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No5 Chambers

Chambers of Paul Bleasdale QC

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

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

No5 Chambers is one of the top chambers in the Midlands region but also a strong national player. Recommended for its ‘dependable barristers' and ‘personal service', the set is highly regarded across a number of practice areas such as personal injury, planning, public and criminal law, with clinical negligence and regulatory being growth areas. Practice director Tony McDaid leads the practice management team which is noted for providing an ‘efficient, helpful and friendly service'; ‘if there is any reason why a first-choice counsel is unavailable then acceptable alternatives are always suggested'. Offices in: Birmingham, London, Bristol, Leicester

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Regional Bar: Midland Circuit

Within Commercial, banking and insolvency,

Specialising in large-scale financial disputes, No5 Chambers has expertise in financial services, insolvency and Chancery matters, and represents a number of banks. Chambers’ international workload increased in 2013.

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Within Construction, planning and environment,

No5 Chambers is not only the pre-eminent set in the Midlands for planning and environmental work but it is also ‘better than most London sets'. With ‘a large pool of experience', the team deals with a range of matters, often involving residential, retail and energy schemes. Members frequently appear at public inquiries or in the higher courts.

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Within Crime,

No5 Chambers‘hardworking and conscientious' crime team, which has notable ‘strength in depth', is among the leading nationally. In 2013, Michael Duck QC acted for the defendant in a case involving the murder of two Big Issue sellers in broad daylight.

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Within Employment,

No5 Chambers‘very strong' employment team is well regarded by large employers. Members act for public and quasi-public bodies, such as trade unions, NHS trusts and local authorities. Practitioners also have a following in private industry. The set handles cases across England and Wales, as well as in a number of other European jurisdictions. Richard Hignett recently represented an NHS trust in a high-profile dismissal claim brought by a nurse.

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Within Family and children law,

No5 Chambers’ family team has impressive strength in depth. The finance specialists have experience in high-value disputes, and the public law children team handles cases where there are often allegations of non-accidental injuries. Members also regularly appear in Court of Protection cases, particularly involving forced marriages.

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Within Leading sets Midland Circuit - Leading Sets

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Within Personal injury and clinical negligence,

No5 Chambers is among the leading sets nationally, with separate dedicated teams for personal injury and clinical negligence, and ‘vast depth of knowledge and skill'. Led by Paul Bleasdale QC, the personal injury team handles high-value claimant and defendant work including fatal accidents, industrial diseases and brain injuries. Satinder Hunjan QC leads the clinical negligence team. David Tyack recently acted in a case involving the death of a young man which followed the failure of GPs to refer him for a genetic screening test.

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Within Public law,

No5 Chambers is recommended for cases involving healthcare, community care, immigration and local government issues. Practitioners regularly appear before the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In 2013, Jenny Wigley successfully represented Sheffield City Council in a High Court case against the Kenya Aid Programme concerning mandatory rate relief for charitable occupation of premises.

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Within Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing,

No5 Chambers handles regulatory, licensing, and health and safety matters. Adrian Keeling QC has a notable professional disciplinary practice and frequently defends police offers in misconduct cases; he recently acted in R v Cosford & Falloon which set out what constitutes misconduct in public office. Bernard Thorogood is representing South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in the ongoing Hillsborough inquest.

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Regional Bar: Western Circuit

Within Commercial, banking and insolvency,

No5 Chambers’ commercial group has knowledge of issues arising out of personal and corporate insolvency, remuneration and professional conduct. A number of barristers have handled litigation involving mis-selling interest rate swaps recently.

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Within Construction, planning and environment,

Housing ‘the cream of the planning Bar crop', No5 Chambers, has expertise in areas such as residential, retail and infrastructure schemes. Richard Kimblin recently appeared at a planning inquiry which concerned obtaining planning permission for 200 dwellings in the open countryside in a special landscape area. The set’s environment group is equally highly regarded. It is noted that ‘one could pick any member of the team and be assured of their aptitude and ability'.

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Within Leading sets Western Circuit - Leading Sets

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Within Personal injury and clinical negligence,

No5 Chambers’ personal injury and clinical negligence team acts for both claimants and defendants. In 2013, Malcolm Duthie represented the defendant in the widely reported case of Corbett v Cumbria Kart Racing Club where the claimant collided with an ambulance positioned on the infield.

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Within Property,

No5 Chambers’ property team handles disputes involving contracts for sale and purchase of land, funding of purchases, mortgages and easements. In addition, practitioners have knowledge of all types of residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters.

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