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London Bar > Social housing Tier 2Five 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.
‘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.’
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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.