Charley Pattison > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC
Albion Chambers


Charley completed her pupillage in 2014 and joined Albion Chambers as a tenant in 2018. She practices in crime, civil, the Coroner’s Court and Court of Protection. Charley was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship and spent three months working at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Charley focused on cases brought against the UK and covered a broad range of human rights abuses including right to life, right to fair trial and a number of very interesting privacy cases. Charley is a trustee of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre and has set up a legal environmental charity. Charley is regularly instructed as trial counsel in matters relating to drugs supply, sexual offences, violence, fraud and burglary. She also has experience of confiscation proceedings for both prosecution and defence at all stages. Charley is a Grade 2 panel advocate and a member of the CPS Serious Crime Group. Charley was recently successful in the Court of Appeal where she argued that a sentence be reduced from six years to three. Charley is instructed to represent claimants at civil trials in cases of false impr isonment and breaches of Article 3 ECHR. Charley undertakes work in the Court of Protection. She covers a broad range of areas under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, with an emphasis on health and welfare issues, as well as cases in the High Court’s jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults. Her work includes: personal welfare applications, serious medical treatment applications.section 21A applications challenging authorisations of deprivation of liberty in a care home or hospital under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), emergency applications, advising on local authority safeguarding duties and on the community care law issues arising in Court of Protection cases, contested applications for the appointment of deputies (welfare/financial affairs), and other property and affairs applications. Charley accepts instructions from RPRs, the Official Solicitor, family members, local authorities and the Office of the Public Guardian in relation to applications to the Court of Protection. Her previous work at the ECtHR included considering appeals against detention under the Mental Health Act, and gives her a solid understanding of the law and of the inter-relationship between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act.


Called 2013; Lincoln’s Inn




BSc Hons First Class: Business Administration and European Studies: Awards: Final year University Prize for Outstanding Results; Lord Denning Scholarship (Major); Pegasus Scholarship to ECHR