Five Paper

Social Housing Department

London (Bar)
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A well-regarded set with a strong social housing group, Five Paper acts for local authorities and private providers of social housing as well as private individuals. Its members advise on the full range of housing issues, including possession proceedings, anti-social behaviour cases, homelessness appeals and disrepair matters. The set regularly appears in complex cases with concerning the Equality Act 2010.

Client service: "Five Paper have a brilliant clerking team and they are willing to bend over backwards to help wherever possible. They also seem to have a real understanding of the practicalities of housing law." "The clerks make booking counsel a dream." Senior clerk David Portch "leads from the front."

Angela Hall
Operates a dynamic practice and is favoured by leading solicitors in the field, as well as a number of key local authorities and housing providers. She acts in homelessness cases, allegations of anti-social behaviour and harassment and a variety of regulatory matters.
Strengths: "She is approachable and down to earth, gives very practical advice and is excellent on her feet."
Recent work: Successfully obtained an injunction for Worthing Homes as a result of alleged harassment of a tenant's neighbours, and proved a breach of the injunction in order to achieve a possession order.

Jane Hodgson
Routinely handles a broad range of housing, landlord and tenant cases, encompassing areas such as unlawful eviction, succession rights and anti-social behaviour. Her client base includes housing associations and local authorities. She is also frequently instructed in homelessness appeals.
Strengths: "Unflappable and highly regarded by clients." "Very quick to assess a matter and advise on options that may not have been considered."
Recent work: Successfully represented the local authority in Claudette Servis v London Borough of Newham, an appeal against the refusal of an application for specific disclosure of the agreement under which an external company was contracted to review certain homelessness decisions.

Josephine Henderson
An established junior barrister with a comprehensive knowledge of the full range of social housing issues. She is frequently instructed by both tenants and landlords to act in homelessness appeals, anti-social behaviour cases and service charge disputes. Her broad housing practice has frequently taken her to the Court of Appeal and she is particularly commended for her work on cases with a human rights element.
Strengths: "Her analytical skills are amazing and she is always responsive and always proactive." "She is well prepared, knows the bundle inside out and doesn't take any prisoners."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a High Court application for judicial review relating to accommodation provided under the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Millie Polimac
Regularly acts for local housing authorities, as well as individual tenants, in cases ranging from claims for possession to allocation policy challenges. She has considerable knowledge of EU law.
Strengths: "She is extremely knowledgeable both with legislation and case law, and is clear and articulate in court." "She is very analytical and good at cases that raise novel points of law."
Recent work: Acted for a London borough in a High Court case in which the claimant argued that the authority had breached its duties under Articles 3, 4 and 8 of the ECHR.

Nicholas Grundy QC
An experienced senior advocate with a specialism in social housing cases that interact with real property, European law or discrimination issues. He regularly advises local housing authorities on policy matters and earns praise for his dedication to clients. Grundy has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is enormously capable and extremely personable with clients." "He is very tenacious in tribunal and great to work with."
Recent work: Successfully represented the London Borough of Brent in the Court of Appeal in a case regarding the legality of Brent's allocation policy and whether the borough had an obligation to tell applicants about available housing closer to Brent.

Sam Phillips
Strong junior routinely handling a range of housing matters, including possession proceedings and cases that raise Article 8 challenges. He gained significant sector expertise from his time working for one of the largest social landlords in the country before being called to the Bar. Phillips also has notable experience of handling succession of tenancy disputes.
Strengths: "Knowledgeable, accessible, good with clients and always gets excellent results." "He is incredibly organised in his approach, utterly unflappable and understands the practical side of housing."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a High Court case which concerned whether or not the first succession rule under Sections 87-89 of the Housing Act 1985 is incompatible with Article 14 of the ECHR.

Stephen Evans
Considered an authority on the Equality Act and disability discrimination in relation to social housing. He is also experienced in judicial review of homelessness decisions, leasehold valuation and dilapidation claims. Evans frequently appears at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal. He counts several local authorities and registered providers as his clients.
Strengths: "He always gives excellent advice on tricky housing matters and gets straight to the issues." "He is incredibly approachable and hell bent on getting the best results. He will fight fiercely for the client."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent, the London Borough of Havering, in an appeal made by a tenant against a possession order. The appeal concerned issues of disability discrimination.

Terence Gallivan
Acts primarily for housing associations and local authorities, although he is also recognised for his representation of legal aid clients in the sector. Much of his housing practice involves human rights and mental health issues, and he routinely handles a number of homelessness and possession appeals. He is also known for his expertise acting for tenant management organisations.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing management law and fantastic client care skills." "The best advocate and best cross-examiner I have ever seen in court."

Tina Conlan
Recognised for the breadth of her practice, she is often instructed in possession proceedings, disrepair claims and anti-social behaviour matters. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal. Conlan is also commended for her work on homelessness appeals and subletting cases.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who always prepares carefully and provides reassurance to nervous clients. She is reliable and rock solid."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Newham in a homelessness statutory appeal as to the suitability of accommodation.

Victoria Osler
Well known for her diverse practice, which covers areas such as possession actions and homelessness cases, among others. She routinely handles matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and impresses clients with the high quality of her written advice as well as her oral advocacy. Osler has a growing practice defending public law challenges to social housing decisions. She has also recently acted for clients in shared ownership and subletting disputes.
Strengths: "A strong and tenacious advocate." "She provides clear and sound advice and is very approachable."
Recent work: Represented the London Borough of Camden in a challenge to the application of its allocation scheme, including the prohibition on applicants with assets over £32,000 from entering the housing register.