Albion Chambers



Broad Street



29 Park Street


0117 927 2144

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 four Queen’s Counsel. There are two door tenants, both of whom are Queen’s Counsel.




Employment and Professional Disciplinary E-Bulletin May 2019

Warnings and Pre-Warning Misconduct

Cited Cases:

  • Sweeney v Strathclyde Fire Board UKEATS/0029/13 (12 November 2013, unreported)

  • John-Charles v NHS Business Services Authority UKEAT/0105/15 (12 October 2015, unreported)

Not All Warnings are Equal

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittal of alleged Munchausen-by-Proxy mother

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittal of alleged Munchausens-by-Proxy mother, accused of repeatedly smothering and poisoning baby daughter in Derriford hospital.

The case involved paediatric and other expertise. Metabolic acidosis in blood-gas readings (a point not raised by counsel or medics at an earlier trial) proved pivotal in establishing a potential for natural apnoea, and the jury accepted that against a background of £1.7bn annual NHS negligence payouts, hospital error could explain toxicology.

Employment and Professional Disciplinary E-Bulletin May 2019

Reaching for that Rainbow: Following the Yellow Brick Road

Referenced Cases

  • Chagger v Abbey National Plc [2010] IRLR 47

  • Ur-Rehman v Doncaster Jahia Mosque (2012) UKEAT/0117/12/RN

  • Small v Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 882

What’s that Toto?

Lucy Taylor secures Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order

Lucy Taylor obtained a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order against Salvatore Lopresti. The order is understood to be the first obtained in the region. Mr Lopresti, known as the Ice-Cream King of Bristol, was given the order by DJ Matthews at a hearing on 8 May 2019.

May 2019

'He' said, 'she' said... - Darren Stewart
Disability, deadlines and data: time limits, how strictly must they be adhered to? - Lucy Taylor
Redundancy during maternity leave and beyond: new proposals for greater protection - Philip Smith

May 2019

Mars and Venus: police disclosure in the Family Division - Rachael Morton
'It all comes from the same pot anyway?': Who should pay the 'top-up' fee for experts who charge outside legal aid rates? - Yasmine El-Nazer
What is the appropriate legal framework when a local authority seeks to assess potential kinship carers, with the subject child, outside of the jurisdiction? - Joanna Lucas

May 2019

Joint lives, periodical payments and the Chinese tigers - Deborah Dinan-Hayward
Pensions: pre-marital accrual - David Chidgey
Litigation conduct and add-backs: ABX v SBX v DX [2019] EWFC 81 - Philip Smith

May 2019

Penalising the young for being young? - Emily Heggadon
The right to protest: the correct charges and available defences - Charley Pattison
Insanity: a rare and risky defence - Kate Brunner QC and Clare Fear

Building company fined £160,000 after child falls from scaffold

Westdale Services Ltd is a national solid wall insulation and general construction contractor. In 2017, Westdale was engaged to install external insulated render to five blocks of flats in Cwmbran. The work involved the erection of scaffold to external walls. On 6 May 2017, Callum Crowley and Marcus Heath (two 12-year-old boys), entered the construction site and approached one of the blocks where the scaffold structure could be accessed from the ground by ladder. There was in place a ladder guard, which was the only measure preventing unauthorised access to the scaffold.