No5 Chambers has a renowned reputation as one of the UK’s largest and leading chambers. With offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and the East Midlands and over 240 members, No5 now has a new head of chambers for the first time in six years. Mark Anderson QC has taken over from Paul Bleasdale QC.
Paul Bleasdale QC was head of chambers since 2010, remains head of three practice groups and maintains other practice areas at No5. His successor, Mr Anderson, is a leading commercial dispute resolution and professional liability specialist, has authorisation to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge and has been a deputy head of chambers at No5 since 2014. Regarding his appointment, Mr Anderson has stated that, ‘It is a great honour to be asked to take over as head of such a progressive and successful set and I look forward to the challenge, but Paul Bleasdale will be a hard act to follow. Paul has enjoyed conspicuous success… providing a rock of support to barristers and staff alike, working selflessly, tirelessly and uncomplainingly in all our interests with a sure touch and unfailing judgment… I am humbled to be taking over an organisation that has such an enviable reputation nationwide, a reputation due in no small part to Paul’s leadership…”