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Leading Juniors

Helen BarneyNo5 Barristers' ChambersHelen is very thorough and is excellent in terms of detailed analysis, yet is still down-to-earth and speaks in plain English, which clients value.
Charles CrowNo5 Barristers' ChambersCharles approaches matters carefully and confidently leaving no stone unturned without being too aggressive.
Sophie Garner - St Philips ChambersSophie is very good with clients; she is good on her feet and she has produced some fantastic results in tribunal hearings over the years. She is a specialist employment barrister and she knows her stuff especially when it comes to all things involving discrimination.
Mugni Islam-ChoudhuryNo5 Barristers' ChambersMugni is fantastic. His knowledge is incredible and his advice clear and easy to understand for solicitor and client alike.
Naomi OwenNo5 Barristers' ChambersI consider Naomi to be extremely professional, well-prepared, and knowledgeable. Naomi has excellent advocacy skills. She is also very approachable and personable.
Gemma RobertsNo5 Barristers' ChambersGemma is an outstanding advocate who keenly and rapidly appreciates the issues in the most complex of cases.
Mirza Ahmad - St Philips ChambersMirza's performance is very impressive in case work and with dealing with the client.
Jack Feeny – No5 Barristers’ ChambersJack’s approach is collaborative, supportive and not patronising. He explains complex legal issues succinctly and in an easily digestible way and ensuring they feel well-supported.
Jonathan Gidney - St Philips ChambersJonathan is professional, intelligent and also very personable.
Caroline JenningsNo5 Barristers' ChambersVery well-prepared and an excellent cross-examiner. Courteous and constructive as an opponent.
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersRobert has a forensic eye for detail and is razor sharp on matters of law. However, this is coupled with an approachable and reassuring manner, which makes him extremely easy to work with, both for solicitors and clients alike.
Tim Sheppard – No5 Barristers’ ChambersHe is able to immediately get to the heart of the matter and the client’s concerns. He is technically fantastic, and it seems as though he is never fazed no matter how complex the matter or how challenging the opponent.
Daniel Brown - 3PBDaniel puts witnesses, including those with disabilities, at their ease and client feedback is that he is a sound advocate.
Richard Hignett – No5 Barristers’ ChambersRichard is incredibly approachable and always willing to assist – offering assistance beyond the scope of the instructions, not for want of more work but so as to best assist his instructing solicitors.
Anthony KornNo5 Barristers’ ChambersExtremely technical and knowledgeable in his field. The go-to counsel for complex matters.
Jessica SmeatonNo5 Barristers' ChambersExcellent client care skills and works well with instructing solicitor – forms a good team.
Paul Wilson - St Philips ChambersPaul is able to combine a commercial approach with detailed legal analysis and to do this very effectively.

Rising Stars

Lorna Badham - St Philips ChambersShe is conscientious and well-prepared but also has a very human element to her. She is clearly very passionate about the responsibility of being instructed to represent either party and gives her full and unadulterated attention to the task at hand. She is an excellent advocate and where a point is to be made she will make it.
Joel Wallace - St Philips ChambersJoel gets to the heart of the issue very swiftly, understands the legal complexities but also the pragmatic commercial elements for clients.

Employment in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

The employment offering at No5 Barristers' Chambers  is a preferred set of chambers for many, with a number of key instructions coming from the West Midlands’ key employers, including NHS bodies. Mugni Islam-Choudhury , the head of the practice group, represents Kuehne + Nagel in an age discrimination case concerning redundancy payments to former civil servants who transferred to the company. Senior junior Helen Barney continues to have a wide practice of both public and private sector employers, having recently represented Jaguar Land Rover in a case concerning the application of the pensions exemptions to age discrimination law.



‘Chambers has a large number of tenants that are key members of the employment group that I would highly recommend. ‘

‘No 5 Chambers is an excellent Chambers, I have nothing but praise for the Chambers as a whole including barristers and clerks.’

‘No 5 Chambers are exceptional. The employment team has a strong head of team supported by exceptional clerking teams.’


‘The clerks are extremely helpful and always try their best to assist.’

‘The clerking team for employment matters are fantastic – very responsive, always willing to help, flexible with diaries, committed and solution focussed.’

‘The clerks are helpful and proactive. Very approachable and build a good rapport with instructing solicitors.’

St Philips Chambers

St Philips Chambers ’ is described as one of the ‘pre-eminent sets in Birmingham’, with ‘appropriate counsel to suit every type of employment work’. Chambers offers counsel experienced in restraint of trade, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and TUPE cases. Senior junior Sophie Garner recently successfully represented an employer defending a claim alleging disability-discriminatory constructive dismissal. Edmund Beever leads the practice group. In recent news, David Maxwell and Sarah George have been appointed as full-time employment judges.



‘Excellent strength in depth in employment law. They offer a range of high quality training courses.’

‘An excellent set of Chambers; always seem to have appropriate counsel to suit every type of employment work.’

‘Good chambers with a good range of barristers that offer expertise in most types of disputes.’


‘Excellent – Gary Carney is responsive, personable and sensible.’

‘I have worked with Janita Patel and Gary Carney for a number of years and they are both extremely helpful, friendly and respond very quickly.’

‘The clerks of St Philips are always keen to help and assist in finding counsel, agreeing fees and also liaising with the court where the strength of their relationships can prove invaluable.’