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About 5 Paper Buildings

We have been a leading criminal set for over a century, working at all levels of the courts in England and Wales. Members also undertake work in the foreign courts, especially in the Far East, the Caribbean and before the ICC. We pride ourselves on our reputation for quality advocacy and a first class friendly service.

5PB has been shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for Crime Set of the Year in 2018. Recent significant cases prosecuted or defended include Libor and Euribor trials, the Kayleigh Haywood Murder, Largest English Football Match Fixing Scandal, 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), prosecuting Tommy Adams (member of the notorious crime syndicate / Adams Family) for money laundering, P S & J E Ward (1st ever corporate manslaughter acquittal), Rotherham Child Sex Abuse Trial, defending DJ Neil Fox on historial sex charges and the “phone hacking” trial. Many members are specialist fraud practitioners and Chambers has successfully expanded into quasi-criminal areas, including consumer and licensing law, health & safety, disciplinary tribunals and courts-martial. Members have been involved in several major public inquiries, including Leveson and Bloody Sunday.

Members contribute to academic publications and lecture regularly. Chambers’ criminal work is principally based on the South Eastern Circuit (working pupils will occasionally be expected to travel further afield).

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Two 12-month pupillages offered. 2:1 degree usually a minimum requirement. The training package involves three four month placements, with exposure to a variety of different work. Training and advocacy exercises are provided throughout the 12 months, with advice and assessment offered by a diverse selection of tenants.

In addition to funding, first six pupils’ travel expenses outside the M25 will be reimbursed. Mini pupillages are available (see website). Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway.

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