The Legal 500

No5 Chambers

Chambers of Mark Anderson QC

FOUNTAIN COURT, STEELHOUSE LANE, BIRMINGHAM, B4 6DR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0845 210 5555
Fax:
Fax 0121 606 1501
DX:
16075 BIRMINGHAM
Email:
Web:
www.no5.com
London, Leicester, Bristol, Birmingham

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Commercial, banking and insolvency

Noted for its ‘strength in depth’, No5 Chambers’ first-rate commercial team is highly regarded at all levels of call, and handles instructions for a national and, increasingly, international client base. It has recently advised banks and their customers in various financial mis-selling cases. On the insolvency side, members deal with issues arising from liquidations and administrations, as well as corporate reconstructions, bankruptcies and IVAs. Mark Anderson QC recently settled a £10.5m claim for damages for breach of a joint venture agreement. The group is ‘user-friendly, responsive and willing to travel’.

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading silks

Mark Anderson QC - No5 ChambersExperienced in complex commercial litigation and company-related disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mohammed Zaman QC - No5 ChambersMeticulously prepared, and provides reasoned commercial advice to clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Jones QC - No5 ChambersA particular expert in financial services matters, including cases with group litigation orders and professional negligence.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading juniors

David Taylor - No5 ChambersHis expertise includes commercial contract disputes and professional negligence claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Olivia Chaffin-Laird - No5 ChambersHer financial services expertise complements her knowledge of insolvency, as well as company and partnership matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Omar Ensaff - No5 ChambersRecognised for his strength in insolvency.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Joseph - No5 ChambersAn experienced and diligent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Shakil Najib - No5 ChambersHe has a very thorough grasp of commercial matters, with an eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Reed - No5 ChambersAlways understands the commercial dynamics to a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

No5 Chambers has a national reputation in the planning arena, and attracts praise for its ‘wide selection of specialisms’. Members regularly advise on residential and retail schemes, among others, as well as appearing at public inquiries and in the higher courts. In 2014, Timothy Jones appeared in Cotswold Grange Country Park LLP v Secretary of State, a significant case on the interpretation of planning permissions. The set’s dedicated construction group represents contractors, property developers and construction companies. Members are ‘approachable, and offer thorough, considered advice’.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

Jeremy Cahill QC - No5 ChambersAssists on schemes of all sizes, including mixed-use developments, infrastructure, care homes and listed buildings.’

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Kingston QC - No5 ChambersHe has encyclopaedic knowledge of planning law and keen tactical ability.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Christopher Young - No5 ChambersRecommended for town and country planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin Barrett - No5 ChambersHe handles construction matters in the TCC, and has experience in arbitration, adjudication and mediation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Omar Ensaff - No5 ChambersPractises above his call in construction matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Goatley - No5 ChambersAs good, if not better, than some silks.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Kimblin - No5 ChambersHe has a formidable intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

Satnam Choongh - No5 ChambersParticular strength in residential, retail, waste and infrastructure matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Jones - No5 ChambersRepresents parties such as landowners, local authorities and housebuilders.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Although No5 Chambers’ heavyweight team handles a broad spectrum of offences, it has seen a particular increase in commercial fraud and proceeds of crime cases. In a recent highlight, Michelle Heeley defended a journalist from The Sun in a case involving alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. The group is recommended for its ‘depth of experience’.

Crime – Leading silks

Adrian Keeling QC - No5 ChambersPractises at the highest level, locally and nationally.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Mason QC - No5 ChambersGets to grip with cases very quickly, and can put even difficult clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Duck QC - No5 ChambersA superb choice of silk – he possesses the legal and advocacy finesse required of the title.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rex Tedd QC - No5 ChambersHis advocacy is engaging and persuasive, even when dealing with technical material.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Alexander Stein - No5 ChambersVery sure-footed, and has a sound tactical approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Antonie Muller - No5 ChambersProsecutes and defends serious crimes, including child cruelty, sexual offences, and complex fraud.’

Ranked: tier 1

Brian Dean - No5 ChambersHe has an impressive command of a case in front of judges and juries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Harpreet Singh Sandhu - No5 ChambersHis work ethic and level of preparation are second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Bridge - No5 ChambersPractically a silk – with or without the badge you can put him up against anyone.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michelle Heeley - No5 ChambersShe is not afraid to confront an issue if and when required.’

Ranked: tier 1

Phil Bradley - No5 ChambersHardworking, conscientious and empathises with clients very well.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

No5 Chambers’ ‘impressive team’ not only provides advisory and advocacy services across England and Wales for public and private sector entities, but also offers representation in other European jurisdictions. Charles Crow recently successfully defended Manpower against claims of racial discrimination. The set has ‘good strength in depth, with a range of very experienced practitioners and good new juniors’.

Employment – Leading juniors

Andrew McGrath - No5 ChambersAlways available whenever you require him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Crow - No5 ChambersResponsive, articulate, confident and intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Barney - No5 ChambersFiercely intelligent, but does not let that get in the way of the argument.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin O’Donovan - No5 ChambersHis practice includes wrongful dismissal, restraint of trade and confidentiality disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mugni Islam-Choudhury - No5 ChambersHe has excellent people skills and is technically brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Hignett - No5 ChambersVery strong on the law, a super advocate, and fuss-free.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Sheppard - No5 ChambersExcellent value for money.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Noted for its breadth of expertise, No5 Chambers’ ‘prompt, efficient and courteous’ family team has a strong track record in financial cases and children matters. It acts in areas ranging from non-accidental injuries and cross-border adoption to complex financial remedy cases involving business and farming assets. The ‘excellent’ team provides ‘good representation whatever the case’.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Lorna Meyer QC - No5 ChambersHer paperwork is of high quality, and her skeleton arguments are very persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Adreeja Chatterjee - No5 ChambersShines in complex care cases, including cross-border adoptions and placements.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ashley Wynne - No5 ChambersHis written work is of exceptional quality.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher James - No5 ChambersWell regarded in cohabitee disputes and financial provision cases involving businesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Arthur - No5 ChambersGets to the heart of the case, whilst also getting the best out of the client.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michele Friel - No5 ChambersShe immediately grasps the minutiae of cases, which instantly puts clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Orla Grant - No5 ChambersA well-regarded all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stefano Nuvoloni - No5 ChambersA well-regarded childcare law specialist who shines in the most complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephanie Brown - No5 ChambersShe is very forensic, with a precise eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Clifford - No5 ChambersVery thorough in her preparation of cases, and very good at managing clients’ expectations.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Midland Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

No5 Chambers (Birmingham, Leicester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Rated by some as ‘the best set outside of London’, No5 Chambers’ Midlands offices have ‘enormous experience at all levels’. The personal injury team is more than 70-strong, and handles a broad spectrum of cases, including high-value fatal accident, workplace fatality, brain/spinal injury, amputation, and sports-related injury claims. Satinder Hunjan QC leads the heavy-hitting clinical negligence group, which includes four silks and handles instructions nationwide. Chris Bright QC recently acted in a high-value case involving birth injuries which had a severe mental and physical impact on the claimant.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Chris Bright QC - No5 ChambersUser-friendly, client-friendly and great on detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Jones QC - No5 ChambersHis knowledge of the law is first class, and he is an excellent tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Bleasdale QC - No5 ChambersHis negotiation skills are scarily good.’

Ranked: tier 1

Satinder Hunjan QC - No5 ChambersTerrifyingly good – it is as if he sees the world in slow motion.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

David Tyack - No5 ChambersHis great strength lies in his ability to analyse complicated medical evidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Brown - No5 ChambersShe has a very sensitive manner with clients, and is efficient and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry Pitchers - No5 ChambersRobust and intuitive in his approach to negotiations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Gamble - No5 ChambersCan always be relied upon to deliver a definitive opinion when required.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Coughlan - No5 ChambersImmaculately prepared, and unflappable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Duthie - No5 ChambersA real detail man – his focus on evidence is always impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Brunning - No5 ChambersHe has a very calm and measured manner which inspires confidence in him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Moat - No5 ChambersIt is surprising he is not yet in silk – his tactical nous is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Smallwood - No5 ChambersMeticulous in his paperwork, and very good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Michael - No5 ChambersRigorous attention to detail in the most complex and unusual cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Campbell - No5 ChambersVery personable, very efficient and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

No5 Chambers’ ‘extremely pleasant and personable’ team handles a broad spectrum of property matters, in areas including landlord and tenant, title disputes arising from land purchases, restrictive covenants, easements, mortgages and adverse possession. In 2014, David Mitchell dealt with an adverse possession claim concerning part of a cricket ground.

Property – Leading juniors

David Mitchell - No5 ChambersHis practice includes landlord and tenant, easements and property-related agriculture.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Taylor - No5 ChambersActs in title disputes, and disputes arising from land purchases, as well as landlord and tenant matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

No5 Chambers’ group covers diverse areas within administrative and public law, including community care, immigration, asylum, public procurement and local government matters. Nageena Khalique QC, who took silk in 2015, recently represented a defendant NHS trust in a judicial review challenge to the policy surrounding the prescription of pain-relieving drugs in prison.

Public law – Leading silks

Nageena Khalique QC - No5 ChambersThorough, and delightful with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public law – Leading juniors

Abid Mahmood - No5 ChambersVery responsive and a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jenny Wigley - No5 ChambersPresents a clear and cogent case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Shakil Najib - No5 ChambersAlways well prepared and focused in his arguments; a skilled practitioner in judicial review.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vinesh Mandalia - No5 ChambersHis oral submissions are incisive.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

In addition to handling general regulatory work, No5 Chambers is well regarded in health and safety, handling some of the highest-profile matters in the UK. Members of chambers also undertake professional disciplinary cases, with police misconduct a particular specialism. In 2014, Harpreet Singh Sandhu defended a police officer who had sent sexually inappropriate messages to a woman who had been a witness in criminal proceedings. The group, which has ‘real strength in depth’, is ‘reliable and responsive, and provides a quality service’.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

Adrian Keeling QC - No5 ChambersHe has vast expertise in representing police officers in professional disciplinary matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rex Tedd QC - No5 ChambersHe is a strong negotiator, is able to adapt, and keeps the client informed and involved throughout.’

Ranked: tier 1
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Adam Farrer - No5 ChambersA careful, considered and unflappable advocate, with excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Stein - No5 ChambersHe is quite simply a wonder to behold, with a fantastic feel for contested litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bernard Thorogood - No5 ChambersVery user-friendly, works extremely hard and gives a second-to-none after-sales service to instructing solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 1

Harpreet Singh Sandhu - No5 ChambersExceptionally confident on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking and insolvency

Although No5 Chambers does not have an office in the Northern circuit, its commercial, banking and insolvency practices operate nationally. Susanne Muth, who is based in Manchester, is representing the claimant in a professional negligence claim against a bank.

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading juniors

Susanne Muth - No5 ChambersVery thorough with papers, and drafts excellent statements of case.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit

Public law

Although No5 Chambers does not have an office in the South East, Philip Rule undertakes the majority of his work in the region. Rule, who also handles criminal work, has expertise in human rights cases concerning individuals accused or convicted of criminal offences, including matters involving the unlawful treatment of prisoners.

Public law – Leading juniors

Philip Rule - No5 ChambersA very confident operator in judicial review matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking and insolvency

No5 Chambers covers matters ranging from complex banking disputes and corporate reconstructions to Chancery cases, and litigation arising from liquidations and administrations.

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading juniors

David Taylor - No5 ChambersStrong in his written advice and in conference with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Omar Ensaff - No5 ChambersHe is particularly well regarded in both personal and corporate insolvency.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

On the planning side, No5 Chambers’ team appears at inquiries and appeals and before the higher courts in relation to residential and energy schemes. The set also has experience in dealing with groundbreaking environment proposals, and construction is another area of strength. The set is noted for its strength in depth, and ‘always has availability’.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Paul Cairnes - No5 ChambersHe is very thorough in his research and insightful in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Western Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

No5 Chambers (Bristol)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Noted for its ‘quality team’, No5 Chambers has a national reputation in personal injury and clinical negligence, with considerable bench strength and leading specialists within each discipline. Dr Simon Fox’s medical background complements his clinical negligence practice.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

David Tyack - No5 ChambersHis greatest strength lies in his ability to analyse medical evidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dr Simon Fox - No5 ChambersHe is regularly instructed in high-value clinical negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

No5 Chambers’ team handles matters covering the entire property spectrum, including conveyancing disputes, landlord and tenant issues, and claims over land interests such as easements. Instructing parties include local authorities and property developers.

Property – Leading juniors

David Mitchell - No5 ChambersVery good at devising the best strategy for the circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Taylor - No5 ChambersHe is one of the most eloquent barristers when on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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