Ex-Solicitor General joins No5 Chambers

Former Labour government minister Mike O’Brien QC has joined Birmingham set No5 Chambers as a ­tenant.

O’Brien, who held a ­number of ministerial roles before losing his North Warwickshire seat at the last election, will practise public law at the set.

Speaking about his move O’Brien said: “I made the law in Parliament and now I want to apply it in the courts as an advocate.

“I was the minister who took through the Commons the Human Rights Act, major legislation on the NHS, two pensions acts and the Companies Act as well as freedom of information and immigration and ­asylum laws.”

O’Brien, who was elected to Parliament in 1992, served as Solicitor General between 2005 and 2007 and was appointed silk in 2007.

Having originally trained as a solicitor O’Brien was recently called to the bar.