Senior Practice Manager
Andrew Trotter

Practice Group Clerks
Craig Nicholls
Michael Powell 
Drew Platt
James Harte
Daniel Lillis
Marc Forrest-Thomas

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

Tel: +44 (0) 845 210 5555
Fax: +44 (0) 121 606 1501
[email protected]


No5 is the pre-eminent criminal set on the Midland Circuit. With 16 Silks and 51 Juniors, the No5 Crime team offers unrivalled strength in depth and exemplary client service, nationwide.

Our Queen’s Counsel have been instructed on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence in many of the leading criminal trials of the last decade.

Our Junior counsel provide instructing solicitors and their clients with expertise at all levels, and at all stages of the criminal process.

No5 Chambers is a pre-eminent set at the Criminal Bar, known for its depth of talent from new juniors through to established silks. One source notes that "if the instructed counsel is not available, the alternative counsel that is sent will also be of a high standard." Its members are well versed in handling homicides, conspiracies and fraud cases, and offer specialist knowledge in corporate crime. Clients note that "all counsel are at the top of their game. Their advocacy skills are second to none, as is their reliability."
Chambers UK 2016

No5 Chambers… has seen a particular increase in commercial fraud and proceeds of crime cases. The group is recommended for its 'depth of experience.”
Legal 500 2015

No5 Chambers… provides excellent counsel for all manner of criminal offences including serious violence and sexual offences but it has achieved particular renown for its white-collar crime work. Its advocates are said to display "enthusiasm, ability and a genuine passion for the law.
Chambers UK 2015

“No5 Chambers’ ‘hardworking and conscientious' crime team, which has notable ‘strength in depth', is among the leading nationally.
No5 Chambers 'gets good results'. The set has particular expertise in homicide, corporate manslaughter and complex conspiracy cases.”
Legal 500 2014