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Planning and environment

No5 Chambers has long been recognised as setting the standards in planning and environment law. Acknowledged nationally as leading specialists in this field, we provide advocacy across both the public and private sectors and are recognised as one of the leading sets of planning barristers in the country.

With a strong team of QCs and juniors backed by a proactive and skilled clerking team, we have been instructed to represent clients at every level and have been involved in a range of ground-breaking and controversial proposals, many considered at public inquiries.

Our members have the specialist knowledge to provide exceptional service in every aspect of planning, environment, energy, minerals, CPO and related fields. We aim to provide solutions to deliver positive outcomes.

With offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and the East Midlands and with high-tech links between them, we are able to offer facilities that are convenient and well equipped.

‘This set is well placed to offer a comprehensive nationwide planning service, easily the foremost planning set in the Midlands […] No5 Chambers is the number-one choice for a wide range of environment work including mineral extraction, water pollution, renewable energy and nuisance matters.’ — Chambers & Partners 2013

‘This set offers a nationwide planning service and is felt to house some of the finest barristers in the country. The group has a track record of involvement in large schemes around the country, including in housing, retail, leisure, waste-to-energy and nuclear new-build projects.’ — Chambers UK 2012, Planning

‘No5’s experienced team has maintained a fine track record in the most complex and cutting-edge environmental cases. The set is also much sought after for its expertise in related practice areas such as planning. In addition, the clerks elicit particular praise: “They are excellent — efficient, responsive and they take a thankfully commercial view in relation to brief fees.”’ — Chambers UK 2012, Environment

‘No5 Chambers is a force to be reckoned with in the UK planning realm. It has a team of gifted advocates aided by a group of first-rate clerks, who together prove a good choice for large-scale complex planning inquiry work.’ — Chambers UK 2011

‘A regional leader in all aspects of environmental law, No5 Chambers has a reputation for undertaking ground-breaking cases. It houses talented barristers who are famed for setting high standards in the courtroom, and proactive, efficient” clerks. Already fielding a reputation as the pre-eminent regional planning set, No5 Chambers is observed to be only growing in stature. “In recent years, it has just kept going from strength to strength,” report sources.’ — Chambers UK 2010

‘No5 Chambers is recognised for its expertise in handling a mixture of complex inquiries. “We’ve always enjoyed working with them,” say clients, adding that “they offer a flexible service and superbly efficient clerking.”’ — Chambers UK 2009

This material has been sourced from the No5 Chambers website. 


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Fountain Court
Steelhouse Lane
B4 6DR

Silks: 26
Juniors: 213
Head of chambers: Paul Bleasdale QC
Practice director: Tony McDaid
Office manager: Sandra Astbury