Set Profile > Albion Chambers > Bristol, England

Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC
Albion Chambers
BROAD STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 1DR
England

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

Albion Chambers' regulatory offering focuses primarily on health and safety cases, although members are also instructed in relation to fires safety, Care Quality Commission decisions, and consumer protection regulations. Kate Brunner QC is involved in some of the circuit's most serious regulatory matters, with recent work including food labelling and allergy issues, such as her prosecution of Pret a Manger, which allegedly did not disclose the presence of sesame seeds in a product, leading to a life-threatening allergic reaction in a customer. Alan Fuller is another key figure in the team, with a broad regulatory practice covering several different sectors and authorities and generally focusing on prosecution.

Leading Silks

Kate Brunner QC - Albion ChambersHer expertise, versatility and elegant approach to advocacy makes her stand apart from others in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Sapiecha - Albion ChambersA direct and perceptive advocate who cuts to the heart of a matter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alan Fuller - Albion ChambersA formidable advocate who is dogged in his approach to cases while alway maintaining a pragmatic view of the situation.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law Tier 1

Albion Chambers is 'the best set for family law in Bristol' thanks to 'excellent strength in depth in both financial remedy and children work', according to instructing solicitors. In 'a class of his own', Charles Hyde QC is instructed in high-value matrimonial finance cases as well as highly complex children private and public law cases. Amongst the strong junior end, the 'accessible and client-focusedDeborah Dinan-Hayward is a go-to for large finance matters involving high-net-worth individuals, companies, farms, and tax implications; the 'best of his generationDaniel Leafe acts in high-net-worth cases, with international elements, and TOLATA disputes. Hayley Griffiths specialises in complex care proceedings acting for local authorities, parents, and guardians, as well as private law children cases involving allegations of coercive control and domestic violence. Public and private law practitioner Sarah Pope is 'a great family proceedings barrister, whose sensitive and reassuring approach was very much welcomed by our lay clients'.

Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Charles Hyde QC - Albion ChambersExcellent client care, he immediately puts the client at ease and with that his instructing solicitor. He is bright and forensically clever, considering all angles both for and against. His greatest accolade however must be his advocacy skills. He has the court in the palm of his hands. He commands a great presence and the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

James Cranfield - Albion ChambersAn excellent advocate with good attention to detail. He brings a forensic approach to cases which is sometimes lacking in others. He always has a clear grasp of the issues and can be relied on to present any case strongly. I have no hesitation in briefing him on any case including the more complicated cases involving silks.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Farquhar - Albion ChambersFiona is very user friendly with excellent attention to detail. Her advocacy skills are impressive and she has an ability to assimilate information quickly. I would be happy to brief her in any case including the most complicated fact finding. she is well respected by her peers and an all round excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hayley Griffiths - Albion ChambersHayley has a confidence and grace both in Court and with clients that engenders trust in those that instruct and their clients. Hayley has an excellent grasp of even the most complex legal issues but is equally able to communicate with clients who are in the depths of despair or who are impaired in their understanding by mental health or cognitive functioning issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Harris - Albion ChambersLibby is calm and self-assured under pressure. Barristers can often 'dominate' discussions and aim to 'win points'. Libby doesn't - she listens and digests but then comes up with the killer point which inevitably leads to court to follow her. She has outstanding intuition too. She is nothing less than a marvel and working with her is always a pleasure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Pope - Albion ChambersSarah is brilliant to work with. She listens to what solicitors and clients have to say. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. She is confident and an excellent advocate, fearsome in cross-examination. She is very good at dealing with clients and coming up with solutions. She inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alice Darian - Albion ChambersA fearless advocate. Strong and quick on her feet. Years ahead of her call. Very diligent, strong paperwork with phenomenal attention to detail. Very user friendly. My go-to counsel for everything.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Heckscher - Albion ChambersWilliam has a vast and detailed knowledge of the law and is an extremely polished and effective advocate. Clients find him approachable and appreciate his ability to convey difficult and complicated issues. William is always professional and whether you are instructing him or against him he is fair and reasonable while always advocating for his client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joanne Lucas - Albion ChambersThey prepare meticulously, with great attention to detail. They are able to assimilate and process vast amounts of information to draw out pertinent details. They tell it like it is to clients, giving clear advice on prospects of success to enable clients to make decisions.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Deborah Dinan-Hayward - Albion ChambersDeborah is excellent with clients and knows instinctively how to put them at their ease. She is always calm and collected and is an excellent advocate. She concentrates on the pertinent issues and it is clear that judges approve of her approach. She is certainly my counsel of choice, as I know my clients are in safe hands with her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Leafe - Albion ChambersStrengths are technical excellence, one of the best of his generation. Pragmatic, realistic advice that is spot on, real understanding of complex business and pension assets. Stands out amongst peers for speed of thoughts. Prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in to solve issues. Gets lay clients on side very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Sproull - Albion ChambersNick is very experienced and always calm, even in the most stressful of cases. He has the ability to cut through the detail and simplify a complex case, tailoring his approach to the Judge in front of you. Clients trust him and we work well as a team, he always asks my opinion and we hammer things out together which is good.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Borkowski - Albion ChambersHugely diligent and careful in preparation and very clear with her clients as to chance of success and failure. Great in court as quite prepared to tackle the judge if she does not think they are right - great in court and clients have huge confidence in her and her approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Roberts - Albion ChambersVery calm and detailed in his approach - not fazed by the other side and very measured and approachable with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

With 'great strength in depth with very able juniors', the members of Albion Chambers are considered 'down to earth but strong impressive advocates who always have a friendly nature'. The set is also praised for 'always putting on good seminars to showcase their wider team's knowledge and skills'. In the inquests and inquiries space, the set represents families of the deceased, NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals, emergency-service trusts, care homes, and the Care Quality Commission. With a strong background in criminal advocacy, Anna Midgley leads the set's inquest team and is active in both coroner-only and jury inquests. Head of Albion’s professional disciplinary team, Richard Shepherd has expertise in both inquests, regulatory and health and safety matters. Rising star Alexander West is typically instructed by public bodies who consider him 'a hugely impressive advocate'.

Rising stars

Alexander West - Albion ChambersHe is always thoughtful and considered and immediately puts my clients at ease. He has handled extremely emotive inquests with a calm and reassuring approach which has been invaluable in providing support and reassurance to my clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Anna Midgley - Albion ChambersAnna is an excellent advocate. Her knowledge of the law is exceptional and her drafting skills persuasive. However, her key attribute is her kindness, empathy and her compassion for the families that she represents. These skills combines makes her a force to be reckoned with, in this area of law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Shepherd - Albion ChambersIdeal choice of counsel for Jury matters. Has an ability to explain complex matters to lay persons and navigate clients around legal and practical challenges at all stages of proceedings. Clients are always impressed by their friendly tone and he is a pleasure to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 3

Albion Chambers has 'good depth in general crime barristers and a number of rising stars'. Kate Brunner QC recently prosecuted a couple who abused a 15-month-old baby; the abuse involved multiple fractures to the child. Brunner QC also prosecuted a man who was convicted of murder after strangling his wife, and placing a note to stop his children entering the room where he left her body. At the junior end, David Sapiecha was the leading counsel prosecuting 28 counts of rape, sexual assault, and voyeurism by a photographer who had set up a fake modelling agency. He also defended in a drugs conspiracy regarding the importation of 1,500kg of cocaine. Edward Hetherington acted in a seven-week trial of five defendants prosecuted by the NHS Anti-Fraud Unit with allegations against former directors of a hospice charity and their building contractors. The defendants were said to have dishonestly inflated bids for charitable funds and then diverted surplus funds into unauthorised spending.

Leading Silks

Kate Brunner QC - Albion ChambersKate is a tour de force. She exudes confidence and is able to live up to her reputation because she is phenomenally hard working and smart.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Edward Hetherington - Albion ChambersMr Hetherington is outstanding and of a quality that far exceeds his call. His preparation and knowledge of the case is always seamless and his ability to digest enormous volumes of material is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Sapiecha - Albion ChambersHis advocacy style is direct and perceptive, cutting to the crux of the matter which is much liked by judges.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Bristol’s Albion Chambers is best known for its criminal and family expertise, as well as regulatory work. In recent news, Matt Jackson , an employmentcivil, and crime specialist, has joined from 10KBW. Also of note, Sarah Regan and David Chidgey have been appointed as Crown Court Recorders; Chidgey has is also to sit as a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit along with Deborah Dinan-Hayward.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very friendly and efficient service, particularly from Michael Harding and Julie Hathway.

Albion Chambers’ clerks provide friendly, efficient and reliable administration.

Albion’s family clerks, Michael, Julie and Marcus are wonderful to work with – helpful and proactive and very friendly. Highly recommended.

All the clerks are approachable and prepared to do all they can to help. Ken Duthie, Bonnie Colbeck and Nick Jeanes are best known to me. I have never received anything other than a familiar yet totally professional service from them.

Excellent. They have a strong team of three full-time family clerks who cultivate very good working relationships with solicitors. There is great communication between the clerks themselves which creates a sense of being in safe hands

For me, this is the best clerks’ room in the South West. Special mention must go to Michael Harding and Julie Hathway; who’s service and guidance to instructing solicitors is first class.

I can particularly recommend Stephen Arnold. I believe a good clerk is the key to any successful relationship with a set of chambers. Stephen appreciates where each of his team’s strengths lie so he can ensure the most appropriate barrister is instructed.

I have always been impressed by the friendliness of the clerks and in particular Nick Jeanes who is our main point of contact. Nick is always friendly and able to help even when we send instructions at short notice.

Julie and Michael go above and beyond. They are fabulous.

Julie Hathway, Michael Harding and Marcus Harding are all fab. Love dealing with them.

Michael and Julie are a pleasure to work with. Always willing to go the extra mile for you.

Michael Harding and Julie Hathway are always incredibly helpful.

Michael Harding is fantastic. Always willing to do what he can to help.

Nick Jeanes – efficient and friendly, always finds a solution quickly.

Nick Jeanes is always a pleasure to work with.

Michael Harding and Julie Hathaway are excellent and will go out of their way to assist when urgent representation needed.

Steven Arnold has always been very helpful and responsive.

The clerks always strive to find suitable counsel for the case and are clear regarding costs estimates, which is essential.

The clerks are all excellent and very user friendly.

The clerks are all friendly and helpful and have a reasonable approach to fees and estimates. They are happy to liaise with the court and all have a good relationship with the court clerks as well.

The clerks are all user friendly and always happy to help out.

The clerks are exceptional, approachable and helpful. Communication is good and they go out of their way to make sure clients and solicitors are supported. Very accessible.

The service and clerks are very good. They work very hard to provide solutions. Senior clerk Nick Jeanes is very experienced and good at his job He has been extremely helpful.

The service from chambers as a whole is excellent always professional, accommodating and communicative.

Nick Jeanes is a first-rate clerk who is helpful and responsive.

The service from the clerk’s room is excellent and Michael is particularly helpful.

A friendly but efficient clerking team always on hand to assist and communication has never been a concern.

Set:

Albion is my ‘go-to’ chambers in the South West. Their ethos is demonstrated by the counsel in their set: tenacious, approachable, hardworking but a pleasure to work with.

Albion are a fantastic chambers with strength in depth in all disciplines. They are in my view the best family chambers in the south-west and my go-to chambers of choice.

Albion Chambers are a fantastic set with strength in depth across all areas of their practice. They are the leading chambers in family work in the South West and my go-to chambers of choice.

Albion Chambers are a long-established set in Bristol. They have always excelled in having a broad range of criminal advocates, from those newly qualified to the most experienced members who are able to conduct the most serious of criminal cases.

Albion Chambers are an excellent regional set, and we instruct them regularly, for both cases in the South West and sometimes in London or elsewhere. They have a wide range of barristers in respect of both private children and financial work.

Albion chambers are great. They have very good options for counsel.

Albion Chambers is a well-respected chambers, which does have many extremely competent barristers to choose from.

Albion Chambers is an excellent set. They maintain a strong team of reliable and reputable counsel.

Albion Chambers offers consistently high-quality members.

Albion have a strong team of family law counsel with a range of experience which facilitates matching the right counsel to the client and case.

Albion has always had a strong reputation in Family Law in Bristol. I am not as familiar with them all as I was when I worked in Bristol but the clerks are all lovely and will always work with you to accommodate needs. Dan Leafe is also excellent. He and Nick are our go-to’s.

Albion have been strengthening their team in Care Work and have an excellent team of barristers

Albion has good depth in general crime barristers and a number of rising stars.

Albion is probably the leading family law chambers in Bristol and the south-west. The size of their team means that they are generally able to offer a choice of counsel for a hearing which in turn means that it’s usually possible to handpick the right person for the job in hand. Almost universally all family barristers from Albion adopt a similarly constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law litigation.

Albion is the best set for family in Bristol

Albion is the strongest set in the area. It has a wide variety of barristers and very competent and helpful clerks.

An excellent Family set. Strength in-depth and always helpful. Excellent knowledge base.

As far as I am concerned they remain the premier set in the South -West. Always my first “port-of-call”.

Best Chambers in the South West.

Chambers have strength-in-depth for regulatory crime and availability of counsel has never been an issue.

Considerable strength in depth in their Family Team so, on those occasions that Deborah has not been available, I can always rely on other high calibre members of the Family team to stand in her stead.

Excellent strength in depth in financial remedy and children work.

Good strength in depth and a great variety of personalities to suit any client.

Large and impressive family team.

There is in-depth quality right across the family team.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

Albion Chambers' regulatory offering focuses primarily on health and safety cases, although members are also instructed in relation to fires safety, Care Quality Commission decisions, and consumer protection regulations. Kate Brunner QC is involved in some of the circuit's most serious regulatory matters, with recent work including food labelling and allergy issues, such as her prosecution of Pret a Manger, which allegedly did not disclose the presence of sesame seeds in a product, leading to a life-threatening allergic reaction in a customer. Alan Fuller is another key figure in the team, with a broad regulatory practice covering several different sectors and authorities and generally focusing on prosecution.

Leading Silks

Kate Brunner QC - Albion ChambersHer expertise, versatility and elegant approach to advocacy makes her stand apart from others in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Sapiecha - Albion ChambersA direct and perceptive advocate who cuts to the heart of a matter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alan Fuller - Albion ChambersA formidable advocate who is dogged in his approach to cases while alway maintaining a pragmatic view of the situation.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

Albion Chambers is 'the best set for family law in Bristol' thanks to 'excellent strength in depth in both financial remedy and children work', according to instructing solicitors. In 'a class of his own', Charles Hyde QC is instructed in high-value matrimonial finance cases as well as highly complex children private and public law cases. Amongst the strong junior end, the 'accessible and client-focusedDeborah Dinan-Hayward is a go-to for large finance matters involving high-net-worth individuals, companies, farms, and tax implications; the 'best of his generationDaniel Leafe acts in high-net-worth cases, with international elements, and TOLATA disputes. Hayley Griffiths specialises in complex care proceedings acting for local authorities, parents, and guardians, as well as private law children cases involving allegations of coercive control and domestic violence. Public and private law practitioner Sarah Pope is 'a great family proceedings barrister, whose sensitive and reassuring approach was very much welcomed by our lay clients'.

Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Charles Hyde QC - Albion ChambersExcellent client care, he immediately puts the client at ease and with that his instructing solicitor. He is bright and forensically clever, considering all angles both for and against. His greatest accolade however must be his advocacy skills. He has the court in the palm of his hands. He commands a great presence and the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

James Cranfield - Albion ChambersAn excellent advocate with good attention to detail. He brings a forensic approach to cases which is sometimes lacking in others. He always has a clear grasp of the issues and can be relied on to present any case strongly. I have no hesitation in briefing him on any case including the more complicated cases involving silks.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Farquhar - Albion ChambersFiona is very user friendly with excellent attention to detail. Her advocacy skills are impressive and she has an ability to assimilate information quickly. I would be happy to brief her in any case including the most complicated fact finding. she is well respected by her peers and an all round excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hayley Griffiths - Albion ChambersHayley has a confidence and grace both in Court and with clients that engenders trust in those that instruct and their clients. Hayley has an excellent grasp of even the most complex legal issues but is equally able to communicate with clients who are in the depths of despair or who are impaired in their understanding by mental health or cognitive functioning issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Harris - Albion ChambersLibby is calm and self-assured under pressure. Barristers can often 'dominate' discussions and aim to 'win points'. Libby doesn't - she listens and digests but then comes up with the killer point which inevitably leads to court to follow her. She has outstanding intuition too. She is nothing less than a marvel and working with her is always a pleasure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Pope - Albion ChambersSarah is brilliant to work with. She listens to what solicitors and clients have to say. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. She is confident and an excellent advocate, fearsome in cross-examination. She is very good at dealing with clients and coming up with solutions. She inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alice Darian - Albion ChambersA fearless advocate. Strong and quick on her feet. Years ahead of her call. Very diligent, strong paperwork with phenomenal attention to detail. Very user friendly. My go-to counsel for everything.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Heckscher - Albion ChambersWilliam has a vast and detailed knowledge of the law and is an extremely polished and effective advocate. Clients find him approachable and appreciate his ability to convey difficult and complicated issues. William is always professional and whether you are instructing him or against him he is fair and reasonable while always advocating for his client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joanne Lucas - Albion ChambersThey prepare meticulously, with great attention to detail. They are able to assimilate and process vast amounts of information to draw out pertinent details. They tell it like it is to clients, giving clear advice on prospects of success to enable clients to make decisions.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Deborah Dinan-Hayward - Albion ChambersDeborah is excellent with clients and knows instinctively how to put them at their ease. She is always calm and collected and is an excellent advocate. She concentrates on the pertinent issues and it is clear that judges approve of her approach. She is certainly my counsel of choice, as I know my clients are in safe hands with her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Leafe - Albion ChambersStrengths are technical excellence, one of the best of his generation. Pragmatic, realistic advice that is spot on, real understanding of complex business and pension assets. Stands out amongst peers for speed of thoughts. Prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in to solve issues. Gets lay clients on side very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Sproull - Albion ChambersNick is very experienced and always calm, even in the most stressful of cases. He has the ability to cut through the detail and simplify a complex case, tailoring his approach to the Judge in front of you. Clients trust him and we work well as a team, he always asks my opinion and we hammer things out together which is good.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Borkowski - Albion ChambersHugely diligent and careful in preparation and very clear with her clients as to chance of success and failure. Great in court as quite prepared to tackle the judge if she does not think they are right - great in court and clients have huge confidence in her and her approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Roberts - Albion ChambersVery calm and detailed in his approach - not fazed by the other side and very measured and approachable with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

With 'great strength in depth with very able juniors', the members of Albion Chambers are considered 'down to earth but strong impressive advocates who always have a friendly nature'. The set is also praised for 'always putting on good seminars to showcase their wider team's knowledge and skills'. In the inquests and inquiries space, the set represents families of the deceased, NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals, emergency-service trusts, care homes, and the Care Quality Commission. With a strong background in criminal advocacy, Anna Midgley leads the set's inquest team and is active in both coroner-only and jury inquests. Head of Albion’s professional disciplinary team, Richard Shepherd has expertise in both inquests, regulatory and health and safety matters. Rising star Alexander West is typically instructed by public bodies who consider him 'a hugely impressive advocate'.

Rising stars

Alexander West - Albion ChambersHe is always thoughtful and considered and immediately puts my clients at ease. He has handled extremely emotive inquests with a calm and reassuring approach which has been invaluable in providing support and reassurance to my clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Anna Midgley - Albion ChambersAnna is an excellent advocate. Her knowledge of the law is exceptional and her drafting skills persuasive. However, her key attribute is her kindness, empathy and her compassion for the families that she represents. These skills combines makes her a force to be reckoned with, in this area of law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Shepherd - Albion ChambersIdeal choice of counsel for Jury matters. Has an ability to explain complex matters to lay persons and navigate clients around legal and practical challenges at all stages of proceedings. Clients are always impressed by their friendly tone and he is a pleasure to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 3

Albion Chambers has 'good depth in general crime barristers and a number of rising stars'. Kate Brunner QC recently prosecuted a couple who abused a 15-month-old baby; the abuse involved multiple fractures to the child. Brunner QC also prosecuted a man who was convicted of murder after strangling his wife, and placing a note to stop his children entering the room where he left her body. At the junior end, David Sapiecha was the leading counsel prosecuting 28 counts of rape, sexual assault, and voyeurism by a photographer who had set up a fake modelling agency. He also defended in a drugs conspiracy regarding the importation of 1,500kg of cocaine. Edward Hetherington acted in a seven-week trial of five defendants prosecuted by the NHS Anti-Fraud Unit with allegations against former directors of a hospice charity and their building contractors. The defendants were said to have dishonestly inflated bids for charitable funds and then diverted surplus funds into unauthorised spending.

Leading Silks

Kate Brunner QC - Albion ChambersKate is a tour de force. She exudes confidence and is able to live up to her reputation because she is phenomenally hard working and smart.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Edward Hetherington - Albion ChambersMr Hetherington is outstanding and of a quality that far exceeds his call. His preparation and knowledge of the case is always seamless and his ability to digest enormous volumes of material is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Sapiecha - Albion ChambersHis advocacy style is direct and perceptive, cutting to the crux of the matter which is much liked by judges.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Bristol’s Albion Chambers is best known for its criminal and family expertise, as well as regulatory work. In recent news, Matt Jackson , an employmentcivil, and crime specialist, has joined from 10KBW. Also of note, Sarah Regan and David Chidgey have been appointed as Crown Court Recorders; Chidgey has is also to sit as a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit along with Deborah Dinan-Hayward.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very friendly and efficient service, particularly from Michael Harding and Julie Hathway.

Albion Chambers’ clerks provide friendly, efficient and reliable administration.

Albion’s family clerks, Michael, Julie and Marcus are wonderful to work with – helpful and proactive and very friendly. Highly recommended.

All the clerks are approachable and prepared to do all they can to help. Ken Duthie, Bonnie Colbeck and Nick Jeanes are best known to me. I have never received anything other than a familiar yet totally professional service from them.

Excellent. They have a strong team of three full-time family clerks who cultivate very good working relationships with solicitors. There is great communication between the clerks themselves which creates a sense of being in safe hands

For me, this is the best clerks’ room in the South West. Special mention must go to Michael Harding and Julie Hathway; who’s service and guidance to instructing solicitors is first class.

I can particularly recommend Stephen Arnold. I believe a good clerk is the key to any successful relationship with a set of chambers. Stephen appreciates where each of his team’s strengths lie so he can ensure the most appropriate barrister is instructed.

I have always been impressed by the friendliness of the clerks and in particular Nick Jeanes who is our main point of contact. Nick is always friendly and able to help even when we send instructions at short notice.

Julie and Michael go above and beyond. They are fabulous.

Julie Hathway, Michael Harding and Marcus Harding are all fab. Love dealing with them.

Michael and Julie are a pleasure to work with. Always willing to go the extra mile for you.

Michael Harding and Julie Hathway are always incredibly helpful.

Michael Harding is fantastic. Always willing to do what he can to help.

Nick Jeanes – efficient and friendly, always finds a solution quickly.

Nick Jeanes is always a pleasure to work with.

Michael Harding and Julie Hathaway are excellent and will go out of their way to assist when urgent representation needed.

Steven Arnold has always been very helpful and responsive.

The clerks always strive to find suitable counsel for the case and are clear regarding costs estimates, which is essential.

The clerks are all excellent and very user friendly.

The clerks are all friendly and helpful and have a reasonable approach to fees and estimates. They are happy to liaise with the court and all have a good relationship with the court clerks as well.

The clerks are all user friendly and always happy to help out.

The clerks are exceptional, approachable and helpful. Communication is good and they go out of their way to make sure clients and solicitors are supported. Very accessible.

The service and clerks are very good. They work very hard to provide solutions. Senior clerk Nick Jeanes is very experienced and good at his job He has been extremely helpful.

The service from chambers as a whole is excellent always professional, accommodating and communicative.

Nick Jeanes is a first-rate clerk who is helpful and responsive.

The service from the clerk’s room is excellent and Michael is particularly helpful.

A friendly but efficient clerking team always on hand to assist and communication has never been a concern.

Set:

Albion is my ‘go-to’ chambers in the South West. Their ethos is demonstrated by the counsel in their set: tenacious, approachable, hardworking but a pleasure to work with.

Albion are a fantastic chambers with strength in depth in all disciplines. They are in my view the best family chambers in the south-west and my go-to chambers of choice.

Albion Chambers are a fantastic set with strength in depth across all areas of their practice. They are the leading chambers in family work in the South West and my go-to chambers of choice.

Albion Chambers are a long-established set in Bristol. They have always excelled in having a broad range of criminal advocates, from those newly qualified to the most experienced members who are able to conduct the most serious of criminal cases.

Albion Chambers are an excellent regional set, and we instruct them regularly, for both cases in the South West and sometimes in London or elsewhere. They have a wide range of barristers in respect of both private children and financial work.

Albion chambers are great. They have very good options for counsel.

Albion Chambers is a well-respected chambers, which does have many extremely competent barristers to choose from.

Albion Chambers is an excellent set. They maintain a strong team of reliable and reputable counsel.

Albion Chambers offers consistently high-quality members.

Albion have a strong team of family law counsel with a range of experience which facilitates matching the right counsel to the client and case.

Albion has always had a strong reputation in Family Law in Bristol. I am not as familiar with them all as I was when I worked in Bristol but the clerks are all lovely and will always work with you to accommodate needs. Dan Leafe is also excellent. He and Nick are our go-to’s.

Albion have been strengthening their team in Care Work and have an excellent team of barristers

Albion has good depth in general crime barristers and a number of rising stars.

Albion is probably the leading family law chambers in Bristol and the south-west. The size of their team means that they are generally able to offer a choice of counsel for a hearing which in turn means that it’s usually possible to handpick the right person for the job in hand. Almost universally all family barristers from Albion adopt a similarly constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law litigation.

Albion is the best set for family in Bristol

Albion is the strongest set in the area. It has a wide variety of barristers and very competent and helpful clerks.

An excellent Family set. Strength in-depth and always helpful. Excellent knowledge base.

As far as I am concerned they remain the premier set in the South -West. Always my first “port-of-call”.

Best Chambers in the South West.

Chambers have strength-in-depth for regulatory crime and availability of counsel has never been an issue.

Considerable strength in depth in their Family Team so, on those occasions that Deborah has not been available, I can always rely on other high calibre members of the Family team to stand in her stead.

Excellent strength in depth in financial remedy and children work.

Good strength in depth and a great variety of personalities to suit any client.

Large and impressive family team.

There is in-depth quality right across the family team.

 

This Bristol set has an excellent reputation across the Western Circuit and beyond for matters including family law, crime, employment and disciplinary issues, inquests, regulatory issues, personal injury and clinical negligence, probate and the administration of estates, landlord and tenant matters and other land disputes. General common law is also dealt with.

The set: Albion Chambers was established around 100 years ago and has a long-established commitment to integrity, approachability and the highest quality of advice and advocacy. Its 66 barristers include five Queen’s Counsel. There are three door tenants all of whom are Queen’s Counsel, and one associate member.

Albion Chambers recognises the importance of high levels of service to professional and lay clients alike. Chambers’ teams of committed specialists practise throughout the South West and beyond, providing clear, strong, expeditious and practical advice and representation. Highly skilled and experienced support staff offer friendly and efficient service.

Many members accept public access work.

Types of work undertaken: The extremely strong family team is now one of the largest in the country offering specialist advocacy and advice in all matters concerning matrimonial finance, public and private children law, divorce, ToLATA, Inheritance Act and cohabitee disputes. A number of members also undertake work in the Court of Protection. This work encompasses financial cases, personal welfare and serious medical treatment cases and those involving the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

The crime team at Albion Chambers has specialist practitioners offering representation and the highest quality legal advice and advocacy. It offers particular expertise in fraud, regulatory crime, sexual offences and murder. Many of its members are frequently instructed in disciplinary matters and actions against the police and prison service. While most work is in the South West and South Wales, members also provide services nationally.

Employment expertise for employers and employees includes individual and group employment law and disputes concerning discrimination and human rights. Chambers can offer representation in a broad range of disciplinary tribunals.

In regulatory matters barristers prosecute and defend in actions brought by a range of regulators including the Health and Safety Executive, Department of Work and Pensions, Environment Agency, and Department of Environment as well as numerous local authorities. Some members are involved in advising on the development and implementation of policy.

Albion Chambers offers a small but specialised team dealing with personal injury and clinical negligence work. The team has experience in a broad spectrum of litigation in this field ranging from small claims to substantial catastrophic injury cases. The probate team offers professional representation and advice for all stages of probate and claims for family provision, with particular experience in dealing with wills, intestacy and probate work, much of which comes before the Family or Chancery Division. Landlord and tenant matters are dealt with as well as other land disputes. All types of general common law issues, contract and tort are handled including commercial disputes and professional negligence matters.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Members of Chambers HYDE QC, Charles (1988)
Members of Chambers HUGHES QC, Ignatius (1986)
Members of Chambers VAITILINGAM QC, Adam (1987)
Members of Chambers EKANEY QC, Nkumbe (1990)
Members of Chambers BURGESS QC, Edward (1993)
Members of Chambers BRUNNER QC, Kate (1997)
Members of Chambers HILLS, Timothy (1968)
Members of Chambers O'BRIEN, Nicholas (1968)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Louise (1972)
Members of Chambers FRIDD, Nicholas (1975)
Members of Chambers STEEN, Martin (1976)
Members of Chambers DUVAL, Robert (1979)
Members of Chambers NORRIS, Geraint (1980)
Members of Chambers TAIT, Don (1987)
Members of Chambers MOONEY, Stephen (1987)
Members of Chambers DIXON, Sorrel (1987)
Members of Chambers ELDER, Fiona (1988)
Members of Chambers DINAN-HAYWARD, Deborah (1988)
Members of Chambers ZABIHI, Tanya (1988)
Members of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Hayley (1988)
Members of Chambers ROWSELL, Claire (1991)
Members of Chambers BURNS, Simon (1992)
Members of Chambers COOK, Paul (1992)
Members of Chambers SPROULL, Nicholas (1992)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Elizabeth (1992)
Members of Chambers FULLER, Alan (1993)
Members of Chambers STANNILAND, Jonathan (1993)
Members of Chambers NELSON, Giles (1995)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Jason (1995)
Members of Chambers ENGLISH, Richard (1995)
Members of Chambers LEAFE, Daniel (1996)
Members of Chambers POSTA, Adrian (1996)
Members of Chambers REAL, Kirsty (1996)
Members of Chambers SIVA, Kannan (1996)
Members of Chambers HALL, Michael (1996)
Members of Chambers WILTSHIRE, Hannah (1998)
Members of Chambers PITTS, Charlotte (1999)
Members of Chambers CHIDGEY, David (2000)
Members of Chambers REGAN, Sarah (2000)
Members of Chambers KNOWLES, Linsey (2000)
Members of Chambers COTTERELL, David (2001)
Members of Chambers SHEPHERD, Richard (2001)
Members of Chambers CRANFIELD, James (2002)
Members of Chambers FARQUHAR, Fiona (2002)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Stephen (2002)
Members of Chambers JENKINS, Benjamin (2004)
Members of Chambers LUCAS, Joanna (2004)
Members of Chambers BORKOWSKI, Gemma (2005)
Members of Chambers MIDGLEY, Anna (2005)
Members of Chambers KHANDKER, Monisha (2005)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Harry Ahuja  photo Harry Ahuja Harry Ahuja is an accomplished practitioner having worked in the criminal justice…
 Philip Baggley  photo Philip Baggley Philip Baggley specialises in child law including public and private children and…
 Tim Baldwin  photo Tim Baldwin Tim Baldwin is a busy, dedicated civil and public law practitioner in…
 Gemma Borkowski  photo Gemma Borkowski Gemma Borkowski practises in matrimonial finance and child law. She specialises in…
 Kate Brunner QC photo Kate Brunner QC Kate Brunner QC has a busy practice in crime, fraud, regulatory work…
 David Chidgey  photo David Chidgey David Chidgey specialises in matrimonial finance and trusts of land cases. He…
 Nikki Coombe  photo Nikki Coombe Nikki Coombe has substantial experience and expertise, both prosecuting and defending, in…
 Simon Cooper  photo Simon Cooper Simon joined Albion Chambers in 2017 and practises exclusively in family law,…
 David Cotterell  photo David Cotterell Reflecting his dual qualification as a barrister and as a surveyor, David’s…
 James Cranfield  photo James Cranfield James is Head of the Child Law Team. He joined Chambers in…
 Liz Cunningham  photo Liz Cunningham Liz Cunningham was called to the Bar in 1995 and practised from…
 Alice Darian  photo Alice Darian Alice Darian is a specialist in family law, and has built a…
 Deborah Dinan-Hayward  photo Deborah Dinan-Hayward Deborah Dinan-Hayward is a matrimonial finance and Tolata specialist and financial dispute…
 Sorrel Dixon  photo Sorrel Dixon Sorrel Dixon joined Albion Chambers in late 2016 after relocating from London.…
 Yasmine El-Nazer  photo Yasmine El-Nazer Yasmine joined Albion Chambers as a tenant in November 2017 after the…
 Fiona Elder  photo Fiona Elder Fiona Elder is a specialist in criminal law undertaking prosecution and defence…
 Richard English  photo Richard English Richard was in practice for over eight years prior to relocating to Australia.…
 Fiona Farquhar  photo Fiona Farquhar Fiona is an experienced family practitioner specialising in children law. She practises…
 Clare Fear  photo Clare Fear Clare joined Albion Chambers in October 2018 having previously practised in Cardiff…
 Nicholas Fridd  photo Nicholas Fridd Nicholas is a specialist in criminal law who covers all offences. He…
 Stuart Fuller  photo Stuart Fuller For the majority of his 27 years as a solicitor Stuart specialised…
 Alan Fuller  photo Alan Fuller Alan Fuller is a specialist advocate dealing with regulatory crime and is…
Ms Hayley Griffiths photo Ms Hayley Griffiths Hayley Griffiths is an experienced family law barrister who specialises in all…
 Chloe Griggs  photo Chloe Griggs Chloe joined chambers in 2017 following the successful completion of her third…
 Michael Hall  photo Michael Hall Michael Hall is a specialist criminal practitioner. He is CPS panel advocate…
 Libby Harris  photo Libby Harris Having practised in South Wales for 20 years, Libby moved to Bristol…
 William Heckscher  photo William Heckscher William has specialised in family law since completing his pupillage at One…
 Emily Heggadon  photo Emily Heggadon Emily joined Chambers in September 2018 after the successful completion of her…
 Edward Hetherington  photo Edward Hetherington Edd Hetherington is a specialist criminal and regulatory advocate, routinely instructed by…
 Timothy Hills  photo Timothy Hills Timothy Hills is a criminal law specialist undertaking prosecution and defence work…
 Charles Hyde QC photo Charles Hyde QC Considered to be ‘intellectually in a class of his own’; as having…
 Matt Jackson  photo Matt Jackson Matt joined Chambers in March 2020 from 10KBW. Matt’s practice focusses primarily…
 Benjamin Jenkins  photo Benjamin Jenkins Ben Jenkins is on sabbatical for a year from 2019. Ben Jenkins’…
 Monisha Khandker  photo Monisha Khandker Monisha specialises in child law and is regularly instructed on behalf of…
 Sophie Knapp  photo Sophie Knapp Sophie Knapp is a specialist practitioner, acting for both applicants and respondents…
 Linsey Knowles  photo Linsey Knowles Linsey Knowles joined Albion Chambers in December 2009 having previously practised in…
 Daniel Leafe  photo Daniel Leafe Daniel Leafe’s practice is exclusively in family law; ‘one of the best…
 Joanna Lucas  photo Joanna Lucas Joanna has extensive experience in all aspects of public law children. She…
 Emma Martin  photo Emma Martin Emma is an experienced criminal practitioner, defending and prosecuting in a wide…
 Patrick Mason  photo Patrick Mason Patrick Mason is a senior lawyer with experience in both arms of…
 Caroline Middleton  photo Caroline Middleton Caroline undertook her pupillage at 1GC Family Law and was a tenant…
 Anna Midgley  photo Anna Midgley Anna Midgley specialises in criminal law for both the prosecution and the…
 Robert Morgan-Jones  photo Robert Morgan-Jones Robert Morgan-Jones practises in Criminal and Regulatory Law. He joined Albion Chambers…
 Rachael Morton  photo Rachael Morton Rachael joined Albion Chambers in Spring 2018 and specialises in all areas…
 Giles Nelson  photo Giles Nelson Formerly at 5 Kings Bench Walk and St. John’s Chambers, Bristol; Giles…
 Geraint Norris  photo Geraint Norris Geraint is one of the leading family practitioners on the Western Circuit…
 Charley Pattison  photo Charley Pattison Charley completed her pupillage in 2014 and joined Albion Chambers as a…
 Derek Perry  photo Derek Perry Derek Perry is a specialist in criminal, regulatory and personal injury law.…
 Charlotte Pitts  photo Charlotte Pitts Charlotte Pitts is a family practitioner, specialising in children law. She practises…
 Sarah Pope  photo Sarah Pope Sarah specialises in complex public and private law children proceedings and the…
 Louise Price  photo Louise Price Louise Price has a wide range of experience in all areas of…
 Sarah Regan  photo Sarah Regan A specialist in criminal law, Sarah has an established practice in both…
 Emma Robert  photo Emma Robert Having practised as a solicitor for 16 years, Emma transferred to the…
 Stephen Roberts  photo Stephen Roberts Stephen transferred to the Bar in 2002 having practised as a solicitor…
 Claire Rowsell  photo Claire Rowsell Formerly a solicitor (admitted 1988) Claire Rowell specialises in public law children…
 Rupert Russell  photo Rupert Russell Rupert joined Albion from Carmelite Chambers in London in 2018 where he…
 David Sapiecha  photo David Sapiecha David joined Albion Chambers in February 2018. He is greatly experienced in…
 Richard Shepherd  photo Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd specialises in employment, regulatory crime and inquests. He is the…
 Kannan Siva  photo Kannan Siva Kannan Siva is a criminal practitioner who has vast experience of defending…
 Alec Small  photo Alec Small Alec joined Albion Chambers in 2014 after the successful completion of his…
 Philip Smith  photo Philip Smith Philip joined Chambers in September 2018 after the successful completion of his…
 Nicholas Sproull  photo Nicholas Sproull Nick is the Head of the Albion Chambers Matrimonial Finance Team. He…
 Jonathan Stanniland  photo Jonathan Stanniland Jonathan Stanniland practices in matrimonial finance. He undertakes financial provision and trust…
 Darren Stewart  photo Darren Stewart Darren joined Albion Chambers in January 2019 following a successful 14-year career…
 Don Tait  photo Don Tait Don Tait is a specialist criminal practitioner. He is a CPS panel…
 Lucy Taylor  photo Lucy Taylor Lucy Taylor became a tenant in Chambers in 2018 after completing her…
 Adam Vaitilingam QC photo Adam Vaitilingam QC Adam Vaitilingam QC is a highly-experienced silk and a specialist in criminal,…
 Alexander West  photo Alexander West Alexander specialises in Matrimonial Finance, Regulatory Crime and Inquests. Having joined Chambers in…
 Jonathan Wilkinson  photo Jonathan Wilkinson Jonathan joined Albion in 2016 and specialises in Court of Protection and…
 Alun Williams  photo Alun Williams Alun joined Albion Chambers in 2017 after undertaking pupillage and early tenancy…
 Hannah Wiltshire  photo Hannah Wiltshire Hannah Wiltshire specialises in Court of Protection and family law, and particularly…
Ms Tanya Zabihi photo Ms Tanya Zabihi Tanya joined Albion Chambers in January 2017. She has over 27 years…