Edward Hetherington > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC
Albion Chambers


Edd Hetherington is a specialist criminal and regulatory advocate, routinely instructed by the prosecution and defence in the most complex and serious of cases, including murder, rape, fraud, firearms and supply of controlled drugs. He is a CPS Grade 4 Panel Advocate and a member of the Regulatory Advocates Panel in Health & Safety and Environmental Law.


Grade 4 Prosecutor; Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel. List B Prosecutor; Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law Panel; Called 2006; Middle Temple.


Criminal Bar Association; Western Circuit.


LLB (Hons) University of Durham. LLM Advanced Legal Practice. BVC: Northumbria University. JJ Powell Scholarship. Registered Pupil Supervisor.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward HetheringtonAlbion 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.

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.