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Leading Silks

Adrian Keeling KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Adrian is an exceptionally gifted advocate with an innate ability to judge the right approach to any tribunal. His preparation for cases is always faultless and demonstrates the great thought given to cases.'  

Leading Juniors

Sofia AshrafSt Philips Chambers 'Sofia is very considerate in her advice and very patient with clients who are going through a very distressful period of their life. She provides concise advice that is easy to read for vulnerable clients. She is readily available if clients have any questions about their work, which is invaluable.'  
Georgina CurshamRopewalk Chambers ‘Georgina has good client skills and is an effective advocate.'  
Richard GrimshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is very hardworking and committed. He is extremely helpful and provides excellent advice throughout the inquest, always willing to go the extra mile and ensure the client understands what is happening.’  
Thomas HerbertRopewalk Chambers 'Thomas never fails to impress at inquest with his mastery of the brief and his sensitivity to the needs and interests of his instructing solicitors and clients.'  
Edward JamesRopewalk Chambers ‘Edward is a conscientious and diligent barrister with a personable approach. His knowledge of the coronial process is extensive.’  
Andrew McNamara - Ropewalk Chambers 'Andrew is a calm, organised, and sensible barrister who gives clear advice. He is a safe pair of hands with the court and the client. He quietly and unostentatiously delivers a great result.’  
Shilpa Shah – Ropewalk Chambers 'Shilpa has a very good manner with clients. She provides clear commercial advice and is strong on technical matters. She responds well to emails and turns work around promptly.' 
Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard is a thorough, considerate, 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.’ 

Inquests and inquiries in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers’ Chambers provides representation at inquests on behalf of a wide range of parties, including health and safety executives, corporate bodies, governmental organisations, as well as individuals. ‘Strong tactician’ Adrian Keeling KC represented the driver of a lorry who ran over a colleague in a yard at work and assisted with a two-week inquest that explored all the shortcomings in the workplace. Richard Grimshaw was instructed by the Ministry of Justice in an inquest concerning a teenager who took his own life whilst in a Young Offenders Institution, and is commended for his ‘practical approach to evidence and working with witnesses’.



‘Excellent set with many skilled Barristers across all legal sectors.’ 

‘No5 Chambers is large and able to offer a wide range of experienced counsel.’

‘A high-quality set, with excellent operators and go-to counsels for complex inquests and regulatory work.’


‘The clerks are professional and efficient.’

‘The clerking services have been exemplary.’ 

Ropewalk Chambers

Ropewalk Chambers’ inquests team acts for a plethora of parties, including bereaved families, companies, insurers, local authorities, emergency services, health professionals, and care homes. Georgina Cursham specialises in inquests arising from deaths in custody and represented a family in an inquest into the death of an elderly man who died suddenly of undiagnosed sepsis. Thomas Herbert is ‘always on top of evidence’ and handled a three-week inquest into the death of a 19-month-old girl who was murdered by her mother. Edward James recently acted for a family in a five-day jury inquest involving residential gas explosion after a leak was not detected by a gas engineer.



‘An excellent set with strength in depth.’ 

‘Ropewalk as a whole is a reliable and efficient set.’  

‘The set is generally very good and offers a lot of added value including training.’ 

‘All the barristers are efficient and thorough, including the most junior members.’ 


‘The clerks are first class. Always instantly available on the phone and responding to emails in a timely fashion and always the same day.’ ‘Excellent clerking service. Tony Hill is second to none.’ 

‘The clerks are invariably helpful and courteous.’