Set Profile > Cloisters Chambers > London, England
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Cloisters Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
Employment Tier 2
Cloisters' members are highly regarded for their expert knowledge in all aspects of employment law across a broad range of sectors including financial services, transport, education, government, retail, and technology. The set's members act for both employers and employees, including trade unions. Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC acted for part-time judges in O'Brien v Ministry of Justice, a high-value claim which considered discrimination against part-time judges in the calculation of pensions; in November 2018 the Court of Justice of the European Union found in their clients' favour, bringing the 13-year dispute to a close. Elsewhere, Paul Epstein QC represented Birmingham City Council and Tesco in a multimillion-pound mass equal pay disputes.
Clinical negligence Tier 3
Cloisters has an 'excellent selection of highly-skilled barristers' who exhibit expert knowledge in all aspects of medical law. The set specialises in high-value matters, including neurological birth injuries, as well as cases complex quantum issues. Joel Donovan QC and Martyn MacLeish represented the claimant in the Court of Appeal decision of Hewes v West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust , which is now the leading authority on summary judgments in clinical negligence cases. Donovan QC also acted for the claimant in the Court of Appeal in Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which concerned the determination of informed consent to a total abdominal hysterectomy, which in this instance resulted in chronic post-surgical pain.
Inquests and inquiries Tier 3
Sport Tier 3
The 'excellent' Cloisters covers the full spectrum of complex and high-profile personal injury cases, acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. Members are 'highly skilled in handling catastrophic injury claims' and particularly adept at dealing with intricate liability and quantum issues. Quantum is a core focus of William Latimer-Sayer QC's practice; he is representing two claimants who were seriously injured in the 2015 Alton Towers' ride accident, as well as acting for PC Kristopher Aves in his claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau arising out of the Westminster Bridge attack. Daniel Lawson has, in turn, a strong reputation for handling difficult liability claims.
Cloisters is the ‘go-to’ chambers for clinical negligence cases, with some members ‘highly skilled in handling catastrophic injury claims’, as well as for employment instructions as it houses some ‘must-have’ counsel for discrimination claims. In recent news, Rachel Crasnow QC and Christopher Milsom have been elected to serve on the executive committee of the Employment Law Bar Association, while Sarah Fraser Butlin has been elected chair of the Industrial Law Society. The clerks’ room is led by 'excellent' senior clerk Glenn Hudson, who is ably assisted by 'efficient' first junior Mark Skipp and the 'very helpful' second junior, Andy Hunter. Offices in: London
Cloisters Chambers > Firm Profile
Cloisters is a highly-regarded and long-established set that advises on employment, discrimination & equality, personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial law, regulatory & public law, sport & entertainment with a reputation for delivering exceptional results.
Cloisters is renowned for its responsive, first-class client focus combined with a technical excellence and commercial perspective that enables them to resolve the most complex legal problems for individuals and organisations of all sizes.
They are continually at the forefront of ground-breaking cases. Many Cloisters barristers are the undisputed leaders in their field and represent clients at every level up to the European Court.
The set: Cloisters is known for its expertise along with a modern, flexible approach and outstanding client care. Most of its 60 barristers are ranked leaders in their field.
Types of work undertaken: Cloisters acts for large multinational and national businesses, SMEs, small employers, employees, non-government organisations, charities, regulators, local authorities, associations, government departments, universities, unions, professional bodies, professionals and individuals.
Clinical negligence: Cloisters is the predominant claimant clinical negligence set, with a large team of silks and juniors. It has an outstanding reputation for dealing with multimillion-pound catastrophic birth and spinal injury claims and is at the cutting edge of clinical negligence law, playing a lead in many of the major cases.
Employment: Cloisters is the go-to set for all aspects of employment and discrimination law. It is consistently instructed in landmark cases cementing its reputation as an expert in the field.
Human rights and civil liberties: Cloisters was founded on a commitment to civil liberties. The set has unrivalled expertise in dealing with difficult and novel issues involving both domestic and European law. Seven members are appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) panel of preferred counsel. The team covers domestic and international areas and is involved in the European Court of Human Rights, UN Human Rights Council and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Inquests and inquiries: Cloisters is a sought-after set for providing representation to bereaved families and dependants in the most complex and sensitive of inquest proceedings. It is well versed in Article 2 inquests, coronial law and judicial review stemming from areas that include healthcare deaths, workplace deaths, road traffic accidents, death in prison, and deaths of children and young people.
Personal injury: Chambers personal injury team is highly sought-after for its expertise in maximum severity work, with experience ranging from multimillion-pound catastrophic injury claims to industrial and traffic accidents, and claims relating to explosions, disease and the armed forces.
Professional discipline and regulatory: Cloisters is recognised for its expertise across a wide range of professions and members of the team appear regularly in front of different panels. The team is well placed to draw on the expertise gained from Cloisters other areas of practice.
Public law: Cloisters represents and advises on discrimination, human rights, judicial review and public inquiries, both for and against public bodies and regulatory authorities. The team brings particular insight into matters relating to education and healthcare professionals.
Sports, media and entertainment: the team acts for the FA in high-profile matters as well as for a wide range of sports bodies and personalities. The team’s strength lies in applying exemplary legal technical skill in a sporting context to produce ground-breaking, creative solutions for clients.
|Members of Chambers||ALLEN QC, Robin (1974, 1995)|
|Members of Chambers||DONOVAN QC, Joel (1991, 2011)|
|Members of Chambers||MITCHELL QC, Jonathan (Scotland) (1979, 1992)|
|Members of Chambers||NAPIER QC, Brian (Scotland) (1986, 2002)|
|Members of Chambers||TAYLOR QC, Dr Simon (1984, 2006)|
|Members of Chambers||EPSTEIN QC, Paul (1988, 2006)|
|Members of Chambers||ROMNEY QC, Daphne (1979, 2009)|
|Members of Chambers||HITCHCOCK QC, Patricia (1988, 2011)|
|Joint Head of Chambers||ALGAZY QC, Jacques (1980, 2012)|
|Members of Chambers||GLYN QC, Caspar (1992, 2012)|
|Members of Chambers||GALBRAITH-MARTEN QC, Jason (1991, 2014)|
|Members of Chambers||CRASNOW QC, Rachel (1994, 2015)|
|Members of Chambers||LATIMER-SAYER QC, William (1995, 2016)|
|Members of Chambers||DYER QC, Simon (1987, 2017)|
|Members of Chambers||JOLLY QC, Schona (1999, 2017)|
|Members of Chambers||COGHLIN QC, Thomas (1998, 2018)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS QC, Edmund (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||SEAWARD, Martin (1978)|
|Members of Chambers||ENGELMAN, Phillip (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||BUCHAN, Andrew (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||O'DEMPSEY, Declan (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||CASSERLEY, Catherine (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||GENN, Yvette (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||MICHELL, Paul (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||HORAN, John (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||LAWSON, Daniel (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||COWEN, Sally (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||ROBERTSON, Sally (1995)|
|Joint Head of Chambers||McLEISH, Martyn (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||REINDORF, Akua (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||BROWN, Thomas (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||JACOBS, Linda (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||McCANN, Claire (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||BEALE, Anna (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||OHRINGER, Adam (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||GODFREY, Hannah (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||MASTERS, Dee (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||FRASER BUTLIN, Sarah (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||DYAL, Daniel (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||MILSOM, Christopher (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||DOBBIE, Olivia-Faith (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||MUSGRAVE, Caroline (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||STIRLING, Catriona (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||CAIDEN, Nathaniel (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||OMERI, Sheryn (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||LORD, Chesca (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||BARRETT, Rachel (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||BURTON, Tamar (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||DANVER, Jennifer (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||GILLIE, Tom (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||POURGHAZI, Navid (2015)|
|Members of Chambers||COOK, Jonathan (2017)|
|Members of Chambers||FITZPATRICK, Ruaraidh (2017)|
|Members of Chambers||MEENAN CATHERINE (2018)|
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