Set Profile > 5 Paper Buildings > London, England

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

Consumer Tier 2

5 Paper Buildings is one of the 'pre-eminent sets in consumer law and related matters in London, if not England and Wales', according to some. The set excels at consumer credit, product safety, environment, health and safety, and food safety matters, and is praised for its 'excellent team ethos and great client service'Miles Bennett and Denis Barry are both noted for criminal regulatory investigations. Also of note, Andrew Johnson's practice revolves around the representation of enforcing authorities and, on a secondary scale, defendants, on matters relating to unsafe products, intellectual property infringements and counterfeit goods.

Leading Juniors

Miles Bennett - 5 Paper BuildingsAffable and fun to work with, he reads the courtroom well and is respected by peers.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Johnson - 5 Paper BuildingsHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and understands how it is affecting the lay client and how best to assist them when providing advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Denis Barry - 5 Paper BuildingsHas a great way with his clients and a wonderful ability to summarise complex issues elegantly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carolina Bracken - 5 Paper BuildingsCarolina has so many strengths including breaking down technical and complex pieces of law, to bite sizes so the jury understand. She is always approachable, patient and listens. She always grasps the cases quickly and makes sure that the client is always up to date with any progress of the case. Carolina always gives advice when required as she is highly knowledgeable in this area of work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlene Sumnall - 5 Paper BuildingsAn astute cross-examiner who is without fear when presenting her client's case in court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Kevin McCartney - 5 Paper BuildingsKevin is a consummate professional. His strengths include: Attention to detail whilst at the same time being able to see the wider picture in each case and what can reasonably be achieved; The ability to inspire the confidence of the clients who by necessity are facing a very difficult time in their professional career; Extremely user friendly and once he takes on a case happy to discuss all aspects whenever required. Last but by now means least a fearless advocate in hearings.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Marsland - 5 Paper BuildingsJames is meticulous in his prep of a case from the 1st-final hearing. He is extremely knowledgeable and clients love the fact that he can put them at ease and he is entirely approachable. You also know that if you instruct James he will put his life and soul into a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Carolina Bracken - 5 Paper BuildingsCarolina is effortlessly calm in every situation but those who have worked with her for a long time will know that she is constantly kicking beneath the surface to get the best result for your clients. Her manner of presentation in hearings puts the entire room at ease and instantly gets the tribunal on her side no matter how difficult the argument is that she's making.
Ranked: Tier 4

Health and safety

Leading Silks

Jonathan Caplan QC - 5 Paper BuildingsVery few have his incredible judgement. At times it seems as though he has a sixth sense. A very quiet and considered approach. Utterly charming in the way he deals with everyone but very effective in all that he does. Calmness personified even in the most pressurised environments. Just quality all round. Deeply respected by all.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Deanna Heer - 5 Paper BuildingsDeanna has a strong background in dealing with serious crime, but has dealt with some of the most important health and safety cases of recent years. She knows the law and procedure inside out, has a calm demeanour which reassures clients but equally she delivers arguments compellingly in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Miles Bennett - 5 Paper BuildingsMiles is very good at cutting through the detail to get to the nub of the issue. He is a fighter and he presents his clients' cases very well. His strength is his advocacy and he is super charming to others in court where needed to smooth the path for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Crime Tier 3

5 Paper Buildings is a 'very strong set, with excellent advocates at all levels'. Clients comment that 'the fact that their skill base covers most forms of regulatory work, as well as crime, means we have been able to turn to various different advocates for advice in areas outside our natural comfort zone'. Chambers continues to handle a range of matters, including high-profile cases, for both the defence and prosecution. In a recent highlight for the set, Deanna Heer prosecuted Jonty Bravery, who was convicted of attempted murder after he threw a 6-year-old boy from the tenth floor of the Tate Modern.

Leading Silks

Miranda Moore QC - 5 Paper BuildingsShe is a great jury advocate and grasps a case very quickly and has a fantastic manner with clients in difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Trembath QC - 5 Paper BuildingsThe advocate's advocate for jury trials. He never misses an opportunity to develop a relationship with the jury throughout a trial. His cross-examination is first class and his jury speech is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Douglas-Jones QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHe speaks the language of the Court of Appeal.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Denis Barry - 5 Paper BuildingsAn old school barrister who combines a high profile prosecution and defence practice alike. A hard working and hyper intelligent counsel who drills down into the minutiae of a case. He thinks his way through problems and has a very sound tactical nouse. Judges listen to what he says.
Ranked: Tier 2
Deanna Heer - 5 Paper BuildingsA fantastic leader - she brings the highest level of preparation to the most challenging of cases, and has great gravitas in court. She has a clarity of thought that proved important in our work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Teresa Hay - 5 Paper BuildingsIndustrious, cerebral and client-friendly. Excellent advocate. Organised and reliable. Very approachable. Respected by all parts of the profession. Great mentor to less experienced both solicitor and counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Osborne - 5 Paper BuildingsDavid carries a natural gravitas in court which makes him appealing to juries and tends to reassure clients. His closing speeches carry an innate and compellable logic.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

'A first-class quality set of chambers for fraud', 5 Paper Buildings is 'an excellent set with very capable barristers specialising in prosecution and defence work'. The set's members handle a range of fraud matters, including Ponzi schemes, tax evasion, and VAT fraud cases. Emma Deacon QC is acting for the Crown Prosecution Service's Specialist Fraud Division in a long-running investigation into an alleged pension liberation fraud.

Leading Silks

Julian Christopher QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHe is exceptionally intelligent and a master at the presentation of complex, high stakes prosecutions. He is a top class silk - his skills are enhanced by professionalism, wit and approachability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Brompton QC - 5 Paper BuildingsMichael is a first-class silk who I have instructed on a number of occasions and I can't recommend him highly enough!
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma Deacon QC - 5 Paper BuildingsEmma is extremely intelligent and very determined. She has complete command over a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Miranda Moore QC - 5 Paper BuildingsShe is great jury advocate and grasps a case very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jenny Goldring - 5 Paper BuildingsJenny never ceases to amaze me with her abilities and astounding intellect. Her attention to detail is exemplary. In her case preparation no stone is left unturned. She is driven to do the best for her clients at all times. Her dedication shines through and is appreciated by lay and professional clients alike. Highly persuasive on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Hopper - 5 Paper BuildingsHe is a very clever and charismatic barrister who is methodical, logical and produces large volumes of high-quality work in a timely manner. He is reliable and much liked by clients and colleagues alike.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Hick - 5 Paper BuildingsGood and calm under pressure. Attention to detail. Assimilates large quantities of material quickly. Heavyweight fraud practice. Good with juries.
Ranked: Tier 4

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Leading Silks

Emma Deacon QC - 5 Paper BuildingsShe quickly identifies and relentlessly pursues the important points of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Dominic Lewis - 5 Paper BuildingsHe is unflappable, and quickly gains his clients' confidence. He has a sound approach to case strategy. An industrious and incisive barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Beyond its core specialism in criminal law 5 Paper Buildings also has expertise in regulatory, professional disciplinary, health and safety, product safety, inquests and inquiries, and courts-martial. In recent news, Andrew Johnson has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern, Crime Circuit.


Dale Jones (Senior Clerk); Graham Briggs (First Junior); Dan Barnett (Second Junior); Maddie Jenkins (Junior Clerk); Chris Errity (Fees Clerk)



A really lovely old school clerking team that makes efforts to understand and form good relationships with instructing solicitors. Very helpful.

A superb clerks room, extremely professional and highly approachable. They will do anything to try to assist you.

Absolutely amazing! As I say you can always rely on them in a crisis and they adapt fees to our client basis which is well received by us and the clients.

Both Dale Jones and his deputy Graham Briggs are highly efficient, straightforward and sensitive to clients’ needs.

Clerks are highly professional and very receptive. Graham and Dale are very accommodating and patient, providing positive solutions. They stick to their deadlines, when they say they will get back to you by a certain time, that is when you will hear back.

Dale and Graham are the two clerks I have most contact with. Both incredibly professional and will go out of their way to assist.

Dale is a superb clerk. Responsive, effective and commercial. He listens carefully to what you need and always delivers. He never tries to sell you the wrong barrister just to get the brief. He keeps his barristers in check and deals with any issues you raise very well. My favourite London clerk in this area.

Dale Jones is an excellent Senior Clerk who has provided me with outstanding service over at least the last 15 years, and is always helpful and extremely friendly.

Dale Jones is fast developing into one of the best senior clerks. He knows the strengths of his team, and of those in other sets. The other clerks, from Graham Briggs to Dan Barnett onwards are all top notch. They are a real joy to work with.

Efficient and punctual. Dale and Chris have always provide an excellent level of service.

I have always found the clerks at the chambers approachable and informative. They make sure that I know who is attending court that day. They understand the need when a specialist counsel is needed and when one is not. They always return my calls, which is vital in this competitive world. The clerks are always willing to discuss your enquires, however small.

I think they have the best clerk in London chambers, Dale Jones – who is efficient, knowledgeable and fair. The clerks generally are reliable and easy to deal with.

The Chambers has an excellent, professional staff, who are highly receptive and engaging. They will make recommendations and give further guidance to solicitors on matters that they cannot cover as it falls out of their practice areas.

The clerks are a very well organised group, always ready to assist with administrative enquiries as a priority, to ensure a top quality customer service.

The clerks are all very responsive, helpful and professional. Dale Jones stands out as excellent.

The clerks are always very helpful and happy to assist. They have a good relationship with court staff which I find very helpful. I’ve worked most with Graham Briggs whom I have a great working relationship with. He is efficient and great at assisting with emergency cover situations.

The clerks are amazing. Dale Jones leads a strong team of the most helpful clerks you will ever meet. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They go above and beyond to assist 24/7.

The clerks at 5 Paper Buildings are a great asset to Chambers. I was always treated in a warm and professional manner.

Dale Jones is a highly experienced and respected senior clerk. He has a great memory for cases and is always honest when helping to select counsel for a particular case.

Graham Briggs and Daniel Barnett provide excellent support to Dale Jones and both are exceptional problem solvers.

The clerks room is and has always been superb. Enormously helpful and professional. Dale Jones is a rock.

The clerks room is so on the money it’s unreal. I have never received service that equates to their level from any other chambers. I can’t single out any of their clerks because from the receptionist who knows my voice and always asks me how I am, to the fees clerk who is always on the ball, to the actual clerking with Dan, Grahame and Dale; they’re hand on heart, untouchable for their level of service. I have all their mobile numbers, they all have mine. They always text/call/email the info relating to all of our cases. They always have a sense of humour and they’re always willing to help wherever they can.

Their clerks are second to none – proactive, helpful and resourceful. Dale Jones leads by example and Graham Briggs is also excellent.

There is no room for improvement. First Class service throughout the years especially from Dale the senior clerk.


5 Paper Buildings appear to be a very strong set, with excellent advocates at all levels. The fact that their skill base covers most forms of regulatory work, as well as crime, means we have been able to turn to various different advocates for advice in areas outside our natural comfort zone. In fact, as a set, they have been incredibly helpful to our firm in the last couple of years.

5 Paper Buildings are a consummately professional set. I have used them for over 25 years and the standard of representation has never deviated from the top tier. Being a member of this set is its own certification as to quality. In over 25 years they have never let me down and frequently exceed even the high expectations I have of them.

5 Paper Buildings are to my mind the pre-eminent set in consumer law and related matters in London, if not the whole of England and Wales. They have an excellent team ethos and truly understand the concept of providing great service to their clients.

5 Paper Buildings have a number of excellent barristers working in the area of consumer law and an extremely highly regarded clerks team well used to servicing this kind of work over many years. The barristers practising in consumer law are some of the most approachable in chambers and frequently work together, whether that be on cases or in providing lectures and seminars.

5 Paper Buildings is an excellent set of Chambers with a well earned reputation for high quality advocacy in all tax and criminal cases.

5 Paper Buildings provides first class management from the clerks room and access to expertise at all levels of experience.

5PB are an excellent old school set of criminal chambers with a diverse range of work especially with local authority and trading standards prosecutions.

Good strength in depth and availability – excellent senior juniors in this area with highly valued cross-over experience in crime.

Have used a number of barristers from 5PB – always received excellent service.

I absolutely love 5 Paper Buildings. They’re my ‘go-to’ set for all things crime. They are always on the ball and I’ve never been let down. I’ve instructed their silks to pupils and they’re all always fab and friendly.

The Chambers seems to be very inclusive and friendly. Everyone I have ever met is professional and very committed to the work.

I have always found all the counsel we have used in this chambers to be friendly, knowledgeable, and prepared.

I instructed a variety of counsel from 5 Paper Buildings for over a decade and they were my ‘go-to’ chambers due to the consistently high standard of counsel available to cover a wide range of criminal cases for me.

The chambers has an excellent, professional staff, who are highly receptive and engaging. They will make recommendations and give further guidance to solicitors on matters that they cannot cover as it falls out of their practice areas.

This chambers is excellent and we have always had positive experiences working with them. If instructed counsel is not available they are always sure to arrange appropriate cover. They have offered invaluable training in much-needed areas.

This set has several go-to barristers for medical regulatory work and crime.

Very good all round with a strong emphasis on fraud. Definitely among the best criminal sets.

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 photo Benjamin Douglas-Jones As leader and junior, Ben defends and provides compliance advice to professional…
Ms Elaine Freer  photo Ms Elaine Freer Called 2011
Ms Jenny Goldring photo Ms 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 photo Mark Wyeth Expert in serious organised crime and fraud cases (especially those involving trademark…