No5 Chambers has hosted a double celebration to mark Rhona Campbell’s appointment as a tribunal judge and the elevation of John Butterfield to queen’s counsel (QC). Both are criminal barristers at No5, with Campbell being called to the Bar in 1993 and Butterfield in 1995.
Butterfield is a member of the Midland Circuit and the Criminal Bar Association and sits as a recorder. Since being called to the Bar he has focused exclusively on prosecuting and defending in criminal cases, including Operation Stanstead, Operation Larman, Operation Pragmatic, the Centrex Fraud and cases arising from the 2005 Birmingham riots.
Campbell was appointed recorder in the Crown Court (SE Circuit) in 2009 and tribunal judge (Social Entitlement Chamber) in 2011. Her latest role sees her appointed social security tribunal chairman. She has often been selected by the Department for Work & Pensions to prosecute in cases involving complicated financial issues, while a previous career as a tax lawyer supported her success in multi-handed tax and duty evasion cases.