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No 5 Chambers in Birmingham owes much of its turnover growth in the past year (up 21.3 per cent on the previous year to £21m) to the improvements handed down by Anthony Barker QC, the set’s current head of its criminal group, from his time as chambers head between 1995 and 2002.
His pioneering work building up the set has been unsung, but his hiring of large numbers of tenants during his tenure – a policy that has continued under its current head Gareth Evans QC – helped grow No 5 to become one of the largest at the bar. He did this while keeping one eye on profitability by focusing on the growth of the commercial practice.
Since then, the chambers has consolidated on this by merging with Madrid and Malaga law firm De Cotta Mckenna & Santaffe, as well as the arrival of
No 5’s first pieces of lucrative chancery/commercial work from the Caribbean.
Last year Barker defended several high-profile criminal cases, and successfully prosecuted at Wolverhampton Crown Court Baljinder Singh Mehat for the murder of his 21-month-old daughter, and Kevin Morgan at Birmingham Crown Court for raping two women in their 20s.