No5 Barristers' Chambers

Commercial Dispute Resolution Department

Midlands (Bar)
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Enjoys a strong reputation on circuit and beyond for its strong commercial expertise and experience across a range of complex litigation. Areas of strength include contract and shareholder disputes, fraud, professional negligence claims and chancery matters. Members advise a range of clients including corporations and financial institutions as well as private individuals, in both cross-border and domestic cases. The barristers possess notable sector knowledge in finance, real estate and other areas.

Client service: "The clerks are really helpful - they made sure that we were comfortable and as far as fees were concerned they were very transparent." "The clerks are very good. If you haven’t got someone in mind, they provide someone appropriate for you and it is always a good match." Chief executive and director of clerking Tony McDaid and practice director Danny Griffiths lead the clerking team.

David Mitchell

A well-regarded junior offering expertise in a wide range of commercial and chancery cases. He is particularly adept at handling contentious probate and property disputes.
Strengths: "I find David approachable, astute, readily available and attentive to the needs of the case and client." "A remarkable barrister. He has the ability to digest a complex case and distil it into manageable chunks."
Recent work: Acted in Cardwell-Mills v Partridge, a claim for injunctive relief relating to the use of a right of way and the alleged breach of a restrictive covenant.

David Taylor

A formidable junior with an outstanding commercial litigation practice, who also handles arbitration proceedings. He is well known for his focused approach to commercial contract disputes in sectors including construction, and packaging industries. He is also recognised for his expertise in property disputes and landlord and tenant matters.
Strengths: "He is so understanding, and he has an impeccable bedside manner. He just gets the job done, while being very pleasant about it." "He sees opportunities and threats as the case progresses and has the ability to provide reassurance in often complex issues."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in Europackaging v John Lewis, a contractual dispute relating to an unlawful contract termination.

Glenn Willetts

Proficient across a broad range of commercial areas, with a specialist focus on insolvency cases. He regularly represents and advises clients on administrative applications, undervalued transactions, directors' misfeasance and asset recovery. He also handles disputes concerning the conduct of administrators, trustees and liquidators.
Strengths: "His written advice was impressive; it was comprehensive, very thorough and got to the heart of the issues."

Mark Anderson QC

Head of chambers, held in high esteem for his formidable courtroom presence and meticulous attention to detail. He regularly represents clients from the finance, transport and sport sectors in a variety of commercial and chancery disputes, and also has considerable expertise in professional negligence. He is particularly well known for his handling of partnership disputes involving business sale agreements.
Strengths: "Clearly very bright. I found he got to the heart of the issue very quickly."
Recent work: Acted in Fundo Soberano de Angola v Dos Santos, a claim made by the former chair of the Angola sovereign wealth fund in which a freezing injunction was secured and the case struck out.

Mohammed Zaman QC

Hugely respected silk with high-level experience in Commercial Court proceedings and international arbitrations. He habitually acts for clients in shareholder and partnership disputes, along with claims of fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duties. He is also regularly instructed in relation to cases involving fraudulent borrowing and conspiracy.
Strengths: "An outstanding advocate and the man you want on your team at trial." "A vastly experienced and charming silk who leaves no stone unturned in his preparation, and is ruthless in cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Hockley Mint v Ramsden and Others, in which claims of fraud and conspiracy to injure were being pursued as a result of the jeweller entering into unfavourable lease agreements.

Olivia Chaffin-Laird

Impresses with her performance in cases concerning contractual disputes, professional negligence, construction and finance. She is praised for her breadth of expertise and business-minded approach. Her diverse clientele includes investors, bankers and company directors, among others.
Strengths: "She is incredibly approachable and goes beyond her instructions. She thinks outside the box and is a passionate advocate."

Steven Reed

Highly regarded litigator who focuses his commercial practice on disputes involving jurisdictional issues, consumer law, finance and litigious IP and media matters.
Strengths: "He's very good in court and very smooth - great with clients. He's creative in his thinking and always has a good strategy in mind." "Methodical and very practical with his advice. He is unshakeable and very persuasive - he doesn't get rattled."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a USD3 billion claim brought by the sovereign wealth fund of Angola on behalf of its former chairman.

Yasmin Yasseri

A noted commercial junior experienced in the handling of a wide range of complex disputes. She is regularly instructed in matters involving fraud, breach of contract and professional negligence.
Strengths: "She has a keen eye for detail and gets on very well with lay clients."