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Chambers of Rachel Sleeman
Five Paper

Health and safety

Leading Juniors

Ian Wright - Five PaperHe is a true leader in the field of health and safety enforcement notice appeals. Ian is also a tenacious and persuasive advocate. He is a tough but fair opponent and quickly gains the trust of the tribunal or court. He remains calm under fire and is able to remain pragmatic in order to secure the best results for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

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.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperHe is at the top of his game. Displayed first-class knowledge of the law whilst maintaining an ability to translate complex legal principles into simple terms that could be understood by our client.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Terry Gallivan - Five PaperTerry is a highly regarded and respected leader in this field and continues to provide top quality advice and support in complex matters affecting social landlords. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Evans - Five PaperHe has notable expertise in the disability discrimination/equality aspects of housing, dilapidations claims and leasehold service charge disputes, among other matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tina Conlan - Five PaperA personable approach to lay clients. Excellent attention to detail and pragmatic in terms of advice and outcome.
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Osler - Five PaperVictoria has proven herself as a formidable barrister in all matters she has represented in. The pleadings had been concise and more importantly, have been necessarily aggressive whilst still protecting the client at the same time. She is well liked by clients she has worked with; she is able to offer a human touch whilst maintaining a professional decorum. This results in positive outcomes and happy clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Angela Hall - Five PaperShe has a real grasp of the law, and most importantly a real understanding of the social housing field and the particular challenges facing all parties in litigation. She is extremely adapt at spotting potential issues and proposing solutions. On her feet she is a persuasive and tenacious advocate for her client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Josephine Henderson - Five PaperAttention to detail, excellent client care skills, considerable knowledge of this area of law, excellent advocacy skills. Further, she is very down to earth and always receives extremely good client feedback.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jane Hodgson - Five PaperStrengths: calm, astute and excellent in terms of approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Maltz - Five PaperBen is very measured and confident in his advocacy and with clients. He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Phillips - Five PaperSam is very adept at adapting his style to suit the case. He is also excellent with our clients and witnesses and has a very gentle manner whilst being knowledgeable and formidable on his feet. He is extremely well liked amongst clients who know that he will always give 100% to achieve their desired outcome. It is obvious that he puts a lot of effort into preparation to ensure that he fully knows and understands the papers.
Ranked: Tier 4
Millie Polimac - Five PaperMillie's strengths are being able to think on her feet and having a creative and logical way of resolving problems.
Ranked: Tier 4

Immigration (including business immigration)

Leading Juniors

Satinder Gill - Five Paper ‘Truly an expert in business immigration with particular strengths in providing an in-depth insight into the subject matter while relating to the client with a commercial approach to problem solving.

Ranked: Tier 3


Leading Juniors

Jake Davies - Five PaperAbility to scrutinise large volumes of documents, and pull out the key issues and identify areas of weakness.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shane Crawford - 5 Paper 'Shane does not sit on the fence but calls it as he sees it and provides pragmatic advice on how best to proceed. He's very responsive and happy to discuss sometimes fairly complex matters at very short notice. He is an invaluable source of knowledge on how the Tribunal is likely to react to different applications.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Simon Mills - Five PaperSimon will really fight the corner of his clients and gets the job done - he's highly regarded as a senior junior but in truth can out-perform most QCs.
Ranked: Tier 4


Leading Juniors

Morwenna Macro - Five PaperVery thorough with an eye for detail. Provides calm advice under pressure and tight timescales.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

Nick Grundy QC - Five PaperHe is offers excellent service to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property litigation

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperHe is a fierce and highly skilled advocate and a reassuring team player, hugely popular with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Ben Maltz - Five PaperHe has a thorough understanding of the social housing sector and is well-regarded for the manner in which he handles clients and witnesses at court.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

5 Paper offers expertise in business immigration and regulatory, commercial, employment, family law, and mediation, but is particularly strong in social housing law. In recent news, Sean Pettit, Gita Chakravarty , and Angela Hall have all returned to chambers, while Elizabeth England is a new addition to the set's property team.



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 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 [2015] 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

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 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.


Department Name Email Telephone
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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sara Beecham  photo Sara Beecham Sara Beecham is a Barrister at Five Paper specialising in Housing Law…
 Donald Broatch  photo Donald Broatch Donald Broatch has lectured on topics arising from his specialist areas of…
 Gita Chakravarty  photo Gita Chakravarty Gita specialises in the fields of commercial and chancery law, in particular…
 Gillian Christopher-chambers  photo Gillian Christopher-chambers Having worked at 10 Downing Street and in Investment Banking before being…
 Tina Conlan  photo Tina Conlan Tina Conlan is experienced in all areas of social housing law. Her…
 Shane Crawford  photo Shane Crawford Shane Crawford is a specialist employment law barrister who provides a quality…
 Jake Davies  photo Jake Davies Jake is Head of both the Employment and Direct Access Teams. He…
 Stephen Evans  photo Stephen Evans Stephen specialises in Property Law, with particular expertise in the field of…
 Terence Gallivan  photo Terence Gallivan Terry is an experienced practitioner in property, social housing, local government and…
 Satinder Gill  photo Satinder Gill Satinder specialises in business immigration and employment law and is recognised in…
 Mary Glass  photo Mary Glass Mary Glass combines commercial with family work and public law. In 2015,…
 Nicholas Grundy photo Nicholas Grundy Nicholas Grundy QC is an experienced Property, Public Law and Human Rights…
 Angela Hall  photo Angela Hall Angela is commended for her approachability and her composed and robust representation.…
 Josephine Henderson  photo Josephine Henderson Josephine has been a housing specialist for more than 20 years, formerly…
 Jane Hodgson  photo Jane Hodgson Prior to becoming a barrister, Jane was an officer in the Royal…
 Sahana Jayakumar  photo Sahana Jayakumar Sahana has been a member of Five Paper since April 2017. She…
 Peter John  photo Peter John Peter John is an experienced civil law barrister at Five Paper Chambers…
 Zachary Kell photo Zachary Kell CommercialZachary has developed experience in general commercial disputes, and accepts instructions in…
 Alexander Kingston-Splatt  photo Alexander Kingston-Splatt Alexander joined Five Paper in 2017 as a member of the Commercial…
 Roger Laville  photo Roger Laville Roger is a member of the Commercial Team and specialises in finance,…
 Julie Leivesley  photo Julie Leivesley Since 2000 Julie has specialised in Family Law and Human Rights. She…
 Mark Lyne  photo Mark Lyne Mark has been a specialist family law barrister for over 20 years,…
 Morwenna Macro  photo Morwenna Macro Morwenna practises in Commercial Chancery Law, specialising in commercial finance, insolvency and…
 Ben Maltz  photo Ben Maltz Ben is a property law specialist with a thriving practice. He has…
 Simon Mills  photo Simon Mills Simon Mills is an experienced commercial law barrister specialising in banking &…
 Jennifer Moate  photo Jennifer Moate Jennifer has a flourishing practice in both property and family law. She…
 Paul Norris  photo Paul Norris Paul has very extensive advocacy experience; his practice is now principally in…
 Victoria Osler  photo Victoria Osler Victoria has appeared in a number of cases in the higher courts…
 Sam Phillips  photo Sam Phillips Sam is a property and trusts specialist and member of Five Paper’s…
 Millie Polimac  photo Millie Polimac Millie is an experienced barrister in property, immigration and employment law.  She…
 Sonia Rai  photo Sonia Rai Sonia is an experienced property, including housing, litigator. Before she came to…
 Jonathan Rich  photo Jonathan Rich Jonathan (“Joe”) Rich has specialised in consumer and property law for twenty…
 Tristan Salter  photo Tristan Salter Tristan joined Five Paper in 2015 after successfully completing his pupillage. He…
 ololade Saromi  photo ololade Saromi Ololade joined Five Paper in October 2018 upon the successful completion of…
 Rachel Sleeman  photo Rachel Sleeman Rachel Sleeman is an experienced Commercial Barrister at Five Paper specialising in…
 Laura Williamson  photo Laura Williamson Laura is a property law specialist. She has extensive trial experience and…
 Ian Wright  photo Ian Wright Ian is a specialist regulatory, employment and business immigration practitioner. He is…

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.