Paul Bleasdale QC, Head of Chambers and the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence set, was featured in the Spotlight Table, highlighting the high regard in which he is held. His set marks out No5 Chambers as a “giant in the Midlands’ Personal Injury market” and is populated by many “talented and commercially adept” Queens Counsel and senior junior barristers. It was noted that Mr Bleasdale QC has a confident style which “puts judges at ease” and his set has carved out a niche in “industrial disease litigation”.

“A cutting-edge, clinical practitioner with an amazing brain” is how satisfied clients describe Martin Kingston QC of the Planning set and Deputy Head of No5. Chambers goes on to point out that his peers in London consider him to be “absolutely outstanding”, praising his demeanour and ability to tailor advice to the individual client.

This set offers a national planning service and is home to “some of the finest barristers in the country”. Chambers explains that No5’s domination of the Midlands’ circuit is founded upon “a specialist team that can act on any planning issue that comes its way” This set also includes Jeremy Cahill QC who has “a huge following thanks to his advocacy skills and brilliant understanding of the planning system”. He is joined by the “Astute, dependable” Ian Dove QC with his national developer practice and the “robust, effective and engaging” Anthony Crean QC, expert in” major commercial and energy projects”. 

Tony McDaid, No5 Chambers’ Practice Director, is pleased that the heavyweight expertise available nationally and internationally from No5’s offices in Birmingham, London and Bristol has won recognition by Chambers UK, particularly as client testimonials play a major part in the outcomes.

“During our 100 year history we have built a reputation for trail blazing and No5 Chambers continues to be regarded as both progressive and forward-thinking,” explains Tony. “We continue to be successful in traditional areas of the law and also offer expertise in new areas. 

“I am delighted that so many of our 240 barristers, who include 27 silks, featured prominently and positively in Chambers. This is down, I believe, to the strategic combinatjon of expert Queens Counsel and Juniors, and an effective clerking and management infrastructure.” 

“Paul Bleasdale QC and Martin Kingston QC merit their special mentions and so do all our barristers. In addition to No5 being described as a “giant”, Chambers referred to the Administrative and Public Law set, led by one of our new silks, David Lock QC, as a “Birmingham behemoth”. It is worth remembering that this praise is not all about size, although we are the biggest Chambers outside London, but also the ability of our legal minds to win cases due to awareness of the big picture and the smallest details.

“I should just like to thank everyone at No5 Chambers for their outstanding work and also our referrer network which continues to bring us challenging, interesting and rewarding cases.”

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