No5 silk becomes Midlands Circuit leader

No5 Chambers silk Gareth Evans QC has been appointed leader of the Midlands Circuit.

Evans, who succeeds Peter Joyce QC of 1 High Pavement Chambers, will serve as the circuit leader until 2011.

Evans said a fundamental aim will be to maintain the size and strength of the Midlands bar in a climate where ­Government funding cutbacks were having a negative effect.

Evans said: “This situation needs to be addressed, and the work of the circuit in bringing the region’s barristers together and representing the Midlands bar at a national level is now more important than ever before.”