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

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Coronavirus

Protecting the health and welfare of each of our clients, staff and members remains a priority during this challenging time. In line with this, we ask anyone in a category of those for whom the government has recommended self-isolation to follow the government guidance and not to attend meetings or events in chambers. 

We have the capacity to arrange for any conferences or meetings to take place by remote means. If you would like to discuss the possibility of a conference being conducted by telephone or video call, please speak with the clerks.

Chambers welcomes Matt Jackson

Chambers is delighted to welcome Matt Jackson to our EmploymentCivil and Crime teams.

Child Law E-Bulletin March 2020

Interim Care Orders: New Developments or More of the Same?

There has been a measure of excitement generated by the recent case of C (A Child: Interim Separation) 2020 EWCA Civ 257. In particular, it has been posted on “Suesspiciousminds” and heralded as adding an additional component to the test for separation.

Three members of Albion’s Children Team in the Court of Appeal

Re G (A Child: s.38(6) Assessment) Neutral Citation Number: [2020] EWCA Civ 282

The judge at first instance had granted a mother’s application for a s.38(6) residential assessment in the context of care proceedings, in which the mother was on the list of potential perpetrators of non-accidental injuries to her son. At the time the assessment was ordered, a decision had not yet been made over whether there would be a split trial or a composite hearing.

Sentence in “landmark case” referred to Attorney-General by Rupert Russell ruled unduly lenient

In December 2019 Rupert Russell advised the Attorney-General to refer a sentence passed on a serial domestic abuser to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient. On 25 February 2020, the Court quashed the original community order handed down at Taunton Crown Court and replaced it with a three-year custodial term. This is the first case of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour to be referred to the Court of Appeal since the government extended the unduly lenient sentence scheme to include the offence in September 2019.

Kannan Siva secures dismissal of charge of conspiracy to murder

R v AM: Conviction prevented on all charges including conspiracy to murder and assisting an offender. Kannan Siva successfully applied to dismiss charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause GBH last year before the trial judge. This year AM faced trial for assisting an offender arising from the same factual background. A not guilty verdict was entered after no evidence was offered at the close of the prosecution case. His co-defendants pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

Albion Chambers' Employment and Professional Disciplinary Team Presents: Not Your Usual Video Seminar

Bored of the uninspiring video seminars where the speaker appears only from the waist up? We are too. 

At the start, when all this was new, as a team we delivered great seminars this way… but we like to do things differently, we like to do things better.

Child Law E-Bulletin February 2020

Notification of fathers and extended family in adoption proceedings

Albion’s James Cranfield has successfully appealed a decision of a Circuit Judge, granting permission to a mother not to notify the putative father or extended family of the existence of the child, or the proposed adoption following her relinquishment of the same.

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