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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. Recent projects in which members have been instructed include HS2, Thames Tideway Tunnel and  Hinckley Point C Nuclear Power Station.

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
Gypsies and Travellers
Highways & Rights of Way
High Court Litigation
Interpretation of Planning Policy 
Nature Conservation
Residential Development
Village Greens & Commons

We pride ourselves on being accessible and commercially astute, whilst offering sound legal and strategic advice. 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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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