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




Kate Brunner QC and Clare Fear secure acquittal on grounds of insanity for mother who drowned 4-year old during psychotic episode

Kate Brunner QC led Clare Fear in a highly unusual trial in Newport Crown Court in December 2018. A mother with undiagnosed schizophrenia had drowned her daughter and burned the body in a ritualistic ‘sacrifice’, believing that she was acting under divine instruction and that her daughter would be returned to her by angels. Two psychiatrists agreed that she did not know what she was doing was wrong: indeed she believed she was saving the world.

December 2018

One door closes – and other door opens - Alan Fuller
Brexit hash: Food safety after Brexit - Kate Brunner QC
Sentencing: When does being ‘very large’ become a problem? - Alun Williams
Environmental prosecutions: waste management still a focus for regulators - Alexander West

December 2018

Down on the farm: uninsured drivers on private land - Emily Heggadon
Contempt of Court: Parties beware! - Lucy Taylor
Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214: A worrying development in vicarious liability - Philip Smith

December 2018

An adversarial process? - David Sapiecha
Funding for inquests arising from a custodial setting - Richard Shepherd

December 2018

Re T (a child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2136: Is it necessary to establish a lack of valid consent before restricting a young person’s liberty? - Yasmine El-Nazer

December 2018

Separate representation of children: The tension between understanding and ‘best interests’ - Jonathan Wilkinson
"Not within the child's timescale?" - Stephen Roberts
When private law meets public law: Is that a bad thing? - James Cranfield
A few random thoughts about fact-finding hearings - Stuart Fuller

December 2018

Abuse of process and entrapment in online 'paedophile hunter' cases - Edward Hetherington
Intimidatory offences - Rupert Russell
Money launderers and POCA: Cash couriers, cash custodians and bank accounts – when will POCA bite? - Alexander West
Evidential pitfalls in the digital case system - Richard Shepherd

Two new members

We are delighted to announce that Caroline Middleton, formerly of 1GC, has joined our Family Team, undertaking matrimonial finance and private-children law, and Clare Fear, formerly in-house counsel at Reeds Solicitors, has joined our Crime Team. Their arrival brings our total number of members to 75.

David Sapiecha prosecutes farmer in Gross Negligence Manslaughter case

David Sapiecha prosecuted at trial, Neil Carpenter, a farmer found guilty of Gross Negligence Manslaughter when a volunteer-worker became entangled in an inadequately-guarded power-take-off shaft to a milling machine, and died. The defendant claimed he was not present at the time and that the victim had operated the machine without permission. The prosecution were able to demonstrate that it was the defendant who must have been operating the machine assisted by the deceased.