Alec Small > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile
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Alec joined Albion Chambers in 2014 after the successful completion of his pupillage. He practises in criminal, court of protection and civil law. He maintains an advocacy and advisory practice in these areas. Prior to joining Chambers Alec worked as a County Court Advocate regularly appearing in civil matters across the South West. His background with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets means he has a good working knowledge of forces matters and the impact such lifestyles can have on clients. Alec regularly appears in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts both prosecuting and representing defendants. He is a CPS Advocate panel level 3 Prosecutor and regularly prosecutes and defends in Crown Court Trials. He appears in most criminal matters including the supply of controlled drugs, violence and offences against property. He also appears in Proceeds of Crime applications and in matters on behalf of the Probation Service. Alec also appears on behalf of constabularies and the CPS in disclosure applications in the Family Court, using his knowledge of both jurisdictions to good effect to obtain vital information for ongoing investigations. Alec regularly appears in the Employment Tribunals in all forms of hearing. He has worked in matters regarding dismissal, Equality Act cases and breaches of contract, and will accept work in any Employment dispute. He undertook an employment pupillage Stephen Roberts and Jason Taylor. He now has a national practice appearing in tribunals in Liverpool, Manchester, Plymouth and London. Alec acts for both claimants and respondents at all stages of proceedings, including advising on prospects. Alec takes a pragmatic approach to his cases and is able to apply his advocacy and analytical skills from his criminal practice to tribunal proceedings to good effect. Alec accepts instructions to act on behalf of local authorities, families, the Official Solicitor, Care commissioning Groups, deputies and NHS Trusts in matters involving both welfare and finance. He has been a member of the Court of Protection team since joining Albion Chambers in 2014 and has regularly assisted local authorities, NHS authorities and solicitors’ firms with education and training. Alec also undertakes work in Ordinary Residence disputes. Recently advising Local Authorities in cases where funding responsibility is in dispute.
Alec is known for his ability to assimilate material quickly, build a good rapport with clients and is able to cut to the heart of the issues in the case, in this way he is able to find a route through the case with an eye on avoiding unnecessary costs and delay.
Called 2012; Inner Temple
LLB (Hons) University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus): Awards: Bernard Sunley Prize presented by the Knights of the Round Table to Inner Temple Pupils (2014), Stones Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in Law (2011), Clifford Parker Mooting Prize (2011)