Crime

At No5 Barristers' Chambers we are at the cutting-edge of criminal law, including all serious and complicated cases such as serious fraud, money laundering, confiscation, asset recovery, homicide and sexual offences.

With expertise at all levels our team compromises 13 Silks and 49 Juniors, no matter is too great or too small, we provide a nationwide service from our offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and East Midlands.

We are regularly instructed to act on behalf of individuals and organisations such as the Organised Crime Division, Complex Casework Unit, HSE and BIS.

The group is well represented within the Judiciary with 11 Recorders and an Assistant Deputy Coroner. Chambers also have two former leaders of the Midland Circuit as well as being represented on the Criminal Bar Association.

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

Although No5 Chambers' heavyweight team handles a broad spectrum of offences, it 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 is one of the biggest sets on the Midland Circuit, with the strength and depth to cover a large variety of criminal cases. The set 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."
Client service: The senior practice manager of the crime team, Andrew Trotter, is described as "an extremely capable and efficient clerk, who is always willing to assist when required." He leads a "proactive clerking team that provides a high-class service."
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

'No5 Chambers has a deep bench of experienced criminal practitioners, and is able to call upon eight silks and 45 juniors. Members of this set are regularly instructed in heavyweight crime matters ranging from serious fraud to murder for both the prosecution and the defence.
"Counsel within No5 are easily contactable and really do go that extra mile to ensure that you are happy with the service that they provide."'
Chambers & Partners 2014

"Counsel are friendly and make themselves constantly available. The degree of expertise you get is supported by excellent clerking, so the organisation is smooth, and you can get a silk when you have a tricky timescale." adding ''It is very strong at senior junior and QC level''
Chambers & Partners 2013

''No5 Chambers is praised for ‘the depth of its crime team’.
Legal 500 2012

A ‘heavyweight outfit’…
Chambers & Partners 2012

"No5 Chambers has developed a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a progressive and forward thinking Chambers"
Chambers & Partners 2010

"No5 Chambers provides a truly nationwide service from its offices in Birmingham, London and Bristol"
Chambers & Partners 2010

"Chambers continues to attract high quality work in all disciplines, combining excellent service standards with a progressive, modern and flexible approach to clients' needs"
Chambers & Partners 2010