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) can be brought against someone for the making of a false statement and the process to be adopted in bringing such proceedings. This includes when permission is required to make such an application, and when the court is likely to grant such permission, and the timing of such an application. It also considers what must be proved for the contempt application to be successful.
 

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 9/15

Civil Contempt Proceedings: Interference with the Administration of Justice

This week’s bulletin, the ninth in the series, considers when contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) can be brought where an interference with the administration of justice is alleged, including where a party needs the court’s permission to bring such an application.

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 8/15

8/15 Civil Contempt Proceedings: Contempt in the Face of the Court

This week’s bulletin considers when contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) can be brought where contempt is committed in the face of the court. This means, the contempt must be directly in the court’s presence.
 
What constitutes contempt in the face of the court?

Contempt of Court - Spring Series: 7/15

7/15 Civil Contempt Proceedings
Discontinuance, Defects, Waiver and Strike Out

April 2021

The ups and downs and ins and outs of S22ZA - Daniel Leafe
Maintenance pending suit: a new orthodoxy? - Alexander West

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