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.




November 2020

Case law update
The new costs rules - Caroline Middleton
Expert communication: Five lessons from mediation training - David Chidgey
Barder (again) - Nicholas Sproull

November 2020

Regulations, regulations, regulations: Criminalising attendance at work - Lucy Taylor
Interim relief and constructive dismissal: A legal paradox? - Darren Stewart
Mind the gap: Material factors need not justify pay disparity in equal-pay claims - Ehsanul Oarith

Inquest E-Bulletin Maughan v Oxfordshire Senior Coroner

STOP PRESS - Inquests and the Standard of Proof – Finally Resolved – IMMEDIATE EFFECT
Case Citation(s)
Maughan v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46,

Manslaughter Sentencing – Diminished Responsibility

On Friday, Luigi Palmas was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court to a s.37 Hospital Order with a s.41 limitation, following his plea of guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. Adam Vaitilingam QC represented him.

Adam Vaitilingam QC secures second murder acquittal in as many months

Today, in Plymouth Crown Court, Garnham J acceded to a half-time submission and withdrew counts of murder and manslaughter from the jury. Simon Wotton had been charged with murder following the discovery of the dead body of Colin Baines. The two men were friends and had spent the previous day, and most of the night, drinking heavily. They had also engaged in drunken fighting, some of it playfighting, at other times less playful and more confrontational.

When a Loss of Control is Insufficient

In a recent trial before the Crown Court at Plymouth, Anthony Brinton was forced to plead guilty to murder at the end of the defence case. The circumstances, though rare were not exceptional; the defendant ran a defence of loss of control but, following an application by the prosecution, the judge withdrew that defence from the jury, leaving him with no option other than to plead guilty to murder.

Matrimonial Finance Team Recruitment

In response to a significant increase in work levels, the Matrimonial Finance Team invites applications from excellent practitioners of all levels of seniority.

Applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted to Paul Fletcher, Chambers Director (

We are recognised as a leading set by the Legal 500 and top ranked by Chambers and Partners.

Albion Chambers is committed to equality and diversity.

Chambers and Partners 2021

We are delighted to have again been ranked as a top-ranked set in Chambers and Partners 2021 directory. We congratulate all our members whose excellence has been recognised. 

Adam Vaitilingam QC

Charles Hyde QC

A Brave New World

In June, having undertaken the third trial to be held in Bristol Crown Court post-lockdown, I wrote about the differences between that and my last, pre-Covid trial.

In June, we used three courtrooms for each trial, the jury were dotted around the courtroom, they were addressed from the witness box and retired into another courtroom.