No5 Barristers' Chambers ranked in leading guide

Sun, 13 Oct 2019

No5 Barristers’ Chambers has gained recognition in the prestigious Chambers UK Guide 2020, in 13 specialist practice areas.

The guide, published this week, recognises and ranks the best barristers and solicitors in the UK and is the work of more than 90 research analysts who have conducted thousands of interviews.

No5 has been ranked in the latest edition in the fields of Court of Protection: Health and Welfare, Chancery, Clinical Negligence, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, Crime, Employment, Family/Matrimonial, Health & Safety, Immigration, Personal Injury, Planning and Real Estate Litigation.

The different practice areas earn recognition for their depth of knowledge, expertise and high-profile cases in the highest courts, while the clerks and support staff are universally praised for their dedication and positive attitude.

Tony McDaid, Chief Executive and Director of Clerking at No5, said: “We are delighted to have such broad representation in the guide and the citations demonstrate we are a strong set with enviable talent.”

In the area of Court of Protection: Health and Welfare, the guide notes “No5 Barristers' Chambers is a highly regarded set for Court of Protection work, noted for its expert handling of a wide range of health and welfare matters.”

Within the Business and Property Group, in Chancery the group is singled out for its breadth of understanding and approach: “Members are able to handle everything from Inheritance Act claims to complex insolvency cases. ‘The barristers are all approachable and down to earth for clients,’ says one instructing solicitor, who adds: ‘You don't feel intimidated around them.’”

The Commercial Dispute Resolution practice is recognised for its representation in court and also for its expertise in alternative dispute resolution. The citation reads: “Members represent financial institutions and both international and domestic corporations, and are adept in the handling of disputes arising across a wide range of industry sectors. In addition to regularly appearing in litigation before the County Courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, several of the set's barristers are have experience resolving matters through methods of alternative dispute resolution.”

The guide recognises the value of the Company group with: “No5 Barristers' Chambers is a premier set operating on the Midlands Circuit, and is home to a number of the region's most prominent company law practitioners.”

Clinical Negligence is praised for housing “numerous highly qualified clinical negligence barristers who are able to handle complex, high-value claims on behalf of both claimants and defendants, acting for private individuals and health boards, among others. The set can boast a strong bench of silks and juniors, some of whom are medically qualified, who represent clients in a wide range of clinical negligence claims including fatal accidents, cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases, surgical negligence matters and issues related to consent.”

The Crime group is recognised for both its prosecution and defence roles with the guide stating: “Members are regularly instructed in complex and high-profile criminal matters both in the Midlands and across the rest of the UK, and have experience acting for both the prosecution and the defence.”

It adds: “Instructing solicitors praise the set's ‘depth of experience’, and note that it is ‘packed with talent from top to bottom.’"

No5’s Employment group is praised for its “strength across the full spectrum of employment law” and fielding “a number of top-quality employment experts”.

The Family group is recognised as an “established Midlands circuit set with a respected family and matrimonial law practice, providing significant experience in matters such as financial remedy cases involving overseas assets and trusts.”  The clerking service is noted as “invariably polite and accommodating” with a “large number of excellent counsel to choose from”.

Client recommendations for the health and safety practice area are celebrated, while the set is also praised for its approachability.

High profile cases have earned recognition for the Immigration group with the guide stating: “Its considerable bench of immigration specialists regularly appear before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, benefiting from a nationwide presence with offices in London, Bristol and Leicester in addition to its Birmingham HQ.”

The No5 Personal Injury group is described as the pre-eminent set on the Midlands Circuit with “an impressive bench of senior and junior barristers”.

Planning is hailed for its strength nationwide with the citation: “The set is described as the "pre-eminent planning set outside of London, with a very strong regional hold and planning barristers working all over the country."

Real Estate Litigation is praised for having “quality barristers” and “getting good results”.


No5 Barristers’ Chambers has more than 250 barristers and 32 silks, its reach also extends beyond the UK into the international arena.






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