Two counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

Thu, 16 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.

No5 has welcomed the news that Peter Goatley and Henry Pitchers will be appointed QCs, taking the number of silks at the chambers to 33.

A limited number of senior barristers nationally are appointed Queen's Counsel as a mark of outstanding ability. Most senior judges once practised as QCs.

Peter Goatley is joint head of the Planning Group at No5 and is a regular contributor to its conference and seminar programme.

He was called to the Bar in 1992 having previously been a partner in a medium sized commercial solicitors’ practice.

Peter acts for a wide range of clients including developers, house builders, retailers, major utilities, construction companies, crematoria operators, local authorities and government agencies. He specialises in planning and environmental work and has significant expertise in both public inquiries and High Court litigation including judicial review and statutory challenges.

Henry Pitchers is a member of both the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Groups of No5.

His practice is predominantly comprised of high value and/or complex claims and, as a junior, he is already routinely instructed in cases in which multi-million-pound claims are advanced, often including orders for periodical payments.  He has particular experience of brain and spinal injuries, as well as amputation and cases involving fatalities. One clinical negligence case in which he was instructed concluded in 2019 for the capitalised equivalent of c. £23M.

Henry is currently ranked in Band 1 as a junior in Chambers and Partners for both clinical negligence and personal injury.

No5’s Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, Tony McDaid said: “It is an honour to see two more of our barristers appointed Queen’s Counsel, and we offer them our warmest congratulations.

“Their personal successes are testament to both their ability and hard work. Our long-term objective has been to create a centre of excellence of the Bar and such recognition is an indicator that we are continuing to go in the right direction.

“It is also a testament to our recruitment policy in recruiting the best of the best from pupillage through to external recruits and more importantly it enables us to offer clients a wide range of specialist advocates across many diverse fields of law”. 

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