News and Publications

It has been announced by the Inquiry Chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, that Richard Grimshaw has been appointed to join its legal team...

Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2022
Dr Louisa Sherlock reviews this appeal to the Court of Appeal of a High Court decision...

Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2022
As is often the case, any genuine claimant is going to have inconsistencies in account where there are various different points over a course of years that they are asked to give an account of symptoms...

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2022
David Tyack QC, Henry Pitchers QC, Esther Gamble and Oliver May will present a webinar on Friday 21 January 2022 at 12:30 to discuss the implications of this decision....

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022
No5's Clinical Negligence team appeared in the Court of Appeal to argue the case for secondary victims of clinical negligence...

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2021
No5 Barristers’ Chambers, in partnership with Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Medical Accident Group, is launching a campaign to raise awareness and money for the charity Stroke Association....

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021
No5 Barristers' Chambers has again maintained its position as a leading set in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500...

Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2021
Have you ever found that just as you finish writing a book on fixed costs...

Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2021
In the final vlog in the series, Dr Louisa Sherlock, No5 barrister and former dental surgeon, discusses the topic of oral cancer with Henry Pitchers QC...

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2021
In this vlog, Dr Louisa Sherlock, No5 barrister and former dental surgeon, discusses Part 35 questions with Charlotte Robinson-Jones...

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2021
Dr Louisa Sherlock, barrister and former dental surgeon, hosts the third in a series of dental negligence vlogs....

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2021
Hosted by No5's Lois Norris and cohosted by Carin Hunt, in this seminar, Sarah Crowther QC takes us through the history of accommodation claims...

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021
On a trial of preliminary issues in the High Court, a former dental practice owner was found to be vicariously liable for the acts and omissions of Associate Dentists who had worked within his dental practice, and to have owed patients of the Practice a non-delegable duty of care....

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2021
This video discusses the decision with John Coughlan QC, Jamie Gamble, Rebecca Livesey and Imogen Halstead...

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021
No5 Barristers’ Chambers and Robert Hunter, of City Disabilities, explore issues of etiquette around disability and how to avoid causing offence....

Date: Thu, 27 May 2021
Dr Louisa Sherlock, barrister and former dental surgeon, hosts the first in a series of dental negligence vlogs. The series is aimed at junior dental negligence solicitors, or those solicitors starting out in the field....

Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021
Dr Louisa Sherlock, barrister at No5 Barristers' Chambers and former dental surgeon, to host a series of vlogs on the topic of dental negligence. These vlogs will provide invaluable feedback from a number of experienced dental experts from a variety of different disciplines on how they think that lawyers could improve their chances of success and reduce their costs....

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021
Neil Shastri-Hurst recently successfully represented an NHS Trust in a Multi-Track claim, in which the Claimant’s case was dismissed following half-time submissions that there was no case to answer....

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021
Episode 3: Aids and Equipment from the Schedule School series is now available on YouTube. Following on from Care and Case Management, in this episode Gemma Roberts takes us through aids and equipment, from household items, to wheelchairs, to exoskeletons....

Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2021
In the latest video from the No5 Clinical Negligence Group, Chris Bright QC, John Coughlan QC, Gemma Roberts, and Neil Shastri-Hurst will be exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the interpretation of the appropriate standard of care....

Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2021
In a webinar marking their appointment to silk in this year’s competition, David Tyack and John Coughlan analyse and clarify the law relating to injuries and losses suffered at various stages of pregnancy....

Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021
Jonathan Jones QC and Mamta Gupta, successfully settled an oncological case in April 2020 in which the Defendant NHS Trust agreed to pay a Periodical Payment Order in a Fatal Accident Act claim to a disabled dependent for the first time....

Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2021
In the latest podcast from the Clinical Negligence group at No5 Barristers' Chambers, David Tyack, Charlotte Robinson-Jones, Andrew Rhodes, and Neil Shastri-Hurst discuss Bradfield-Kay v Cope [2020] EWHC 1352 (QB), a case which raises interesting points on the issue of expert evidence....

Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2021
We are pleased to let you know that Episode 2: Care and Case Management, from the Schedule School series, is now available...

Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2021
In allowing a recent appeal, the Court of Appeal highlighted that the key principle to be applied was whether the refusal to grant an adjournment will lead to an unfair trial....

Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2021
This webinar looks at recent interesting cases and important developments in costs matters. The aim is to help practitioners comply with the Civil Procedure Rules and achieve the best outcomes in hearings relating to costs, including applications for relief from sanctions for late costs budgets....

Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021
On 5 February 2021, Master Cook handed down judgment in the case of Polmear and another v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 196 (QB), dismissing the Defendant’s application to strike out the claims and/or for summary judgment. He gave permission to appeal and made an order “leapfrogging” the appeal to the Court of Appeal, pursuant to CPR 53.23....

Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2021
Alex Mellis shares his experiences of Remote Hearings with 12 steps to better Remote hearings...

Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2021
In this vlog Rebecca Livesey discusses an ongoing case of Esther Gamble’s with her. Permission to appeal has been given in Esther’s case; the parties are waiting to find out if the Court of Appeal will give permission in Paul v Wolverhampton before proceeding further. There is more discussion of Paul v Wolverhampton in our previous vlog....

Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2020
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence barrister Oliver May has been appointed to the Bar Council...

Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020
A care home nurse in Rugby is the first in Warwickshire to be convicted of wilful neglect....

Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2020
Join barristers Jamie Gamble, Henry Pitchers QC, Matthew Brunning and Lois Norris in the latest vlog from the personal injury and clinical negligence groups at No5 as they discuss the recent Court of Appeal decision of Swift v Carpenter and what it means for the future of accommodation claim....

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2020
Stephen Campbell | 1960 - 2020...

Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2020
No5 Barristers Richard Moat, Karl Hirst, John Coughlan and Gemma Roberts discuss the changes brought in by the latest version of the Ogden Tables and explanatory notes and give practical advice on the likely effects....

Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020
Rebecca Livesey, Neil Shastri-Hurst, Oliver May and Louisa Sherlock discuss the recent clinical negligence case of Paul v Wolverhampton NHS Trust and its potential implications for future secondary victim claims....

Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020
Teresa Hargreaves and Gareth Compton discuss two recent conflicting decisions as to whether a Claimant ought to be permitted covertly or overtly, to record their examinations by the Defendant's medical experts....

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020
Opportunities and challenges presented in undertaking virtual mediations and joint settlement meetings during the COVID pandemic....

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020
If a father is suspected of suffering from Huntingdon's disease, should his daughter be told even if her father has not consented?...

Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020
Update from Tony McDaid on No5's latest position during Covid-19...

Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020
The recent appeal decision in Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is welcome news...

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2020
Mr Justice Morris dismissed the Defendant’s appeal seeking to overturn Master Rowley’s decision...

Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2020
Mr Justice Johnson has handed down Judgment in an application which may have important implications...

Date: Fri, 05 Jun 2020
Presenting the first vlog from the personal injury and clinical negligence groups at No5....

Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2020
The judgment handed down by the Supreme Court in the case of XX (Respondent) v Whittington Hospital...

Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2020
Courts across the jurisdiction have struggled for years to run small claim and fast track lists efficiently...

Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2020
We are delighted to announce that Richard Grimshaw has been appointed as a Deputy Queen’s Bench Master, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in London....

Date: Wed, 27 May 2020
Personal injury and clinical negligence practices, as with much of life, are undergoing sudden and profound changes...

Date: Tue, 26 May 2020
No5 Barristers’ Chambers is committed to protecting the mental health of its barristers, pupils and staff. We have been awarded the Bar Council’s Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition and have in place a robust Wellbeing Policy to provide such support....

Date: Mon, 18 May 2020
The name of this case may seem familiar; perhaps too familiar given the time it usually takes for matters to proceed...

Date: Mon, 18 May 2020
CPR 45.29C sets out the amount of fixed costs payable in Fast Track claims...

Date: Mon, 18 May 2020
The use of the adjective “unprecedented” has been in overdrive in recent weeks...

Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2020
Update 9 April 15:48: Phone lines now functioning...

Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2020
On the 1st April 2020 HMCTS published a note on the Civil Court Listing Priorities. This is divided into two sections: - Priority 1 work includes work that ­­­must be done and Priority 2...

Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2020
We just wanted to communicate to you all what our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Groups are doing and to assure you as best as we can it is business as usual....

Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2020
This note attempts to summarise the current working practice for Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales: is the court or tribunal simply closed, open for certain business or operating new remote procedures?...

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2020
No5 have set up the facility to host virtual mediations and round table meetings....

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020
Mobile numbers for management...

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2020
Damages for Bereavement (Variation of Sum) (England and Wales) Order 2020 will raise the bereavement award...

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2020
The steps No5 are taking to help minimise the spread of COVID-19....

Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020
ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2020] EWHC the 445 (QB) looks at patient confidentiality...

Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2020
Could menopause be impacting on the poor rates of retention of women at senior levels?...

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020
The 113th Update to the Civil Procedure Rules is bringing about a number of amendments to various CPR Practice Directions...

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2020
This case reinforces the point that it is important to comply with orders and deadlines imposed by the Court...

Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2020
A BBC report has warned the NHS faces paying out £4.3billion in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, but a barrister from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, says that costs can be saved whilst maintaining proper compensation for those who suffer from medical accidents....

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020
Two barristers from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, the UK’s largest set of chambers, are to be appointed to Her Majesty’s Queen’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor at a ceremony taking place at Westminster Hall on Monday 16th March....

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020
Christmas opening hours...

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Leanne Buckley-Thomson writes about being a mother, her passion for her job & on returning to work...

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019
Clinical negligence experts from No5 Barristers’ Chambers have seen the successful conclusion of a claim involving Cauda Equina Syndrome with damages agreed at around £1.5million....

Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019
No time to read the full 79-page report (plus a further 79 pages of appendices)? Here are the highlights - and lowlights...

Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019
No5 Barristers' Chambers ranked in leading Chambers UK 2020 Guide...

Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers has once again confirmed its standing as one of the leading sets of barristers in the country in the annual Legal 500....

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2019
No5 are delighted to welcome dual-qualified Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst to Chambers....

Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019
Esther Gamble appointed as a Midlands Recorder...

Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2019
Chris Bright QC has been shortlisted for Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year...

Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2019
Teresa Hargreaves, Costs lawyer from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, considers the apparent turn of the tide following the recent decision in AB v Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 1889 (QB)....

Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2019
Two cricket tournaments staged by No5 Barristers’ Chambers in memory of a late member have raised a total of £3,375 for the national charity of the Bar – Advocate....

Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019
Two counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers have secured a settlement for a teenage boy who sustained severe brain damage as an infant...

Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers has been officially recognised for the mutual support its barristers and staff provide to ensure their continued wellbeing....

Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2019
Appointments to the Attorney General's civil panel counsel for 2019....

Date: Wed, 08 May 2019
Experts from across the country to speak at No5 Annual Clinical Negligence Seminar in Bristol...

Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019
Jonathan Jones QC recently acted for a severely brain injured child who received in excess of 26.5 million pounds in settlement of his claim....

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019
Chris Bright QC and Paul Evans of No5 Chambers, instructed by Laura Harper of Thompsons Solicitors Birmingham, recently acted for a Claimant in an unusual and interesting claim in which a claimant suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ("CRPS”) underwent an elective left above-knee amputation. The decision to do so was challenged by the Defendant but, following a transfemoral amputation the Claimant had become a successful and active prosthetics user....

Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2019
In ARB v IVF Hammersmith and Another [2018] Civ 2803, the Court of Appeal considered ARB’s claim for pecuniary losses arising from the birth of his child....

Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019
The Court of Appeal yesterday handed down an important decision in the case of XX -v- Whittington Hospital NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2839 concerning the recoverability of surrogacy costs when a claimant is rendered unable to have children naturally....

Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) What is it? Formation of a blood clot (a thrombus) in a vein Most ...

Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2018
Seminar to focus on the use of CTG traces in obstetric casework ...

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018
Chris Bright QC and Stephen Goodfellow secure 5m damages for child claimant in fiercely contested clinical negligence claim...

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2018
Hewes v (1) West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust; (2) East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust;...

Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018
Medical and legal experts will be sharing their experience with clinical negligence lawyers on issues surrounding diabetes at an event to be held in Birmingham in November. ...

Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2018
Mr Darnley attended the A and E department at Mayday Hospital, Croydon, on 17th May 2010 having su...

Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018
Chris Bright QC and Karl Hirst defeat claims of negligence against brain injured child pedestrian and his mother...

Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2018
This article originally appeared in the AvMA Lawyers Service Newsletter (June 2018) Cardiotoc...

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2018
The Divisional Court has delivered an important judgment concerning the appropriate standard of proo...

Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2018
Richard Grimshaw represents family at inquest into tragic death of child...

Date: Tue, 08 May 2018
The litigation of vaginal mesh is becoming more and more widespread. This may be as a result of incr...

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2018
The real life human tragedies behind large personal injury and clinical negligence pay-outs are often never heard as they are settled before they even reach the courts....

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018
The controversy around vaginal mesh has been one of the most prolific health stories of the year, and hundreds of women are now known to be suing the NHS and makers of the mesh for the pain and trauma caused by the implants....

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017
#Wheelchairawareness...

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Mamta Gupta reviews the continuing developments in the understanding of obstetric brachial plexus in...

Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016