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Leading Silks

Mark Anderson KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Mark is very affable, exceptionally sharp, calm, rational, and has a real gravitas. He is able to devise very good strategies and provides clients with a really reassuring presence.’ 
John Randall KCSt Philips Chambers ‘John is extremely hard-working. He has an excellent tactical brain and is very user-friendly in consultations.’

Leading Juniors

John BrennanSt Philips Chambers ‘John is knowledgeable and very good with paperwork. He is also approachable and prepared to discuss the case in its wider context.’ 
Michelle CaneySt Ives Chambers ‘Michelle is an exceptional barrister. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the law is second to none. Her advocacy is strong and effective. Her manner with clients is always good.’ 
Louise Corfield  – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Louise is extremely capable and very good on her feet. She is tactically excellent.’ 
David TaylorNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘David is meticulous, highly intelligent and the go-to barrister in property related matters. He is personable and his advice is detailed and succinct.’ 
Anthony VerduynSt Philips Chambers ‘Anthony is highly knowledgeable about property law. He is calm, reasonable, and thorough. He is very good at communication.’ 
Tony WatkinSt Ives Chambers ‘Tony is an extremely able barrister. He always has a strong grasp of the issues and has a tenacious approach to litigation. He is very approachable, and clients appreciate his bedside manner. His understanding and application of the law is excellent.' 
Christopher BuckinghamSt Philips Chambers ‘Christopher is highly intelligent with an excellent grasp of the law. He is also approachable and clear in his advice.’ 
John CampbellRopewalk Chambers ‘John's strength is his ability to relate to the client without compromising on advice.  He is very commercial and calm and logical on his feet.’ 
Imogen HalsteadNo5 Barristers' Chambers ‘Imogen has an exceptional eye for detail and is particularly determined on behalf of clients.’ 
Matthew HaynesSt Ives Chambers ‘Matthew is good with clients. He gives detailed advice and has the ability to present the case at court with clarity.’  
Gavin McLeodSt Philips Chambers ‘Gavin is meticulous in his drafting and has a thorough working knowledge of property related issues and the law surrounding these. He is impressive on his feet, unflustered and thoroughly prepared for the advocacy in respect of which he is instructed. He is extremely personable and enjoys a good working relationship with clients from all walks of life. He is conscientious and goes the extra mile to consider the position before him and advise clients on how best to proceed.’ 
Anya NewmanSt Ives Chambers 'Anya has excellent technical knowledge of property matters and provides clear and commercially aware advice. She is always available to deal with additional queries and has excellent client care.’ 
David NuttallSt Ives Chambers ‘David has proved to be a very skilled advocate with an eye for detail who puts the client at ease, resulting in successful outcomes at trial.’ 

Rising Stars

John Aldis – St Philips Chambers ‘John has an excellent, analytical mind, with a calm and measured demeanour. He patiently and skillfully deals with witnesses who ramble in evidence and adroitly reveals the flaws in that evidence.’ 

Property and construction in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

The ‘strong and able’ real estate team of No5 Barristers’ Chambers works across the whole spectrum of commercial property and residential issues for developers, private individuals, and a wide range of other local and national businesses. Mark Anderson KC is known for his tactical awareness and recently handled a partnership and shareholder dispute concerning the ownership and management of caravan sites, a business valued at more than £50m. David Taylor is praised for his ‘ability to control the courtroom’ and worked on a dispute concerning the powers of executors and trustees of land to dispose of a high-value farm in Snowdonia, without consulting beneficiaries.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent strength in depth. Alternatives are always available and equally prepared and impressive.’

‘The set is the best in Birmingham for contentious trusts and probate.’

‘The chambers is extremely helpful and extremely pleased with the work carried out for the clients.’

‘Great strength in depth and able to offer counsel specific to client’s needs.’

‘A go-to chambers. Every counsel is superb, and the service provided is second to none.’

Clerking

‘Excellent all around. Quick response times and excellent use of technology.’

‘The clerks are excellent. Daniel Griffiths and James Wackett really look after the team and nothing is a problem.’

‘Excellent clerks who are very helpful and always willing to help.’

‘All clerks are excellent and respond quickly. They go out of their way to be helpful and pleasant.’

‘Very accommodating and understanding of client’s needs.’

‘The clerks at No5 are fantastic. Mitchell Nash is superb, very friendly, responsive and provides an excellent service.’  

St Philips Chambers

St Philips Chambers’ business and property team continues to handle some of the most complex, varied, and high-profile cases for a broad client base. ‘Hard-working silk’ John Randall KC is handling a land registry rights issue for the residents of the Britannia development on Grand Cayman. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ John Brennan recently acted on behalf of a householder on a dispute over rights of way, rights of drainage and boundary, against a neighbouring property development site. Anthony Verduyn is known for his ‘incredible knowledge and commercial approach’ and recently represented multiple companies in an action for wrongful forfeiture of a lease. In January 2022 Christopher Buckingham joined the team from Enterprise Chambers.

Testimonials

Set 

‘They have fantastic strength in depth, offer great value and are able to accommodate our needs, even at short notice. They also offer a really strong programme of seminars and other relevant events.’ 

‘They have a considerable strength in depth in counsel that specialise in property litigation.’ 

‘St Philips is a driving force in the Birmingham legal scene and its 130 plus barristers cover all practice areas a solicitor’s practice needs. Commercial and criminal sets are excellent with some stellar silks and senior juniors.’

 ‘An outstanding commercial set.’

‘St Philips is undoubtedly the best set in Birmingham.’ 

Clerking 

‘The clerks are very personable and quick to respond.’ 

‘The clerks have all been helpful, providing a prompt response to any queries raised.’ 

‘All of the commercial clerks do a brilliant job. Arron Snipe and Paul Matthews are both excellent.’ 

‘Arron Snipe is an excellent junior clerk. He is always contactable, responds promptly and always considers instructing solicitor’s needs.’  

‘The service from the clerks’ room is excellent.’ 

Ropewalk Chambers

Ropewalk Chambers specialises in a wide range of property matters, including land sale and purchases, agricultural law, mortgages, conveyancing disputes, planning and development, boundary disputes, and applications to the land registry. Tom Carter successfully acted on behalf of a claimant in a misinterpretation claim brought against the seller of a house. In August 2022 Jonathan Owen was appointed to the circuit bench.

Testimonials

Set

‘Great set with some very talented barristers.’

‘Ropewalk has individual barristers who are willing to go the extra mile for the client.’

‘A very reliable and helpful set of chambers, with friendly staff and an array of talented and experienced barristers.’

‘Good strength in depth and ability to accommodate with strong counsel.’

‘Ropewalk Chambers is always very friendly and approachable.’

Clerking

‘Adrian is particularly good at providing a prompt response.’

‘Tony Hill and Alan Odiam between them have years of experience and will ensure that each particular case referred is looked after and forwarded to the appropriate barrister for consideration.’

‘They are always polite, reliable, and efficient.’

‘Very friendly, helpful, and attentive to requests.’

‘Service appears strong, both in response time, interaction, and approachability.’ 

Work highlights

    St Ives Chambers

    The business and property group of St Ives Chambers is a ‘great team that offers diversity and strength’ and appear at all levels of court from the County Court and First-Tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court. Tony Watkin is ‘excellent at handling complicated multi-party disputes’ and is currently assisting with a claim for damages and an injunction against the council and the operator of a waste treatment site.

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘St Ives Chambers is a user-friendly set that is good to work with. A good set of Barristers with a wide skill set.’

    ‘A great set and always a pleasure to deal and with.’

    ‘Excellent property team with a wide range of specialisms and experience.’

    ‘Exceptional chambers, always able to assist in a variety of areas.’

    ‘St Ives has a good range of barristers with particular strength in juniors and up and coming barristers.’

    Clerking

    ‘The clerks’ room goes above and beyond to provide customer satisfaction.’

    ‘Clerks are always easy to communicate with and happy to help and accommodate.’

    ‘Excellent service and easy to use.’

    ‘The clerks are always very friendly and go the extra mile to help. They are very knowledgeable about the areas of work covered and can recommend the right counsel for that matter.’

    ‘Ross Hands is excellent, always a pleasure to deal with and very flexible and helpful.’