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Chambers of Rachel Sleeman
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London Bar > Social housing Tier 1

Social housing remains a core area of focus for the ‘brilliant’ set Five Paper, which is lauded for its ‘real strength in terms of equality act defences and challenges’. For example, in the judicial review R (FB) v LB Camden, Terence Gallivan acted for the London Borough of Camden in a judicial review challenging the council’s placement of female survivors of domestic violence in mixed-sex accomodation. In another matter, Jennifer Moate  appeared as sole counsel in Molloy v BPHA, a Court of Appeal case concerning issues of freedom of speech and alleged racial harassment in the context of social housing.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy KCFive PaperNick’s advocacy is nothing short of awe-inspiring – he formulates persuasive arguments delivered in exactly the correct manner, whatever the case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Tina ConlanFive PaperTina’s strengths are her patience and ability to quickly get to the core of a matter.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria OslerFive PaperVictoria is an outstanding trial advocate who is exceptionally well regarded within her field as meticulously prepared, dogged in cross-examination and analytical in submissions.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael MullinFive PaperMichael is very experienced in housing law and has been at the coalface of local authority work, so he really understands the issues involved.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sam PhillipsFive PaperSam's advice is pragmatic and he is a talented advocate on his feet. He is personable to those instructing him and lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth EnglandFive PaperShe is a very good advocate, and very down to earth. She has a very good manner with clients and is prepared to fight for them.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Tristan Salter - Five Paper  'Tristan is capable far beyond his years call. His immensely knowledgeable yet incredibly friendly and down to earth manner makes him a go-to barrister.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Angela HallFive PaperAngela is very confident and experienced, and has a tremendous grip on her cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jane HodgsonFive PaperJane is a fearless advocate and is not afraid to advance arguments that other barristers would find tricky or complex. Her advice is always very detailed.
Ranked: Tier 4
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
Jennifer Moate Five Paper ‘Jenny is a brilliant barrister and really good on her feet. She has an eye for detail and always anticipates issues before they become problematic. She is a forceful and tenacious advocate in court.'
Ranked: Tier 4



‘An incredibly knowledgeable set of barristers – there is always suitable counsel for any kind of social housing matter presented to them.’

‘The set has a good variety of barristers and a good training schedule via webinar which is nice and flexible, and they are happy to adapt to clients’ needs.’

‘Five Paper is my go to set. They go out of their way to accommodate their clients and have counsel covering all levels of experience.’

‘From the clerks to counsel, I cannot find fault with Five Paper; they are courteous, skilled and knowledgeable and reasonably priced too. They will always look to assist in any way possible and have never hesitated to go the extra mile to ensure assistance is given.’

‘The chambers are excellent – they have a real strength in terms of equality act defences and challenges.’


‘The clerks are excellent, particularly David Portch, who manages the team brilliantly.’

London Bar > Insolvency

Rising stars

Zachary KellFive Paper 'Exactly the sort of modern barrister that you would like on your team.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Morwenna MacroFive Paper ‘Morwenna is a well rounded barrister who produces clear and precise drafting as well as a simple and to the point advocacy style that seems to resonate with judges.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

Leading Silks

Nicholas Grundy KCFive PaperHe offers excellent service to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Property litigation

London Bar > Health and safety

Leading Juniors

Ian WrightFive PaperA brilliant and persuasive advocate who works exceedingly hard for the instructing solicitor and the client.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Employment

Leading Juniors

Shane Crawford - Five PaperShane's particular strengths are his excellent communication and interpersonal skills which, alongside his analytical mind, makes him highly desirable counsel. Shane always adopts a logical approach to cases and is well liked by clients and a safe pair of hands. Shane will always go the extra mile, and his commercial and legal awareness, ability to remain calm under pressure, and flexible approach to working when situations change, are always appreciated.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jake Davies - Five PaperJake's combination of fair play, top-notch preparation and patience make him stand out - clients could not be in safer hands in terms of legal representation.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

Leading Juniors

Satinder GillFive PaperSatinder is a genuine expert in business immigration. He combines an excellent knowledge of immigration law with a practical and commercial approach.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Juniors

Simon MillsFive Paper ‘Really invests in the claim and feels like part of the team. Really friendly, approachable and personable.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Simon MillsFive PaperVery commercial, bright, calm, instils confidence, great advocate and thorough and analytical written advice.’
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Sport

Leading Juniors

Gavin DingleyFive Paper ‘Skilled on witnesses’ cross-examination and assessment of evidence.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Five Paper is a modern, specialist set of barristers’ chambers in Temple, the heart of legal London. Our barristers specialise in the fields of commercial and property law.

Chambers works with clients from many sectors and believes accessibility, communication and strong relationships are key to delivering excellent results. Senior members are among the most experienced and innovative within their areas of expertise and the chambers’ juniors deal with practical legal matters on a daily basis. This range of experience enables Five Paper to provide clients with a service that is both expert and cost-effective.

Work undertaken: Five Paper has two thriving divisions, the commercial division and the property division, which encompassed the sub-groups listed further below.

Five Paper’s commercial division is a sector-focused group of leading barristers providing expert advice and litigation services to clients involved in disputes in the below areas of expertise.

Five Paper’s property division is a market leader for legal services in local government and public law to social landlords. The property division consists of 30 barristers ranked as a leading set for social housing with members equally ranked as a leading silk/junior. The division regularly appears in First tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Commercial division:

• Banking and finance
• Civil fraud
• Insolvency and company
• Employment
• Business immigration and regulatory

Property division:

• Social housing
• Public law
• Landlord and tenant
• Real property
• Family, inheritance and trusts

ADR 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.

Publications: Five Paper’s senior members edit some of the leading specialist law publications. These include: Sir Roy Goode’s ‘Proprietary Rights and Insolvency in Sales Transactions’, 3rd edition by Simon Mills; ‘Salinger on Factoring’, 6th edition by Simon Mills and others; and Atkin’s Court Forms Vol. 35 ‘Sale and Supply of Goods and Services’ by Simon Mills and others.

Training: Five Paper regularly arranges specialist training for professional clients. Chambers 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.

Recruitment: Pupils spend time with different practice teams to experience a wide variety of work. Our pupils will receive a total of £50,000. This will include a £30,000 award, plus £20,000 guaranteed earnings in the second six of pupillage. Five Paper also encourages applications from barristers with ten or more years’ experience within one of their specialist areas. Please contact the clerks for details. Five Paper is committed to equal opportunities for all and values diversity.

Head of Chambers Rachel Sleemanclerks@fivepaper.com02078153200
Senior clerk David Portchclerks@fivepaper.com02078153200
Commercial Division Leader Simon Millsclerks@fivepaper.com02078153200
Property Division Leader Stephen Evansclerks@fivepaper.com02078153200
Pupillage coordinator Tristan Salterpupillage@fivepaper.com02078153200
Donald Broatch photo Donald BroatchDonald Broatch has lectured on topics arising from his specialist areas of…
Gita Chakravarty photo Gita ChakravartyGita specialises in the fields of commercial and chancery law, in particular…
Gillian Christopher-chambers photo Gillian Christopher-chambersGillian is an experienced advocate who provides expert advice and representation in…
Tina Conlan photo Tina ConlanTina Conlan’s practice comprises all aspects of housing and property law. She…
Shane Crawford photo Shane CrawfordShane Crawford is a specialist employment law barrister who provides a quality…
Daniel Crehan photo Daniel CrehanDaniel joined Five Paper in October 2017 after successfully completing his pupillage…
Jake Davies photo Jake DaviesJake has been recognised as a leading junior in employment law by…
Elizabeth England photo Elizabeth EnglandElizabeth is a member of the Property Team at Five Paper and…
Stephen Evans photo Stephen EvansStephen specialises in Property Law, with particular expertise in the field of…
Tiernan  Fitzgibbon photo Tiernan FitzgibbonTiernan joined Five Paper in 2019 following completion of a 12 month…
Terence Gallivan photo Terence GallivanTerry is an experienced practitioner in property, social housing, local government and…
Satinder Gill photo Satinder GillSatinder is joint head of the Business Immigration and Regulatory Team with…
Mary Glass photo Mary GlassMary specialises in public law, primarily immigration and human rights. She provides…
Nicholas Grundy photo Nicholas GrundyNicholas Grundy KC is a Property, Public Law and Human Rights specialist.…
Angela Hall photo Angela HallAngela is commended for her approachability and her composed and robust representation.…
Josephine Henderson photo Josephine HendersonJosephine has been a housing specialist for more than 25 years. She…
Jane Hodgson photo Jane HodgsonPrior to becoming a barrister, Jane was an officer in the Royal…
Peter John photo Peter JohnPeter John is an experienced civil law barrister at Five Paper Chambers…
Zachary Kell photo Zachary KellZachary’s practice encompasses Commercial Law, Civil Fraud, Insolvency & Restructuring, Company Law…
Alexander Kingston-Splatt photo Alexander Kingston-SplattAlexander’s Commercial Chancery practice has an emphasis on commercial litigation, civil fraud,…
Roger Laville photo Roger LavilleRoger specialises in finance, insolvency, company law disputes and civil fraud, and…
Julie Leivesley photo Julie LeivesleySince 2000 Julie has specialised in Family Law and Human Rights. She…
Morwenna Macro photo Morwenna MacroMorwenna has particular expertise in insolvency within a wider commercial chancery practice,…
Ben Maltz photo Ben MaltzBen is a property law specialist and heads up the Five Paper…
Joe McBrien photo Joe McBrienJoe joined Five Paper in October 2020 after the successful completion of…
Simon Mills photo Simon MillsSimon Mills, Commercial Division Leader and a member of our specialist practice…
Vinesh Mistry photo Vinesh MistryVinesh joined Five Paper in September 2022 and specialises in commercial litigation,…
Jennifer Moate photo Jennifer MoateJenny is a barrister specialising in social housing, landlord and tenant, trusts…
David  Mold photo David MoldDavid is a barrister at Five Paper specialising in Employment and Property…
Michael Mullin photo Michael MullinMichael is an experienced barrister and part-time judge specialising in property and…
Victoria Osler photo Victoria OslerVictoria specialises in all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant…
Sean  Pettit photoMr Sean PettitSean is an established property law barrister with over 20 years of…
Sam Phillips photo Sam PhillipsSam is a property and trusts specialist and member of Five Paper’s…
Millie Polimac photo Millie PolimacMillie is an experienced barrister in property, immigration and employment law.  She…
Sonia Rai photo Sonia RaiSonia is an experienced property, including housing, specialist and has experience in…
Jonathan Rich photo Jonathan RichJonathan (“Joe”) Rich has specialised in consumer and property law for twenty…
Tristan Salter photo Tristan SalterTristan has a busy Commercial Chancery practice combining his knowledge of the…
Ololade Saromi photo Ololade SaromiOlolade has a Commercial Chancery practice with a leaning towards banking, finance,…
Rachel Sleeman photo Rachel SleemanRachel Sleeman is Head of Chambers and the leader of the Insolvency…
Simon Strelitz photo Simon StrelitzSimon is an experienced housing and property practitioner with 18 years’ continuous…
Matthew Tonnard photo Matthew TonnardMatthew is a junior with a thriving commercial chancery practice. He is…
Laura Williamson photo Laura WilliamsonLaura is a property law specialist. She has extensive trial experience and…
Ian Wright photo Ian WrightIan 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.