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Jonathan BarkerSt Philips Chambers ‘Jonathan is extremely approachable and helpful.’ 
Ian Bridge – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Ian is a fearless advocate. He has a fantastic rapport with clients. He is pragmatic and very approachable.’
Ben MillsSt Philips Chambers ‘Ben always provides the highest quality advice in regulatory cases. He is very approachable and always responds without delay.’
Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim provides a faultless judgement. He has an excellent eye for the issues that matter, great courage and determination. He always acts in a highly effective manner.’
James PuzeySt Philips Chambers 'Jim is an impressive barrister. He has an excellent and calm manner with clients. He always ensures that the lay client fully understands the basis for his advice. He is a team player and works excellently with solicitors and barristers alike. His advocacy in court is thoroughly prepared and well presented.'
Kevin Saunders –23ES ‘Kevin is a fearless advocate. He is charming and persuasive and performs well with very different tribunals. He can produce ingenious legal arguments and is able to reveal that even the most apparently watertight case against him could sink at any time. He has a mastery of diplomacy and how to interact in defence of a case.’
Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard is a thorough, considered, and hard-working advocate. He is exceptionally analytical and is able to cut to the core of matters and identify key priorities for clients and experts, with a strong grasp of detail.’

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

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers Chambers is ‘an excellent chamber with considerable strength in depth’. The regulatory team provides a ‘market-leading, innovative and fantastically efficient service’ across regulatory law matters, including environmental enforcement, insurance, health and safety and other local authority work. Representing the Care Quality Commission in its first prosecution of such a body, Ian Bridge successfully prosecuted the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which was fined over £2.5m for the failure to provide adequate standards of care following the deaths of two patients from Sepsis. Tim Pole is ‘a determined barrister who will fight the corner and is committed to getting the best outcome for the client’.

Testimonials

Set  

‘No5 has strength in depth, with a broad range of counsel available at any given time.’ 

‘Strength of depth in chambers, able to provide support.’   

‘No5 is ‘go-to set’ for counsel for business and property court matters.’   

‘Strong regulatory team with expertise in a wide range of sectors.’   

‘The set has a leading reputation in regulatory work and has strength-in-depth in its food safety team.’      

Clerking  

‘Christopher is a proactive and thoughtful clerk who is an asset to case management.’   

‘Helpful, well-organised and communicative clerks.’   

‘The clerks are approachable, helpful and extremely professional.’   

‘Christopher is easily approachable and very quick to deal with all requests.’  

‘Service is always first class. The clerking team has strength in depth.’

St Philips Chambers

The St Philips Chambers regulatory team of ‘highly effective advocates both at trial and on appeal’ has ‘strength in depth covering all major fields of regulatory activity’. Ben Mills garners praise for ‘attention to detail and meticulous preparation’ and successfully prosecuted a defendant who posed as a travel agent and defrauded more than 300 elderly people. Health and safety matters specialist James Puzey regularly handles fatal accident cases, and Jonathan Barker is described as ‘an excellent communicator’.

Testimonials

Set 

‘St Philips has an excellent regulatory team and has the highest levels of ability and experience.’ 

‘St Philips Chambers is a very strong set of barristers covering all common law work.’ 

‘Wonderful set of Chambers with an impressive array of talent.’ 

‘The premier set for crime in Birmingham. It is a breeding ground for high quality advocates.’  

Clerking 

‘The clerks are incredibly helpful, particularly Alan Durham. Communication is exceptional.’ 

‘Alan Durham the regulatory clerk is excellent and goes the extra mile to ensure happy and harmonious relations between solicitor and barrister. He is brilliant at anticipating issues and offering resolutions before one has even realised there could be a potential issue.’