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.




Lucy Taylor secures Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order

Lucy Taylor obtained a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order against Salvatore Lopresti. The order is understood to be the first obtained in the region. Mr Lopresti, known as the Ice-Cream King of Bristol, was given the order by DJ Matthews at a hearing on 8 May 2019.

May 2019

'He' said, 'she' said... - Darren Stewart
Disability, deadlines and data: time limits, how strictly must they be adhered to? - Lucy Taylor
Redundancy during maternity leave and beyond: new proposals for greater protection - Philip Smith

May 2019

Mars and Venus: police disclosure in the Family Division - Rachael Morton
'It all comes from the same pot anyway?': Who should pay the 'top-up' fee for experts who charge outside legal aid rates? - Yasmine El-Nazer
What is the appropriate legal framework when a local authority seeks to assess potential kinship carers, with the subject child, outside of the jurisdiction? - Joanna Lucas

May 2019

Joint lives, periodical payments and the Chinese tigers - Deborah Dinan-Hayward
Pensions: pre-marital accrual - David Chidgey
Litigation conduct and add-backs: ABX v SBX v DX [2019] EWFC 81 - Philip Smith

May 2019

Penalising the young for being young? - Emily Heggadon
The right to protest: the correct charges and available defences - Charley Pattison
Insanity: a rare and risky defence - Kate Brunner QC and Clare Fear

Building company fined £160,000 after child falls from scaffold

Westdale Services Ltd is a national solid wall insulation and general construction contractor. In 2017, Westdale was engaged to install external insulated render to five blocks of flats in Cwmbran. The work involved the erection of scaffold to external walls. On 6 May 2017, Callum Crowley and Marcus Heath (two 12-year-old boys), entered the construction site and approached one of the blocks where the scaffold structure could be accessed from the ground by ladder. There was in place a ladder guard, which was the only measure preventing unauthorised access to the scaffold.

Third Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Stephen Mooney to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 23 April 2019. His Honour Judge Mooney will be based at Lewes Crown Court.

We congratulate Stephen on his appointment.

Vento Band Update

Following the recent case of De Souza v Vinci Construction (UK) Ltd [2017] EWCA CIV 879, the President of the Employment Tribunal has issued new Guidance on Vento awards for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury. The new bands are applicable to claims presented after 6 April 2019 and are as follows:

 Lower band - £900 to £8,800 for less serious cases;
 Middle band - £8,800 to £26.300 for those cases that do not fit into the other bands;
 Upper band - £26,300 to £44,000 for the most serious cases.

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