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5 Paper Buildings

Consumer Law

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Tenants at 5 Paper Buildings are proficient in both criminal and civil consumer disputes. They are often to be found prosecuting unfair trading offences cases on behalf of regulators and local councils, but also defend individuals against accusations of misconduct. Recently members acted for the defence in R v Peter Hunter, David Smith and BZZ Ltd. The case concerned prohibited secondary ticket sales for events such as musical acts. They also appeared for the prosecution in R (Thurrock Council) v Mead & Others (Operation Gold). The defendants in this case were alleged to have committed mass fraud by purporting to install environmentally compliant filters to the vehicles of their customers. The filters were either not compliant or had never been installed in the first place.

Client service:


"The clerks are always on the ball, and are perfectly helpful and efficient." Dale Jones is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Andrew Johnson
A well-regarded junior who is recognised for his work in trading standards cases, including those involving counterfeit goods, product safety and other consumer law issues. He regularly advises prosecuting authorities on matters related to investigations pre-charge.
"Really forensic, well organised and someone with a huge knowledge of the law." "He is so  intelligent. If there's a legal question he just knows the answer."
Recent work: Appeared for the prosecution in R v Aftab Ahmad, Saif Ullah and Muhammed Rafique. The defendants were accused of tampering with the recorded mileage of vehicles they sold.

Strengths:

Ben Douglas-Jones QC
Defends businesses and professionals against consumer-related claims and prosecutes on behalf of private entities, local authorities and the MHRA. His work takes in environment and food safety cases as well as trade mark and copyright matters.
"Very good technically, and takes his time to consider options before returning with a roadmap." "He has an incredible mind."Recent work: Represented the defendants in Operation Cleo  (R v Oliver et al), who were accused of creating fake government websites to fool consumers.

Strengths:

Charlene Sumnall
Both prosecutes and defends consumer law cases in all levels of tribunals including the Court of Appeal. Her clients include local authorities, prosecution agencies, companies, directors and individuals, and she is an expert in everything from trading standards to copyright infringement.
"An incredibly thorough QC. She is prepared to put the hours in and is forthright in her questioning." "Charlene Sumnall is really good at attacking briefs - she sets about learning the basics of her case very quickly."
Recent work: Appeared for the prosecution in R v Lin, a case where Chinese nationals were accused of bringing in and selling counterfeit goods.

Strengths:

Denis Barry
Handles consumer law as part of a wider criminal practice and has been involved in some of the most important matters around, including the largest case ever prosecuted by the OFT. He obtained the largest ever consumer law confiscation order and has further established his credentials by becoming the lead editor of the main guide to the Consumer Rights Act 2015. He further acts in an advisory capacity for companies.
"Super bright, very well organised and systematic in his thinking."
Recent work: Acted in R v Connor Andrew & Others, a case concerning the legality of a ticket re-sale scheme worth £10 million.

Strengths:

Miles Bennett
Enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the top juniors in the area of consumer law. He regularly acts for both prosecution and defence and has significant experience of working on product safety, consumer protection and unfair trading cases. His clients include prosecuting authorities and organisations, as well as individuals and businesses, and he has particular links with the supermarket sector. His consumer law practice is supported by his expertise in trade mark, copyright and health and safety law.
"One of the go-to people for all trading law matters." "He's very good with a jury, and very good with lay clients."
Recent work: Appeared in London Borough of Camden v Speedy Hire/Very (Littlewoods), defending a large company against accusations it had sold knives to underage buyers.

Consumer Law Department

5 Paper Buildings

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5 Paper Buildings

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 7HB

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Consumer Law


Ben Douglas-Jones QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Consumer Law


Andrew Johnson
Band 2
Charlene Sumnall
Band 3
Denis Barry
Band 1
Miles Bennett
Band 1