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Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
Fifth Floor, 7 Savoy Court
London
WC2R 0EX
England

Midland Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers includes members who have extensive experience in representing individuals, governmental bodies, and local authorities in a wide range of public law matters involving discrimination, human rights, immigration and social housing. Nabila Mallick acted for the claimant in Amin Abdo v SSHD, concerning if hotel accommodation is suitable for pregnant asylum seekers. Philip Rule KC, who is notable for his track record in prison law, was appointed silk in March 2023.

2023 Silks

Philip Rule KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Philip knows the facts of his cases inside out and is always able to answer the opponent’s arguments.’

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jorren Knibbe – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jorren provides well-researched legal advice and puts forward several options to consider.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Nabila MallickNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Nabila is a good negotiator and can turn cases with no prospects of success into winning cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Lucas Bennett is efficient, responsive and extremely helpful.’

‘No5. Barrister’s Chambers always have counsels available, and it is easy to get in touch with them.’

Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers‘ members defend and prosecute across the spectrum of business and regulatory crime matters, with recent instructions involving environmental enforcement, health and safety, and other local authority work. Tim Pole defended the administrators of SDF Autos Limited in an asbestos-related matter, while ‘excellent senior counsel for health and safety’ Bernard Thorogood is a ‘skilled advocate with a commanding presence in any courtroom and exceptional attention to detail’. Tony Watkin has joined the practice.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Tim PoleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tim is an excellent lawyer who works incredibly hard. His court presence marks him as one of the real leaders in this field. His dedication to the client’s cause is wholehearted and real - clients feel very well looked after.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard’s attention to detail is second to none. His advocacy is excellent. He is a good advocate in sentencing and mitigation. He is a go-to counsel for difficult  public sector health and safety defence work. He always secures excellent results for the client and works tirelessly to achieve those results.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony WatkinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Tony is a clear and concise advocate. He takes complicated matters and conveys the details. Tony is thorough when providing advice and is not afraid to tackle complex regulatory matters. He provides confident advice promptly, which can be relied upon by those who instruct him.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Christopher Norman is superb.’

‘Christopher Norman is always responsive and has an uncanny ability to juggle the commitments of his busy team.’

‘Strong set with plenty of depth.’

‘The chamber’s strength in depth is excellent.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is ‘a strong set’ with ‘a good selection of counsel’ who have extensive expertise in advising on contentious probate matters, trusts, land disputes, and issues regarding the validity and interpretation of wills. Angus Burden specialises in the mediation of contentious trust and probate disputes, while Louise Corfield ’s practice focuses on Inheritance Act cases. Rising stars Samir Amin and Jason Perrin are other key members of the team.

Rising stars

Samir Amin – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Samir quickly grasps the facts of the matter. He is a quick thinker and is excellent on his feet. He puts clients at ease and produces brilliant results.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason PerrinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Jason is very thorough with a keen eye for details. He is calm when making submissions and instantly commands the judge's attention.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Mark Anderson KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mark is a calm and clear advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander HeylinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Alexander is strong on paper and feet. He is accessible, commercial and a go-to counsel.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma WilliamsNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Emma is practical, very knowledgeable, and happy to assist. She is well-spoken and clear about the next steps. She is also a good advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Angus Burden – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Angus is a skilled advocate who is able to advance a case in an understated way to great effect. He is also technically brilliant and able to understand the most complex of problems.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Louise Corfield – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Louise is very client focused and can handle complex issues. She is particularly good in mediation, managing the client and is a good negotiator.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Imogen Halstead – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Imogen is a fantastic barrister. She has great technical knowledge in the area, is brilliant with clients and turns around work quickly. Her advocacy skills are excellent, and she is formidable in court.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘The clerking team is good and commercial. Daniel Griffiths and Jordan Zaza are responsive and standouts.’

‘Jordan Zaza is quick to respond and happy to help if needed. Overall service of the clerks is good.’

‘No5 has a great selection of superb barristers in this field.’

‘The chambers has excellent counsel at silk level.’

‘Highly recommended set. They always find appropriate counsel for any situation.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a go-to chambers. The clerks are fantastic, and counsel can be sourced at short notice. It offers expertise in all aspects of contentious legal work and has counsel available at a range of differing experience and knowledge levels.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is ‘a large and well-organised set with the right counsel available for all types of cases’. Practice head Chris Bright KC is described as ‘a very intelligent advocate who is able to grasp the complex points of a case’. Jonathan Jones KC, in addition to work concerning neurological injuries, successfully secured a £6.5m settlement for a sportsman who suffered paraplegia due to the delayed diagnosis of a spinal abscess. David Tyack KC is involved in one of several cases conjoined in Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning if one can make a claim for psychiatric injury after witnessing the death or other horrifying event of a close relative caused by earlier clinical negligence, while Henry Pitchers KC is ‘good with clients with learning disabilities’ and successfully represented a diabetic patient who settled a delayed treatment case for £2.5m.

Rising stars

Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Shastri-Hurst No5 Barristers’Chambers 'Neil’s medical knowledge adds value as a barrister, ability to give clear advice and ability to speak with the medical experts and decipher medical terms. He can gain the lay client’s trust and confidence quickly. He has an excellent manner and can communicate complex medical issues in clear non-medical language.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Rebecca Livesey No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Rebecca is approachable and responsive. She is a team player, and her ability to grasp complex issues and provide good and helpful advice on strategy and the law is exceptional.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Bleasdale KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Paul gets straight to the issues. In advocacy, he is extremely convincing.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Bright KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Chris' legal knowledge is excellent, and the way he deals with clients is exceptional.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Jones KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jonathan is always extremely well-prepared on his cases. He can be relied upon for sensible and practical advice. He is excellent with clients and can explain difficult concepts easily. He is a fierce advocate and will always do his utmost to secure the very best results for his clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Henry Pitchers KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Henry is very good at interrogating the issues in a case and getting the best out of experts. He has a lovely manner with clients. He is an experienced advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
John Coughlan KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘John is a trusted and safe pair of hands offering sound and balanced advice. He adopts an extremely thorough and methodological approach to cases, and his analysis is second-to-none.’
Ranked: Tier 1
David Tyack KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'David is very intelligent and able to grasp complex points and explain them very well, very good at understanding and applying legal arguments to get the best out of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Esther GambleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Esther is a very thorough and detailed barrister. She gives great advice on how to maximise the value of a claim and ensures that everything is evidenced as fully as possible to give each element of a claim the best chance of being recovered successfully.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jamie GambleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Jamie has an excellent grasp of medical issues and is very confident dealing with medical experts of various disciplines. His written pleadings are very strong. He is a fighter and doesn't give up on cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard GrimshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Richard’s attention to detail and tenacity are key strengths. His involvement in a case always adds value. He is a trusted legal advisor and persuasive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Mamta GuptaNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mamta has great attention to detail. She is hugely reliable and a great advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Karl HirstNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Karl is a leader in the clinical negligence sphere in the region and beyond. He shows an absolute commitment to achieving justice and securing the future of injured claimants. He has the client at the heart of everything he does.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Jodie Kembery – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jodie has sound medical knowledge and excellent with clients and experts, with meticulous attention to detail.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma RobertsNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Gemma is very thorough and gets to the issues very quickly. She is good with clients and questions experts very well. She always works to time limits, responds quickly and provides clear advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Teresa Hargreaves No5 Barristers’Chambers 'Teresa is an extremely bright individual. She is comforting during conferences and always bottom-lines complex issues so that all understand the angles and the risks.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘William Theaker and Peter Mottram are excellent and a credit to No 5 Chambers.’

‘Clerks are very helpful, and efficient. William Theaker, in particular, is a credit to the chambers.’

‘The clerking team is very good. Peter Mottram, in particular, is excellent in dealing with queries promptly, effectively and with good humour where required.’

‘No5 have strength in depth at all levels of call and can provide counsel to advise on claims across the full range of value and complexity.’

‘Great, efficient and fast set of chambers.’

‘The set has a good strength in depth and go-to chambers.’

‘No5 is a strong set. They have a breadth of quality barristers from junior to silks. They also offer high-quality training.’

Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is ‘a solid set’ and is ‘well respected for its breadth of counsel with a good range of support and training in commercial litigation’. The team handles a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including company, shareholder and partnership disputes, and civil fraud. Mark Anderson KC is currently representing a shareholder in Krishna Holdco Limited v Gowrie Holdings Limited, an unfair prejudice petition involving shares valued at £106m. Mohammed Zaman KC has expertise in advising on shareholder disputes and directors duty cases.

Rising stars

Ranked: Tier 1
Jason PerrinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Jason is extremely bright, clear and succinct in his approach to his work. He is methodical, measured and adopts a friendly approach in his dealings with his instructing solicitors.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Mohammed Zaman KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mohammed is a brilliant team player. He has a phenomenal work ethic and is a fantastic cross-examiner.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Nicholas CobillNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Nicholas always delivers his work on time and is very thorough in his work. He always has one eye on the commerciality aspect of his advice. He is always very conscientious in providing comprehensive but easy-to-read advice for clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul J DeanNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Paul is tenacious, well-prepared, thorough, and technically excellent with the clients. His written and verbal advice is fantastic, and his advocacy is well-structured, planned and strategically thought through.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Yasmin Yasseri – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Yasmin has great attention to detail and can give sound practical advice. She is excellent with clients and can put them at ease.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Olivia Chaffin-LairdNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Olivia is highly intelligent and a quick thinker. She doesn't shy away from a firm opinion and is accessible, responsive and incredibly easy to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Daniel Griffiths and his team are responsive and have always been able to assist with the enquiries.’

‘Daniel Griffiths is very good, reliable and efficient.’

‘The set’s communication and availability are second to none. It has a vast range of experience and differing barristers with different years of call and experience.’

‘The big strength of this chamber is the excellent response time to enquiries regarding costs and the availability of suitable barristers.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a strong set.’

‘No5 Chambers have a wide variety of barristers available to cover most scenarios. Their advocates are all well-regarded in the local courts.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a ‘strong set’, offering broad-ranging expertise across shareholder and partnership disputes, breaches of fiduciary duties, derivative claims, directors’ disqualification proceedings, unfair prejudice petitions and corporate insolvency. Of late, Mark Anderson KC is acting for the defendant’s main shareholder in a shareholder dispute brought by a claimant alleging fraud of shares amounting to £106m, while Mohammed Zaman KC is representing a petitioner in shareholders’ unfair prejudice petitions concerning the petitioner’s shareholding in the company exceeding £20m.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Mohammed Zaman KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mohammed is a brilliant team player. He has a phenomenal work ethic and is one of the most effective barristers at cross-examination.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Alexander HeylinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Alexander is a creative lateral thinker who is always up for the fight.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Yasmin Yasseri – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Yasmin prepares meticulously and powerfully in court. She always seems to have the right answer, even when there seems not to be one. Her advocacy style is appreciated by judges.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘James Wackett and his team are commercial and committed. James will bend over backwards to be flexible about meeting client needs.’

‘Daniel Griffiths is particularly helpful. He makes himself available and always gets back to you.’

‘No5 Chambers is a preferred set of chambers. It offers a wide range of counsel and a far-reaching area of expertise. Its training sessions are informative yet enjoyable.’

‘No 5 Chambers is always available and has a technical set. It also has high calibre barristers.’

‘No5 Chambers is a good set. It has lots of talented juniors and always tries to make themselves available even on short notice.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Costs Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers includes members who advise on a wide range of cost and funding matters, including detailed assessments, appeals, fixed costs disputes, and solicitor-own client disputes. Stephen Goodfellow regularly represents British Gas in cases involving damage claims arising from cavity wall insulation.

Testimonials

‘Clerks are always most helpful and eager to find alternative availability if a chosen barrister is unavailable.’

Midland Circuit > Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘have a number of highly experienced practitioners’ with substantial expertise in cases of deprivation of liberty, medical treatment and alleged infringements of vulnerable adults' human rights. Mark Bradshaw is known for ‘providing sound advice and making himself available at all times’. Adreeja Chatterjee was appointed a Circuit Judge in October 2023.

Leading Juniors

Abid MahmoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Abid is a forceful advocate for his clients. He is always on top of the factual issues in every case and knows the law and procedure very well. His advocacy is focused, and he can mitigate the impact of an adverse piece of evidence or point of law.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Keri Tayler – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Keri is a fantastic barrister. She is well-suited to this area of practice. She is responsive, adaptable, kind, caring and compassionate. She goes over and above for her clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Adreeja ChatterjeeNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adreeja has a wealth of health and welfare Court of Protection work, enabling a clear and concise approach with her analysis of the issues in question in any particular cases. She is a forceful yet measured advocate, providing strong and reasoned arguments before the court.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark BradshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mark is very approachable and responsive and always willing to engage in discussion about a case. He is a strong advocate and very skilled in navigating complex legal issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘The clerking team is extremely helpful. Lucas Bennett is always willing to assist and very responsive to any queries sent to him.’

‘The clerks are helpful and responsive. Lucas Bennett is a go-to clerk because you always receive a timely response. He will always respond to any queries and provide additional assistance as much as he can do so.’

‘No5 is a very good set with a good operation.’

‘No5 Chambers is a very well-established and competent regional set. They have very good clerks and availability of counsel who are familiar with the specialism.’

‘No5 Chambers is a friendly and approachable chambers with a willingness to assist wherever possible.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers has expertise in handling high-profile criminal cases, including murder, financial crime, sexual abuse and drug offences, and is praised as one of the ‘leading chambers of barristers in the Midland Circuit’. Michael Duck KC has an established criminal practice and recently successfully prosecuted two young adults and a teenager who were convicted of the attempted murder of a thirteen-year-old boy in Birmingham’s Hockley Circus using an improvised firearm modified to fire shotgun cartridges; the case involved issues as to cell site analysis and the naming of the seventeen-year-old convicted. Michelle Heeley KC, who is regularly instructed for both the defence and the prosecution, prosecuted an eighteen-year-old who was convicted of killing a seventeen-year-old in Smethwick with what was referred to in the press as a “Rambo knife”; the matter involved issues of rap lyrics evidence. Ian Bridge specialises in criminal defence and has appeared in cases involving death by dangerous driving, while John O’Higgins advises on cases concerning terrorism and sexual offences.

Rising stars

Chloe Ashley – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Chloe has excellent client care skills. She does a detailed review of all material and instructions. She is very competent in court, always protecting clients’ interests.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Lachlan Stewart  - No5 Barristers' Chambers ‘Lachlan provides straightforward and clear advice to the client, and shows impressive client care skills. He is a well-prepared and focused counsel who engages well with the jury and court.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Duck KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Michael is calm and courteous in court, makes the complex accessible without being condescending but has immense authority. He is liked and respected by his opponents, judges and juries. He is a well-prepared prosecutor and tenacious but also sensible and reasonable.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Michelle Heeley KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Michelle is incredibly hard-working and very responsive. She has a wonderful manner with clients and strong advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Burrows KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Michael is one of the best prosecutors in the Midlands. His preparation is second-to-none, and his charm in court ensures he gets results where others wouldn’t.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Heywood KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Mark is an extremely polished advocate with a calm, measured and careful approach to all aspects of his work. He has high professional standards.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Keeling KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adrian can distil considerable amounts of complex information simply and succinctly and, most importantly, in a way in which it makes sense to a lay jury is particularly impressive. He is fiercely bright and wins the unwinnable.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonas Hankin KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jonas is an exceptional and skilful barrister who is meticulous in his preparation.’
Ranked: Tier 2

2022 Silks

Harpreet Sandhu KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Harpreet is extremely responsive to his professional clients and has impeccable communication skills with lay clients, often explaining technical and complex areas of law. The delivery of his advocacy in the court is second to none, and his preparation of written submissions is outstanding.’ 

2023 Silks

Philip Rule KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Philip has a good ability to engage with the issues. He is alive to the weaknesses and addresses them with the client, and while when dealing with opponents, his argument is well formulated and often novel.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
John O’HigginsNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘John is very thorough and approachable. His attention to detail is remarkable. When he speaks, he ensures the entire court notices.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Sharon BahiaNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Sharon is hard-working, knowledgeable and tenacious.’  
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Andrew Trotter is very helpful and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the case referred to them are managed well and barristers are allocated according to their skill and knowledge to each case. Michael Powell is very efficient and liaises with courts to accommodate listing dates for the client and barrister.’

‘No 5 Chambers have excellent clerks. In particular, Andrew Trotter is very responsive and clear.’

‘No5 Chambers is a powerhouse of a set. It is forward-thinking, progressive, diverse and inclusive.’

‘No5 Chambers is a very good chamber, always helpful and communicates very well, and responds promptly to urgent requests.’

‘No 5 Chambers are a very strong Birmingham set in criminal law.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Employment Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a ‘go-to chambers’ whose members advise across the full spectrum of employment law, including on cases involving unfair dismissal, TUPE transfers, redundancy, unlawful deductions from pay and trade union disputes. Practice head Mugni Islam-Choudhury is ‘commercial, practical and proportionate in his approach’; he acts for employers and employees in cases involving alleged discrimination. Charles Crow has ‘exceptional technical strength and grasp of detail’ and recently represented University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in a race and disability discrimination matter. Helen Barney successfully acted for Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board in a whistleblowing and victimisation claim.

Leading Juniors

Helen BarneyNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Helen is extremely personable and always puts clients and witnesses at ease, notwithstanding the complexity of the legal issues at hand or the difficulties with a case. She is an excellent advocate.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles CrowNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Charles is bright and can understand and direct a case very quickly. He has an excellent manner with clients, quickly winning their confidence. He is a fantastic advocate for positioning questions in a way that cuts to the heart of the issue; he is good at reading the correct tone of how to position arguments.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Mugni Islam-ChoudhuryNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Mugni is exceptional and a master of employment litigation. He is really enjoyable to work with for solicitors and clients; he quickly builds rapport and total confidence. He has an amazing knowledge of case law backed up with his robust advice. He is hugely intelligent, sharp and eloquent.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Nabila MallickNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Nabila is very good.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Jack Feeny – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jack is technically excellent and can digest, understand and explain complicated claims and complex legal issues efficiently and clearly. He is commercially astute and easily able to develop a good rapport with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hignett – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is a good technical lawyer with excellent client management skills, down to earth and practical in his approach.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jessica SmeatonNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jessica has excellent knowledge, and her advocacy is very impressive. She is very approachable.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are efficient and helpful, and Oliver Lee is very good.’

‘The clerks provide a fantastic service across the board. Craig Wain, in particular, is excellent – responsive, efficient, friendly and always happy to find a solution.’

‘No5 is an excellent set for employment, with a fantastic clerking team and a wide range of seniorities in their ranks. It is a go-to set for employment tribunal litigation.’

‘No5 is an excellent set with an impressive array of areas and sectors covered.’

‘No5 is a good chambers, always responsive and helpful.’

Midland Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence Tier 1

Birmingham-led national set No5 Barristers’ Chambers has a ‘wide range of barristers available who are excellent at dealing with private children law matters’. Stefano Nuvoloni KC has significant expertise in matters related to the death or serious injury of children, murder of a parent, and sexual abuse. Kristina Brown is an ‘expert on public children law’ and regularly appears before all levels of court, including the High Court. Victoria Clifford is praised for her ‘excellent attention to detail and phenomenal advocacy’ and has experience of handling children cases with an international element, while ‘thorough and amazingly professional barrister’ Michele Friel regularly acts as arbitrator in disputes involving children. Adreeja Chatterjee was appointed a Circuit Judge in October 2023.

Rising stars

Ranked: Tier 1
Naomi DeanNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Naomi is a truly excellent children's barrister and very much a rising star. She is always thoroughly prepared and is a strong advocate with excellent attention to detail.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Stefano Nuvoloni KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Stefano is a consistently impressive advocate, tenacious and robust. His preparation and attention to detail are second to none.’   
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Kristina BrownNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Kristina can clarify large volumes of complex information and produce focused, client-friendly advice. She has a disarming and engaging cross-examination style which deals with the real issues in the case resulting in the efficient management of court resources.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Victoria CliffordNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Victoria has an immense eye for detail coupled with being pragmatic in her approach to care cases. She is approachable and is always on hand to answer questions and provide advice.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michele Friel – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Michele is an exceptional barrister. She is thorough and amazingly professional. She understandably delivers advice and will give everything to each case.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Kirsty GallacherNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Kirsty is a first-choice barrister. She is consistently excellent and an accomplished and persuasive advocate going above and beyond in her representation.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Orla GrantNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Orla is a first-rate public children law barrister. Her ability to consider and analyse information is impeccable. She is a fierce advocate and perseverant and dedicated to the job.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Heather Popley – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Heather is a very strong and passionate advocate. She is well-prepared and thorough. She has excellent client care skills and provides detailed attendance notes post-hearing.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Katie Miller No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Katie is clear, concise and well-prepared always. Her advocacy is succinct and diligent.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Arrin Nouri No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Arrin is a very thorough barrister who is always very well-prepared. She is calm and excellent with clients. Her advocacy is excellent.’  
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola McIntosh  – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Nicola is a phenomenal advocate who demonstrates excellent attention to detail. She has a brilliant level of client care and will take time to build a rapport with the client. Her knowledge is remarkable and extends across her expertise in family law.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerking team is very helpful and always trying to accommodate – particularly Adam Wadley.’

‘The clerking team are excellent and responsive. Adam Wadley is go-to and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a strong set with excellent options in all areas.’

‘No 5 Barristers’ Chambers is a go-to  set of chambers, particularly for private Children Act cases.’

‘No 5 Barristers’ chambers have great strength in children’s matters and are very approachable.’

Midland Circuit > Immigration Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers has a significant team of barristers with expertise across all areas of immigration, asylum, and nationality law. Abid Mahmood acted for the appellant in SR (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department before the Court of Appeal, concerning a refugee sur place claim brought by a man who attended Tamil separatist protests in the UK, while Mark Bradshaw is praised for being ‘highly determined and very persuasive in court’.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark BradshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Mark's advocacy is clear and addresses the heart of the matter. He is wonderful with clients and provides realistic advice. He is exceptionally reliable and engages in the preparation of the appeal.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘The clerks are very friendly, professional and helpful, in particular Abdul Hafeez.’

‘Immigration clerks are prompt and efficient in picking up emails, replying to the availability of counsel.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Richard GrimshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is a very sharp advocate and an inscrutably fair opponent. He is an all-around impressive lawyer.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Bernard ThorogoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Bernard's preparation is peerless, and he will put the hard yards into preparing the case. He has a smooth but extremely rigorous style and usually gets what he wants from judges and coroners.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2

Midland Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a ‘very strong set with excellent barristers at all levels of experience’ that offers representation across the full spectrum of personal injury cases. The practice is jointly led by Henry Pitchers KC and Jonathan Jones KC, who is 'a fantastic advocate with a tenacious approach’Chris Bright KC is renowned for his ‘excellent advocacy’ and is active in cases involving complex causation and quantum issues. The ‘amazing advocate’ Malcolm Duthie recently secured a high-value settlement in a case involving traumatic brain injuries suffered by a taxi driver. Paul Evans has particular expertise in handling claims concerning amputations and prosthetic use.

Rising stars

Rebecca Livesey No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Rebecca is very thorough and highly intelligent. She has excellent client care and empathy.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Bleasdale KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Paul is a powerhouse on the circuit. He forcefully and persuasively puts cases forward, usually achieving results way beyond expectation. In his advocacy, he develops relationships with the judiciary, which have them eating out of the palm of his hand. He is formidable in cross-examination.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Bright KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Chris is thorough in his case preparation and attention to detail. His particular strengths are his management of complex expert evidence and his calm and reassuring manner with clients.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Jones KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jonathan is a leading silk in the personal injury sphere. His advocacy is especially impressive. He is always a safe pair of hands on a case. He is tenacious in securing the best possible evidence.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
John Coughlan KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'John is extremely thorough and manages all aspects of the claim with great insight. His intellect is apparent and reassuring. He is very much a steady hand and great to have on board when complications arise.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Tyack KC –No5 Barristers' Chambers 'David is extremely conscientious and thorough in his examination of the evidence and is good at managing and addressing inconsistencies in the medical input on complex issues. He has an excellent manner with clients and engages their trust and confidence.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Matthew BrunningNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Matthew is thorough, pays attention to detail, and is fantastic with clients. He builds great rapport with clients and takes time to understand what is important to the client and is empathetic to their situation.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul EvansNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Paul is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. He is very capable of dealing with complex, difficult and high-value claims. He is tenacious in his approach and always goes the extra mile. His client care is second-to-none and he genuinely cares and works very hard to achieve the best possible outcome.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard MoatNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is a strong advocate with excellent cross-examination skills, analytical, and able to see quickly to the heart of the matter.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert SmallwoodNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Robert has attention to detail, a first-class trial advocate with a great manner with clients. He is very strong in conferences with witnesses and experts. He gives robust and pragmatic commercial advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick Xydias – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Nick is very patient, understanding and sympathetic to an individual's needs at a very stressful time. He is firm and helps a client to have realistic expectations in a professional manner.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Esther GambleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Esther is a very warm, friendly, thorough and detailed barrister. She gives great advice on how to maximise the value of a claim and has a great focus on getting to the issues and pulling out the information that is needed from experts and clients in a clear and detailed way, leaving no stone unturned.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Malcolm DuthieNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Malcolm is a very experienced, passionate and talented advocate. He puts his all into his cases and on behalf of his clients.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Jamie GambleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Jamie is very practical and tenacious. A silk in waiting.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Karl HirstNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Karl is a leader in the personal injury sphere in the region and beyond. He shows an absolute commitment to achieving justice and securing the future of injured claimants. He has the client at the heart of everything he does.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Steven FisherNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Steven has an excellent ability to identify the core issues in a claim. He works with the client collaboratively to get the best result for them. His advocacy is strong and uncomplicated, and his document drafting is excellent.’  
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Lucy Coulson - No5 Barristers' Chambers 'Lucy is extremely thorough, calm, supportive and methodical in her approach. She is prompt on paper and easy to contact.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are very responsive, friendly and professional. All Peter Mottram, William Theaker and Tracey Witherford have been exemplary in finding solutions to problems and responding to calls and emails quickly.’

‘William Theaker and Peter Mottram are excellent. They always provide a swift response and a solution when needed.’

‘The chambers is reliable and offers a high-level experience and knowledge. It is committed to providing an excellent level of service.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a go-to set for personal injury and clinical negligence in the Midlands. The depth of counsel is exceptional, and they are led by the very best.’

 

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Planning and environment Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Paul Cairnes KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Paul is an outstanding advocate. His ability to retain and recall information is exceptional.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
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.'
Ranked: Tier 1
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.’   
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
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.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
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.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
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.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Howard Leithead – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Howard provides practical advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘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.’

 

Midland Circuit > Professional disciplinary law Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a leading set in professional disciplinary and regulatory work on circuit, with its members handling defence and prosecution mandates in various areas. Adrian Keeling KC heads the practice group and has handled work for police officers as well as the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors, while Sharon Bahia regularly acts for the police officers in the High Court and police disciplinary proceedings.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Keeling KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adrian’s advocacy appears effortless. He assimilates substantial and complex regulatory procedures and rules with no previous exposure to the nuances of the particular profession, and achieves positive outcomes.’
Ranked: Tier 1

2022 Silks

Harpreet Sandhu KCNo5 Barristers' ChambersHis knowledge and style is very admirable, and his advice is clear and straight to the point.’
Harpreet Sandhu KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'His knowledge and style is very admirable, and his advice is clear and straight to the point.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy Coulson No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Lucy is everything one would want in presenting in professional disciplinary matters. She is clear, collegiate, fair, able to see the wood for the trees, persuasive, reasonable and very effective.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘The chambers has an outstanding clerking team, particularly Christopher Norman.’

Midland Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers offers advice on professional negligence matters to a wide range of clients, including professional bodies, insurers and individuals. The group regularly represents these clients before the High Court and other fora. David Mitchell’s practice focuses on disputes related to real property and trusts and estates work, while the duo of Mark Anderson KC and Stephen Goodfellow have significant expertise in handling claims against lawyers, surveyors, insurance brokers and accountants.

Leading Juniors

Stephen GoodfellowNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Stephen is wonderful with clients and an extremely effective cross-examiner.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is praised for its ‘great strength in depth’ when it comes to advising on the full spectrum of property law, including both commercial and residential sites. Mark Anderson KC has longstanding experience of handling property disputes and is currently acting in a high-value dispute, Loveridge v Loveridge, related to the ownership and management of caravan sites, in the Court of Appeal. Louise Corfield is praised for her ‘concise and direct advice’ and secured a successful settlement in Bradshaw v Bradshaw, a complex land ownership case. The ‘calm and brilliant’ advocate David Taylor has significant expertise in handling landlord and tenant-related matters. Tony Watkin has joined the team.

Leading Juniors

Louise Corfield  – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Louise has excellent knowledge of the law and is approachable and helpful. She is incredibly methodical in the way she handles her cases, but she is practical too.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
David TaylorNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘David is thorough and meticulous, and provides sound and reasoned advice. His knowledge of the law is second-to-none and his strategic and commercial acumen is very strong.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - No5 Barristers' Chambers ‘Tony has unsurpassed attention to detail. He knows every aspect of the case but maintains the overall view needed to make smart tactical decisions.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma WilliamsNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Emma is knowledgeable and will take the time to research case law and legislation as well as focus on the practical matter at hand. She is well-spoken, approachable and helpful.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Imogen HalsteadNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Imogen is extremely approachable and helpful and finds practical solutions to cases wherever possible. She has an excellent knowledge of the law and is prepared to find the settlement in cases that appear as unable to be settled.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Daniel Griffiths is always responsive and courteous.’

‘Great service of clerks, James Wackett and Jordan Zaza in particular.’

‘No5 has a broad range of barristers.’

‘No5 Barristers Chambers has a strong level of expertise & availability of good quality counsel.’

‘No5 is a go-to chambers. The set offers expertise in all aspects of contentious legal work and has counsel available at a range of differing experience and knowledge levels.’

 

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy Tier 2

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is a ‘go-to chambers in the Midland circuit’ for complex matrimonial finance matters involving cohabitee disputes, trust structures, inheritance, and pension issues. Stephanie Brown ‘is a formidable advocate, razor-sharp cross-examination, with the ear of the judge’, and her practice encompasses the full spectrum of work within financial remedy proceedings. Katie Langdon regularly assists clients with pre and post-nuptial agreements, including cases involving trusts and pensions, and garners praise for being a ‘thorough, tenacious, dedicated, and a true professional in her commitment to the client’s case’.

Leading Juniors

Stephanie BrownNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Stephanie is an incredibly intelligent practitioner and formidable advocate. She is equivalent to silk. She is always meticulously prepared.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Katie LangdonNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Katie is very adept at dealing with complex trust and business structures. She is a great advocate, willing to fight strongly for her client.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Clare Radburn is very helpful.’

‘Adam Wadley and Clare Radburn provide an efficient and impressive service.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ family team are a first-choice set. They are very well clerked, offering regular training and networking opportunities.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers always go above and beyond to accommodate the client’s needs. It has some excellent barristers across all levels of seniority.’

‘No5 Barristers’ Chambers offers a strong team of barristers with varying degrees of experience in financial matters alongside divorce.’

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

No5 Barristers’ Chambers brings both a national presence through its offices around the country and experience in appearing before the First-Tier Tribunal up to the Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court to its representation of a wide range of claimants. Manjit Singh Gill KC was part of the team representing a Sudanese individual in the wider Rwanda litigation of R (AAA and others) v Secretary of State of the Home Department, alleging unlawful transfer of personal data and failure to investigate data protection concerns involved in the scheme. Abid Mahmoud represented a refugee appellant in the Court of Appeal in SR (Sri Lanka) v SSHD regarding the impact of anti-government activities (in this case, support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the Sri Lankan Civil War) on the likelihood of ill-treatment on return to his home country.

Leading Silks

Manjit Gill KCNo5 Barristers’ ChambersManjit's knowledge of the law is amazing.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Benjamin HawkinNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'He is very helpful and he tries to support his clients in every way. He is a very good advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Abid MahmoodNo5 Barristers’ ChambersHe is very efficient and intelligent, and has an excellent attention to detail. He has the ability to pick up the finer points and develop them into legal argument.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Jessica SmeatonNo5 Barristers’ ChambersJessica is very good in what she does. She has good legal thinking.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Frances ShawNo5 Barristers’ ChambersShe is extremely calm, composed and charming and very good at getting her point across in advocacy in a way which the judges enjoy. Really accessible and personable for dealing with clients and case preparation. Reliable and easy to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Danny BaziniNo5 Barristers’ ChambersDanny is amazing, well-spoken and friendly.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranjiv KhubberNo5 Barristers’ ChambersRanjiv always makes sure he is extremely familiar with all material he is provided with relating to any case on which he is instructed and this is reflected in his advocacy by the way he can smoothly navigate within said material when asked about it by judges.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Parminder SainiNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'His advice is clear and detailed and he is responsive and a pleasure to deal with. Fantastic.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

Led by Chris Bright KC and John Coughlan KC, members of No5 Barristers’ Chambers possess ‘a wealth of knowledge and experience‘ and regularly receive instructions from members of the public, NHS trusts, medical defence organisations, and private medical institutions, among others. The ‘incredibly clever and insightfulJonathan Jones KC is an ‘excellent advocate’ who primarily handles high-value brain damage cases as well as cases involving birth trauma and serious spinal injuries.

Leading Silks

David Tyack KC - No5 Barristers' Chambers 'David is incredibly technical and his ability to manage and run complex expert conferences is second to none. His pleadings are also very detailed.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Jones KC – No5 Barristers’ ChambersJonathan is an excellent advocate and his knowledge of the law is second to none. He is thorough and has a unique ability to explore complicated medical and legal issues with experts.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Will Theaker is brilliant. He is very responsive and willing to help wherever possible. He is excellent at events as well.’

‘Will Theaker is very enthusiastic and engaging, lots of good ideas and makes things happen.’

‘Excellent.  Will Theaker and Peter Mottam stand out for their efficiency and helpfulness.’

‘No 5 chambers is an excellent set of chambers offering a wealth of knowledge and experience and they offer a wide range of excellent courses.’

‘Excellent set with strength across the board, supported by first-class clerking.’

‘A good variety of counsel.’

 

Western Circuit > Planning and environment

Leading Silks

Paul Cairnes KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘He is an outstanding advocate who is able to present complex legal matters in a very coherent way. His ability to retain and recall information is exceptional and he is never fazed by challenging questions in court but is always able to formulate a calm and measured response. He is also friendly and a pleasure to work with.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jorren KnibbeNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'He provides well-researched legal advice which is laid out in a manner that is understandable for those with non-legal backgrounds.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

David GardnerNo5 Barristers’ ChambersDavid's knowledge of his field is second to none. He is able to give clear advice on complex issues and advocate for clients in the strongest and most effective terms. His warm and sensitive manner allows him to build a quick rapport with vulnerable clients. In short, he is everything you could want in a Court of Protection barrister.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Fraud: civil

London Bar > Commercial litigation

London Bar > Crime

2022 Silks

2023 Silks

Philip Rule KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Philip is reliable, approachable, has a good rapport with clients, obtains positive outcomes and receives subsequent requests for representation by returning clients.'

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Leading Silks

Gary Bell KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Gary is an adept advocate. He is quick witted with a lovely style in court and juries quickly warm to him. One underestimates him at one's peril.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Silks

Mark Anderson KCNo5 Barristers’ ChambersRazor-sharp analysis and clarity provided within his advice. Delivered with complete calmness and always finds the answers. Mark is very responsive and works very collaboratively.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

Leading Silks

Manjit Gill KCNo5 Barristers' Chambers 'A silk with amazing legal knowledge and an analytical eye.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Philip Rule KCNo5 Barristers' Chambers 'He has encyclopaedic knowledge of this field of law. Very tenacious, with a good tactical approach.'

Leading Juniors

Nabila Mallick No5 Barristers' Chambers 'She fights her client's corner with skill and passion.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Clinical negligence

Leading Silks

David Tyack KC - No5 Barristers' Chambers 'David's strength are his attention to detail, his technical knowledge, his knowledge of quantum and ability to understand the medical evidence so quickly.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Henry Pitchers KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Henry is a leader in his field. He is strategic, intelligent, knows his subject inside out, a compelling advocate, and has excellent drafting skills.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Richard Grimshaw, No5 Barristers' Chambers 'An impressive analytical mind, with insightful and timely strategic advice resulting in great results for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Mamta Gupta – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Mamta's great strengths are her attention to detail and drafting. She is extremely thorough in conference and is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen GoodfellowNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Stephen is a very calm advocate who sets clients at ease during conference. He is very well prepared and a very strong negotiator.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Company

Leading Silks

Mark Anderson KC - No5 Barristers' Chambers ‘A go-to counsel for large claims, he provides razor-sharp analysis and clarity in his advice.’
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Insolvency

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Leading Silks

Henry Pitchers KCNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Henry is calm and very approachable. He is able to digest technical evidence and advise in a very down to earth manner to our clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4
David Tyack KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘David is an excellent advocate for clients, meticulous with his advice and on point.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Planning

Leading Juniors

Howard Leithead – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Howard quickly absorbs the detail and identifies the key issues. His calm and clear advocacy is authoritative and persuasive. His personable approach and ability to lead a team adds value and direction.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Sioned Davies No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Advocacy at public inquiry is real strength - Sioned displays excellent qualities in terms of her prep, thoroughness, understanding of the case and relevant case law and precedents and communication skills.’
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

2023 Silks

Philip Rule KCNo5 Barristers’ ChambersPhilip has a great mind and is one of the best in the field. He presents very detailed arguments and forensic dismantling of witnesses on the stand is his particular strength, including professional and expert witnesses where needed.' 

Leading Juniors

Colin BanhamNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Colin is an astute advocate who always provides sound, comprehensive advice.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip DayleNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘A well-respected and trusted junior.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Hopkins – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘A fantastic advocate, and his attention to detail and court craft is unrivalled. A formidable asset in your corner.’
Ranked: Tier 5

South Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Wales and Chester Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Wales and Chester Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

London Bar > Family: children and domestic abuse

Leading Juniors

Baldip Singh Aulak - No5 Barristers' Chambers  ‘Baldip has strong interpersonal skills. He is empathetic and able to explain complex issues to vulnerable clients. He is a skilled litigator, and his advocacy in court is always persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ami Bartholomew  - No5 Barristers' Chambers  ‘Ami is a fierce advocate and commands the courtroom. She is very thorough with her preparation and grasps concepts well within a case. She is very strong in putting a client’s case forward and is very well-liked by clients for her direct and honest approach.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Rebekah Wilson –No5 Barristers' Chambers ‘Rebekah is a fearsome and skilful advocate. Her advocacy skills are second to none. She is extremely analytical and is well respected by solicitors, legal executives, fellow barristers and judges. She is very approachable and able to relate with clients. Her writing skills are also exceptional.’
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

Leading Juniors

Colin BanhamNo5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Colin is a very experienced and knowledgeable counsel. He is regularly instructed by clients who rely on his diligence, tactical acumen, and hard work.' 
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Employment

Leading Juniors

Tim Sheppard – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Tim provides practical and informed advice in a timely manner. He is a highly skilled advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Jessica Smeaton – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Jessica is very proactive, communicates well with clients and absorbs complex issues quickly.'
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Philip Dayle – No5 Barristers’ ChambersA junior with an incisive eye for the best points in a case.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Social housing

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Keri Tayler  – No5 Barristers’ Chambers 'Keri is very kind, caring, sensitive and wise. She demonstrates fantastic insight and understanding. She is robust and a clear and decisive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Varsha Jagadesham – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Varsha is extremely knowledgeable, has vast experience and is very insightful in Court of Protection proceedings. Her attention to detail is on point, and her knowledge of case law is exceptional. She is a great barrister to work with and is always willing to assist.’
Ranked: Tier 5

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

Leading Juniors

Alexander HeylinNo5 Barristers' Chambers ‘Alexander is an excellent courtroom advocate and is very user-friendly, being particularly effective in winning clients' trust quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

Leading Juniors

Alexander Heylin – No5 Barristers' Chambers 'Alexander is incredibly user-friendly and quickly strikes up a rapport with the client. What really sets him apart is his wealth of knowledge, having practised in several jurisdictions - this makes him a real asset in any cross-border litigation. A real star.'
Ranked: Tier 2

No5 Barristers’  Chambers offers a comprehensive, across-the-board service throughout the UK and further afield.

The set: During its 100-year history, No5 has developed a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a forward-thinking set. No5 maintains its success in traditional sectors of law while offering specialist advice and representation at the cutting edge of newly evolving areas.

Having grown to over 260 barristers, including 40 silks, No5 provides a nationwide service from its offices in Birmingham, London and Bristol, with the London office housing more than 70 tenants. Chambers continues to attract high-quality work in all disciplines, combining excellent service standards with a progressive, modern and flexible approach to clients’ needs.

No5 prides itself on forming partnerships with solicitor clients and other professionals. Chambers has associate tenants in Dubai, Spain, Cayman, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and British Virgin Islands and is keen to develop further links, particularly in the fields of planning and environmental, international arbitration, regulatory, commercial work and clinical negligence.

Dedicated specialist clerking teams based throughout the country have detailed knowledge of the individuals and groups they manage and support, and are available to advise clients on the most suitable counsel for a particular case. Chambers organises a structured training and induction programme for clerks and members alike.

A highly-respected set, No5 remains a well-reputed provider of informative and topical seminars, allowing the latest issues and developments to be discussed with highly qualified speakers and sector experts. Many members of chambers write or contribute to legal textbooks and specialist journals.

No5 has a wide-ranging practice and prides itself on being able to assist clients across the broad spectrum of law both at home and internationally, utilising the expertise it has in its multitude of practice groups.

Types of work undertaken: The planning and environmental law group has a strong national presence and has been involved in some of the largest and most controversial proposals considered at public inquiries and subsequently in the Appeal Courts, including proposals for wind farms, new ports, new settlements and major retail and business developments.

The clinical negligence group is widely recognised for its exceptional combination of legal and clinical expertise with several members having studied and worked in the clinical world. Members of the group have been involved in high-profile and substantial cases including brain, spinal and catastrophic medical injuries. Working on behalf of a wide range of clients, the group specialises in multi-party claims and those arising from the use of medical products and equipment, human rights, mental health issues and medical ethics.

The personal injury group provides reliable, sound advice and effective representation at all levels of litigation, receiving instructions from leading claimant and defendant firms. The group’s workload includes complex cases involving brain, spinal, orthopaedic and psychological injuries, representing private individuals, trade unions and insurers.

The sports law group continues to flourish with members representing clubs, associations, managers and individuals at both professional and amateur level on a wide range of issues.

Employment is an area of constant change and new legislation that has a direct impact on businesses and employees. The employment group has a strong reputation for providing advice and representation to both employers and employees, and fields a strong presence from all three locations throughout the UK.

Combining the experience of members in No5’s practice groups, chambers’ regulatory group provides advice and advocacy expertise in relation to regulatory criminal work, all types of enforcement proceedings and matters involving the regulation of professional bodies. Members appear both for professionals and regulators before fitness to practice panels and in the High Court on judicial review claims and statutory appeals. Members specialise in health and safety, food and drugs, licensing, trading standards and consumer protection.

Similarly, chambers’ industrial disease group has developed expertise across the spectrum of industrial work. The strong industrial heritage in the West Midlands has allowed specialists to gain a keen understanding of relevant issues through their handling of litigation concerning asbestos-related claims, asthma, deafness and occupational stress, among others.

The business and property group is proud of its strong reputation and continues to build a significant national presence, particularly in relation to banking and financial services. The group provides advice and advocacy expertise across traditional Chancery areas and general commercial litigation and is highly regarded for its expertise in areas including construction, property, insolvency and professional negligence.

The public law group provides leading expertise nationally on all aspects of the complex web of legal duties involving NHS bodies and local and national government. Areas covered include (but are not limited to) health and social care law, mental health, consent to medical treatment, medical regulation and inquests.

The family group, housing two KCs, is highly regarded and specialist. The group provides skilled legal expertise with the highest levels of service, support and client care. Members offer advice and representation in all aspects of family law including financial provision, TOLATA, child arrangements, public law children and Court of Protection in all family courts from magistrates level to the House of Lords. Acutely aware of the cost implications to clients, and that family cases are often highly complicated and emotional, the group aims to conduct cases in a manner designed to achieve the best possible result while reflecting individuals needs. Whether through careful negotiation, or contested hearing, members provide meticulous preparation and excellent advocacy with a friendly, approachable manner.

The criminal law group offers experience in all traditional areas of practice, with particular expertise in homicides, corporate manslaughter, complex conspiracy, and deal with all types of economic, regulatory and corporate crime. In recent years, the set has gained recognition in large commercial fraud cases and has also witnessed significant growth in regulatory instructions, especially HSE work and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) instructions.

The immigration group advises and appears before the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Members appear frequently at the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights and several advocates sit as part-time immigration judges. The team offers expertise and high-quality service provision at the advisory and pre- and post-litigation stages to address the requirements of business immigration clients. Clients have included various national and multi-national companies and human resource managers.

Further details on No5 and its members can be found on www.No5.com.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive and director of clerking Tony McDaid
Member of Chambers Alex Henderson KC (1970)
Member of Chambers Clive Newberry KC (1978)
Member of Chambers Richard Jones KC (1972)
Member of Chambers Manjit Gill KC (1982)
Member of Chambers Richard Humphreys KC (1986)
Member of Chambers Mohammed Zaman KC (1985)
Member of Chambers Jo Sidhu KC (1993)
Member of Chambers Sir Jeremy Wright KC MP *
Member of Chambers Mark Kelly KC (1985)
Member of Chambers David Tyack KC (1994)
Member of Chambers Sultana Tafadar KC (2005)
Member of Chambers Philip Rule KC (2001)
Member of Chambers Jessica Allen (2019)
Member of Chambers Richard Alomo (1990)
Member of Chambers Baldip Singh Aulak (2013)
Member of Chambers Samir Amin (2015)
Member of Chambers Rizwan Ashiq (2001)
Member of Chambers Ravinder Bagral (1996)
Member of Chambers Nisha Bambhra (2011)
Member of Chambers Colin Banham (1999)
Member of Chambers Ami Bartholomew (2003)
Member of Chambers Danny Bazini (1992)
Member of Chambers Alice Beech (2019)
Member of Chambers Anthony Bell (1985)
Member of Chambers Jennifer Blair (2013)
Member of Chambers Ian Bridge (1988)
Member of Chambers Leanne Buckley-Thomson (2009)
Member of Chambers James Corbet Burcher (2011)
Member of Chambers Olivia Chaffin-Laird (2001)
Member of Chambers Odette Chalaby (2021)
Member of Chambers Laura Davidson (1996) *
Member of Chambers Sioned Davies (2019)
Member of Chambers Philip Dayle (2012)
Member of Chambers Peter Dean (1987)
Member of Chambers Camilla Draycott (2015)
Member of Chambers Emma Edhem (1993)
Member of Chambers Jack Feeny (2005)
Member of Chambers Nicholas Ferrari (2005)
Member of Chambers Wendy Frempong (2001)
Member of Chambers Stephen Goodfellow (1997)
Member of Chambers Mamta Gupta (2004)
Member of Chambers Benjamin Hawkin (1998)
Member of Chambers Daniel Henderson (2021)
Member of Chambers Alexander Heylin (2000)
Member of Chambers Richard Hignett (1995)
Member of Chambers Varsha Jagadesham (2014)
Member of Chambers Mian Sheaz Javaid (2020)
Member of Chambers Caroline Jennings (2010)
Member of Chambers Artis Kakonge (2006)
Member of Chambers Thomas Keane (2017)
Member of Chambers Changez Khan (2008)
Member of Chambers Ranjiv Khubber (1994)
Member of Chambers Anthony Korn (1978)
Member of Chambers Davina Krishnan (2004)
Member of Chambers Howard Leithead (2014)
Member of Chambers Rebecca Livesey (2016)
Member of Chambers Irvine Maccabe (1983)
Member of Chambers Sapandeep Singh Maini -Thompson (2021)
Member of Chambers Nabila Mallick (1992)
Member of Chambers Francesca Martin (2010)
Member of Chambers Gurprit Kaur Mattu (2007)
Member of Chambers Oliver May (2018)
Member of Chambers Christopher McWatters (2004)
Member of Chambers Susan Monaghan (1995)
Member of Chambers Geraldine More O’Ferrall (1983)
Member of Chambers Carole Murray (1989)
Member of Chambers Edward Nicholson (1993)
Member of Chambers Michael O'Brien (1987)
Member of Chambers Tom Perry (2016)
Member of Chambers Adam Porte (2015)
Member of Chambers Andrew Rhodes (2015)
Member of Chambers Joanne Rothwell (1993)
Member of Chambers Avril Rushe (2017)
Member of Chambers Parminder Saini (2001)
Member of Chambers Serena Sekhon (2021)
Member of Chambers Frances Shaw (2007)
Member of Chambers Tim Sheppard (1995)
Member of Chambers Jessica Smeaton (2008)
Member of Chambers Scott Stemp (2000)
Member of Chambers Sajid Suleman (2014)
Member of Chambers Caroline Sumeray (1993) *
Member of Chambers Keri Tayler (1995)
Member of Chambers Annie Townley (2018)
Member of Chambers Tony Watkin (1998)
Member of Chambers Olivia Whitworth(2018)
Member of Chambers Gordon Wignall *
Member of Chambers Stuart Withers (2013)
Member of Chambers Rebekah Wilson (1998)
Member of Chambers Cecilia Xu Lindsey, (2012)
Member of Chambers Yasmin Yasseri (2005)
Member of Chambers Kawsar Zaman (2018)
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Richard Alomo photo Richard Alomo
Samir Amin photo Mr Samir Amin Barrister
Rizwan Ashiq photo Rizwan Ashiq
Colin Banham photo Colin Banham Colin is a mixed criminal and civil practitioner. He specialises in criminal…
Ami Bartholomew photo Ami Bartholomew Ami is a children law specialist instructed in both private and public…
Alice Beech photo Alice Beech
Anthony Bell photo Anthony Bell Anthony has a criminal defence practice including serious fraud of all descriptions,…
Michael Bimmler photo Michael Bimmler
Ian Bridge photo Ian Bridge Defends in regulatory crime especially health and safety and environment, corporate crime,…
Leanne Buckley-Thomson photo Leanne Buckley-Thomson Leanne is a specialist Housing and Planning Law practitioner.  In planning law,…
Olivia Chaffin-Laird photo Olivia Chaffin-Laird Commercial disputes constitute the largest proportion of Olivia’s practice encompassing contractual disputes,…
Odette Chalby photo Ms Odette Chalby Odette is a Barrister in the Planning and Environment team. She is…
James Corbet Burcher photo James Corbet Burcher Special areas of practice: Planning/Environmental law; Public law, European Union law
Laura Davidson photo Laura Davidson Laura specialises in all aspects of medical law and is well known…
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Philip Dayle photo Philip Dayle
Emma Edhem photo Emma Edhem
Jack Feeny photo Jack Feeny Jack is a specialist employment practitioner and acts on behalf of claimants…
Nicholas Ferrari photo Nicholas Ferrari Specialist area of practice: personal injury. Also extensive experience of general common…
Manjit Singh Gill photo Manjit Singh Gill Head of international human rights law. Specialist in public law, human rights,…
Stephen Goodfellow photo Stephen Goodfellow Stephen has obtained great breadth of experience in common law matters but…
Alison Harvey photo Alison Harvey Barrister specialising in nationality, immigration, and asylum and in public law, with…
Alex Henderson * photo Alex Henderson *
Alexander Heylin photo Alexander Heylin Commercial / Chancery / Insolvency / Civil Fraud   Alexander has broad…
Richard Hignett photo Richard Hignett Overview Richard practises exclusively in the field of employment and discrimination law.…
Richard Humphreys photo Richard Humphreys
Varsha Jagadesham photo Ms Varsha Jagadesham Varsha specialises in mental capacity, mental health, inquests, and community care law.…
Caroline Jennings photo Caroline Jennings Caroline specialises in all aspects of employment law. She is instructed on…
Mark Kelly photo Mark Kelly Specialises in serious fraud and money laundering and regulatory crime. Has particular…
Mark Kelly photo Mark Kelly Specialises in serious fraud and money laundering and regulatory crime. Has particular…
Changez Khan photo Changez Khan Changez is a specialist in employment and discrimination law. He has the…
Anthony Korn photo Anthony Korn All aspects of employment, particularly TUPE, equal pay, discrimination law, whistleblowing and…
Howard Leithead photo Howard Leithead Barrister  
Cecilia Xu Lindsey photo Cecilia Xu Lindsey Cecilia has a spectrum of Commercial practice in both dispute resolution and…
Rebecca Livesey photo Rebecca Livesey
Irvine Maccabe photo Irvine Maccabe Combines court room presence, pugnacious advocacy, straight-forward advice with sound commercial judgment…
Abid Mahmood photo Abid Mahmood Abid has appeared in some of the leading cases in his preferred…
Sapandeep Singh  Maini-Thompson photo Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson specialises in Employment, Public Law and Regulatory. He has…
Francesca Martin photo Francesca Martin
Gurprit Kaur Mattu photo Gurprit Kaur Mattu Barrister
Oliver May photo Oliver May Barrister
Rowena Meager photo Rowena Meager General chancery and commercial practitioner with experience of, amongst other things, insolvency…
Susan Monaghan photo Susan Monaghan Susan has extensive experience in the field of Regulatory and Public Law.…
Harj Narulla photo Mr Harj Narulla
Edward Nicholson photo Edward Nicholson Prior to obtaining a tenancy in 2003 Edward worked at the Refugee…
Mike O Mike O"Brien Mike is a former law officer, he was solicitor general for the…
Tom Perry photo Tom Perry Barrister
Adam Porte photo Adam Porte
Andrew Rhodes photo Andrew Rhodes
Philip Rule photo Philip Rule Barrister – King’s Counsel. Undertaking a variety of areas of work, but…
Avril Rushe photo Avril Rushe Barrister
Parminder Saini photo Mr Parminder Saini
Frances Shaw photo Frances Shaw Practice Groups: Immigration, Asylum and Nationality International Human Rights Public Law Direct…
Tim Sheppard photo Tim Sheppard An employment and discrimination law practitioner, who also specialises in planning and…
Jo Sidhu * photo Jo Sidhu *
Baldip Singh Aulak photo Baldip Singh Aulak Baldip is a leading Junior in Family Law, boasting over a decade…
Jessica Smeaton photo Jessica Smeaton Barrister specialising in all aspects of employment and immigration law. Jessica is…
Scott Stemp photo Scott Stemp
Caroline Sumeray photo Caroline Sumeray Caroline specialises in criminal law and her practice has encompassed almost every…
Sultana Tafadar photo Sultana Tafadar
Keri Tayler photo Keri Tayler
Annie Townley photo Annie Townley
Olivia Whitworth photo Olivia Whitworth Barrister
Rebekah Wilson photo Rebekah Wilson Rebekah is an experienced family law barrister who specialises in all aspects…
Stuart Withers photo Stuart Withers
Yasmin Yasseri photo Yasmin Yasseri Barrister in the Business and Property Group at No5 Barristers’ Chambers.
Kawsar Zaman photo Mr Kawsar Zaman Kawsar Zaman is a UK qualified Barrister, Mediator and Solicitor (non-practising). He…
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