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No5 Barristers Chambers

Chambers of Mark Anderson QC

Work 0845 210 5555
Fax 0121 606 1501
Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London


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 250 barristers, including 31 silks, No5 provides a nationwide service from its offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and London, with the London office housing more than 60 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, Hong Kong, Singapore and British Virgin Islands and is keen to develop further links, particularly in the fields of planning and environmental, international arbitration and commercial work.

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.

Primarily led by European influences, employment is also 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 four 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 practise 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 commercial and Chancery 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 QCs, is committed, 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

Other offices:

Greenwood House, 4-7 Salisbury Court, London EC4Y 8AA DX 449 London Chancery Lane

38 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4QS DX 7838 Bristol

Provincial House, 37 New Walk, Leicester LE1 6TU DX 141225 Leicester 19


Above material supplied by No5 Barristers Chambers (Chambers of Mark Anderson QC).

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