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Leading Silks

Paul Bleasdale KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Paul gets straight to the issues. In advocacy, he is extremely convincing.'
Chris Bright KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Chris' legal knowledge is excellent, and the way he deals with clients is exceptional.'
John Coughlan KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘John is a trusted and safe pair of hands offering sound and balanced advice. He adopts an extremely thorough and methodological approach to cases, and his analysis is second-to-none.’
Satinder Hunjan KC  – Kings Chambers 'Satinder is an excellent barrister who gets stronger the closer you get to trial. He is tactically very astute and brilliant in negotiation meetings.'
Jonathan Jones KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jonathan is always extremely well-prepared on his cases. He can be relied upon for sensible and practical advice. He is excellent with clients and can explain difficult concepts easily. He is a fierce advocate and will always do his utmost to secure the very best results for his clients.’
Henry Pitchers KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Henry is very good at interrogating the issues in a case and getting the best out of experts. He has a lovely manner with clients. He is an experienced advocate.'
David Tyack KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'David is very intelligent and able to grasp complex points and explain them very well, very good at understanding and applying legal arguments to get the best out of a case.'

Leading Juniors

Andrew EvansSt Philips Chambers 'Andrew is very approachable. He provides pragmatic and clear advice in very technically complex cases.'
Esther GambleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Esther is a very thorough and detailed barrister. She gives great advice on how to maximise the value of a claim and ensures that everything is evidenced as fully as possible to give each element of a claim the best chance of being recovered successfully.'
Jamie GambleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Jamie has an excellent grasp of medical issues and is very confident dealing with medical experts of various disciplines. His written pleadings are very strong. He is a fighter and doesn't give up on cases.'
Richard GrimshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Richard’s attention to detail and tenacity are key strengths. His involvement in a case always adds value. He is a trusted legal advisor and persuasive advocate.'
Rochelle RongRopewalk Chambers 'Rochelle is a fantastic barrister. She has excellent legal knowledge, great analytical skills, an in-depth understanding of clinical negligence claims and is hard working. She is approachable, user-friendly and prompt.'
Teresa Hargreaves No5 Barristers’Chambers 'Teresa is an extremely bright individual. She is comforting during conferences and always bottom-lines complex issues so that all understand the angles and the risks.'
Anna DiamondKings Chambers 'Anna's understanding of clinical practice concerning medical standards of duty and causation is outstanding. She is a tough negotiator and an excellent advocate. She is an extremely professional and knowledgeable counsel.'
Mamta GuptaNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mamta has great attention to detail. She is hugely reliable and a great advocate.'
Thomas HerbertRopewalk Chambers 'Thomas is excellent at advocacy and advises thoroughly in the client's best interests. He has phenomenal attention to detail with drafting particulars, and you always know you are in a safe pair of hands.'
Karl HirstNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Karl is a leader in the clinical negligence sphere in the region and beyond. He shows an absolute commitment to achieving justice and securing the future of injured claimants. He has the client at the heart of everything he does.'
Edward James  – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Edward has a calm and reasoned approach to dealing with clinical negligence claims. He has an excellent manner with clients enabling them to understand key legal concepts and how they affect the claim. His attention to detail is exceptional.’
Jodie Kembery – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jodie has sound medical knowledge and excellent with clients and experts, with meticulous attention to detail.’
Mark Lomas3PB 'Mark is extremely thorough and gets to grips with all of the issues. He is brilliant at the conference and has a calm, reassuring manner with clients.'
Alexandra Pountney   – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Alexandra is a clear and confident advocate. She is excellent at conferences with experts and clients. She is able to extract and dissect the key elements from the medical evidence and then apply the law. Her pleadings are succinct, enabling a clear understanding of the legal position taken.’
Gemma RobertsNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Gemma is very thorough and gets to the issues very quickly. She is good with clients and questions experts very well. She always works to time limits, responds quickly and provides clear advice.'
Petar StarcevicSt Philips Chambers ‘Petar is very measured and calm under pressure. He is excellent on his feet.’
Nicholas Truelove – Kings Chambers ‘Nicholas is a committed advocate and trusted advisor. He is empathetic and very relatable. He will take the time to build a rapport with the client and make sure they understand the advice.’
Rachel YoungRopewalk Chambers 'Rachel is excellent with clients and takes a sensitive but practical approach. She is very diligent and responsive and takes a very team-based approach. She is also a gifted advocate.'

Rising Stars

Neil Shastri-Hurst No5 Barristers’Chambers 'Neil’s medical knowledge adds value as a barrister, ability to give clear advice and ability to speak with the medical experts and decipher medical terms. He can gain the lay client’s trust and confidence quickly. He has an excellent manner and can communicate complex medical issues in clear non-medical language.'
Rebecca Livesey No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Rebecca is approachable and responsive. She is a team player, and her ability to grasp complex issues and provide good and helpful advice on strategy and the law is exceptional.'

Clinical negligence in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is ‘a large and well-organised set with the right counsel available for all types of cases’. Practice head Chris Bright KC is described as ‘a very intelligent advocate who is able to grasp the complex points of a case’. Jonathan Jones KC, in addition to work concerning neurological injuries, successfully secured a £6.5m settlement for a sportsman who suffered paraplegia due to the delayed diagnosis of a spinal abscess. David Tyack KC is involved in one of several cases conjoined in Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning if one can make a claim for psychiatric injury after witnessing the death or other horrifying event of a close relative caused by earlier clinical negligence, while Henry Pitchers KC is ‘good with clients with learning disabilities’ and successfully represented a diabetic patient who settled a delayed treatment case for £2.5m.


‘William Theaker and Peter Mottram are excellent and a credit to No 5 Chambers.’

‘Clerks are very helpful, and efficient. William Theaker, in particular, is a credit to the chambers.’

‘The clerking team is very good. Peter Mottram, in particular, is excellent in dealing with queries promptly, effectively and with good humour where required.’

‘No5 have strength in depth at all levels of call and can provide counsel to advise on claims across the full range of value and complexity.’

‘Great, efficient and fast set of chambers.’

‘The set has a good strength in depth and go-to chambers.’

‘No5 is a strong set. They have a breadth of quality barristers from junior to silks. They also offer high-quality training.’

Ropewalk Chambers

Ropewalk Chambers is a set of ‘experienced, approachable and capable barristers’ with extensive experience acting in cases across the full spectrum of clinical negligence litigation. The ‘efficient and organised’ Rochelle Rong specialises in complex causation cases, including neurological injuries, delayed diagnoses of cancer, and other conditions. Rachel Young is ‘always well-prepared and thorough in preparation’ on clinical negligence cases involving fatal outcomes.


‘The clerks, especially Tony Hill, are helpful and will bend over backwards to assist.’

‘Clerks are friendly and quick and will often be there in the evenings. The head clerks, Tony Hill and Alan Odiam, are very proactive.’

‘The chambers are excellent. They are quick to let you know that they have received your instructions and are quick to let you know if your favoured barrister is unavailable, and are quick to recommend an alternative.’

‘Ropewalk Chambers are approachable, easily contactable and have good availability of counsel.’

‘Ropewalk Chambers offers a robust regional option. It works to find practical solutions, and has the strength and depth of various exceptional barristers.’

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Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is ‘a well-run set’, experienced in working with both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims. Satinder Hunjan KC is well-known for ‘his vast experience in clinical negligence claims’ and regularly deals with matters related to major brain injuries. Anna Diamond is praised for her ‘confident advocacy and formidable negotiation skills’. Nicholas Truelove specialises in acting for claimants and is currently representing the family of the deceased in a case concerning the death of a man in his twenties a fortnight after he received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.


‘Kings is an excellent set of chambers, well run by excellent clerks. Jake Brooke heads up Birmingham and runs a tight ship. The set can offer much good junior counsel if senior counsel is not available.’

‘Jake Brooke is very responsive and will always go the extra mile to help.’

‘The clerks are welcoming and provide excellent service. They get the job done efficiently and well. Jake Brooke is an absolute credit to the set.’

‘Kings Chambers is a good set of strong counsel. It is often able to think creatively and outside the box. They are amenable to last-minute hearings and late deadlines and are willing to work on matters where necessary.’

‘A good, well-managed chambers which is making a real impact on the Birmingham market.’

St Philips Chambers

St Philips Chambers continues to handle the full range of clinical negligence claims, including birth injuries and cases involving delayed diagnosis or treatment. Andrew Evans and Colin Baran are particularly active in cases involving cosmetic surgery.


‘The set has an excellent clerking team. Janita Patel is ever-efficient and responsive.’

‘The set is very responsive and happy to accommodate last-minute matters. It has a good spread of expertise.’

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