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Planning & Environment

No5 Chambers is widely acknowledged by professionals working in the industry as well as the legal press as being one of the leading sets of Planning and Environment Barristers in the country. Housing some of the most sought after barristers in the field, members provide advisory and advocacy services to the highest standard and represent clients across both the public and private sectors.
 
With a strong team of QC's and juniors, backed by a proactive and skilled clerking team, we have been instructed to represent clients at every level and have been involved in a wide range of complex and controversial proposals. We pride ourselves on being accessible and commercially astute, whilst offering sound legal and strategic advice.
 
Our Barristers regularly represent clients in the Appeal Courts including the Planning and Administrative Courts, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as the County, Crown and Magistrates Courts, and  frequently appear at Planning Inquiries, Hearings, Examination’s in Public and DCO Hearings.
 
We have specialist knowledge in every aspect of Planning and Environment Law, including

Commercial and Retail Development
Compulsory Purchase (CPO)
Development Plans
Energy and Infrastructure
Enforcement
Environment
EIA
Gypsies and Travellers
Heritage
Highways & Rights of Way
High Court Litigation
Infrastructure
Interpretation of Planning Policy 
Minerals
Nature Conservation
Rating
Regeneration
Residential Development
Village Greens & Commons

With offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and the East Midlands and with high-tech links between them we provide a truly nationwide service are able to offer facilities which are convenient and well equipped.


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Recommendations

No5 boasts a stellar cast of distinguished juniors and silks who handle planning work. Its members have been involved in the most high-profile and significant matters across the planning, energy and infrastructure divide, and have expertise covering the full range of specialist areas including highways, housing and commercial development, and the law of Traveller sites. Its collective track record is impressive, and it remains widely acknowledged as a go-to planning set with scope beyond London, with commentators remarking: "Planning really is their niche."
Client service: "The clerks are great and very responsive. They strike the right balance between the formality of going through clerks and giving you access to barristers." "Responses come back immediately. Their seminars are excellent: they are always up to date."
Chambers UK 2016 - Planning

No5 Chambers is recognised as the pre-eminent environmental set on the Midland Circuit, housing a multi-skilled team of barristers offering a comprehensive service in this sector. Its members leverage their experience in planning matters to provide clients with counsel at every level across multiple areas including renewable energy, waste and pollution. Particular areas of expertise include public inquiry work, legal challenges to environmental impact statements and claims under the Environmental Liability Directive.
Client service: "The clerking is great. The clerks are very easy to talk to, very personable and they approach us rather than waiting for us to approach them."
Chambers UK 2016 - Environment

No5 occupies an undisputed position at the head of the Midlands planning circuit, and enjoys a well-established reputation as a leading set outside London. Its members, whose expertise spans the full range of planning work, comprise a heavyweight roster of leading silks backed by an excellent group of juniors, and the set is well recognised for its ability to offer top-tier advice in sophisticated and challenging matters.

No5 Chambers fields a range of barristers with expertise in areas such as local authority High Court public inquiries, large infrastructure inquiries, town and country planning, housing projects, and CPO schemes. The clerks are ‘very responsive’ and ‘quick to offer a range of different barristers to cater for most budgets’.
Legal 500 2015

Client service: "The clerking's very good. They're always very quick to respond, very good on phone and e-mail, and very clear in their responses and advice." "Their response levels are absolutely excellent."
Chambers UK 2015 - Planning

No5 Chambers maintains its position as the leading set for environmental work on the Midland Circuit, and houses an impressive number of experienced environmental advocates. Its barristers utilise their considerable planning law expertise to offer comprehensive coverage of environmental matters such as pollution, energy and compulsory purchase orders. Individuals represent clients at public enquiries, in regulatory disputes and in judicial reviews.
Client service: "The service is brilliant. The clerks are very accessible, and it is a very easy set to deal with."
Chambers UK 2015 - Environment

No5 Chambers is not only the pre-eminent set in the Midlands for planning and environmental work but it is also ‘better than most London sets'. With ‘a large pool of experience', the team deals with a range of matters, often involving residential, retail and energy schemes.
Housing ‘the cream of the planning Bar crop', No5 Chambers, has expertise in areas such as residential, retail and infrastructure schemes. The set’s environment group is equally highly regarded. It is noted that ‘one could pick any member of the team and be assured of their aptitude and ability'.
Legal 500 2014

No5 is home to a triumvirate of leading planning silks, who regularly handle cases and inquiries at the highest levels. It also houses a strong pool of juniors, enabling the set to offer clients planning expertise at all levels of seniority. One source said: "It is clear that the set as a whole is not just talented, but at the cutting edge of the important issues on planning."
"I find the clerking excellent, I have never had any difficulties in dealing with them. The set also runs great seminars, which are very helpful, as is their annual planning conference."
Chambers UK 2014

'No5 Chambers’ specialist planning team houses a number of noted and rising stars in the field.'
Legal 500 2013

'This set is well placed to offer a comprehensive nationwide planning service, easily the foremost planning set in the Midlands'' adding ''No5 Chambers is the number-one choice for a wide range of environment work including mineral extraction, water pollution, renewable energy and nuisance matters.''
Chambers UK 2013

This set offers a nationwide planning service and is felt to house some of the finest barristers in the country. The group has a track record of involvement in large schemes around the country, including in housing, retail, leisure, waste-to-energy and nuclear newbuild projects.
Chambers UK 2012 - Planning