Barristers at No5 have once again made a strong showing in Planning Resource’s Annual Planning Law Survey which was published on 28 March 2019. A total of 14 members of the Planning Group appear in the list of the most respected planning barristers in the country, with Martin Kingston QC taking top spot.

In the silk category, Martin Kingston QC, described by one source as being the doyen of the planning bar’, regains his position as the highest rated planning silk in the country, having been consistently voted in the top three for more than 10 years. Joining Kingston in the top five is Christopher Young QC, who has enjoyed an impressive rise up the rankings to joint fourth in the list of leading silks. Other silks identified in the list are Richard Kimblin QC, who jumps up to joint 19th, and Paul Cairnes QC.

In the junior category, No5 has enjoyed an impressive showing with 10 barristers from No5 listed, including three in the top 10. Satnam Choongh and Thea Osmund-Smith have moved up to joint fifth in the list whilst James Corbet Burcher retains his position in ninth place. Completing the list are Peter Goatley, Celina Colquhoun, Hugh Richards, Nina Pindham, Hashi Mohamed, Jack Smyth and Scott Stemp.

In the juniors under 35 years of age category, Thea Osmund-Smith was third and James Corbet Burcher was fourth.

Chief Executive and Director of Clerking Tony McDaid said: “This year’s stellar showing is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone at No5.

“The Planning Group has seen itself go from strength to strength in recent years, most notably increasing its presence and client base in London and the South East, and the group’s success is the result of a great team ethos.”

A link to the full survey can be found here.