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Five Paper

London Bar > Social housing Tier 2

Five Paper is noted for its focus on social housing work and has an enviable reputation for acting for many of the leading social housing law firms as well as local authorities and private registered providers of social housing. Clients feel that the set has ‘an excellent strength and depth of housing barristers and have some excellent juniors who are making a really good name for themselves.’  Nicholas Grundy QC and Sam Phillips   represented the successful defendants in Simawi v LB Haringey, a case concerning an alleged disparity in treatment between death and divorce in succession to pre-2012 social tenancies; after victory in the Court of Appeal the Supreme Court refused the claimant permission to appeal. Stephen Evans is an expert on discrimination and equality aspects of social housing.

Rising stars

Elizabeth EnglandFive Paper 'Elizabeth has excellent attention to detail and has the ability to get to grips with the heart of the issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperNick is a brilliant legal mind and incredibly sharp. He is always fully prepared and all over the issues at hand. He is our go to man for all Court of Appeal work and clearly a leading legal mind when it comes to all matters housing.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Osler - Five PaperVictoria takes a no-nonsense approach to litigation which is greatly approved of in my view! She is also dedicated, willing to assist at a moments notice and always able to produce A-grade quality work within very restrictive deadlines.
Ranked: Tier 3
Angela Hall - Five PaperAngela is an absolute asset to the set, she is incredibly quick at spotting tricky issues for the client and is proactive at suggesting tactics to address those issues. She is a strong and tenacious litigator and is adept at obtaining the best results possible for our lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Maltz - Five PaperBen is extremely thorough in his case preparation with excellent attention to detail. He is measured, confident and calm on his feet and makes complex issues and facts simple to understand.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Mullin - Five PaperMichael is highly experienced in housing. He always provides sound legal advice and is excellent with clients in terms of explaining technical issues and providing pragmatics solutions.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Phillips - Five PaperSam is immensely knowledgeable and always obtains excellent results. Sam is quick-witted in both his intelligence and homour, making him a firm favourite amongst clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Millie Polimac - Five PaperVery well-organised and succinct arguments put forward, in writing and in oral submissions. Great knowledge of the area in which instructions are being sought.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘I consider Five Paper to be the best in the sector. They are reliable, friendly, have excellent barrister and costs are reasonable in comparison to other sets. Five Paper have always been my number one choice and for the above reasons, they will continue to be.’

‘There is a good depth to the housing counsel covering a wide range of experience from very junior to Silk. This means that there is always the right level of experience available.’

‘The chambers is superb. Their series of webinars during the pandemic have been a marvellous source of knowledge and have provided practical advice and insight.’

‘I have worked with Five Paper for 20 years now and find them to be leaders in the field of Social Housing – always my go to for complex, tricky and cutting edge cases.’

‘Very strong set of pupils, juniors and seniors (including a QC). A great selection of choice depending on the task. Efficient, no fuss clerking. Good clear pricing and good and swift communication on that as well.’


‘Very happy with the service provided by the clerks, always professional and eager to help.’

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

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

London Bar > Property litigation

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperNick is very hard working, extremely knowledgeable, has a very sharp mind, gets results, is approachable and responsive. Excellent advocate and gives clear advice. Lead counsel in many leading housing cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Health and safety

Leading Juniors

Ian Wright - Five PaperFantastic advocate on his feet, works incredibly hard and leaves no stone unturned, great strategist. Above all, the clients have the utmost respect for him.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Employment

Leading Juniors

Shane Crawford - Five PaperAlways provides high-quality legal advice and expert advocacy. Shane has an analytical mind and a logical approach to cases that make him a safe pair of hands. As well as Shane’s high-quality legal advice and attention to detail in relation to complex cases of discrimination, Shane has great communication skills, always goes over and above in relation to contact with the client, conferences with witnesses, providing notes of hearings, and providing his thoughts following judgment. Shane also has the ability to remain calm under pressure, and adopts a very flexible working approach that is greatly appreciated.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jake Davies - Five PaperGreat practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

Leading Juniors

Satinder Gill - Five PaperSatinder parachutes into the team seamlessly to lead on thorny business immigration issues and large scale projects.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Juniors

Simon Mills - Five PaperHe has a specialism in invoice finance litigation and has a deep working knowledge of the sector, its documentation and the law.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Simon Mills - Five PaperHe is very good at forensic analytic detail. He is also charming and clients trust him immediately. Instructing solicitors rely on him hugely.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Juniors

Morwenna Macro - Five PaperIt is a masterclass to watch her on her feet as she takes a judge with clarity through the tangled issues in the Insolvency Act.
Ranked: Tier 4


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.


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  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 GrundyNicholas 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 KellCommercialZachary 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.