The Crime Group comprises 10 Silks and 50 Juniors offering unrivalled strength in depth and exemplary client service, with specialists providing their expertise in the most complex criminal trials. Our Crime Barristers offer a nationwide service and is regarded as the pre-eminent criminal set on the Midland Circuit. We pride ourselves on our commitment to clients and excellent advocacy.

Our Queen’s Counsel have been instructed on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence in many of the leading criminal trials of the last decade. Our Junior counsel provide instructing solicitors and their clients with expertise at all levels, and at all stages of the criminal process.

Specialist Areas

Members of the group provide representation throughout the country are regularly involved in serious and high-profile cases. Examples include The News of the World phone hacking case, the MPs’ expenses scandal and the plot to smuggle drugs and phones into prisons.

Counsel prosecute and defend on both a legal aid basis, and on a privately funded basis.
Work is undertaken at all levels with a considerable increase in the amount of regulatory work undertaken over recent years.

We offer barristers with expertise across a range of specialist areas including:

  • Assault / Violence
  • Burglary / Robbery / Theft / Shop-lifting
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Fraud and Proceeds of Crime
  • Dishonesty Offences
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs Offences
  • Murder and Manslaughter cases
  • Road Traffic Deaths
  • Sexual Assault
  • Terrorism, Firearms and Public Disorder Offences
  • Vandalism

Our counsel are experienced in drafting both grounds of appeal and applications for judicial review.


"The set is very efficiently run by chief executive Tony McDaid and has a team of clerks who are helpful and responsive." 
Chambers UK 2019

No5 Barristers Chamberscriminal team has a wealth of expertise in prosecuting and defending across a range of heavyweight criminal matters, including high-profile murders, historic and recent serious sexual offences, high-value fraud, multi-handed drugs conspiracies and gang violence. Recent work includes acting in Operation Falkenbach, regarding a 80m money laundering conspiracy, and successfully prosecuting in R v Leroy Sterling, where the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-partner and the attempted murder of his ex-partner’s new boyfriend.
Legal 500 2019

"The excellent clerks room" is led by director of clerking Tony McDaid and senior practice manager for crime and regulatory matters Andrew Trotter. "Their intent to offer a quality service is apparent and they will go the extra mile compared with other chambers."
Chambers UK 2018

The criminal team at No5 Barristers Chambers has ‘strength in depth’, housing over 60 criminal barristers, including 16 silks. Members prosecute and defend across a range of criminal work and have expertise in cases of gang violence, multi-handed fraud, drugs conspiracies and high-profile murders. Recent work includes acting in Operation Fry, regarding a series of attempted murders involving factions of rival Birmingham gangs – the Burger Bar and the Johnson Crew – and being instructed in the murder of an inmate at HMP Long Lartin.
Legal 500 2017

No5 Chambers is a stellar criminal set with a deep bench of "very professional and accommodating barristers." The set is home to a number of well-established silks alongside excellent juniors. They regularly handle the full range of serious and high-profile cases, including those concerning homicides, corporate manslaughter, conspiracy, drugs and fraud. Sources say "No5 provides a number of excellent barristers" who "are efficient and listen to the demands of solicitors."
Chambers UK 2017 

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