Anna Midgley > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Anna Midgley specialises in criminal law for both the prosecution and the defence, across a broad spectrum of offences, including regulatory crime and inquests. She is a level 4 CPS panel advocate, is on the panel of rape and serious sexual offences prosecutors, and is recommended in the Legal 500. Anna has experience of both prosecuting and defending allegations of manslaughter, rape and sexual crime and has been commended for her ability in cross-examining experts. She is often led in substantial cases concerning allegations of serious violence, drugs conspiracies and gun crime. She therefore has particular expertise in the issues of public interest immunity and disclosure which arise in relation to police informants. Having prosecuted and defended in substantial white-collar fraud, Anna has the strategic and presentational skills required to make such cases comprehensible for a jury, and is familiar with management of highly voluminous cases. Anna is recognised for her thorough preparation and rigorous legal analysis, and has a precise and effective style of advocacy. Anna is head of Albion Chambers’ Inquest Team. She is proficient in dealing with the strategic and evidential considerations in complex inquests, including Article 2 and jury inquests. She has represented local authorities, including in coronial proceedings where a number of linked inquests are heard together, as a result of multiple deaths. Anna is familiar with the expectations and concerns of public bodies in the coronial context, having been instructed by CQC and NHS Trusts. Anna is well-placed to advise clients on the approach required to avoid a Regulation 28 report. She is equally comfortable representing the family of the deceased, and has been praised for her quick grasp of voluminous material and the true issues, and her sensitivity in balancing of the family’s needs and expectations against the need to gain a coroner’s trust. Anna has experience representing those who face both criminal prosecution and regulatory enforcement action, in particular in relation to CQC enforcement. She recognises the needs of clients to maintain working relationships with regulators, even in the context of litigation. She has acted for care homes and nurseries in appealing against CQC Notices of Decision. She has also been instructed by the CQC to advise in relation to disclosure, and the Environment Agency, the Department of Business, Industry and Skills, the Department of Work and Pensions, and HMRC.

Career

Called 2005; Middle Temple. Middle Temple; Astbury Scholarship and Certificate of Honour for achievement on BVC (graded Outstanding)

Memberships

Western Circuit, CBA, HSLA

Education

BA (Hons) Cantab; Pembroke College Zeigler Prize for Law and Foundation Scholarship

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Anna MidgleyAlbion 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.

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’.