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.




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.

Judicial condemnation of Coroner’s policy on burials

Later this month, the High Court will hear an application for Judicial Review of a highly controversial policy introduced by the Coroner of Inner North London, Mary Hassell. The proceedings have been brought by Adath Yisroel Burial Society who have objected to the controversial “cab rank” approach adopted by the coroner, which fails to take into account the religious requirements of both Judaism and Islam. Under both Jewish and Islamic law, bodies must be buried on the day of death or as soon as possible afterwards.

Adam Vaitilingam QC successfully secures murder conviction

Adan Dahir was convicted of the murder of his estranged wife, Asiyah Harris, the mother of his two children. The defence case at trial  was that he had accidentally stabbed her in the neck during a struggle over the possession of a knife, and had immediately called 999. But neighbours had heard Asiyah screaming in the lead up to the fatal violence, and the jury rejected his account. The trial judge sentenced Dahir to life imprisonment, with a minimum tariff of 16 years.

Robert Duval - Memorial

It is with deep regret and sadness that Chambers announces the death, on 13 February 2018, of Robert Duval.

The suddenness of Robert’s death has been a great shock and we are grateful for the many messages of sympathy and support.

The finest of advocates and gentlemen, Robert was an inspirational role-model for those around him. His humanity, boundless talent and inimitable sense of humour will be greatly missed.

Our love and thoughts are with Robert’s wife Caroline and his daughters; Sophia, Ellie and Lucy.