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.




May 2018

Shared Parental Leave: Three years in - Liz Cunningham
An invitation to challenge Burchell? - Simon Emslie
Back to basics: Recognising a redundancy situation - Richard Shepherd and Emily Heggadon (pupil)

May 2018

An adversarial process? - Kirsty Real
"The Perpetrator Issue": Scope shouldn't be this difficult R (Hambleton) v Coroner for Birmingham Inquests (1974) - Richard Shepherd

May 2018

Global maintenance orders - Nicholas Sproull
Interim orders for sale - David Chidgey
Sharia law review - Richard English
Committal proceedings: Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam) - Jonathan Stanniland

May 2018

Local Authority v G (Parent with Learning Disability) [2017] EWFC B94: Guidance in care proceedings involving parents with a learning disability - Monisha Khandker
Long-term foster care as a plan for permanence: The balance sheet - Alice Darian
Same goal, new rules: The impact of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and secure accommodation in Scotland - Yasmine El-Nazer

Ignatius Hughes QC secures acquittals in rape and manslaughter cases.

In the first trial, Ryan Canning, a serving police officer accused of rape was acquitted by a jury at the Truro Crown Court.

The defendant had met the complainant through a dating website. She claimed that he had raped her at his home. Two other women had also made similar claims.

The defence pressed the Crown for disclosure of phone records. As a consequence, no evidence was offered before the trial commenced.


At the Exeter Crown Court, Terence Birchall was acquitted by a jury of manslaughter by heroin injection.

Stephen Mooney prosecutes UKIP candidate for gross negligence manslaughter and breach of Health and Safety Regulations

The defendant, Keith Crawford, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter and breaches of Health and Safety Regulations relating to excavations, following an eight-day trial. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' imprisonment. The jury found that he failed to provide proper safety equipment to Mr Peter Clements who was constructing a soakaway for the defendant’s swimming pool. As a result, the trench that he was digging collapsed burying him alive.

Appointments to the CPS Serious Crime Group

Following an invitation for applications to the CPS Specialist Panel, Sarah Regan and David Sapiecha have been placed on the Serious Crime Group list at level 4.

We congratulate Sarah and David on their appointments.


Recorder Appointment

We are delighted to announce that Richard Shepherd has been appointed as a Crown Court Recorder with effect from 4 April 2018.

Chambers congratulates Richard on his appointment.

Judicial Appointment in Chambers

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Jason Taylor QC to be a Circuit Judge with effect from 12 March 2018. His Honour Judge Taylor QC will be based at Swindon Crown Court.

We congratulate Jason on his appointment.