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Chambers of Michael Fitton QC

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Albion Chambers is a long-established mixed practice set that is well regarded on the Western Circuit. Areas of expertise include crime, personal injury and clinical negligence. Chambers is also known for its employment and family work, two areas that were boosted when former solicitor Stephen Roberts joined from Queen Square Chambers. John Livesey was recently appointed an employment tribunal judge. Paul Fletcher is the chambers director. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar: Western Circuit

Within Crime,

Albion Chambers’ team has particular expertise in fraud, sexual offence and murder cases. Although the majority of work is undertaken in the South West and Wales, practitioners appear in weighty matters beyond this geographic area.

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Within Employment,

Albion Chambers undertakes advisory and advocacy work for employers and employees.

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Within Family and children law,

Albion Chambers’ family team handles children law cases, Court of Protection work, financial matters, personal welfare and medical-related disputes. It was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Fiona Farquhar and Stephen Roberts from Queen Square Chambers.

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Within Leading sets Western Circuit - Leading Sets

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Within Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing,

Albion Chambers’ barristers frequently prosecute and defend actions brought by a variety of regulators such as the HSE, the Environment Agency and the Care Quality Commission. The set also has an inquests team that represents parties such as fire and ambulance services, primary care trusts and the HSE.

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