No5 barristers

No5 barristers defend in ‘Reservoir Dogs’-style art theft

Graham Henson and Harry Lally of No5 Barristers’ Chambers are defending two members of the gang accused of stealing £2.7m of art and antiques from the mansion of Bulmers’ cider family. Eleven men are standing trial at Bristol Crown Court where they have denied stealing millions of pounds of artwork and antiques from the luxury […]

No5 Michael Burrows QC prosecutes predatory rapist

Michael Burrows QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers acted for the prosecution in the case of a predatory and dangerous sex offender sentenced to life in prison. Ben Murphy, 31 from Kidderminster, must serve a minimum of eight years in prison for the attack on an underage schoolboy who was bound, blindfolded and raped at the […]


Throughout its 100-year history, No5 has developed a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a forward-thinking set. No5 maintains its success in traditional sectors of law while offering specialist advice and representation at the cutting edge of newly evolving areas.

No5 barristers prosecute in Red Arrows ejection seat case

Rex Tedd QC and Bernard Thorogood, representing the Health and Safety Executive, conducted the prosecution of Martin Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd [Martin Baker].  This high-profile case was heard by the Senior Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit.  Martin Baker pleaded guilty, admitting that it was in breach of safety law.  A fine of £1.1m was imposed. In addition, Martin Baker […]

No5’s Shakil Najib and Tim Harrington appointed as recorders

No5 Chambers’ Shakil Najib and Tim Harrington have been appointed as Recorders. Shakil will sit in Crime on the North Eastern Circuit. Tim will sit in Crime on the Northern Circuit. Both are amongst 133 Recorders appointed by the Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP, and the […]

No5’s John Butterfield QC prosecutes drugs gang

A ‘puppet master’ and his drugs lieutenants have been jailed for a total of 53 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine in bulk to be sold on the streets of Worcester. ‘Puppet master’ Mohammed Nasar, his son Aaqib Nasar, Robert Degaris and Steven Binning were all found guilty of the cocaine conspiracy following a four-week […]

No5 barristers secure strong showing in the Annual Planning Law Survey

Barristers at No5 once again have made a strong showing in the annual report on the Planning Law Survey (Planning 22 March 2018). No less than 13 members of the Group appear in the list of most respected Planning barristers. In the Silk category, Martin Kingston QC retains his position in second place, having been […]

No 5 Chambers seminar: What a mesh!

What a mesh! | Birmingham | 19 March 2018 Mamta Gupta and guest speaker Dr Wael Agur (who recently appeared on BBC’s Panorama) will give a talk on vaginal mesh going into the reasons as to its use along with the risks and benefits, the relevant guidance in the UK and the controversy with using this product. The seminar […]

John Butterfield QC prosecutes Worcester drug gang

John Butterfield QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers has opened the case for the prosecution in a drugs trial that is expected to last six weeks at Worcester Crown Court. The court heard that Mohammed Nasar was a drugs gang leader dubbed ‘the puppet master’ who orchestrated a conspiracy to bring cocaine in bulk to the streets […]

No5 barristers prosecute £1m benefits fraud ring

Barristers from No5 Barristers’ Chambers are prosecuting a £1m benefits fraud ring at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Harpreet Sandhu is leading Simon Hunka in the prosecution of a criminal gang who hatched a conspiracy to defraud through a sham maternity allowance racket. The gang made at least 165 fake applications for the benefit payout in four years, Mr Sandhu […]

No5 barrister secures acquittal in ‘totally unneccessary’ prosecution

The Sikh Federation has called for an independent investigation into the “totally unnecessary” prosecution of two brothers who were arrested during a protest at a Sikh temple. A recent trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that 55 protesters were detained after armed police were deployed to the temple in Leamington Spa on September 11, 2016. […]

Phil Bradley QC prosecutes trainee GP accused of sexual assault on patients

Phil Bradley QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers is leading the prosecution of a trainee GP accused of sexually assaulting five female patients over a 10-day period. Mr Bradley told Wolverhampton Crown Court that the victims included a woman who was groped after complaining of a high temperature. Dr Amirul Haque, aged 33, is alleged to have […]

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