Set Profile > Chambers of Rachel Sleeman > London, England

Chambers of Rachel Sleeman
Five Paper

Health and safety Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ian Wright - Five PaperA compelling and persuasive advocate who remains calm under fire.
Ranked: Tier 2

Social housing Tier 2

Five Paper has 'a good spread across senior and junior levels' in the social housing arena. One referee commented that it is 'second to none in terms of its knowledge and experience of the sector'. Also notable is that 'the clerks are very personable and diligent; led well by David Portch'. The set is noted for its strengths in acting for landlords, local authorities and social housing organisations. It has featured in many high-profile and landmark cases; in one example, Nicholas Grundy QC was the lead counsel to the London Borough of Brent in Alibkhiet v LB Brent, where the Court of Appeal held there was no obligation to tell applicants of available housing closer to Brent, and that the local authority's allocation policy and procurement of accommodation were lawful. Another instruction saw Grundy QC serve as the lead counsel for the local authority in XPQ v The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; this case addressed the housing duties of local authorities to human trafficking victims. Tina Conlan represented the local authority at the Court of Appeal in Kannan v LB Newham, which involved a homelessness statutory appeal on the suitability of accommodation.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperHe has an amazing ability to appear relaxed in even the most difficult cases and puts clients at their ease
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Terry Gallivan - Five PaperHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law and is always a safe pair of hands
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Evans - Five PaperKnown for advising local authority and registered provider landlords on housing matters, including dilapidations claims and cases involving disability discrimination/Equality Act issues
Ranked: Tier 2
Tina Conlan - Five PaperSought out for advice on homelessness appeals, housing matters involving anti-social behaviour and disrepair claims
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Osler - Five PaperHer strength is that she will not easily give up, has a lot of energy and will fight her client’s corner while she remains standing
Ranked: Tier 3
Angela Hall - Five PaperAn excellent advocate, who is confident and compelling on her feet
Ranked: Tier 4
Josephine Henderson - Five PaperShe has more than 20 years of housing law experience
Ranked: Tier 4
Jane Hodgson - Five PaperShe is knowledgeable about security of tenure and succession rights, disrepair and unlawful eviction, among other areas
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Maltz - Five PaperHe assists local authorities and registered providers with a wide range of housing matters. Tenancy fraud cases are a notable area of specialism
Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Phillips - Five PaperA truly formidable advocate. Whether he is in the High Court, Court of Appeal or in the County Court, he is eloquent and nimble on his feet and devastating in cross-examination
Ranked: Tier 4

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Satinder Gill - Five PaperHe is a first port of call on all complex and sensitive immigration questions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jake Davies - Five PaperA thorough, robust and tenacious approach to tricky cases as well as very strong advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Simon Mills - Five PaperCommercially astute, technically brilliant, and a fighter.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property litigation Tier 5

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperA barrister of superb quality with a legal knowledge which is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Ben Maltz - Five PaperProvides a conscientious, accessible approach, with admirable advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 5

Insolvency Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Morwenna Macro - Five PaperShe is really able to see the wood from the trees and provide innovative and pragmatic solutions.
Ranked: Tier 5


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)
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