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Leading Juniors

Ben MillsSt Philips Chambers 'Ben is very approachable, very flexible in his approach to instructions, and able to communicate effectively with clients. He is an excellent advocate, and his court manner and understanding of the law is excellent.'
Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim is an excellent lawyer who works incredibly hard. His court presence marks him as one of the real leaders in this field. His dedication to the client’s cause is wholehearted and real - clients feel very well looked after.’
Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard’s attention to detail is second to none. His advocacy is excellent. He is a good advocate in sentencing and mitigation. He is a go-to counsel for difficult  public sector health and safety defence work. He always secures excellent results for the client and works tirelessly to achieve those results.’
Tony WatkinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tony is a clear and concise advocate. He takes complicated matters and conveys the details. Tony is thorough when providing advice and is not afraid to tackle complex regulatory matters. He provides confident advice promptly, which can be relied upon by those who instruct him.’

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers’ Chambers‘ members defend and prosecute across the spectrum of business and regulatory crime matters, with recent instructions involving environmental enforcement, health and safety, and other local authority work. Tim Pole defended the administrators of SDF Autos Limited in an asbestos-related matter, while ‘excellent senior counsel for health and safety’ Bernard Thorogood is a ‘skilled advocate with a commanding presence in any courtroom and exceptional attention to detail’. Tony Watkin has joined the practice.


‘Christopher Norman is superb.’

‘Christopher Norman is always responsive and has an uncanny ability to juggle the commitments of his busy team.’

‘Strong set with plenty of depth.’

‘The chamber’s strength in depth is excellent.’

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St Philips Chambers

St Philips Chambers’ regulatory team has substantial expertise in handling both prosecution and defence work in cases related to environment agency, trading standards matters and health and safety cases, including catastrophic injury and gross negligence manslaughter. ‘An articulate and persuasive advocate’, Ben Mills is ‘able to argue difficult points of law and fact by distilling them to the real issues that need deciding in the case’. Jonathan Barker represented a Birmingham businessman accused of selling unregulated COVID-19 tests.


‘St. Philips Chambers is an extremely well-regarded chambers with many very fine barristers. They are of consistently high quality.’

‘The clerks are very accommodating, able to use facilities when requested and quick to resolve any listing issues.’

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