The No5 barristers chambers has brought in three new members to its Birmingham office – the latest in a year of rapid expansion at the firm.
David Howker, Peter Tyers-Smith and Kristina Brown, the third mass recruitment in the last two months alone, were joined by another new appointment at the chambers’ London branch.
Ralph Lewis, head of chambers in Birmingham, said: “We are delighted to have been able to attract four new barristers to the set, each of whom is greatly respected in their specific fields of law.
“All four appointments will strengthen the offer from No5 Chambers across the UK and will help us to continue to provide the highest quality counsel to our clients.”
Fraud specialist David Howkers joined as an associate tenant to work with criminal fraud and mainstream crime. He was called to the Bar in 1982 and appointed a QC in 2002. His career highlights have included a notable victory in the largest Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) fraud to be prosecuted, involving a VAT evasion of over £30 million. Other previous cases include the representation of the main defendant in a large-scale illegal immigration case and the successful prosecution of a company involved in the fraudulent export of dairy products to eastern Europe.
Joining the commercial and chancery team is Peter Tyers-Smith, who has specialist knowledge in the fields of commercial litigation, banking and finance and insolvency. He has acted across a broad spectrum of commercial litigation matters, from fast-track proceedings to multi-million pound disputes, including an appearance against leading counsel in a £4 million commercial fraud case at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The third new member to be brought in at Birmingham is Kristina Brown whose longstanding expertise in family law, particularly the Children Act and matrimonial cases, has seen her instructed in numerous cases within both the public and private sectors. She represents local authorities, parents and children and has previously represented individuals with serious psychological difficulties or a history of self-harm. Her work also covers all aspects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
In addition to its Birmingham expansion, No5 has also seen the growth of its London offering with Gary Summers joining the set’s criminal law team.
The new appointments are the latest of many at the busy chambers in 2009. In May it strengthened its family law group with the addition of three barristers – Nandina Dutta, Kathryn Taylor and Juliet Allen joined the expanding family law group. Earlier that month six new barristers, including two of the city’s leading construction advisers, joined as part of what No5 said was an attempt to open the Bar up to more non-legal professionals.
Chartered Arbitrator Derek Pye and former Wragge construction partner Kevin Barrett switched profession to move to the bar.
They were joined by new members Professor Nelson Enonchong, who practices commercial and banking law; James Leslie, who works in personal injury; John Atwood, who practices in crime and Katie Feeney, whose experience covers employment and personal injury cases.
In February the chambers launched a new immigration team, after poaching specialist Abid Mahmood from local rivals No8.