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 - July 2019

Air Pollution and Inquests - The Ella Kissi-Debrah Case


Regulatory Team E-Bulletin: July 2019

Challenging CQC Urgent Cancellations

A new Upper Tribunal case provides assistance in relation to how service providers can challenge Care Quality Commission decisions to cancel registrations.

Successful convictions achieved in Operation Apex

Albion Chambers played an important part in securing the convictions of a group of men who conspired with their ringleader to either rob owners of very high-value motor vehicles, using the tactic of disguise and aggressive confrontation, or pervert the course of justice by concealing the appearance of a car used to commit a serious criminal offence. Kannan Siva, leading Chloe Griggs, was instructed by the CPS West Midlands, Complex Casework Unit.

New case on individual medical failings and finding of neglect in inquests

R (Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde [2019] EWHC 1232 (Admin)

This case considered whether where there had been failings of professional judgment or coordination between professionals, the individual failings could be aggregated to a “gross failing” so as to allow a finding of neglect. It was argued that a coroner should have amalgamated individual failings which together presented a ‘picture amounting to neglect’.

New Head of Chambers

The members of Albion Chambers are delighted to announce that Adam Vaitilingam QC will become Head of Chambers from 17 June 2019. Charles Hyde QC is stepping down after completing four years in the role. We express enormous gratitude to him for leading Chambers with such skill. He will continue in full time practice.

Wilkinson & others – leading case on the assessment of severe psychological harm

In December 2018, Nigel Wilkinson was convicted of 13 sexual offences including rape and administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual act, committed against six victims. He received a total sentence of 20 years and six months made up of a custodial sentence of 16 years and six months and an extended licence period of four years. 

Kate Brunner QC elected as the next leader of the Western Circuit.

Albion Chambers is proud to announce that Kate Brunner QC has been elected as Circuit Leader to take over from Bill Mousley QC in October. We offer Kate our sincere congratulations on her appointment.

Charles Hyde QC, Head of Chambers said:

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

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