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Skadden swoops for Slaughters star

Slaughter and May’s corporate team has taken a hit, after a partner has left the practice to join Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Robert Chaplin is making the move, having joined the firm in 1997 and making partner in 2006. His practice involves corporate, M&A and financing and he has a particular specialism in […]

No5 barrister leads prosecution of drug dealers convicted after vicious attack

Phil Bradley QC (leading Mark Connor of St Johns Buildings) led for the prosecution in the conviction of three defendants charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm in a vicious assault on a woman. The assault resulted in life-changing injuries after her face was repeatedly slashed with a knife after being lured to a […]

Prosecution counsel secures guilty verdict in attempted murder case

A jury has returned a guilty verdict at an attempted murder trial prosecuted by Talbir Singh of No5 Barristers’ Chambers. Adam Shaw of Furlong Road, Tunstall, who repeatedly stabbed a teenager in an attack at a house in Stoke-on-Trent has been found guilty of attempted murder by a jury at Stafford Crown Court. Shaw, 34, […]

No5 QC prosecutes pastor sentenced for serial rape of congregation members

In a case described by the Judge as “one of the worst cases involving sexual abuse of multiple children to ever come before the Courts”, a revered Pastor has been sentenced following a ten-week trial prosecuted by Phil Bradley QC from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, leading Jim Dunstan from St Philip’s Chambers. During the trial, Phil […]

Colin Banham successfully defends officer charged with five separate allegations

Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers has successfully represented an officer who was alleged to have conducted an unauthorised pursuit before lying about his actions. Colin Banham represented an officer who was accused of conducting an unauthorised pursuit of mopeds which he was neither permitted nor trained to undertake, failing to report a collision that arose […]

No5 Barristers successful in resisting Court of Appeal synagogue challenge

Chris Young QC and Howard Leithead have successfully resisted a challenge to a decision to grant planning permission by Brighton & Hove City Council. The planning permission was for a mixed-use development in Hove, including a new synagogue for the Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation. The No5 barristers represented AGB Reading LLP, the First Interested […]

No5 barrister leads prosecution in West Midlands terrorism trial

Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers is leading the prosecution in the trial of a teenager who is accused of terrorism offences. Matthew Brook told Birmingham Crown Court that the 16-year-old from Rugby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had become ‘radicalised so he fully believed in extreme right-wing ideology’. The teenager has denied a […]

No5 barristers face each other in court during extensive cross-county drugs case

Seven advocates from No5 Barristers’ Chambers were involved the case of a cross-county drugs plot that saw multiple convictions following a 12-month investigation. Michelle Heeley QC and Philip Vollans prosecuted the case in which 24 people, including a prison officer, were convicted of supplying Class A and B drugs. This was a complex nationwide investigation […]

New rules regarding statements of truth in civil proceedings

By Richard Grimshaw The 113th Update to the Civil Procedure Rules is bringing about a number of amendments to various CPR Practice Directions (see: update.pdf). This article will focus on the proposed changes to statements of truth brought about by amendments to paragraph 2 of Practice Direction 22. These changes come into force on […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers counsel prosecute football coach murder case

Adrian Keeling QC and Earl Pinnock have seen 19-year-old Joseph Trevor jailed after he admitted murder and two charges of rape on what was to have been the first day of his trial at Stafford Crown Court. Megan Newton, 18, was found dead in her bedsit in Fletcher Road, Stoke-on-Trent, on 20 April after she […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ prosecution counsel see killer jailed for life

Adrian Keeling QC and Simon Hunka, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, prosecuted Haseeb Mirza, 26, who denied the murder of Mailk Hussain in Sparkhill in July last year. Mr Keeling had told Birmingham Crown Court Malik Hussain, 35, was stabbed in the heart in a Volkswagen Golf, pushed to the ground and stamped on after he […]