The Crime Group comprises 16 Silks and 51 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 


Year of call: 1986
Position: Deputy Head of Chambers
David Mason QC
Year of call: 1986
Mark Heywood QC
Year of call: 1988
Position: Leader of the Midland Circuit
Michael Duck QC
Year of call: 1989
Gary Bell QC
Year of call: 1990
Position: Deputy Head of Chambers
Adrian Keeling QC
Year of call: 2001
Michelle Heeley QC


Year of call: 1985
Mark Kelly
Year of call: 1988
Ekwall Singh Tiwana
Year of call: 1988
Ian Bridge
Year of call: 1989
Martin Liddiard
Year of call: 1990
Andrew Baker
Year of call: 1990
Antonie Muller
Year of call: 1992
Steven Bailey
Year of call: 1993
Emma Edhem
Year of call: 1994
Brian Dean
Year of call: 1999
Colin Banham
Year of call: 2000
Neil Chawla
Year of call: 2000
Sharon Bahia
Year of call: 2001
Jasvir Singh Mann
Year of call: 2001
Philip Rule
Year of call: 2001
Simon Worlock
Year of call: 2001
Tim Pole
Year of call: 2001
Tom Schofield
Year of call: 2003
Daniel Oscroft
Year of call: 2003
Earl Pinnock
Year of call: 2005
Harpreet Singh Sandhu
Year of call: 2007
Simon Hunka
Year of call: 2008
Ramya Nagesh

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