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What The Directories Say

"If you are serious about getting the very best representation then you need look no further than 5 KBW."

Chambers UK 2019

"Chambers has an array of talented and hard-working barristers who support their instructing solicitors, and each other, when necessary."

Chambers UK 2019

"There are not enough superlatives to do this gentleman justice; he has a prolific energy that galvanises his cases."

Chambers UK 2019 | Jonathan Polnay

"The clerks are polite and well organised." "The attitude of the set as a whole is that it is hungry to develop new work contacts and provide a higher level of service." Lee Hughes-Gage is the senior clerk.

Chambers UK 2019

"An excellent jury advocate who makes clients feel at ease." "She is a very hard-working and accomplished advocate in whom clients have faith."

Chambers UK 2019 | Sarah Forshaw QC

"The consummate silk."

Chambers UK 2019 | Mark Heywood QC

The ‘fantastic’ 5KBW has dealt with many high-profile criminal cases over the last year and is ‘fast becoming a leading chambers thanks to the ability and experience of its counsel’.

Legal 500 - 2019

‘Her key strength is her very engaging advocacy style – juries and judges are rapt.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Sarah Forshaw QC

‘Solicitors wouldn’t hesitate to use him – he really is very good.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Anthony Orchard QC

"A highly diligent new silk who exhibits clear communication skills and has great sensitivity to client concerns. High-value money laundering, rate rigging and corporate theft matters feature in her caseload. She is noted for her experience of handling matters for financial services clients."

Chambers UK 2019 | Natasha Wong QC

'An excellent jury advocate with excellent client care who can take a sensible and pragmatic view.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Jeffrey Israel

‘She inspires confidence in clients, which is born out in her track record.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Orla Daly

‘Very knowledgable, with an amazing client manner – someone you want on your side.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Susan Rodham

‘Incredibly hardworking, with a level of preparation that is second to none.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Charlotte Newell

‘A go-to barrister in high demand from many top-calibre solicitors.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | Rishi Nathwani

‘Tenacious and fully committed to every case, he is polite but unyielding.’

Legal 500 - 2019 | James Martin

‘Primarily a very fair and effective prosecutor, he is also a very hardworking defence junior who gets on very well with clients.’

Legal 500 - 2018

"He is very well respected, very knowledgeable and a great advocate with extra skill from his scientific background."

Chambers UK 2019 | Alistair MacDonald QC

‘She demonstrates detailed preparation, forensic analysis of the evidence and great people skills.’

Legal 500 - 2018 | Natasha Wong QC

“Her meticulous approach wins plaudits from interviewees who also value her ability to get to the heart of complex fraud matters”.

Chambers UK 2018 | Natasha Wong QC

‘She is robust in defending with a velvet-clad iron fist.’

Legal 500 2017 | Sarah Forshaw QC

'An electrifying character, who has an excellent rapport with clients.'

Legal 500 2017 | Orla Daly

"Her attention to detail, tactical acumen and sensitivity with clients all deserve the highest praise."

Chambers UK 2018 | Natasha Wong QC

‘As first senior Treasury Counsel, he prosecutes in some of the most serious cases.’

Legal 500 2017

‘He has an exceptional intellect, which allows him to analyse and dismantle a prosecution case with first-class finesse in the courtroom.’

Legal 500 2017

‘Incredibly hardworking and meticulous, with an attention to detail that is second to none.’

Legal 500 2017 | Charlotte Newell

‘A first-class junior, who is very tactically astute, hardworking and effective.’

Legal 500 2017 | Rishi Nathwani

‘A no-nonsense advocate and a tough opponent with an attractive manner before juries.’

Legal 500 2017 | James Martin

In the clerks’ room, Lee Hughes-Gage ‘leads a very steady ship’. His team always provides ‘a high-quality service’ by ‘going the extra mile’ for clients and ‘providing the best barrister to suit client needs’.

Legal 500 2018

‘A very effective prosecutor, and also a very hardworking defence junior, who gets on very well with clients.’

Legal 500 2017 | Jonathan Polnay

‘An extremely able advocate, who gains the client’s confidence quickly.’

Legal 500 2017 | Jonathan Higgs QC

'A tenacious advocate, who is knowledgeable and very good with clients.'

Legal 500 2017 | Jeffrey Israel

‘A very accomplished advocate.’

Legal 500 2018 | Alistair MacDonald QC

‘a serious outfit with the ability to take on very high-level cases’.

Legal 500 2017

"She's a silk who reads every piece of paper. She's demanding on those she works with and she's got great client rapport. Juries love her."

Chambers UK 2017 | Sarah Forshaw QC

"You can't get better than Mark Heywood. He's a beautiful advocate with great strategic awareness, who is lovely to work with and a very charming man."

Chambers UK 2018 | Mark Heywood QC

"One of the best lawyers, if not the best lawyer in the country."

Chambers UK 2017 | Mark Heywood QC

"Brilliant. An amazing advocate who's comfortable with the clients, takes an uncompromising approach to case presentation and develops a very good rapport with the jury." 

Chambers UK 2018 | Sarah Forshaw QC

"Well established in the market, he has a stellar reputation for his deft handling of serious crime cases."

Chambers UK 2017 | Alistair MacDonald QC

"He is a class act in every way."

Legal 500 2016 | Alistair MacDonald QC

"He is able to get to the crux of a case extremely quickly and instils confidence in clients like few others. He is an exceptionally brilliant advocate who is loved by juries and judges alike".

Chambers UK 2016 | Alistair MacDonald QC

"He instils great confidence in clients."

Legal 500 2016 | Jonathan Polnay

"Breathtakingly intelligent and beautifully eloquent."

Legal 500 2016 | Mark Heywood QC

"Conscientious, supportive, hardworking and forward-thinking."

Legal 500 2016 | Charlotte Newell

"5KBW is ‘a truly independent and a forward-thinking set with a mind on the bigger picture and expertise at its core’. Containing ‘a wealth of high-end experience’ in criminal law."

Legal 500 2016

"Recommended for his experience from his previous career in the Police."

Legal 500 2016

Mark Heywood QC "...who is known for the strength of his intellect."

Chambers UK 2016 | Mark Heywood QC

"Intellectually razor-sharp."

Legal 500 2016 | Rishi Nathwani

"She has an engaging manner with solicitors and lay clients."

Legal 500 2016 | Orla Daly

"A tenacious advocate."

Legal 500 2016 | Jeffrey Israel

"5KBW is a strong set with excellent sexual offence specialists."

Legal 500 2016

“If you want a real leader on the case, then look no further; he really is that good”.

Legal 500 2015 | Alistair MacDonald QC