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




Inquest Team E-Bulletin June 2020

Article 2 Inquests in Medical Cases - R (on the application of Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde [2020] EWCA Civ 738


The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivered the judgment on 10 June 2020.

Furloughing, Fraudulently… Blending Employment and Criminal Law

The Scheme

The Government, specifically HMRC, introduced the job retention scheme, or the ‘furlough’ scheme, in record quick time. It went live on 20 April 2020 and after one or two tweaks, its qualification period was backdated to include employees who were on the payroll from 19 March 2020.

Special Guardianship Orders- About time?

Many of you will be aware that the Family Justice Council has released its long-awaited report making recommendations to achieve best practice in respect of Special Guardianship Orders.

If you have not seen it, the link is here:

Barder in the time of Covid

One of the topics which has cropped up for discussion most during the pandemic has been whether or not its impact on parties’ finances might qualify as a Barder event justifying an order being set aside. This was a point raised at the most recent open meeting of the Financial Remedies User Group, of which David Chidgey and I are members.

Trials in the time of Covid-19

Some of you will have read the Q & A session between Dominic Thomas and Simon Pentol QC, ‘A unique insight into defending in the age of lockdown’ following the first trial to be held in Bristol Crown Court since the lockdown was imposed. I have just concluded the third, which followed my completing the last jury trial to be heard in the country after lockdown. Then, at the end of March, things looked very different.

Clare Fear discusses the challenges and successes of court hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic

On 9 June, Clare Fear gave an interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire to discuss the successes and challenges being faced currently by all court users, but specifically those at Gloucester Crown Court, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Employment Team E-Bulletin: May 2020

Is it ok to drink red wine with fish? ... and other important questions

B v Yodel Delivery Network Ltd C-692/19

Employment E-Bulletin: May 2020

PAYE at the Gate: HMRC 0 Professional Game Match Officials Limited 2

There are certain questions in life that never seem to get answered to everyone’s satisfaction. And a lot of the thornier issues revolve around the nation’s favourite sport.

No, not shouting at the telly or searching for an Irish pub when abroad. I mean the real national sport – football, fitba’, footy. The beautiful game.

(Sorry cricket, we’re talking about the UK as a whole. No doubt about this one. Go and have your tea now, there’s a good chap!)

Inquest Team E-Bulletin

Dying at Home: A Fundamental Right

Back to work?

As the country prepares to go back to work (or not), (the government’s policy eloquently summarised here), employers and employees are getting to grips with how to make this transition a safe one for all.

Division of Family Businesses during Covid-19

Nicholas Sproull and Gemma Borkowski of our Matrimonial Finance Team discuss the division of family businesses during Covid-19 in this short video.