David Lock, who heads up the Public and Administrative Law team at No5 Chambers, has been named Barrister of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2011.

His success comes in the same month in which he learned he was to be appointed to Her Majesty’s Queens Counsel.

“I am grateful to the clients who continue to instruct me in an area of work I find stimulating” said David after picking up the award. “I am fortunate that the cases on which I work have enormous human interest and are legally fascinating. I have been lucky enough to be instructed in some highly complex and high profile cases in recent years, all of which were exciting. 

“March has been a fairly astounding month, with learning of my appointment to Silk, winning a number of tough cases and being topped off by the award of Barrister of the Year.’”

No5 Chambers has also cemented its position as the leading barristers’ set in the Midlands, winning the coveted award for the third year. Chris Bright QC, a specialist in clinical negligence cases won the award three years ago and Nageena Khalique, a member of the No5 Public Law team led by David Lock, won it last year. 

The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, chaired by former national Law Society president Kevin Martin. They were announced at a ceremony at the ICC, which more than 500 people attended.