In what has been a challenging past twelve months there were many positives gained for No5, including the announcement of the Legal 500 rankings which saw No5 members recommended both regionally and nationally. 2021 promises to be as equally upbeat for the set as they announced earlier this year the appointment of two new Heads of Chambers.
Within the Legal 500 rankings, No5 members were acknowledged as experts in their fields. CEO and Director of Clerking, Tony McDaid said: ‘We are delighted with the rankings which are consistent with previous years and it is for us a further indicator that we are continuing to build upon our reputation as a centre of excellence throughout the UK. I am particularly pleased that the directories are now including new sections to cover specialist areas “Chancery, Probate and Tax” where we have a number of very talented individuals working on very complex matters. It is also gratifying to see insolvency being recognised which has been one of our key areas of growth over the last few years’.
Announced in January in an unprecedented step within its one hundred year plus history No5 welcomed in not one but two new Heads of Chambers, Adrian Keeling QC and Johnny Jones QC.
Between them they have vast experience and McDaid explained the shift from the traditional format of one Head: ‘Both Adrian and Johnny have served on the Management Committee for many years and have sat on the Executive Committee for the last five years in addition to having been elected as Deputy Heads of Chambers. It has always been clear that they both have the skills and calibre to be Head of No5 and their individual qualities complement each other. The COVID months have been difficult for everyone and required more engagement with the Exec and the board than at any time in our history, but there is no doubt that the future legal landscape will present significant opportunities. It is against that background that we agreed literally ‘two Heads would be better than one’ and they have the full support of chambers in what promises to be a challenging but exciting period over the five-year period they will hold office’.