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Leading Silks

Paul Cairnes QC - No5 Barristers ChambersExcellent in his approach to clients, providing straightforward, clear advice, with a willingness to be forceful where required.
Richard Humphreys QC - No5 Barristers ChambersCombines a forensic approach with strong tactical awareness and excellent practical advice.
Richard Kimblin QC - No5 Barristers ChambersA well-rounded and commercially astute barrister.
Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersApproachable, he offers clients a proactive steer in their cases.

Leading Juniors

Satnam Choongh - No5 Barristers ChambersIncisive in cross-examination, thorough and persuasive when making closing submissions at planning inquiries.
Sarah Clover - Kings ChambersShe takes a realistic and commercial approach but is unafraid to be combative where necessary.
Gary Grant - Kings ChambersHe combines a calm but effective advocacy style at planning inquiries with excellent written advice and a a good rapport with clients.
Tim Pole - No5 Barristers ChambersA pugnacious advocate who always acts in the clients best interests.
Michael Rudd - Kings ChambersHe provides detailed, considered advice, and is able to adapt well to solicitors’ needs.
Timothy Jones - No5 Barristers Chambersprovides clear, robust and succinct advice, inspiring confidence in his clients
Jack Smyth - No5 Barristers ChambersProfessional, supportive, approachable, and knowledgeable.

Rising Stars

Killian Garvey - Kings ChambersHe combines exceptional technical knowledge with a willingness to go above and beyond for solicitors.

Planning and environment in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers Chambers

No5 Barristers Chambers remains one of the strongest sets in the Midlands for both planning and environmental work, with clients referencing them as 'one of the pre-eminent planning law sets outside of London'. The team continues its strong presence across all levels of call, with silks such as Richard Kimblin QC and Paul Cairnes QC acting in high-profile cases across the planning piece, and Satnam Choongh regarded as one of the set's top juniors. Turning to environmental law, Tim Pole is highly active in the field of Environmental Agency prosecutions - he prosecuted three directors of a company whose waste site caught fire, creating a significant pollution incident. Martin Kingston QC has retired.

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers houses an 'incredibly well-rounded group of barristers from juniors to experienced QCs' that deals with some of the highest-profile planning matters in the Midlands and beyond. Paul Tucker QC is frequently instructed in large-scale planning enquiries, and recently represented developer IM Properties in an inquiry concerning a large mixed use development in Stratford-upon-Avon; Gary Grant represented the local authority in the same matter. Other notable members include Sarah Clover, whose work often deals with cases at the intersection of planning and licencing law, such as advising licensed venues on nearby proposed developments.