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Leading Silks

Paul Cairnes KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Paul is an outstanding advocate. His ability to retain and recall information is exceptional.’
Peter Goatley KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Peter is an excellent advocate with a keen intellect and an unending font of knowledge. He is a great commercial and tactical strategist, and clients value his straightforward yet canny advice.’   
Richard Kimblin KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Richard has a calm and measured style with the clients and in court. He can distil information to clients in a reassuring way. He is very commercial and creative with challenges.'
Paul Tucker KCKings Chambers ‘Paul has a huge intellect, and he is engaging, approachable and always easy to communicate with.'  

Leading Juniors

Sarah CloverKings Chambers ‘Sarah’s advocacy is very strong. She is always clear on the brief and realistically assesses the strength of a case.’
Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim is dedicated to the client's needs and is a superb lawyer with a powerful court presence. He is a true leader.’ 
Gary GrantKings Chambers ‘Gary has an eye for detail and thinks outside the box. He is a strong team player and really good at helping to manage client expectations.’ 
Howard Leithead – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Howard provides practical advice.'
Thea Osmund-SmithNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Thea is diligent, thorough and at the top of her game. She does it all whilst being personable and honest in her opinion. She is lethal in her cross-examination of witnesses.’ 
Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard's advocacy is methodical, measured and targeted, getting to the nub of the issue whilst ensuring his thought process is being followed by both the judge and the jury.’ 

Planning and environment in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a ‘very well-run set’ with vast experience in all areas of planning, including commercial and residential developments, energy and infrastructure, and environmental law. Paul Cairnes KC has extensive experience in representing residential development builders before the High Court and Planning Inquiry in planning-related issues. Richard Humphreys KC is currently assisting Kelsworth Ltd with an appeal related to the construction of new residential units. Turning to environmental regulatory work, Tim Pole represented developers in work concerning allegations of illegal waste disposal.


‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is truly a very professional chambers and always provides excellent service.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is an excellent planning set with a good offering at all levels.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a good set. The KCs and the juniors are very able, and the clerking is exceptional.’


Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is home to a group of ‘top quality, accessible, and personable barristers’ who advise on the full range of planning law matters. Paul Tucker KC managed to secure planning permission for the largest car battery factory in the UK, while Michael Rudd successfully acted for a client looking for an amendment to the planning policy of a housing development. Sarah Clover is a ‘very reliable advocate’ and advised Northern Leaf Limited on securing the first-ever licence to grow medicinal cannabis in Jersey.


‘Kings always has a good range of barristers with planning expertise. The set is strong and provides very effective training programmes on a wide range of topics within planning law.’

‘The clerking team is excellent, Gary Smith in particular.’

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