Tim Pole > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
B4 6DR

Work Department

Regulatory and Crime


Tim Pole is a specialist regulatory and criminal barrister. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of specialist regulatory barristers in 2012 (Health and Safety, Environmental, Office of Rail Regulation). He appeared on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive in the well publicised Copthorne Hotel legionnaires case and has appeared in a large number of the most serious Health and Safety cases both for the defence and prosecution. He is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend cases involving environmental, food safety and consumer law. He has a vast experience of coronial law and is often instructed by companies and individuals at this crucial stage. He undertakes specialist criminal work principally defending directors facing allegations of fraudulent trading or applications pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He is regularly instructed in motoring cases by high profile figures in the worlds of sport and entertainment. He has worked for a range of leading insurers where he is considered the go to man for this specialist area particularly in cases involving death.


Called 2001

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Planning and environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim is very well prepared and focused. He has great commercial sense and is a very strong junior for environmental work.’ 

The planning team of No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a team of barristers who are ‘great planning specialists with a range of experience and styles’ and the team works nationwide from its four offices in Birmingham, London, and Bristol. Paul Cairnes KC acts principally for developers throughout England and Wales and recently instructed Torbay & South Devon NHS trust on a matter related potential impact of a major residential development. ‘Hard working and experienced advocate’ Tim Pole recently successfully represented Severn Trent Water in relation to four prosecutions brought by the environment agency.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim provides a faultless judgement. He has an excellent eye for the issues that matter, great courage and determination. He always acts in a highly effective manner.’

No5 Barristers Chambers is ‘an excellent chamber with considerable strength in depth’. The regulatory team provides a ‘market-leading, innovative and fantastically efficient service’ across regulatory law matters, including environmental enforcement, insurance, health and safety and other local authority work. Representing the Care Quality Commission in its first prosecution of such a body, Ian Bridge successfully prosecuted the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which was fined over £2.5m for the failure to provide adequate standards of care following the deaths of two patients from Sepsis. Tim Pole is ‘a determined barrister who will fight the corner and is committed to getting the best outcome for the client’.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim is a very commercially astute barrister who always works tirelessly for the client’s cause. The amount of case preparation work undertaken by him in each case never fails to impress a client. He is an excellent technical advocate.’