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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
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16075 BIRMINGHAM
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Web:
www.no5.com
Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Modern, dynamic and housing talented individuals’, No5 Chambers is a ‘go-to set’ in the Midland Circuit with a national reputation. Although the set is best known for its Birmingham presence, it also has ‘impressive’ offerings in London, Bristol and Leicester, with over 230 barristers across its four offices. Personal injury, clinical negligence, crime, family, employment, property, planning, construction, public law and regulatory cases continue to feature on chambers broad workload, meaning ‘there is always someone with the relevant area of expertise’. The practice management is ‘very professional and effective’, and ‘nothing is too much trouble’. Practice director Tony McDaid ‘expertly runs the set, providing great strength and depth to the legal community in Birmingham and further afield’. ‘He is committed to client service and developing the set generally’. Offices in: Birmingham, London, Bristol, Leicester

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Modern, dynamic and housing talented individuals’, No5 Chambers is a ‘go-to set’ in the Midland Circuit with a national reputation. Although the set is best known for its Birmingham presence, it also has ‘impressive’ offerings in London, Bristol and Leicester, with over 230 barristers across its four offices. Personal injury, clinical negligence, crime, family, employment, property, planning, construction, public law and regulatory cases continue to feature on chambers broad workload, meaning ‘there is always someone with the relevant area of expertise’. The practice management is ‘very professional and effective’, and ‘nothing is too much trouble’. Practice director Tony McDaid ‘expertly runs the set, providing great strength and depth to the legal community in Birmingham and further afield’. ‘He is committed to client service and developing the set generally’. Offices in: Birmingham, London, Bristol, Leicester

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Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

No5 Chambers’ commercial team provides ‘top-quality work, advocacy, understanding, depth of knowledge and outstanding client care’. As one of the leading sets on circuit, the group is home to a range of experts in commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery cases. Members handle high-value disputes and Mark Anderson QC, head of chambers, is currently involved in a £22m claim arising out of failed investments in Dubai. Company and partnership disputes are also a large area of instruction with many claims reaching the multimillion-pound mark. On the banking and insolvency side, counsel represent banks and individuals in high-value contractual cases. Paul Joseph brings a costs practice to the group.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

Mark Anderson QC - No5 ChambersA great tactician with an immense intellect, and a wonder to watch in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 1

Mohammed Zaman QC - No5 ChambersOne of the best negotiators on circuit; he is a highly effective communicator and never gives up.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Jones QC - No5 ChambersAn expert in financial services matters.

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

David Taylor - No5 ChambersProfessional with an excellent depth of knowledge.

Ranked: tier 1

Olivia Chaffin-Laird - No5 ChambersRecommended for financial services, insolvency, and company and partnership disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Omar Ensaff - No5 ChambersClients love him because he is reliable and clearly knows what he is talking about.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Joseph - No5 ChambersResponsive, communicative, determined, persuasive and balanced.

Ranked: tier 1

Shakil Najib - No5 ChambersAlways well prepared and articulate.

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Reed - No5 ChambersHe has superb tactical judgement, and is a dogged polished advocate, who wins judges round.

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

No5 Chambers is ‘a go-to set for planning and construction law, and has been able to bring forward a next generation who deal with increasingly complex planning work’. Experience spans planning appeals and injunctions, as well as construction disputes, town planning matters, wind farm issues and retail schemes. Members are regularly in the High Court, and Chistopher Young is set to be proceeding to the Court of Appeal in late 2016 in a challenge to a new form of development plan; this is a novel dispute and will clarify the legislation on neighbourhood plans. Environmental law is another active area, and in this context, new silk Richard Kimblin QC acted for Welsh Water in a case that clarified the position on the Water Framework Directive.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

Jeremy Cahill QC - No5 ChambersOne of the most personable silks in planning law.

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Kingston QC - No5 ChambersA magisterial advocate, who is always well prepared and focuses on the core issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Kimblin QC - No5 ChambersAn exceptional talent with a formidable intellect.

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

Christopher Young - No5 ChambersHis knowledge of planning law is encyclopaedic, and he is the go-to junior for housing matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin Barrett - No5 ChambersHe has a broad projects practice, acting for developers, contractors and consultants, among others.

Ranked: tier 1

Omar Ensaff - No5 ChambersBrilliant with construction matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Goatley - No5 ChambersHe has a phenomenal intellect, and is level-headed, calm and eloquent.

Ranked: tier 1

Satnam Choongh - No5 ChambersA junior with impressive knowledge and a commercial approach – he gets results.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Jones - No5 ChambersHe is highly thought of by clients, who admire his composed style.

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

No5 Chambers is home to over 60 criminal barristers, including 12 silks and 16 CPS grade 4 prosecutors, however members are also well versed in defending cases. With this large and strong a team, the group is able to provide experts in high-profile murders, sexual offence trials, terrorism cases, fraud and financial crime issues, and drugs conspiracies. In 2015, Adrian Keeling QC prosecuted in a ten-defendant conspiracy to money launder. Jonas Hankin QC joined from St Philips Chambers in early 2016.

Crime – Leading silks

Adrian Keeling QC - No5 ChambersAn expert in fraud and organised crime.

Ranked: tier 1

David Mason QC - No5 ChambersA thorough and persuasive advocate, who has a charming manner – an exceedingly well-respected barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonas Hankin QC - No5 ChambersA heavyweight homicide practitioner.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Duck QC - No5 ChambersSpecialises in cases involving serious organised crime and fraud.

Ranked: tier 1

Rex Tedd QC - No5 ChambersNothing fazes him; he has vast experience in serious crime cases and is held in high regard by judges.

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Alexander Stein - No5 ChambersHighly experienced in serious financial crime cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Antonie Muller - No5 ChambersWell regarded for serious murder trials.

Ranked: tier 1

Brian Dean - No5 ChambersExperienced in large-scale historical abuse trials.

Ranked: tier 1

Harpreet Singh Sandhu - No5 ChambersHe is extremely eloquent in court and has a strong technical ability.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Bridge - No5 ChambersHe has excellent advocacy skills, and is approachable and pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 1

Michelle Heeley - No5 ChambersRecommended for serious organised crime matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Phil Bradley - No5 ChambersA respected senior junior, who demonstrates good client rapport, meticulous preparation and strong forensic skills.

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

No5 Chambers has ‘a strong employment group’, where counsel act for a range of employers and employees; with regards to the former, clients include county councils, the ambulance service, schools, universities, NHS trusts and police services. The group is well versed in discrimination claims, with many members specialising in race, gender, disability and religious discrimination cases. Unfair dismissal, TUPE and whistleblowing are other key areas of expertise.

Employment – Leading juniors

Andrew McGrath - No5 ChambersA safe pair of hands.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Crow - No5 ChambersA methodical and structured practitioner.

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Barney - No5 ChambersSuccinct, focused and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin O’Donovan - No5 ChambersWell versed in wrongful dismissal, restraint of trade and confidentiality disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Mugni Islam-Choudhury - No5 ChambersA shining star, he is highly intelligent and very pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 1

Nabila Mallick - No5 ChambersShe combines merciless forensic scrutiny with passionate commitment to justice.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Hignett - No5 ChambersDown to earth, client-friendly and excellent at cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Sheppard - No5 ChambersHighly recommended for defending discrimination claims.

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

No5 Chambers is home to ‘excellent barristers’, who work across a broad range of family and children proceedings, representing parents, local authorities and guardians. Lorna Meyer QC has appeared in several High Court care cases involving allegations of severe sexual abuse. The set also contains family finance experts, handling multimillion-pound disputes involving far-reaching issues such as businesses, trusts of land, cohabitee issues and pensions. Adreeja Chatterjee also brings international and Court of Protection expertise, and deals with relocations, forced marriage and adult welfare matters. Robin Rowland was appointed circuit judge in July 2015.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Lorna Meyer QC - No5 ChambersA silk of the highest calibre; her knowledge is second to none and she builds a very good rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Adreeja Chatterjee - No5 ChambersA strong committed advocate, who will always fight her client’s corner.

Ranked: tier 1

Ashley Wynne - No5 ChambersA strong and effective advocate, who has an extremely good manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher James - No5 ChambersHe has a broad matrimonial finance practice

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Arthur - No5 ChambersA thorough and analytical practitioner.

Ranked: tier 1

Kristina Brown - No5 ChambersAn intelligent, insightful and industrious children law barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Michele Friel - No5 ChambersShe is straight-talking, which clients really appreciate.

Ranked: tier 1

Orla Grant - No5 ChambersFuture silk material – she is diligent and an extremely effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Stefano Nuvoloni - No5 ChambersHighly experienced in care proceedings.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephanie Brown - No5 ChambersExceptionally good – she is very analytical and always right up to date with the latest position in a case.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Clifford - No5 ChambersExtremely approachable and highly regarded in the area.

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

One of the leading sets in the field, No5 Chambers is ‘top class’, and has two distinct clinical negligence and personal injury groups. Paul Bleasdale QC leads the personal injury team, which has expertise in catastrophic injuries arising from workplace accidents, industrial disease and road traffic accidents. Practitioners are also able to handle insurance fraud claims and Jonathan Jones QC holds particular expertise in inquiries concerning the deaths of soldiers. Chris Bright QC leads the clinical negligence group, which contains experts in brain and spinal injuries, amputations, and cerebral palsy, among other matters. In recent developments, Satinder Hunjan QC left to join Kings Chambers and Peter Dean arrived from The 36 Group. Emma Brown is now a coroner and Simon Michael retired.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Chris Bright QC - No5 ChambersVery good with clients, approachable and friendly, while providing clear and firm advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Jones QC - No5 ChambersA real specialist with a keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Bleasdale QC - No5 ChambersHe has an ability and desire to fight the difficult cases, providing a clear and tactical approach.

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

David Tyack - No5 ChambersSecond to none in analysing medical evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Henry Pitchers - No5 ChambersHe has wonderful client-care skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Coughlan - No5 ChambersA fantastic barrister, who achieves exceptional results.

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Gamble - No5 ChambersA great all-round barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Duthie - No5 ChambersAn excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Brunning - No5 ChambersHis advocacy skills are formidable.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Dean - No5 ChambersHe shows mercurial intellect and sensitivity with clients – a big beast in the clinical negligence jungle.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Moat - No5 ChambersHe gets to the heart of the case quickly and in a way that clients understand.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Smallwood - No5 ChambersHas a crystal-clear understanding of brain injury matters and is a first-choice junior.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Campbell - No5 ChambersA safe pair of hands with great client skills, providing practical and realistic advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

No5 Chambers’ property group handles disputes surrounding sale contracts and purchase of land, development disputes, land charges, conveyancing, easements, and restrictive covenants. Commercial and residential landlord and tenant law is a key area.

Property – Leading juniors

David Mitchell - No5 ChambersExcellent legal, technical and tactical knowledge.

Ranked: tier 1

David Taylor - No5 ChambersHe has a strong track record of winning.

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Nageena Khalique QC leads the public law group at No5 Chambers, which is experienced in judicial reviews, challenges to local authorities and human rights cases. The set is also nationally regarded for immigration cases, and in this context, Abid Mahmood was successful in the groundbreaking Supreme Court case Mandalia v Secretary of State, regarding a challenge to the refusal of an applicant’s extension of a student visa. Court of Protection cases relating to mental health and welfare is a growing area for chambers.

Public law – Leading silks

Nageena Khalique QC - No5 ChambersShe is very approachable and responsive, and a fierce advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Public law – Leading juniors

Abid Mahmood - No5 ChambersAn immigration law specialist – he is super-efficient and knows the law inside out.

Ranked: tier 1

Jenny Wigley - No5 ChambersHer knowledge of judicial review is impressive.

Ranked: tier 1

Shakil Najib - No5 ChambersAlways abreast of developments in the public law sphere, and presents cases ably and articulately.

Ranked: tier 1

Vinesh Mandalia - No5 ChambersHe has an impressive reputation in immigration and asylum law.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

No5 Chambers is well known for regulatory work and health and safety prosecutions. Adrian Keeling QC regularly acts for the police in inquests and inquiries into police misconduct and fatalities of citizens. Keeling and other members also defend police officers in regulatory proceedings. On the health and safety side, Alexander Stein is well versed in prosecuting companies for health and safety and environmental breaches, many of which centre around corporate manslaughter.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

Adrian Keeling QC - No5 ChambersExperienced in high-profile inquests.

Ranked: tier 1

Rex Tedd QC - No5 ChambersA heavyweight in the health and safety field.

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

Adam Farrer - No5 ChambersHas a very careful and effective approach to problems.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Stein - No5 ChambersRecommended for inquest and regulatory work.

Ranked: tier 1

Bernard Thorogood - No5 ChambersExcellent with clients; clear, collaborative and pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 1

Harpreet Singh Sandhu - No5 ChambersHe is extremely eloquent and has strong technical ability and advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Bridge - No5 ChambersVery hardworking and knowledgeable regarding serious fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

No5 Chambers does not have an office on the Northern Circuit but Susanne Muth has been based in Manchester for over 15 years and has particular experience in banking and finance disputes.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Susanne Muth - No5 ChambersTenacious, thorough, approachable and strong in court.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Stephen Goodfellow joined No5 Chambers in October 2015 from The 36 Group, and with a background in physiology, he is well known for cases with complex medical issues. He was recently instructed in a case where an individual was brain damaged following a road traffic accident.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Stephen Goodfellow - No5 ChambersRecommended for cases involving complex medical matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

At No5 Chambers, Philip Rule specialises in human rights cases and has experience in the higher courts. In late 2014, he successfully appeared in the closely watched case of R (Massey, Robinson, Haney & Kaiyam) v SSJ.

Public law – Leading juniors

Philip Rule - No5 ChambersHe has great attention to detail and a professional manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Wales and Chester Circuit

Public law

Emma Sutton at No5 Chambers is a specialist in Court of Protection matters, where she deals with vulnerable adults with safeguarding concerns. Her practice also involves judicial reviews and family issues.

Public law – Leading juniors

Emma Sutton - No5 ChambersShe is developing a formidable reputation at the Court of Protection.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

No5 Chambers houses Omar Ensaff, who is an expert in insolvency proceedings and recently represented a well-known charity in a dispute concerning bailment. David Taylor is also well regarded for professional negligence and commercial contract disputes.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

David Taylor - No5 ChambersRecommended for commercial contract disputes and professional negligence claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Omar Ensaff - No5 ChambersBrilliant – clients love him and he is always reliable.

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

At No5 Chambers, Paul Cairnes QC has an excellent reputation for planning cases. He recently acted for developers in public inquiries into major residential proposals in Milton Keynes and Chichester. Other key areas include planning judicial reviews and planning injunctions.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

Paul Cairnes QC - No5 ChambersHe has strength of character, good judgement and strong client-handling skills.

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

No5 Chambers undertakes clinical negligence work, with recent cases involving misdiagnosis, amputations, negligent anaesthetic, MRSA and negligent surgery. Dr Simon Fox QC took silk in 2016.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Dr Simon Fox QC - No5 ChambersNot afraid of a hard fight.

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

David Tyack - No5 ChambersSecond to none when analysing medical evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

No5 Chambers acts for property developers, local authorities and individual land owners in a range of cases.

Property – Leading juniors

David Mitchell - No5 ChambersRecommended for real estate-related Chancery matters.

Ranked: tier 1

David Taylor - No5 ChambersRecommended for landlord and tenant matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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