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Clinical negligence

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Kings Chambers' clinical negligence team is predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants, with a strong reputation in complex birth injury cases. Satinder Hunjan QC recently represented a father of two who secured £1.4m in compensation following negligent treatment for tuberculosis which led to blindness.

Chris Bright QC heads the clinical negligence team at No5 Barristers Chambers, a 'go-to set' with 'a huge selection of specialists'. The set is most notable for claimant work, however a number of members of chambers also have defendant practices as well. Key areas of work include birth injury, surgery cases and delayed diagnosis.

Andrew Evans is the key clinical negligence practitioner at St Philips Chambers, who represents claimants in a wide range of cases including surgeon's negligence and birth injury.


Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

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    • Avtar Khangure - St Philips ChambersExperienced in a wide range of commercial litigation matters.
    • James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersThoroughly prepared, with excellent forensic capability and superb organisation allied to a brilliant intellect.
    • John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersAs an advocate, he is second-to-none in the region.

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Amit Gupta recently joined Enterprise Chambers from St Philips Chambers, and focuses on commercial and insolvency litigation, in addition to director disqualification matters

No5 Barristers Chambers houses 'counsel of the highest calibre' across the full spectrum of insolvency, banking, commercial and Chancery matters. Shakil Najib recently acted for two defendants in a claim by liquidators relating to  alleged sham property transactions.

At Radcliffe Chambers, former St Philips Chambers members Kate Rogers and Matthew Weaver continue to be active in central England, with insolvency law a particular area of focus. Weaver recently acted for the administrators in of a group of travel companies in liquidation.

Key areas of work for Ropewalk Chambers include professional negligence and Inheritance Act disputes, as well as a broad range of general commercial litigation matters.

Members of St Ives Chambers act on a wide range of Chancery and commercial matters, including breach of contract, intellectual property and probate disputes. Matthew Haynes recently appeared unled for the defendant against a silk in a claim for deceit and breach of contract relating to a loan which had been secured by various works of art, which were also pledged to other lenders.

St Philips Chambers 'remains a go-to set' for commercial litigation and insolvency and also offers experienced counsel in company law, Chancery and professional negligence. Ed Pepperall QC was recently appointed to the High Court bench, while former solicitor Mark Grant joined the set from Gowling WLG's litigation team. James Morgan QC recently acted for the claimant in Northampton Borough Council v Cardoza in a £2m+ misfeasance claim against former directors of Northampton Town FC.


Construction, planning and environment

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    • Richard Kimblin QC - No5 Barristers ChambersA well-rounded and commercially astute barrister.
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersHe provides very commercial advice and is great with clients.
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Kings Chambers is home to a specialist planning law team, with particular specialisms in residential and highway planning, acting for both local authorities and developers. Anthony Crean QC retired from the Bar to start a land promotion business.

At No5 Barristers Chambers, members are instructed on a wide range of matters across the planning, construction and environmental spectrum. Richard Kimblin QC is particularly notable for his environmental practice, having recently defended in the environmental prosecution of a water company and acted for a developer in an air quality case.


Costs

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Paul Joseph is the key costs specialist at No5 Barristers Chambers, and is most notable for his work with government bodies on costs arising from large-scale cases, such as the claims put forward by Iraqi civilians against the Ministry of Defence.

At Ropewalk ChambersAndrew Lyons and Andrew Hogan are the key names in costs litigation, taking instructions from solicitors as well as costing services. Issues such as qualified one-way costs shifting, success fees and after-the-event insurance are a particular area of expertise.


Court of Protection and community care

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    • Nageena Khalique QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe combines gravitas, legal knowledge, and great client care.

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Members of No5 Barristers Chambers have experience acting for all sides of Court of Protection cases, including the representation of local authorities and other public bodies. Particular areas of specialism include capacity issues and deprivation of liberty as well as cases involving forced marriage issues.

London set Serjeants' Inn Chambers is home to former No5 Barristers Chambers members Emma Sutton and Nageena Khalique QC, who maintain their strong presence on circuit - both handle serious consent to medical treatment matters.


Crime

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    • Ian Bridge - No5 Barristers ChambersFearless in court and relentless in his meticulous case preparation.
    • Jennifer Josephs - St Philips ChambersVery fair and an excellent advocate.
    • John O'Higgins - No5 Barristers ChambersA very strong advocate with an air of authority.
    • Philip Rule - No5 Barristers ChambersHighly experienced in appellate matters.
    • Sanjeev Sharma - Equity ChambersHis client care is exceptional, his advocacy and preparation are outstanding, and his judgement and tactics are excellent
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    • Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersAn effective advocate with great attention to detail.
    • Simon Davis - St Philips ChambersSpecialises in fraud, theft, and drug-related cases.
    • Sarah Gaunt - The 36 GroupShe cross-examines with deadly effect.
    • Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips ChambersHer practice includes fraud and sexual offences cases.

Equity Chambers is home to criminal defence specialist Sanjeev Sharma, whose caseload includes murder, terrorism and organised crime cases. Fraud work is another key practice area, and Sharma recently led another junior on behalf of a defendant in a multi-million banking fraud case.

 No5 Barristers Chambers' large crime team is recommended by clients for the 'exceptional depth and calibre of counsel' available for instruction across the full spectrum of criminal cases, including serious violent crime, sexual offences, terrorism, drug conspiracies and serious fraud cases. Notable recent cases in which members have been involved include a large-scale grooming case in the Huddersfield area, and one concerning an alleged conspiracy to sell drugs in prisons using drones.

St Ives Chambers' criminal law team has 'gone from strength to strength' in recent years. The set is instructed across the spectrum of criminal work, including murder, sexual offences and drug conspiracy cases. A recent highlight for the set is Kevin Saunders' involvement for the defence in the only trial arising from Operation Dynamo, a large-scale drug supply investigation.

St Philips Chambers houses a wide range of criminal practitioners who are instructed to both prosecute and defend across the Midlands and nationally. Particular focus areas for the set include serious fraud, violent crime, and drug cases, as well as sexual offences. Notable members of the group include 2019 Bar Council chair Richard Atkins QC and head of chambers Andrew Smith QC, who successfully prosecuted a man who received a tariff of 33 years for the murder of his disabled neighbour.

The 36 Group maintains a strong presence in the Midlands, particularly regarding East Midlands work, with several members being instructed on complex and high-profile work in the region. David Herbert QC led the prosecution in a seven-handed joint enterprise murder of a Latvian man, who was lured to a house in Lincolnshire, beaten to death then urinated on.


Employment

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    • Helen Barney - No5 Barristers ChambersIncredibly shrewd, personable and easy to work with.
    • Sarah George - St Philips ChambersExtremely good with clients and has a considered and practical approach.
    • Jonathan Gidney - St Philips ChambersMeticulous in preparation and has a great manner with clients.
    • Richard Hignett - No5 Barristers ChambersImpressive in both his written and oral advocacy.
    • Patrick Keith - St Philips ChambersAn excellent and well-prepared advocate
    • David Maxwell - St Philips ChambersAn extremely competent employment law barrister.
    • Jonathan Meichen - St Philips ChambersHe has a very calm and composed presence in tribunal.
    • Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersA good choice for work that overlaps with commercial litigation.
    • Tim Sheppard - No5 Barristers ChambersA good advocate who has an excellent manner with clients.

No5 Barristers Chambers is home to a strong contingent of employment barristers, who are instructed on behalf of all types of stakeholder in a wide range of cases. Key issues grappled with include discrimination, victimisation, TUPE and unfair or constructive dismissals.

St Philips Chambers' employment team is instructed across the full spectrum of claimant and respondent work. Particular areas of work include restrictive covenants, discrimination law and whistleblowing cases. Edmund Beever acted for two senior female police officers in a claim centering on whistleblowing and direct sex discrimination.


Family and children law

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    • Stephen Abberley - 3PBTenacious and calm under pressure.
    • Juliet Allen - St Philips ChambersAlways very well-prepared and great with clients.
    • Adreeja Chatterjee - No5 Barristers ChambersHer practice includes both public and private children law cases.
    • Michelle Christie - Senate House ChambersA fierce advocate with excellent legal knowledge.
    • Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersHe provides first-class client care.
    • Kirstie Danton - St Ives ChambersHard working, knowledgeable, and great with clients.
    • Sara Davis - St Mary's ChambersHer practice includes both public and private children law cases.
    • Francesca Fothergill - St Philips ChambersRecommended for matrimonial finance work.
    • Michele Friel - No5 Barristers ChambersHer knowledge and skill in parental alienation cases is unparalleled.
    • Kirsty Gallacher - No5 Barristers ChambersDiligent, bright and hard working.
    • Victoria Hodges - St Mary's ChambersVery passionate and strives to obtain a good outcome for her clients.
    • Tracy Lakin - St Ives Chambersalways robust and strong in her advocacy
    • Lawrence Messling - 3PBA skillful cross-examiner who is always well-prepared.
    • Lianne Murphy - Senate House ChambersA first-class mind whose attention to detail in medical cases is second-to-none.
    • Matthew O'Grady - St Mary's ChambersA team player and consummate professional.
    • David Payne - St Ives ChambersAn outstanding trial counsel with exceptional analytical and technical skills.
    • Daniel Sheridan - Senate House ChambersA robust advocate who is committed to his clients.
    • Anita Thind - St Mary's ChambersParticularly strong on care proceedings.
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    • Poonam Bhari - 3PBA strong family law generalist.
    • Dewinder Birk - No5 Barristers ChambersA safe pair of hands with measured and articulate delivery.
    • Nicholas Brown - St Philips ChambersRepresents a range of parties in care cases.
    • Stephanie Brown - No5 Barristers ChambersOperates with clinical precision in every matter she takes on.
    • Judy Claxton - St Mary's ChambersA public children law specialist.
    • Suzanne Coleclough - 3PBA very well prepared, pragmatic and careful advocate.
    • Nicola Martin - 3PBShe provides truly exceptional client care, particularly for vulnerable individuals.
    • Hannah Mettam - Senate House ChambersA magnet for complex care work.
    • Maria Mulrennan - St Mary's ChambersHer practice focuses on care proceedings.
    • Gregory Rogers - St Ives ChambersRecommended for care cases.
    • Christopher Watson - St Philips ChambersParticularly notable for his public children law work.

3PB is rapidly developing its presence on circuit, with some viewing it as 'a go-to set for family finance work'. Members are also instructed on complex public law proceedings involving non-accidental injuries, care arrangements, and fabricated or induced illnesses, as well as private law proceedings dealing with contact, alienation, and relocation.

No5 Barristers Chambers is, for some, 'the best chambers in the midlands for family work', and is a 'go-to for both finance and children matters'. Particular areas of specialism include parental alienation, forced marriage prevention orders and cross-border matters such as international adoption and child abduction the private children law side, along with complex non-accidental injuries and abuse allegations in public child law matters. Financial remedy specialist Juliet Allen departed the set for St Philips Chambers.

Northampton's specialist family law set Senate House Chambers is home to several children law-focused barristers who are instructed on a wide range of both public and private cases.

Family law is a key aspect of St Ives Chambers' members' workload, with barristers specialising in the full range of both Children Act and matrimonial cases. The set is regarded by some as a 'hidden gem in Birmingham', providing 'an excellent choice of specialist counsel' who are 'reliable, knowledgeable, and approachable.'

St Mary's Chambers is a specialist family law set with 'a wide range of extremely competent barristers' in cases in Nottinghamshire and beyond. The set is best known for public law children work, though it is increasing its presence in the family finance space. Amanda Bewley departed for London set Coram Chambers in March 2019

St Philips Chambers provides clients with 'real depth in family finance' and also undertakes complex public and private child law cases, including cases involving allegations of parental alienation and complex medical evidence. Juliet Allen arrived from No5 Barristers Chambers in May 2019.


Immigration

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Members of No5 Barristers Chambers regularly appear in both First Tier Tribunal cases, as well as Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal work. The set primarily acts for claimants, with cases including human rights claims and citizenship matters, including disputes over the "good character" requirement.


Inquests and inquiries

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Members of No5 Barristers Chambers represents all manner of stakeholders in inquests and inquiries Particular areas of specialism include inquests following fatal workplace accidents, clinical deaths, deaths in custody, as well as the representation of coroners themselves in judicial reviews of their decisions.

Notable members of Ropewalk Chambers' inquest team include Richard Seabrook, who is particularly experienced in Article 2 inquests and Georgina Cursham, a member of the Attorney General's Regional Panel.

Nageena Khalique QC at Serjeants' Inn Chambers maintains strong links to central England, appearing in a wide range of inquests in the region.


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Personal injury

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    • Peter Dean - No5 Barristers ChambersRecommended for workplace accidents and industrial disease work.
    • Timothy Jacques - Cornwall Street ChambersHe does not shy away from difficult or complicated cases.
    • Rochelle Rong - Ropewalk ChambersKnowledgeable and attentive.
    • Toby Stewart - Ropewalk ChambersA personal injury specialist.
    • Nicholas Truelove - Kings ChambersPassionate - he takes on cases others shy away from.
    • Phillip Turton - Ropewalk ChambersHe has a sharp eye and a strong knowledge of asbestos claims.

Timothy Jacques is a key name to note for personal injury work at Cornwall Street Chambers - he represents both claimants and defendants in cases involving, among other issues, public liability and employer's liability.

Members of Kings Chambers act on a wide range of personal injury cases for both claimants and defendants, with experience of catastrophic injuries, chronic pain claims and high-value road traffic accidents.

The personal injury team at No5 Barristers Chambers continues to be a key presence in the Midlands, with members acting for both claimants and defendants in serious and complex cases. A recent highlight for the set is group head Paul Bleasdale QC's representation of a group of claimants against former breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who in 2017 was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent after carrying out needless operations. Stephen Campbell retired.

Ropewalk Chambers is 'the premier personal injury set in the East Midlands', with a strong range of specialist counsel available for instruction. Industrial disease is a particular area of specialism, with several tenants acting on high-value mesothelioma claims.


Property

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    • John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersThe go-to choice when leading counsel is required.

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    • John Brennan - St Philips ChambersHighly intelligent, diligent and intuitive.
    • Tom Carter - Ropewalk ChambersParticularly recommended for cases involving Japanese knotweed.
    • Michael Singleton - St Ives ChambersAdept at handling complex cases.
    • Anthony Verduyn - St Philips ChambersAn excellent wingman for the busy commercial solicitor.
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No5 Barristers Chambers is home to David Mitchell and David Taylor, who both have substantial landlord and tenant practices as well as covering a variety of property litigation matters.

At Ropewalk Chambers, the property team is instructed in a wide range of matters including possession claims, boundary and easement disputes as well as dilapidation claims. Tom Carter recently represented a claimant, as a junior alone, in a Court of Appeal case against National Rail concerning liability under the law of nuisance for encroachment by Japanese knotweed rhizomes.

St Ives Chambers is particularly well known for its housing team, which is the 'go-to' for landlord and tenant matters in Birmingham. Key areas of work include social housing disputes, possession claims, anti-social behaviour issues and disrepair claims.

St Philips Chambers is a 'good set' for property law matters. Key areas of work for the set include easements, restrictive covenants and developer disputes.


Public law

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    • Richard Clayton QC - Kings ChambersA formidable opponent who provides quality advice.

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Kings Chambers is home to experienced public law silk Richard Clayton QC, who was recently instructed in Maharaj v Attorney-General of Trinidad and Tobago, a Privy Council case concerning the mechanism of judicial appointments in Trinidad and Tobago.

Members of No5 Barristers Chambers are instructed in a wide range of public and administrative law cases. Key areas of work include judicial reviews, unlawful detention claims, and human rights. Abid Mahmood is particularly notable for his experience in national security cases. Vinesh Mandalia now sits as a judge in the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

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    • Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersHis level of competence is exceptional both in and out of court.

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    • Sarah Clover - Kings ChambersTenacious, with good knowledge of the licencing sector.
    • Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersConscientious, bright and able - an excellent licensing barrister.
    • Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersAn expereienced prosecutor of health and safety offences.
    • Tim Pole - No5 Barristers ChambersHe has first-class technical knowledge of health and safety law.
    • Bernard Thorogood - No5 Barristers ChambersA first-class advocate with excellent client care skills.
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    • Ian Bridge - No5 Barristers ChambersAn excellent health and safety barrister.
    • Leo Charalambides - Kings ChambersHis knowledge of licencing is excellent.
    • Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips ChambersA very strong, confident, and balanced advocate.
    • James Puzey - St Philips ChambersAn excellent lawyer who misses nothing.
    • Harpreet Sandhu - No5 Barristers ChambersA great all-round persuasive advocate.

Members of Kings Chambers' licencing team acts for both councils and petitioners across the alcohol, entertainment and transport licensing sectors, with a particular focus on revocation appeals.

No5 Barristers Chambers is 'one of the main sets for regulatory law in the Midlands' and also has 'excellent depth' in its health and safety team. Bernard Thorogood recently prosecuted for the Health and Safety Executive in a case arising out of the death of a Red Arrows pilot in which the manufacturer of a faulty ejector seat was fined £1.1m. Adrian Keeling QC and Harpreet Singh Sandhu are notable for their expertise in police discipline. Rex Tedd QC retired.

St Philips Chambers is most known for its work on complex health and safety matters. Defence work includes R v Midland South Red, in which Richard Atkins QC defended a bus company following a crash involving a 79 year old bus driver which left two dead. For the prosecution, in R v DHL, Ben Mills prosecuted the courier company a fatal accident case resulting in a £2m fine. Other key areas of work include licensing matters, where Andrew Evans and James Puzey are the key practitioners respectively.


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