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Clinical Negligence

The Clinical Negligence Group has an outstanding reputation and No5 Chambers is widely recognised as one of the leading centres of legal expertise in the area of clinical negligence. The Group enjoys a nationwide reputation with its members undertaking work throughout England and Wales.

There are over 30 specialist Counsel, some also qualified in medicine, who are members of the Group. The members of the Group have been responsible for some of the most important and substantial cases dealt with in this field in the United Kingdom including claims involving brain and spinal injuries and other catastrophic medical injuries, multi party claims involving clinical negligence or arising from the use of medical products and equipment, human rights, mental health issues and medical ethics.

The work of the Group is on behalf of a very wide range of clients including private individuals, NHS Trusts, medical defence organisations and private medical and related institutions.


A "heavyweight" outfit which dominates the Midlands clinical negligence sector. The set boasts a bench of silks and juniors who offer expertise across the full range of clinical negligence cases and numbers amongst its ranks a selection of medically qualified practitioners. One source reports: "No5 clearly has a wealth of experience in clinical negligence matters, and there is never any difficulty in finding a barrister of the right level of experience and with a special interest in the nature of the case involved."
Chambers UK 2018

No5 Barristers Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ with two distinct groups for clinical negligence and personal injury matters, containing ‘an in-depth armoury’ of over 70 members across both teams. The leader of the personal injury group, Paul Bleasdale QC, specialises in industrial disease litigation, particularly in cases involving asbestos claims, deafness and RSI. Chris Bright QC leads the clinical negligence practice.
Legal 500 2017

"A standout set... for clinical negligence cases of varying complexity and value. Its members act on behalf of both claimants and defendants including NHS hospital and clinical commissioning groups, healthcare professionals and private individuals. Sources regard the set as being of a high-calibre and containing several top-notch silks and juniors. Its members are known for their depth of knowledge and their experience of handling  instructions nationwide."
Chambers UK 2017

"One of the leading sets in the field, No5 Chambers is ‘top class’, and has two distinct clinical negligence and personal injury groups."
Legal 500 2016

“This prestigious… set has over 40 practitioners with specialist clinical negligence expertise. Its members have a reputation for possessing expert medical knowledge, and a number are also medically qualified”
Chambers UK 2016

“Noted for its ‘quality team’, No5 Chambers has a national reputation in personal injury and clinical negligence, with considerable bench strength and leading specialists within each discipline.”
Legal 500, 2015

Rated by some as ‘the best set outside of London’, No5 Chambers’ Midlands offices have ‘enormous experience at all levels’. 
Legal 500 2015

The outstanding clinical negligence set on the Midland Circuit, No5 Chambers has tremendous depth and breadth of expertise in this area, and is home to more than 30 expert clinical negligence practitioners. Its members receive regular instructions in a wide range of cases on behalf of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations, and private individuals.
Client service: "Administratively the clerking, led by Zoe Tinnion and Martin Hulbert, is really good. They're very amenable as to where we want conferences." "The clerking is very slick - they're always keen to please."
Chambers UK 2015

No5 Chambers is among the leading sets nationally, with separate dedicated teams for personal injury and clinical negligence, and ‘vast depth of knowledge and skill'.
Legal 500 2014

No5 Chambers is universally regarded as one of the strongest sets on the Midlands circuit. Comprising 38 members, its clinical negligence team is capable of handling all manner of cases, particularly high-value, complex claims. Commentators note that the set "has an impressively deep bench; you can go to them with any case, and an appropriate barrister will be swiftly found." Solicitors also praise the clerking team's practical and pragmatic approach to fee negotiations; "The clerks are excellent; you can ask them to do anything and they will bend over backwards to help".
Chambers and Partners 2014

Commentators speak highly of a set which "is a well-polished, friendly and flexible organisation that offers a nationwide service, quality barristers and personalised clerking." adding ''The clerking team receives considerable praise from solicitors, who appreciate working with individuals who are both "approachable and proactive."
Chambers and Partners 2013

No5 Chambers retains its ‘already excellent reputation’,
Legal 500 2012 (PI & Clin Neg)

‘a plethora of excellent clinical negligence barristers’
Legal500 2011

"No5 Chambers has the most significant clinical negligence presence of all the sets in the Midlands, and its members enjoy a deserved reputation for excellence."
Chambers and Partners 2011

"With experts in medicine and dentistry, No5 Chambers in Birmingham remains at the forefront of clinical negligence work in the Midlands region. The Group boasts a national reputation, which sets it apart from many regional competitors. The team handles both claimant and defendant work and its individuals can be found acting in some of the most high-profile cases around."
Chambers and Partners 2008

No5 Chambers is "one of the best sets of chambers for clinical negligence work, outside London"
Legal500 2008

"No5 Chambers continues to win new friends drawn by the unrivalled strength of its team. The Group have a national reputation for its clinical negligence work ….”
Chambers and Partners 2007

Wheelchair Awareness Day

A group of lawyers and barristers were let loose on the streets of Birmingham to experience some of the challenges faced by wheelchair users on a daily basis.

The Wheelchair Awareness Day, hosted by No5 Barristers’ Chambers, was aimed at legal professionals working with people with a spinal injury, who are learning to adjust to life in a wheelchair.

Read more about the day: https://www.no5.com/news-and-publications/news/1627-lawyers-experience-challenge-of-life-in-a-wheelchair/

Watch a video of the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maH5V0G9kBQ