Charles Hyde QC > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC
Albion Chambers


Considered to be ‘intellectually in a class of his own’; as having an ‘enviable practice as a smooth operator in high-value money cases’ (Chambers and Partners), and brilliant, inclusive and charming’ (Legal 500), Charles has appeared in many reported and well-publicised cases. Solicitors and lay clients are attracted to his ‘no-nonsense’ and focused approached, designed to achieve the best outcome at the least possible emotional cost. His pragmatism reflects years of high-quality work at the Bar and also his experience sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice as a Deputy High Court Judge, where he has authority to hear the most complex financial and children cases. He also sits as a Recorder in Private and Public Law cases across the West of England. He was a founder member of the Family Procedure Rules Committee in 2004 and served on the committee for ten years.


Called 1988; Middle Temple. Recorder (Crown Court, Family); Deputy High Court Judge 2011; Silk 2006. Publications of note: ‘Essential Family Practice’ 2001 and 2002 (Butterworths); contributor to Wildblood and Eaton ‘Financial Provision in Family Matters’ (Sweet & Maxwell); and ‘Halsbury’s Laws (Children)’ (Butterworths).


FLBA; Family Procedure Rules Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Hyde QCAlbion 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.

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-focused‘ Deborah Dinan-Hayward is a go-to for large finance matters involving high-net-worth individuals, companies, farms, and tax implications; the ‘best of his generation‘ Daniel 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‘.