- Called: 1999
"Technically excellent and a pleasure to deal with."
Chambers and Partners
"Her advice is clear and her advocacy is robust."
The Legal 500
Sara Beecham is a Barrister at Five Paper specialising in Housing Law and Employment Law. She is seen as a leading housing junior in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Sara is instructed by a number of top ranked Social Housing solicitors and directly by numerous local authorities and private registered providers.
Sara Beecham has a particular interest in matters involving Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 challenges. She appeared as junior counsel in the Supreme Court in Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited, now the leading case on the approach to discrimination defences to possession claims. Sara has a wealth of experience in anti-social behaviour proceedings (possession and injunctions) and matters involving security of tenure, succession, tenancy fraud and disrepair.
Sara also has considerable experience in employment law acting for local authorities and private clients in both the tribunal and before the Employment Appeal Tribunal on matters including unfair and wrongful dismissal, all strands of discrimination and victimisation, TUPE and redundancy.
“A very learned and experienced counsel in the field of social housing, who adopts a very personable approach and is able to explain complex legal issues to the lay client clearly and concisely.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
“Her advice is clear and her advocacy is robust.”
The Legal 500 UK 2019
“Fantastic and has a real eye for detail. She’s good at stripping back the case and looking at purely the facts.” “Cuts through the haze and very quickly sees if you’ve overlooked something.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
“Highly experienced in human rights and discrimination-related cases.”
The Legal 500 UK 2017
“Very experienced, confident and approachable.” “Technically excellent and a pleasure to deal with.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
“She is an excellent advocate who takes a common-sense approach to matters and is willing to go the extra mile.” “She’s very strong across all areas of housing law.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“A very strong advocate.”
The Legal 500 UK 2015
Sara Beecham was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2010.
- St Edmund Hall, Oxford University: BA Hons Modern History and English
- College of Law: CPE/Inns of Court School of Law: BVC
- Middle Temple Astbury Scholar
Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited  UKSC 2015
Housing: discrimination defences
Sara acted as junior counsel in the Supreme Court (and Court of Appeal) for the social landlord concerning (i) the availability of summary disposal in a possession claim where unlawful discrimination is alleged and (ii) the correct approach to the issue of proportionality in an Equality Act possession defence.
Robert Sage T/A Prestige Nuring Care Limited v O’Connell and others  IRLR 428
Employment: Transfer of Undertakings
A hope and wish that a contact would be short term did not prevent a service provision change within Regulation 3 of the TUPE Regulations 2006. Further, the question of whether a person was assigned to the organised grouping of employees transferring under Regulation 4, was to be answered by asking where that person would be required to work immediately before the transfer and the Tribunal erred in treating the contractual place of work as determinative.
Allied Healthcare v George UKEAT/0169/08/ZT
Employment: Race discrimination and Victimisation.
A Tribunal had erred in considering an allegation of victimisation which was not properly before it.
Webb v Wandsworth LBC  EWCA Civ 1643
Housing: nuisance possession proceedings.
Relevance of acquittals and/or discontinued criminal prosecutions to judge’s assessment of reasonableness of ordering possession.
Sara is a member of the Social Housing Law Association (www.shla.org.uk) and the Employment Law Bar Association (elba.org.uk).