No5 Barristers Chambers‘ regulatory group is recommended as ‘a very progressive set, paying particular attention to promoting equality and diversity.’ Chambers is home to a number of strong practitioners, with a broad range of expertise across regulatory law including health and safety, environmental enforcement, insurance-related work and more. Tim Pole prosecuted the owners of Oak Furnitureland, which was fined £400,000 for conditions in a warehouse that created a risk of an explosion, while Bernard Thorogood successfully represented a farmer in overturning aspects of an animal disqualification order.
Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar
‘No 5 Chambers is in the very first tier for business crime and regulatory across the jurisdiction. The set offers genuine expertise across the full range of regulatory work. ‘
‘A very progressive set, paying particular attention to promoting equality and divertsity within Chambers and at the Bar as a whole. ‘
‘The service is second to none.’
‘The clerks are very approachable and keep instructing solicitors updated at all time.’
‘The No 5 Clerks are uniquely effective, intelligent and hardworking. They provide a service to solicitors which is better than any other set I have ever dealt with.’
St Ives Chambers is a ‘modern and approachable set’ with a strong regional reputation for its local authority prosecution and private defence work in matters of regulatory enforcement. Kevin Saunders defended in a VHCC concerning multi-million pound investment fraud allegations. Tony Watkin is regularly instructed by local authorities and recently successfully prosecuted a case regarding fraudulent trading of thermographic imaging devices used to detect breast cancer.
‘Really great set. Modern and approachable. Some fantastic juniors. Very client focused.’
‘Fantastic. Andrew Rourke is a rainmaker for chambers, always looking to refer work back to instructing firms and develop long term relationships.’
St Philips Chambers’ regulatory practice handles a range of prosecution and defence instructions, including consumer matters. Ben Mills is recommended for his expertise in trading standards work, and acted for the Warwickshire County Council in the prosecution of a builder for fraud; the builder had accepted payment for projects and then abandoned them, citing a non-existent stroke. James Puzey is an experienced health and safety practitioner, with recent work including cases arising from industrial fatalities.
‘St Philips Chambers is one of the finest sets in the country with many very able practitioners. ‘
‘St Philips provide an exceptional service for Regulatory Crime. Excellent range of counsel at all levels. Top class service to solicitors.’
‘Exceptional level of service, particularly from Alan Durham, for whom nothing is too much trouble.’
‘Fantastic service. Joe Wilson is very commercial, pragmatic, and always looking to assist clients either with work referrals or on service. ‘
‘Phil Jones is a well-respected powerhouse in criminal clerking.’