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No5 Chambers

Chambers of Paul Bleasdale QC

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London, Leicester, Bristol, Birmingham

Regional Bar

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  • Regional Bar: Midland Circuit > Overview


Regional Bar

Within Treasury Panel Lists Midland Based on the Midland Circuit (previously Region 2)

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Regional Bar: Midland Circuit

Within Chancery, commercial, insolvency and banking,

No5 ChambersRichard Jones QC comes highly recommended for his ‘excellent advocacy skills’. Mark Anderson QC is ‘hugely intelligent and tactically astute’, and ‘an excellent trial lawyer’. The ‘very bright’ and ‘quick-wittedDavid Mitchell is noted for his ‘clear advice on tricky points’. The ‘knowledgeableOmar Ensaff is ‘analytical’ and ‘inspires confidence’, and ‘exceptional advocateOlivia Chaffin-Laird is ‘thorough’ and ‘extremely approachable’. Paul Joseph is ‘an articulate, confident advocate’ who attracts praise for his ‘meticulous attention to detail, and his ability to adopt a clear, reasoned and logical approach to cases’.

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Within Crime,

No5 Chambers is singled out for its ‘real strength in depth’. Recommended silks include the ‘excellentMichael Duck QC, who has a ‘well-deserved reputation’, and Rex Tedd QC, who is praised for his ‘unrivalled experience’ and ‘ability to summarise arguments and lead all involved through the decision-making process’. Of the juniors, Alexander Steinwill tenaciously fight his defendants corner’. The ‘exceptionally intelligent and hardworkingBrian Dean, and the ‘conscientious and tenaciousPhil Bradley are also recommended.

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Within Employment,

The ‘personable’ and ‘extremely knowledgeableRichard Hignett now heads the employment group at No5 Chambers and ‘excels where the issues are of a sensitive and high-risk nature’. The ‘extremely intelligentHelen Barney is a ‘focused and tenacious advocate’, who is noted for her ‘excellent relationship with clients’. ‘Employment law guruAndrew McGrath is ‘an excellent advocate’.

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Within Family,

No5 ChambersAshley Wynne is ‘an expert negotiator’, ‘extremely pragmatic’, and ‘exceptional even in the most pressurised circumstances’. The ‘highly effectiveChristopher James attracts praise for his ‘straightforward and direct manner, which clients find reassuring’. The ‘highly professional and very approachableHelen Arthurclearly, succinctly and effectively puts her clients ’ instructions across to all those involved’. Stefano Nuvoloni, Robin Rowland and Stephanie Brown also stand out, as do Lorna Meyer QC and Michele Friel, for their expertise in cases involving children.

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Within Overview, No5 Chambers (Paul Bleasdale QC) is a first tier set,

No5 Chambers retains its position as the leading regional set, and is noted for its ‘real strength in depth’ and ‘professional, helpful, and courteous clerking’. St Philips Chambers leads on Chancery, commercial, insolvency, banking and criminal matters. St Ives Chambers maintains its ‘first-class reputation’ for family law matters, notwithstanding former practice head Michael Keehan QC’s judicial appointment to the High Court. Ropewalk Chambers remains the heavyweight in Nottingham. Cornwall Street Chambers and St Mary’s Chambers both have strong reputations in family law. July 2012 saw the opening of Kings Chambers’ new Birmingham office. 1 High Pavement and Citadel Chambers maintain strong reputations in criminal matters.

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Within Personal injury and clinical negligence,

No5 Chambers’ key silks include Paul Bleasdale QC, who is recommended for his ‘first-class attention to detail’, ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’, and ‘ability to deliver devastating cross-examination’; and Satinder Hunjan QC, who is ‘an excellent tactician and technical lawyer’ and ‘always puts the client first’. The ‘personable’ and ‘well-preparedChris Bright QC has ‘considerable expertise’, and is noted for his ‘ability to handle the most complex matters’. Joining its ranks of standout silks is Jonathan Jones QC, who was made up in 2013. David Tyack has ‘excellent analytical skills’, and is ‘particularly good on difficult legal and procedural points’. The ‘switched-onHenry Pitchers is recommended for his ‘excellent written work’, and ‘approachable, friendly but straight-talking manner’. The ‘diligent’ and ‘thoroughSimon Michael also attracts praise for his ‘detailed preparation’ and ‘excellent client care’. John Coughlan is noted for his ‘intelligent advice’, and ability to ‘inspire confidence in clients’. The ‘thorough, determined, and incredibly brightRobert Smallwood is ‘excellent on his feet and in conference’. The ‘exceptionalEmma Brown is also recommended.

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Within Planning, public law and regulatory,

No5 ChambersIan Dove QC is ‘personable’, ‘knowledgeable’, and ‘an effective advocate and strategic adviser’. Jeremy Cahill QC and Martin Kingston QC are recommended for their planning expertise. ‘Thorough and insightful’ junior Satnam Choongh is ‘good at complex areas of planning law’. The ‘excellentJenny Wigley is recommended for planning matters. Head of public and administrative law David Lock QC is ‘impressive on his feet’, and ‘makes very complicated areas of law appear quite simple’. Abid Mahmood is ‘an exceptional advocate’, and the ‘hugely knowledgeableNageena Khalique is ‘very thoughtful on her feet’. Omar Ensaff is recommended for construction matters.

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Regional Bar: Western Circuit

Within Overview,

Guildhall Chambers is a ‘premier’, full-service set which has ‘particular strength in depth’ in insolvency, commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence matters. In addition, its ‘efficient’ clerks provide ‘an outstanding level of customer service’. St John’s Chamberskeeps producing quality juniors, and is also very well supported by a friendly and professional clerking team’. Albion Chambers fields excellent crime and family teams, and Queen Square Chambers maintains a strong reputation in the areas of employment and crime. 12 College Place and College Chambers are the prominent Southampton-based sets. In Exeter, Rougemont Chambers has a number of recommended practitioners. Annexes on the circuit include the highly regarded 3PB, No5 Chambers and Old Square Chambers.

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Within Commercial, insolvency and property,

No5 Chambers’ commercial practitioners include the ‘tremendously knowledgeableOmar Ensaff, and David Taylor, who ‘oozes confidence and authority’.

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Within Construction, planning, licensing and environmental,

The ‘intelligent, personable and commercialIan Dove QC at No5 Chambers has a busy developer practice. Also recommended are Richard Kimblin, who is ‘always available and gives sound practical advice’, Paul Cairnes (‘an excellent advocate, and superb in cross-examination’), Gordon Wignall, and Christopher Young.

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Within Personal injury and clinical negligence,

No5 ChambersDr Simon Fox is ‘undoubtedly one of the country’s leading clinical negligence juniors’. Chris Bright QC is ‘able quickly to identify the legal issues involved in a case’, and Malcolm Duthie is ‘a formidable junior in the personal injury field’. David Tyack and Stephen Campbell are also recommended.

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