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Cloisters Chambers

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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.

Leading Silks

Robin Allen QC - CloistersExcellent at identifying and maintaining sight of key strategic issues even when swamped with the minutiae and other distractions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Epstein QC - CloistersA masterly silk; deft in providing difficult advice, tactically astute and exceptionally thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Crasnow QC - CloistersIncredibly knowledgeable on all things discrimination and very constructive and commercial in her approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Galbraith-Marten QC - CloistersA skilful and articulate advocate, who is very effective in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caspar Glyn QC - CloistersGets to the heart of the issues in the case quickly and has really strong drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daphne Romney QC - CloistersShe has a sharp brain and is a formidable advocate and cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jacques Algazy QC - CloistersExcellent negotiator and brilliant advocate – ruthless in cross-examination but so charming with it.
Ranked: Tier 4
Schona Jolly QC - CloistersA very impressive silk.
Ranked: Tier 4

2018 Silks

Tom Coghlin QC - CloistersHe has a phenomenal brain.
Ed Williams QC - CloistersRelates to clients well and is excellent at acting for vulnerable individuals.

Leading Juniors

Anna Beale - CloistersAn extremely intelligent standout barrister, who is fantastic with clients and a real pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dee Masters - CloistersA committed barrister who understands the nuances of discrimination law in a detailed way.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire McCann - CloistersApart from in-depth knowledge of discrimination law, she gives expert legal advice on complex legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Michell - CloistersHe has comprehensive expertise on High Court injunctive procedures, encyclopaedic knowledge on disclosure, confidentiality, and data protection.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Milsom - CloistersHardworking advocate, sensible to deal with, and has the confidence to run difficult arguments.
Ranked: Tier 2
Declan O'Dempsey - CloistersAn absolute expert on discrimination law and is great with clients and solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Casserley - CloistersThe depth of her knowledge of discrimination law is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Olivia-Faith Dobbie - CloistersExcellent ability to digest complex fact patterns and legal issues and to distil these into a sensible and commercial proposals for the client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Brown - CloistersA dream to work with. Strategic and smart.
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Dyal - CloistersVery thorough, knowledgeable and gives some excellent guidance.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline Musgrave - CloistersExcellent on her feet and punching above her weight in terms of her year of call.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Ohringer - CloistersIntegrity and commitment – Adam has these traits in spades.
Ranked: Tier 4
Akua Reindorf - CloistersA class act; a quite outstanding junior with the ability to cut to the heart of a matter and a devastating cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4

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.

Leading Silks

Simon Taylor QC - CloistersExcellent in technical cases, in which his medical training comes to the fore.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Latimer-Sayer QC - CloistersHe has unparalleled knowledge of quantum matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Patricia Hitchcock QC - CloistersHer attention to detail is exceptional and she provides pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joel Donovan QC - CloistersProvides thorough advice and adapts to the approach needed with any individual client.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Lisa Sullivan - CloistersExcellent in conferences involving multiple experts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Fraser Butlin - CloistersShe is extremely detailed in her work, but able to provide clear advice in complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hannah Godfrey - CloistersShe excels in cross-examination and has a strong understanding of medicine.
Ranked: Tier 4
Linda Jacobs - CloistersShe is sensitive in her approach with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Martyn McLeish - CloistersExcellent at identifying issues and explaining these in a straightforward manner to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anna Beale - CloistersA junior whose work ethic is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 4

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 3

Leading Silks

Robin Allen QC - CloistersA very well-respected silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Schona Jolly QC - CloistersExcellent tactical acumen and highly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Claire McCann - CloistersA good advocate who is known for complex discrimination cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

Leading Silks

Patricia Hitchcock QC - CloistersThorough, authoritative, clear, approachable and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Linda Jacobs - CloistersAble to make the most of a client’s case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Sport Tier 3

Leading Silks

Caspar Glyn QC - CloistersInstructed in sports employment disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud 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.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Patricia Hitchcock QC - CloistersShe is equally great in complex liability and quantum issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Latimer- Sayer QC - CloistersHighly skilled in handling catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Daniel Lawson - CloistersHe is absolutely masterful on his feet – it’s like watching an advocacy masterclass.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lisa Sullivan - CloistersShe has great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
Yvette Genn - CloistersHer judicial experience allows her to swiflty analyse the issues of real concern to the court and address authoritatively.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

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 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.


Department Name Email Telephone
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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jacques Algazy QC photo Jacques Algazy QC
 Robin Allen QC photo Robin Allen QC
 Rachel Barrett  photo Rachel Barrett
 Anna Beale  photo Anna Beale
 Tom Brown  photo Tom Brown
 Andrew Buchan  photo Andrew Buchan
 Tamar Burton  photo Tamar Burton
 Nathaniel Caiden  photo Nathaniel Caiden
 Catherine Casserley  photo Catherine Casserley
 Tom Coghlin QC photo Tom Coghlin QC
 Jonathan Cook  photo Jonathan Cook
 Sally Cowen  photo Sally Cowen
 Rachel Crasnow QC photo Rachel Crasnow QC
 Jennifer Danvers  photo Jennifer Danvers
 Olivia-Faith Dobbie  photo Olivia-Faith Dobbie
 Joel Donovan QC photo Joel Donovan QC
 Daniel Dyal  photo Daniel Dyal
 Simon Dyer QC photo Simon Dyer QC
 Philip Engelman  photo Philip Engelman
 Paul Epstein QC photo Paul Epstein QC
 Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick  photo Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick
 Sarah Fraser Butlin  photo Sarah Fraser Butlin
 Jason Galbraith-Marten QC photo Jason Galbraith-Marten QC
 Yvette Genn  photo Yvette Genn
 Tom Gillie  photo Tom Gillie
 Caspar Glyn QC photo Caspar Glyn QC
 Hannah Godfrey  photo Hannah Godfrey
 Patricia Hitchcock QC photo Patricia Hitchcock QC
 John Horan  photo John Horan
 Linda Jacobs  photo Linda Jacobs
 Schona Jolly QC photo Schona Jolly QC
 William Latimer-Sayer QC photo William Latimer-Sayer QC
 Daniel Lawson  photo Daniel Lawson
 Chesca Lord  photo Chesca Lord
 Dee Masters  photo Dee Masters
 Claire McCann  photo Claire McCann
 Martyn McLeish  photo Martyn McLeish
 Paul Michell  photo Paul Michell
 Christopher Milsom  photo Christopher Milsom
 Caroline Musgrave  photo Caroline Musgrave
 Declan O’Dempsey  photo Declan O’Dempsey
 Adam Ohringer  photo Adam Ohringer
 Sheryn Omeri  photo Sheryn Omeri
 Navid Pourghazi  photo Navid Pourghazi
 Akua Reindorf  photo Akua Reindorf
 Daphne Romney QC photo Daphne Romney QC
 Martin V Seaward  photo Martin V Seaward
 Catriona Maria Stirling  photo Catriona Maria Stirling
Dr Simon Taylor QC photo Dr Simon Taylor QC
 Ed Williams QC photo Ed Williams QC
Glenn Hudson : Senior Clerk