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Social housing Tier 2
Five Paper's barristers are regularly instructed in cases that are creating new precedents in the social housing arena. Its members are instructed by regional and national law firms, local authorities, registered housing providers, landlords and individuals. Highly regarded individuals at the set include Nicholas Grundy QC, who made a number of appearances at the Court of Appeal in 2019, which included acting for Aldwyck Housing Association in Aldwyck HA v Forward; in this case, it was held that the housing association's failure to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) was not fatal to a possession claim because the outcome of the claim would have been the same even if the PSED had been complied with. Another highlight saw Grundy QC represent the respondent local housing authority in Simawi v London Borough of Haringey, which concerned the application of the single succession rule in secure council tenancies (as governed by the Housing Act 1985). Stephen Evans is experienced in cases concerning disability discrimination/equality issues, fire safety, homelessness and dilapidations, among other areas.
As a team, David and Callum are the heart of Five Paper and their combined contacts and experience makes them one of the best clerking teams out there
As mentioned, the clerks are phenomenal. I would specifically commend Daniel Driscoll and Callum Clark, both of whom I have worked with a lot over the last year or two, for always trying to go the extra mile to assist. These two will always call back when promised, find solutions to unusual problems and never seek more than a fair amount in payment of counsel fees.
Callum Clark is responsive, helpful and good to deal with.
Daniel Driscoll is excellent! Super fast response times and always willing to do what he can to secure the counsel that you want at the price you want.
David Portch and Callum Clark work together well and help to promote their barristers to existing and new clients. They are friendly and hard working and always a pleasure to spend time with.
I have always found support team at Five Paper to be second to none. The clerks are always extremely polite and helpful, going out of their way to be of assistance and get back to you promptly.
I have instructed a number of barristers from this chamber and over the time I have spoken to a few clerks when I instructed barristers. However, in my view three clerks namely David Portch, Callum Clark and Ella Banfill have been very helpful and approachable. The service has always been excellent.
The clerks always provide a professional service. Callum Clark and Daniel Driscoll are particularly hardworking and helpful.
The clerks are very friendly and always helpful especially Callum and Daniel. They go beyond thier expectations to assist with matters.
Daniel Driscoll is a pleasure to work with, charming, friendly and very knowledgable about chambers’ practice.
The service from counsel and the clerks is second to none. The clerks are well led by David Portch and each of them are extremely personable and nothing is too much trouble. They will always pull out all the stops to ensure a hearing is covered.
A very professional set, leading the way in commercial and property law and extremely well-led.
An supreme set of highly specialised barristers – between them there is nothing that they cannot deal with successfully.
Excellent set. I regularly use them. Their housing specialities are far beyond other sets and they know the clientele perfectly and are approachable for this.
Exceptional knowledge and competency across all levels of chambers. I rarely use anyone else because Five Paper have such a large team with a range of seniority, and all are true experts in their field. There is always someone available and the clerks are very good at juggling things to ensure that there is someone that can help.
Five Paper are a strong set possessing strength-in-depth and providing a service that covers many areas of law. I have found the availability of counsel to be very good and almost always can get the barrister I need for a specific case.
Five Paper are a user friendly set with an attentive clerking team. Their strength in depth in the area of residential leasehold disputes and leasehold enfranchisement is growing.
Five Paper is a great property and commercial set and has benefitted from the new leadership. The set seems to be going from strength to strength.
It is clearly the industry leader for landlord social housing work. As well as bringing gravitas to any claim, using a Five Paper barrister guarantees a depth of knowledge and understanding that other sets holding themselves out as specialists can’t match.
I have used a number of different Counsel at Five Paper varying in year of call and have been very impressed with all the barristers I have encountered.
The barristers whom I have spoken with over the phone are very personable.
I think Chambers are very flexible and able to accommodate at a short notice and quite knowledgeable.
I have always been satisfied with both the output and the value offered by Five Paper.
I use Five Paper almost exclusively as I find that they have Counsel for every type of case that I deal with. I have never found myself wishing that I’d booked someone different and I understand that my colleagues that use their services feel the same.
Five Paper is a modern, well run and approachable set of chambers.
I’ve always found Five Paper to be incredibly helpful, transparent regarding costs and punctual in delivery of invoices which is a great help when dealing with clients.
It is particularly helpful that they have a full range of counsel available from junior to senior so that there is someone to suit all budgets. Even with the juniors (pupils) there is confidence from knowing that their pupil master is very experienced.
Five Paper > Set Profile
Five Paper is a leading civil set consistently acknowledged as a leader in social housing law. Chambers has thriving teams in business immigration and regulatory, commercial, employment, family and property law. Individual members have also developed successful practices in health and safety, including specialising in appeals against enforcement notices served by regulators, restructuring, insolvency, asset recovery and property litigation. Clients include the private and public sector, corporations, private companies and individuals. Five Paper’s commitment to ADR is shown through their arbitrator (FCIArb) and trained mediators, including a CEDR-accredited mediator, providing mediation in family, workplace/employment and civil cases,
The set: Five Paper prides itself on having an open and accessible culture. The set’s commitment to diversity was recently rewarded by a top five position in the Diversity League Table 2015, including joint first place for its practice and policy.
Types of work undertaken:
Commercial: Five Paper’s commercial team practises predominantly in commercial finance, insolvency and asset recovery and is a leading set in the area of invoice finance and asset-based lending. The team has a substantial chancery commercial practice, encompassing breach of directors’ and fiduciary duties, misfeasance, company, shareholder and partnership disputes, trusts (including co-ownership disputes), tracing and asset recovery, and professional negligence. Members frequently appear in corporate and personal insolvency cases and offer specialist advice in cases concerning mentally incapacitated debtors. Members of the team edit Salinger on Factoring and Goode on Proprietary Rights and Insolvency in Sales Transactions.
Employment: members practise in all areas of employment law, representing both claimants and respondents, with a specialism in discrimination law and whistleblowing. The team regularly appears in the EAT for local authorities and advises both them and blue-chip companies on internal procedures, contracts and compliance issues. Members represent employers, educational institutions, executives, professionals and skilled workers on all aspects of business immigration including corporate immigration planning, applications under the points-based system, sponsor licensing, illegal working and employer’s liability.
Family: the team acts on ancillary relief and children cases including private Children Act applications, family finance disputes with an international element, including internal and international relocation, and jurisdictional disputes.
Property: a major area for Five Paper, with a deep bench of expertise from the most junior through to the most senior members. The team acts on the full range of issues including traditional landlord and tenant work (residential and commercial), easements, covenants, boundary disputes, adverse possession, mortgages, wills, trusts of land and conveyancing. The set has a forte in social housing law, with regular appearances in leading appellate cases. In Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd  UKSC 15 the team successfully represented Aster in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Business Immigration & Regulatory Team (‘BIRT’): BIRT works closely with business, industry and regulators. Members of BIRT are specialist practitioners in business immigration including sponsor licensing, compliance, PBS & Tiers 1-2 & 4-5, EU issues, Brexit and the right to work. Members also have experience in statutory appeals including appeals under section 24 HSWA, inquests and inquiries, disputes regarding the Office of Rail and Road including road transport issues, and care homes and health regulation.
Mediation: Five Paper provides an expert mediation service. Chambers’ experienced team of trained mediators all undertake family cases, both financial and child issues, with a specialism in mediation for same-sex couples. Five Paper regularly provides mediation in its dedicated mediation suite.
A detailed guide to the types of work undertaken by the set can be found at www.fivepaper.com.
Chambers regularly arranges specialist training for professional clients, often accredited by the Bar Standards Board and CiLEX for continuing professional development and the SRA’s continuing competence scheme. Five Paper is happy to discuss bespoke in-house training events for professional and key public and commercial clients. For further information, please visit www.fivepaper.com or contact the clerking team.
Led by senior clerk David Portch, the clerking team shares the barristers’ commitment to client service, and is regularly praised both by clients and in legal directories. Five Paper ensures that its pupils experience as wide a variety of hands-on work as possible. Pupils spend time with different practice teams, guided by fully trained supervisors. Each year, chambers offers two fully funded, 12-month pupillages. For 2016-17, pupils will receive an award of £25,000, plus guaranteed earnings of £5,000 in the second six months of pupillage.
|Head of Chambers||Rachel Sleeman|
|Senior clerk||David Portch|
|Commercial team leader||Simon Mills|
|Property team leader||Stephen Evans|
|Employment team leader||Jake Davies|
|Family team leader||Mark Lyne|
|Business Immigration & Regulatory team leader||Satinder Gill|
|Business Immigration & Regulatory team leader||Ian Wright|
|Pupillage coordinator||Millie Polimac|
|Members of Chambers||GRUNDY QC, Nicholas (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||BROATCH, Donald (1971)|
|Members of Chambers||BULL, Roger (1974)|
|Members of Chambers||LYNE, Mark (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||GALLIVAN, Terence (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||WRIGHT, Ian (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||RICH, Jonathan (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||JOHN OBE, Peter (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||HENDERSON, Josephine (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||GILL, Satinder (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||ROBINSON, Simon (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||EVANS, Stephen (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||MILLS, Simon (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||SLEEMAN, Rachel (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||CRAWFORD, Shane (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIES, Jake (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||MALTZ, Ben (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||RAI, Sonia (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||BEECHAM, Sara (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||HALL, Angela (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||LEIVESLEY, Julie (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||HODGSON, Jane (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||GLASS, Mary (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||OSLER, Victoria (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||MACRO, Morwenna (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||CONLAN, Tina (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||CHRISTOPHER-CHAMBERS JP, Gillian (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||TER HAAR, Camilla|
|Members of Chambers||MOATE, Jennifer (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||POLIMAC, Millie (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||CHAKRAVARTY, Gita (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||MOLD, David (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||MULLIN, Michael (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||PHILLIPS, Sam (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMSON, Laura (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||SALTER, Tristan (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||JAYAKUMAR, Sahana (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||CREHAN, Daniel (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||LAVILLE, Roger (2015)||(admitted as a solicitor 2002)|
|Members of Chambers||KELL, Zachary (2015)|
|Members of Chambers||KINGSTON-SPLATT, Alexander (2017)||(admitted as a solicitor 2012)|
|Members of Chambers||SAROMI, Ololade (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||DINGLEY, Gavin (2015)|
|Sara Beecham||Sara Beecham is a Barrister at Five Paper specialising in Housing Law…||View Profile|
|Donald Broatch||Donald Broatch has lectured on topics arising from his specialist areas of…||View Profile|
|Gita Chakravarty||Gita specialises in the fields of commercial and chancery law, in particular…||View Profile|
|Gillian Christopher-chambers||Having worked at 10 Downing Street and in Investment Banking before being…||View Profile|
|Tina Conlan||Tina Conlan is experienced in all areas of social housing law. Her…||View Profile|
|Shane Crawford||Shane Crawford is a specialist employment law barrister who provides a quality…||View Profile|
|Jake Davies||Jake is Head of both the Employment and Direct Access Teams. He…||View Profile|
|Stephen Evans||Stephen specialises in Property Law, with particular expertise in the field of…||View Profile|
|Terence Gallivan||Terry is an experienced practitioner in property, social housing, local government and…||View Profile|
|Satinder Gill||Satinder specialises in business immigration and employment law and is recognised in…||View Profile|
|Mary Glass||Mary Glass combines commercial with family work and public law. In 2015,…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Grundy||Nicholas Grundy QC is an experienced Property, Public Law and Human Rights…||View Profile|
|Angela Hall||Angela is commended for her approachability and her composed and robust representation.…||View Profile|
|Josephine Henderson||Josephine has been a housing specialist for more than 20 years, formerly…||View Profile|
|Jane Hodgson||Prior to becoming a barrister, Jane was an officer in the Royal…||View Profile|
|Sahana Jayakumar||Sahana has been a member of Five Paper since April 2017. She…||View Profile|
|Peter John||Peter John is an experienced civil law barrister at Five Paper Chambers…||View Profile|
|Zachary Kell||CommercialZachary has developed experience in general commercial disputes, and accepts instructions in…||View Profile|
|Alexander Kingston-Splatt||Alexander joined Five Paper in 2017 as a member of the Commercial…||View Profile|
|Roger Laville||Roger is a member of the Commercial Team and specialises in finance,…||View Profile|
|Julie Leivesley||Since 2000 Julie has specialised in Family Law and Human Rights. She…||View Profile|
|Mark Lyne||Mark has been a specialist family law barrister for over 20 years,…||View Profile|
|Morwenna Macro||Morwenna practises in Commercial Chancery Law, specialising in commercial finance, insolvency and…||View Profile|
|Ben Maltz||Ben is a property law specialist with a thriving practice. He has…||View Profile|
|Simon Mills||Simon Mills is an experienced commercial law barrister specialising in banking &…||View Profile|
|Jennifer Moate||Jennifer has a flourishing practice in both property and family law. She…||View Profile|
|Paul Norris||Paul has very extensive advocacy experience; his practice is now principally in…||View Profile|
|Victoria Osler||Victoria has appeared in a number of cases in the higher courts…||View Profile|
|Sam Phillips||Sam is a property and trusts specialist and member of Five Paper’s…||View Profile|
|Millie Polimac||Millie is an experienced barrister in property, immigration and employment law. She…||View Profile|
|Sonia Rai||Sonia is an experienced property, including housing, litigator. Before she came to…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Rich||Jonathan (“Joe”) Rich has specialised in consumer and property law for twenty…||View Profile|
|Tristan Salter||Tristan joined Five Paper in 2015 after successfully completing his pupillage. He…||View Profile|
|ololade Saromi||Ololade joined Five Paper in October 2018 upon the successful completion of…||View Profile|
|Rachel Sleeman||Rachel Sleeman is an experienced Commercial Barrister at Five Paper specialising in…||View Profile|
|Laura Williamson||Laura is a property law specialist. She has extensive trial experience and…||View Profile|
|Ian Wright||Ian is a specialist regulatory, employment and business immigration practitioner. He is…||View Profile|
Members of Five Paper are committed to promoting access to the Bar from non-traditional backgrounds and encouraging diversity at the Bar.
Chambers is a proud sponsor of the Urban Lawyers Conference. Urban Lawyers is a registered charity founded by Dr Tunde Okewale MBE which is committed to making the law, both academically and as a career, more accessible to a wide range of students. Members of Five Paper have also regularly attended the conference as speakers to talk about life at the Bar and provide tips on securing a pupillage.
Chambers also welcomes students each year as part of the Bar Council’s Bar Placement Scheme. The structured programme places students from state schools with chambers in order to give them an insight into a career as a barrister and also provides them with advocacy training from judges and barristers to help them determine whether a career at the Bar may be an option for them.
In addition to the above, members regularly provide pro bono legal advice through Advocate and the CLiPs scheme in the High Court and County Court in Central London.
Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar Health and safety
- London Bar Social housing
- London Bar Immigration (including business immigration)
- London Bar Employment
- London Bar Commercial litigation
- London Bar Insolvency
- London Bar Administrative and public law (including elections)
- London Bar Property litigation
- Regional Bar Set overviews: England and Wales
- London Bar Set overviews: England and Wales