Albion Chambers

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Bristol

Broad Street

BS1 1DR

Taunton

29 Park Street

TA1 4DG

0117 927 2144

clerks@albionchambers.co.uk

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.

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Regulatory Team E-Bulletin: April 2019

Challenging CQC Inspection Reports: The Third Way

An unfairly critical Care Quality Commission inspection report and ensuing poor ratings may have a disastrous effect on a provider, both financially and reputationally, and deflate staff morale.  There are three avenues for challenging an inaccurate inspection report.  Two are well-known routes and the third is a rare beast which CQC does not acknowledge the existence of.

Factual Accuracy challenge

List of Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law

Albion Chambers is delighted to announce, that the following members have been successful in their applications to the List of Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law.

List A:
David Sapiecha

List B:
Alan Fuller, Richard Shepherd, Edward Hetherington

We are recruiting to our civil teams

In recent years we have been enjoying a significant increase in our employment and general civil practices.

As part of our strategy for growth and development, and to meet an ever-increasing workload, we are inviting applications from third-six pupillage and junior tenants to our civil team.

Applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted to Paul Fletcher, Chambers Director (paul.fletcher@albionchambers.co.uk).
 

Scam emails

We regret to announce that the identities of some of our members have been the subject of misuse by criminal fraudsters. If you receive an unsolicited email from any of our members, probably containing some bogus financial proposal, it is a scam. Do not take any action, apart from notifying us. Please forward any such message to clerks@albionchambers.co.uk so that we have a copy on file. Please note that no member of Chambers will ever contact a member of the public with regard to any legal matter, including inheritance.

Gemma Borkowski is appointed as a Deputy District Judge.

We are delighted to announce that the Lord Chief Justice has appointed Gemma Borkowski to be a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Circuit.

Chambers congratulates Gemma on her appointment.

Second Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Kirsty Real to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 8 April 2019. Her Honour Judge Real will be based at Reading Crown Court.

We congratulate Kirsty on her appointment.

Successful Prosecution of Avon and Somerset Police Officer

Giles Nelson successfully prosecuted Adam Leighton-Price, a serving police officer, who used an instant-messaging app to encourage a vulnerable woman to her abuse her own children. The Defendant adopted a pseudonym on an online-dating site where he met the woman.

The Defendant was also found guilty of possession of extreme pornography depicting acts of bestiality.

Click here to read more.
 

Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Edward Burgess QC to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 11 March 2019. His Honour Judge Burgess QC will be based at Reading Crown Court.

We congratulate Edward on his appointment.

Kate Brunner QC prosecutes manslaughter of 100-year old

Kate Brunner QC successfully prosecuted Artur Waszkiewicz for the manslaughter of a 100-year-old woman, in a case involving complex CCTV evidence and issues relating to causative link between injuries sustained in the attack and the pneumonia which directly caused death. Click here to read.
 

 

Employment Status: Varnish, Velodromes and Vento

This missive is not going to cover, in any sort of depth, the interesting recent authorities about plumbers, drivers and delivery riders: the topic has been done to death by others and by this time next year, there will be a few new cases on point.

What this bulletin is going to explore is the extent to which we need to re-examine our traditionally held views of employment status, whether the status quo of our understanding can still be justified.

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