Albion Chambers

Contact

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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April 2020 - TUPE Special

TUPE: transfer delays and business changes - Lucy Taylor and Simranjit Kamal (Pupil)
TUPE transfers - Richard Shepherd
TUPE and furloughing - Alec Small
Horses for courses - Darren Stewart and Ehsanul Oarith (Pupil)

April 2020

Under-regulated? Private hospitals and lessons from the Paterson Inquiry Report - Anna Midgley
The exciting world of H&S statistics - Richard Shepherd
HSE Prosecutions: lower risk/higher consequence - Alun Williams

April 2020

Costs equalisation - Nicholas Sproull
The duty of disclosure - Stephen Roberts
Business assets, latent value and special contributions: XW v XH [2019] EWCA Civ 262 - Gemma Borkowski

April 2020

Sex and drugs and leading roles - Edward Hetherington
Death by dangerous driving: when is it deserving of the maximum? - Patrick Mason
A very Goodyear? - Rupert Russell

The Remote Court of Appeal (and a cautionary tale)

Last week I had the slightly surreal experience of a remote hearing in (how is it “in” if it’s remote?) the Court of Appeal. Here, for what they might be worth, are my thoughts about the process.

The Court of Appeal, for the time being at least, uses Skype for Business as its video platform of choice. That might change as Cloud Video Platform is rolled out. Until then it’s SfB unless for good reason the presiding Lord Justice is persuaded that an alternative should be used.

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.

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendments) Regulations 2020

As we enter week six of lockdown, most of us have had direct experience of the stark difficulties the ongoing Covid-19 crisis is presenting for vulnerable families. Whether it is lack of access to basic support services, increased exposure to domestic abuse, or an inability to participate in a remote court hearing, it is clear that it is society’s most vulnerable who are suffering the greatest.

Can jury trials take place during the pandemic?

In light of recent advice from government on social distancing, it seems unlikely that there will be a return to jury trial “as normal” in the UK in the immediate future. We anticipate that some of the larger courtrooms can be set up to allow for satisfactory social distancing with a twelve-member jury. But most cannot. So, unless we countenance use of different locations to hold trials, something will have to give. Either jury trials do not proceed at all for the foreseeable future or an alternative is found.

Re P (A Child Remote Hearing) [2020] EWFC 32

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit us all hard in many ways. It can be difficult to focus on work at a time like this, with all that is happening in the world. Professionally, life is complicated by the fact that none of us seem certain if and how remote hearings are going to take place. The changing nature of the restrictions on our professional lives, at least for the first few weeks, meant there was a lot of “will-we-won’t-we” guidance being issue, almost on a daily basis.

Final Hearings during Lock-down

When the current lock-down was announced many in the Albion Chambers Matrimonial Finance Team assumed that court hearings would be very difficult to conduct and that many of our cases would simply be adjourned until the crisis was over. After all, the family court has traditionally favoured in-person hearings, much more so than, say, the Crown Court or the Employment Tribunal, and attendance is mandated by the Family Procedure Rules.

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