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London Bar > Employment Tier 1

Fielding 'a number of very big hitters', Cloisters' barristers are routinely instructed in groundbreaking cases at the leading edge of UK and European law. Key recent cases include Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri appearing in Aslam & Farrar v Uber BV & Ors, a high-profile Supreme Court case that determined that Uber drivers are workers in a case with major implications across the private and public sector; Robin Allen QC and Sarah Fraser Butlin acting for City Sprint couriers in relation to their entitlement to holiday pay; and Paul Epstein QC representing Tesco (as appellant) in Tesco Stores v Ms K Element & Others, reportedly the UK's largest ever equal pay challenge.

Leading Silks

Robin Allen QC - CloistersThorough and very knowledgeable on the issues in the claim, has good rapports with the judges and clients, and responsive and pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Epstein QC - CloistersSuper-bright, very calm in a crisis, client friendly, and excellent at providing good strategic advice. Very happy to chat around issues and arguments - an excellent team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason Galbraith-Marten QC - CloistersGreat for tricky and complex discrimination cases and a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Caspar Glyn QC - CloistersAlways brilliantly prepared and a commanding force in the court room. Clients love his forceful and challenging approach - win or lose, clients feel their case was fully argued.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Crasnow QC - CloistersCalm under pressure, quick on the uptake, client friendly, and engaging.
Ranked: Tier 3
Schona Jolly QC - CloistersHer work rate is phenomenal, but Schona also has a complete mastery of the facts, the industrial context, and the legal issues at play. Her advice is both robust and sensitive, which is a rare combination, and her authority on the legal issues unparalleled.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daphne Romney QC - CloistersA formidable barrister - one of the employment Bar's leading lights. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Jacques Algazy QC - CloistersGreatly admired.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Coghlin QC - CloistersTom is a fantastic barrister. He is supremely well prepared on all occasions, and clearly has the confidence of any tribunal he appears before. His advocacy is calm, measured and methodical - devastatingly understated.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ed Williams QC - CloistersVery bright, calm under pressure and a delight to deal with. Clients and instructing solicitors alike love working with him.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Claire McCann - CloistersFlawless attention to detail, adept at handling the most complex matters, and a meticulous and detailed approach to all matters. Extensive knowledge of complex areas of the law, and a brilliant communicator who is wonderful with clients. Extremely pleasant to deal with, but also a fantastically strong tribunal advocate and marvellous cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Milsom - CloistersQC in the making - Christopher has a formidable brain.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anna Beale - CloistersExcellent - a great eye for detail, masters issues quickly, responsive, and easy to engage with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dee Masters - CloistersExcellent technically, as well as having great commercial acumen and fantastic client relationship skills. Strategic in her overview of cases and advice, and very insightful. Dee has brilliant knowledge of discrimination law and how it works in practice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Michell - CloistersPaul is just outstanding to work with - laser-like attention to detail, sharp on his feet and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Declan O'Dempsey - CloistersDeclan has an extremely detailed knowledge of the law and solicitors often instruct him for complex discrimination law matters. He puts across his case clearly and effectively in tribunal. Declan is also very good with the clients, taking time to explain things.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Brown - CloistersPersonable and works well with clients, and the attention to detail is always impressive. Advocacy is a real strength of Tom's - he focuses on the issues and can guide judges through complex and tricky areas of cases. Always available when you need him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Catherine Casserley - CloistersCatherine's knowledge of discrimination law is absolutely first class, and she is approachable, helpful and a total pleasure to work with. She builds a good rapport with clients and is sensitive to those clients suffering with mental health challenges. She has a particularly effective cross-examination style and is respectful within the tribunal. Excellent attention to detail and she gets to the real grips of the case with ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Olivia-Faith Dobbie - CloistersAn excellent employment barrister- highly recommended.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Dyal - CloistersConfident, clear, excellent with the client and very well prepared. A joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline Musgrave-CohenCloistersGood attention to detail and easy to work with – she becomes part of the team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Ohringer - CloistersIncredibly talented in being able to digest at speed high volumes of information, and extract all relevant information to drill down to the main issues. Adam is also incredibly good and approachable with clients, and able to explain the situation in a manner in which clients can understand and feel reassured in potentially stressful and worrying situations. Highly recommended.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sheryn Omeri - CloistersHer key strengths are her clarity of opinions and advice, very focused, confident approach when dealing with Tribunal panel, and with a great system for preparing for trial. Sheryn makes sure she knows the case and is very strong on discrimination - you feel Sheryn is on your side and believes in the case being fought.
Ranked: Tier 4
Akua Reindorf - CloistersAs well as being extremely knowledgeable, Akua provides clear, pragmatic, commercial advice that is tailored to the client. She understands a situation very quickly and makes the most complex concepts clear to understand. Her advocacy is exceptional - brilliant to watch. She is always a pleasure to work with and very popular with the clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Fraser Butlin - CloistersA pleasure to work with. A first-class brain coupled with a friendly and personable style with clients makes Sarah a go-to barrister in the employment field.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rachel Barrett - CloistersFantastic junior, who is bright, engaged and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Nathaniel Caiden - CloistersA real gem who will go out of his way to help. Always seems to be available, and has superb analysis of complex claims.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jennifer Danvers - CloistersA total joy to work with. Jennifer is exceptionally bright, immensely hard-working and extremely approachable. The quality of her written work, as well as her Tribunal advocacy and her advice in conference, is superb - one to watch. 
Ranked: Tier 5
Chesca Lord - CloistersThorough and thoughtful in approach - works well with leading counsel.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

A great set- I rate Cloisters very highly for employment law.

Cloisters has a number of very big hitters.

Excellent set – first class barristers.

A strong set, with quality counsel and competitive pricing.

They have led the way on Covid – their free guide has been invaluable. They were also first out of the blocks with using technology for hearings, and are active with training too.

Clerking

All of the clerks are easy to work with.

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 3

'Highly reputable set' Cloisters is best known for its claimant work, and in particular its proficiency in the field of complex neurological birth injuries. These strengths are illustrated by the recent case of AAA v North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a cerebral palsy claim which saw William Latimer-Sayer QC and newly ranked junior Chesca Lord achieve a settlement of £18.5m on behalf of the claimant. In another highlight, Simon Dyer QC and Anna Beale appeared in PMC v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, a claim brought on behalf of a child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury following a delayed delivery. Sarah Fraser Butlin and Tamar Burton continue to work as junior counsel on the ongoing Infected Blood Inquiry.

Leading Silks

Simon Taylor QC - CloistersSimon has an excellent understanding of technical medical issues. His insight is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Latimer-Sayer QC - CloistersWilliam has a phenomenal grasp of quantum issues - he is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patricia Hitchcock QC - CloistersShe combines a towering intellect with a really friendly demeanour.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joel Donovan QC - CloistersA quiet assassin. He is tactically very astute, super bright, and has a steely resolve when required.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Dyer QC - CloistersA silk of very sound judgement, who is excellent with clients and experts.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Anna Beale - CloistersExtremely hardworking, methodical and with a keen eye for detail. A junior who is empathetic with seriously injured and vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Fraser Butlin - CloistersShe is a quietly fierce advocate who gets to the heart of the matter.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tamar Burton - CloistersShe has a good tactical brain, and her attention to detail is exceptional. She gets to grips with complex cases quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Linda Jacobs - CloistersLinda is thorough and very approachable. Her calm nature reassures clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Chesca Lord - CloistersChesca is a good strategic thinker, and always provides clear, detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Martyn McLeish - CloistersHe is very analytical and forensic in his approach to a case, and very thorough on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catriona Stirling - CloistersExcellent on her feet, provides sensible and pragmatic advice, and her analysis is considered and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

An excellent set with many strong and knowledgeable advocates.

Cloisters is an outstanding set for claimant clinical negligence work, with top leading counsel and a very able set of juniors.

A highly reputable set.

Very knowledgeable and able counsel, who all have very good technical and medical knowledge, and an eye for detail.

An excellent set that has real depth and quality for its clinical negligence offering.

Clerking

One of the best clerking teams in the area. The clerks are efficient, responsive and lovely to deal with. Nothing ever feels like too much trouble. Glenn Hudson, William Parkhouse and Frankie Beale deserve a special mention.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

Cloisters is a 'very impressive set' which continues to be 'well regarded in the serious injury world'. The practitioners are 'all good at tailoring their approach to the individual client' and 'often go over and above' to achieve successful outcomes. This chambers is home to much lauded William Latimer-Sayer QC , who is often seen as 'the leading silk when it comes to quantum'; he is currently representing the claimant in Azizeh v Talukdar & the Motor Insurance Bureau, a very high value claim which follows a hit and run, which left the claimant profoundly disabled. The set also fields some 'very promising juniors', one of whom is the newly ranked Tamar Burton.

Leading Silks

William Latimer-Sayer QC - CloistersWilliam is the leading silk when it comes to quantum. He literally wrote the book on quantification of damages in personal injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Joel Donovan QC - CloistersHe has a thorough and considered approach, as well as an ability to maintain a calm demeanour in demanding negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Daniel Lawson - CloistersUnquestionably one of the leading claimant PI juniors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tamar Burton - CloistersA wonderful advocate who is dominant in court and exceptionally well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set 

‘Cloisters is very well regarded in the serious injury world.’

‘Huge strength of depth at all levels, including some very promising juniors.’

‘Have a range of counsel who are all excellent at their level and are all good at tailoring their approach to the individual client. A very impressive set who often go over and above to get the work done and support the client.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable in catastrophic PI claims.’

‘Chambers are first class and always ready to help.’

Clerking

‘Glenn Hudson and Mark Skipp are particularly excellent. Both very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.’

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Leading Silks

Robin Allen QC - CloistersAlways responsive, helpful and prepared to go the extra mile for clients. Extremely easy to work with - so personable, thoughtful and kind. Laser sharp intelligence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Schona Jolly QCCloistersSchona is a keen intellect and a practical and yet creative thinker. She is a strong and unwavering advocate with in-depth knowledge and expertise of civil liberties and human rights with the domestic and ECHR frameworks.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Claire McCann - CloistersThe ultimate iron fist in a velvet glove. She is able to unravel complex issues and deliver clear, quick and high impact advice with sensitivity.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Linda Jacobs - CloistersVery good on the medical issues and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

 

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 51 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.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 COOK, Jonathan (2017)
Members of Chambers FITZPATRICK, Ruaraidh (2017)
Members of Chambers MEENAN, Catherine (2018)
Members of Chambers GOODMAN, Charlotte (2019)
Members of Chambers VEALE, Laurene (2019)
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Jacques Algazy photo Jacques AlgazyJacques Algazy practices in employment, commercial, European, and public law. His robust…
Robin Allen photo Robin AllenActs for a very wide range of clients, from individuals to organisations,…
Rachel Barrett photo Rachel BarrettBarrister specialising in employment, discrimination, inquests and inquiries, clinical negligence, human rights and…
Anna Beale photo Anna BealeBarrister specialising in employment and discrimination, clinical negligence and personal injury law.…
Tom Brown photo Tom BrownBarrister specialising in employment, equality, EU, commercial, public, immigration and human rights…
Andrew Buchan photo Andrew BuchanBarrister who has been specialising in personal injury since 1984. He has…
Tamar Burton photo Tamar BurtonTamar specialises in employment and discrimination, personal injury and clinical negligence. In…
Nathaniel Caiden photo Nathaniel CaidenBarrister specialising in in employment, discrimination and equality. Also a trained mediator…
Catherine Casserley photo Catherine CasserleyPractises employment, discrimination and human rights law. Previously employed by the Disability…
Tom Coghlin photo Tom CoghlinTom Coghlin QC has a wealth of experience of first instance and…
Jonathan Cook photo Jonathan CookEmployment, Discrimination & Equality, Clinical Negligence, Commercial Law, Personal Injury, Requlatory
Sally Cowen photo Sally CowenAll areas of employment law equality and discrimination law and TUPE. Independent…
Rachel Crasnow photo Rachel CrasnowLeading QC specialising in employment law, with emphasis on discrimination and human…
Jennifer Danvers photo Jennifer DanversMain areas of practice: Clinical Negligence, Discrimination and Equality Law, Employment  Jen…
Olivia-Faith Dobbie photo Olivia-Faith DobbieOlivia is a courageous advocate with a strong court presence. She is…
Joel Donovan photo Joel DonovanBarrister practising mainly in complex high-value clinical negligence and PI, including grave…
Simon Dyer photo Simon DyerSimon Dyer QC specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury claims. Simon…
Paul Epstein photo Paul EpsteinPaul is an employment and discrimination law specialist. He has appeared in…
Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick photo Ruaraidh FitzpatrickClinical Negligence, Discrimination & Equality, Employment, Human Rights, Personal Injury, Regulatory
Sarah Fraser Butlin photo Sarah Fraser ButlinSpecialising in employment, clinical negligence, personal injury.
Jason Galbraith-Marten photo Jason Galbraith-MartenJason is one of the UK’s leading employment and equality lawyers. In…
Yvette Genn photo Yvette GennYvette Genn is a specialist employment lawyer with in-depth expertise in complex…
Caspar Glyn photo Caspar GlynCaspar is an expert in the employment relationship, contractual (including injunctive relief)…
Hannah Godfrey photo Hannah GodfreyBarrister (called 2002) at Cloisters Chambers specialising in personal injury and clinical…
Patricia Hitchcock photo Patricia HitchcockQueen’s Counsel. Specialising in complex high-value claims, especially brain and spinal injury,…
John Horan photo John HoranBarrister in discrimination and equality and employment. On the day before the…
Linda Jacobs photo Linda JacobsLinda Jacobs is a barrister at Cloisters (2000 call, Middle Temple, Harmsworth…
Schona Jolly photo Schona JollySchona Jolly QC has a high profile domestic and international practice, with…
William Latimer-Sayer photo William Latimer-SayerWilliam specialises in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence. He has a…
Daniel Lawson photo Daniel LawsonDan specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and insurance law.
Chesca Lord photo Chesca LordBarrister specialising in employment and discrimination, personal injury, and clinical negligence. Chesca…
Dee Masters photo Dee MastersDee Masters has been ranked in the legal directories since 2010 as…
Claire McCann photo Claire McCannClaire McCann specialises in employment, equality and public law as well as…
Martyn McLeish photo Martyn McLeishMartyn McLeish is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence junior, recommended…
Paul Michell photo Paul MichellPaul is an employment law specialist. He regularly acts in equal pay,…
Christopher Milsom photo Christopher MilsomChris operates at the forefront of employment and equality law having appeared…
Caroline Musgrave-Cohen photo Caroline Musgrave-CohenCaroline specialises in employment and equality law. She advises and represents clients…
Brian Napier photo Brian NapierPractises employment and discrimination law in England and Scotland (Faculty of Advocates).…
Declan O Declan O"DempseyDeclan O’Dempsey is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s…
Adam Ohringer photo Adam OhringerAdam is an employment specialist who still maintains a broader civil law…
Sheryn Omeri photo Sheryn OmeriBarrister specialising in employment and discrimination, clinical negligence, human rights, public law…
Akua Reindorf photo Akua ReindorfAkua Reindorf specialises in employment, discrimination & human rights law, focussing on…
Sally Robertson photo Sally RobertsonAll areas of equality, discrimination and employment law, including whistleblowing and TUPE,…
Daphne Romney QC photo Daphne Romney QCDaphne Romney QC is an expert in high-value, very complex litigation and…
Martin V Seaward photo Martin V SeawardBarrister specialising in personal and fatal injuries, occupational pensions, coroner’s inquests, administrative…
Catriona Stirling photo Catriona StirlingCatriona has specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury for a number…
Dr Simon Taylor photo Dr Simon TaylorSimon is a medical doctor as well as a barrister and specialises…
Ed Williams photo Ed WilliamsEd is named by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal…
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