Set Profile > Chambers of Miranda Moore QC and Julian Christopher QC > London, England

Chambers of Miranda Moore QC and Julian Christopher QC
5 Paper Buildings

Consumer Tier 2

'Very professional' set 5 Paper Buildings has members 'covering a wide range of skillsets'. 'All counsel are competent and experienced in their field' and 'never disappoint with their knowledge and case commitment'. Its members defend and prosecute complex and high-profile criminal consumer cases. In R (West Yorkshire Trading Standards) v HPAS Ltd, Miles Bennett defended a double glazing company in a major prosecution under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Among Charlene Sumnall's recent caseload was R v Karetnikova and Karetnikov, which involved the sale of counterfeit goods and safety offences under the Toys (Safety) Regulations.

2018 Silks

Ben Douglas-Jones QC - 5 Paper BuildingsDefends and prosecutes in consumer, food safety and environmental health cases.

Leading Juniors

Miles Bennett - 5 Paper BuildingsHe is commanding, confident and eloquent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Johnson - 5 Paper BuildingsProvides an outstanding service; worth his weight in gold.
Ranked: Tier 2
Denis Barry - 5 Paper BuildingsAn exceptional barrister who has excellent analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Carolina Bracken - 5 Paper BuildingsExcellent advocacy skills and fantastic with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlene Sumnall - 5 Paper BuildingsA high-quality advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Kevin McCartney - 5 Paper BuildingsTenacious and thorough in his preparation and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2

Health and safety Tier 2

Leading Silks

Jonathan Caplan QC - 5 Paper BuildingsA very forthright silk; clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Deanna Heer - 5 Paper BuildingsHer calm manner reassures clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime Tier 3

'A very good set, root and branch', 5 Paper Buildings handles a range of defence and prosecution instructions. Miranda Moore QC prosecuted a pensioner who carried out a campaign of harassment against parents, making groundless allegations of satanic abuse including the cannibalisation of babies.

Leading Silks

Miranda Moore QC - 5 Paper BuildingsShe has a fantastic manner with clients in difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Trembath QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHe defends serious cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

2018 Silks

Ben Douglas-Jones QC - 5 Paper BuildingsA first-class brain, with forensic introspection and impeccable judgement.

Leading Juniors

Denis Barry - 5 Paper BuildingsHe charms juries and inspires confidence in judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Teresa Hay - 5 Paper BuildingsA prolific advocate with a fine legal intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3
Deanna Heer - 5 Paper BuildingsShe has a strong background in dealing with serious crime.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Osborne - 5 Paper BuildingsHe handles cross-examination in difficult sexual cases with considerable skill.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

5 Paper BuildingsBen Douglas-Jones QC acted for the Crown Prosecution Service's Specialist Fraud Division in prosecuting Philip Bujak, the former CEO of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity, who was convicted of defrauding the charity of £180,000 by using the charity's credit card to pay for personal expenses, inflating printing costs, and fraudulent involvement in the sale of Montessori property. In the junior ranks, Stephen Hopper successfully prosecuted two defendants in one of the first pension liberation frauds to be prosecuted in the UK; the pair were convicted of running an online scheme where pensions funds worth £1m were transferred to them.

Leading Silks

Julian Christopher QC - 5 Paper BuildingsWell known for his expertise in tax fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Brompton QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHis cool-headed and approachable manner inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma Deacon QC - 5 Paper BuildingsA fearless advocate who is fair but firm.
Ranked: Tier 3
Miranda Moore QC - 5 Paper BuildingsShe has a fantastic manner with clients in difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

2018 Silks

Ben Douglas-Jones QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHe has a formidable legal brain.

Leading Juniors

Jenny Goldring - 5 Paper BuildingsA determined advocate who gives her all in every case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Hopper - 5 Paper BuildingsHe is always the master of his brief.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Hick - 5 Paper BuildingsHe is very persuasive and has an excellent style with juries.
Ranked: Tier 4

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

Leading Silks

Julian Christopher QC - 5 Paper BuildingsVery well known for handling high-profile bribery cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma Deacon QC - 5 Paper BuildingsA ferocious cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Dominic Lewis - 5 Paper BuildingsA safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Catherine Rabaiotti - 5 Paper BuildingsTalented, bright, and beautifully cutting at the right moments.
Ranked: Tier 3
Janet Weeks - 5 Paper BuildingsHer practice includes insider dealing cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

During a difficult time for criminal legal aid barristers, ‘with cuts on the rise and level of competency and care from some professionals dropping over the years’, solicitors praise members of the ‘excellent5 Paper Buildings for their ‘professional case preparation and top-draw advocacy’. Chambers has ‘good strength in depth’ for criminal work (‘they have great experience of prosecution work, and have been involved in many of the SFO cases in recent times. They provide fantastic coverage in general crime matters’) and professional disciplinary matters. In recent chambers news, Jonathan Rees QC took silk. The set’s 'highly responsive, client-focused’ clerking team is led by senior clerk Dale Jones, who ‘has a fantastic understanding of the industry and commands a lot of respect’. ‘An asset to chambers’, Graham Briggs is the ‘perfect blend of old-school clerking, along with the adaptable approach of modern times’. Solicitors praise his understanding of legal work and ‘recommendations from him are spot on; he knows which barrister is a perfect fit for the particular type of case’. Offices in: London

5pb has long been considered one of the leading criminal sets, where it continues to excel; however its members have recognised the ever evolving nature of the Bar and have expanded in the areas of financial crime, health and safety, regulatory and disciplinary it is also recognised as one of the leading chambers in consumer and trading standards law. Chambers draws upon some of the best talent at the criminal Bar and at present has 47 members, 11 of whom are QCs.

The set: Members take a results-focused approach to advocacy, working alongside clients to find practical solutions. Clients can also benefit from the outstanding clerking and case management that chambers offers, resulting in cost-effective use of court time and resources. Members bring an exceptional quality of representation and case management to all cases, regardless of level, size or complexity.

Types of work undertaken: members prosecute and defend across the full range of criminal practice at every level, including murder and manslaughter, large-scale drug importations, serious and historical sexual offences, human trafficking, corruption of public servants, firearms offences and serious violence, with particular experience in cases involving PII, sensitive disclosure issues and vulnerable witnesses.

Crime: Recent cases include: R v Harlow & Beadman (Facebook grooming murder), R v Clarke (the oldest defendant ever to be prosecuted at 101 years old), R v L (mother charged with murder of her 23-month-old daughter) and the Largest English Football Match Fixing Scandal. As well as Defending DJ Neil Fox on historial sex offences.

Financial crime: members of chambers are regularly involved in the largest and most complex financial crime cases. The sets experience includes all forms of fraud, MTIC/VAT/Revenue frauds, market abuse, asset recovery and confiscation proceedings. Instructions include the Libor and Euribor fraud cases, the Celtic Energy fraud, the Hatton Garden confiscation proceedings, Operation Greenyards (R v Urumov & others) and Operation Evenbox (R v Blakey & others). Sweet Group Ltd (1st ever company prosecuted under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010), Skansen Interior Ltd (1st ever conviction for failure to prevent bribery),

Consumer law: 5pb is one of the country€™s leading sets in consumer law and trading standards. The set€™s expertise include trade descriptions, pricing offences, property mis-descriptions, trade mark and copyright theft, product safety, environmental law, health and safety, food and food safety, ticket touting and underage sales. Cases include the first ever prosecution of a pyramid scheme in the UK (£21m) by the OFT/CMA and a £60m money laundering case involving 30 different consumer scams in nine countries in which the elderly were targeted.

Professional discipline and regulatory: 5pb is regularly instructed in healthcare regulation and professional discipline matters. Acting for individuals and corporate clients, chambers frequently appears in parallel proceedings involving criminal investigations, inquests and disciplinary proceedings. Members are also instructed in MHRA and FRC work. Members regularly appear before the GMC, GPhC, HCPTS, NMC and GOC and when necessary, on appeal. Members frequently represent doctors, pharmacists and NHS trusts at inquests. In addition 5pb appears in matters involving accountants, architects, police officers, solicitors and barristers.

Health and safety: members have extensive expertise dealing with HSE prosecutions both on behalf of the defence and the prosecution and have represented companies and individuals following workplace accidents. 5pb appeared on behalf of a company in the first ever acquittal of a company charged with corporate manslaughter and secured the conviction of one of the UK€™s largest engineering companies following the death of a contract worker.

Inquests and public inquiries: complementing Chambers€™ experience in medical inquests, members are regularly instructed in inquests where a death in the workplace has occurred. Chambers has considerable experience in public inquiries, having been instructed in some of the most important inquiries including Leveson and The Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

International: members have experience of work in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Caribbean.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Dale Jones
Members of Chambers CAREY QC, Godfrey (1969)
Members of Chambers SELLS QC, Oliver (1972)
Members of Chambers CAPLAN QC, Jonathan (1973)
Members of Chambers BROMPTON QC, Michael (1973)
Members of Chambers JENKINS QC, Edward (1977)
Members of Chambers TREMBATH QC, Graham (1978)
Members of Chambers MOORE QC, Miranda (1983)
Members of Chambers WYETH QC, Mark (1983)
Members of Chambers CHRISTOPHER QC, Julian (1988)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN QC, Robert (1988)
Members of Chambers DEACON QC, Emma (1993)
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS-JONES QC, Benjamin (1998)
Members of Chambers BRICKMAN, Laura (1976)
Members of Chambers FOOKS, Nicholas (1978)
Members of Chambers JUDGE, Charles (1981)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Miles (1986)
Members of Chambers McCARTNEY, Kevin (1991)
Members of Chambers SHELLARD, Robin (1992)
Members of Chambers WEEKS, Janet (1993)
Members of Chambers GOLDRING, Jenny (1993)
Members of Chambers HEER, Deanna (1994)
Members of Chambers HICK, Michael (1995)
Members of Chambers BARRY, Denis (1996)
Members of Chambers QUINTON, Thomas (1997)
Members of Chambers PURNELL, Catherine (1999)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Dominic (2000)
Members of Chambers NORMAN, James (2000)
Members of Chambers REES, Jonathan (2000)
Members of Chambers HAY, Teresa (2001)
Members of Chambers HOPPER, Stephen (2001)
Members of Chambers KEENE, Rory (2001)
Members of Chambers RABAIOTTI, Catherine (2002)
Members of Chambers MACKAY, Archie (2003)
Members of Chambers SUMNALL, Charlene (2003)
Members of Chambers RICHARDS, Alan (2004)
Members of Chambers COADE, Georgina (2005)
Members of Chambers ATTENBOROUGH, Michael (2008)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Andrew (2008)
Members of Chambers MARSLAND, James (2008)
Members of Chambers HUCKLESBY, Anthony (2008)
Members of Chambers DANNHAUSER, Jennifer (2010)
Members of Chambers PADLEY, Richard (2011)
Members of Chambers FREER, Ellen (2011)
Members of Chambers BRACKEN, Carolina (2012)
Members of Chambers NORMANTON, Joshua (2012)
Members of Chambers RAO, Aparna (2013)
Members of Chambers PARKER, Kate (2014)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Miriam (2016)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Benjamin Douglas-Jones QC photo Benjamin Douglas-Jones QC As leader and junior, Ben defends and provides compliance advice to professional…
Ms Elaine Freer  photo Ms Elaine Freer Called 2011
 Jenny Goldring photo Jenny Goldring Called 1993
 Robert O’Sullivan QC photo Robert O’Sullivan QC Specialist in Criminal Fraud with a strong emphasis on VAT (carousel) fraud…
Ms Kate Parker  photo Ms Kate Parker Called 2014
 Catherine Sephora Rabaiotti  photo Catherine Sephora Rabaiotti Specialises in criminal work, undertaking cases on behalf of the prosecution and…
Mr Robin Shellard  photo Mr Robin Shellard Called 1992
Ms Miriam Smith  photo Ms Miriam Smith Called 2016
 Mark Wyeth QC photo Mark Wyeth QC Expert in serious organised crime and fraud cases (especially those involving trademark…