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London Bar > Employment Tier 1

Cloisters ‘has an excellent employment law offering‘. The ‘very strong‘ team is ‘incredibly knowledgeable‘ and has an excellent track record for advising across the full spectrum of employment law matters. Discrimination cases form a key pillar of the practice, and members report an uptick in equal pay claims as well as undertaking larger volumes of sensitive investigations. Schona Jolly KC and Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick represented the applicant before the European Court of Human Rights in Buttet v UK, which considered the extent to which the law of state immunity can prevent foreign nationals from bringing proceedings against their own governments in the British courts. In another matter, Caspar Glyn KC and Adam Ohringer successfully acted for an employer before the Employment Tribunal in a claim concerning the dismissal of care home employees who declined COVID-19 vaccinations. Key growth for the set includes Sheryn Omeri KC and Akua Reindorf KC taking silk in March 2023, and Andrew Watson joined the team in June 2023.

Rising stars

Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick – Cloisters 'Ruaraidh is responsive, practical, detail-focused and good with clients. Willing to go the extra mile. An exceptional advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Epstein KCCloistersPaul is a first-class advocate; forensic and has an exceptional intellect. He is excellent at putting nervous clients at ease with his open manner.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Caspar Glyn KCCloisters 'A powerhouse in the tribunal. He strikes fear into the hearts of opposing counsel as he is so sharp and on top of his brief. A silk with an impressive level of gravitas.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Rachel Crasnow KCCloistersRachel is an expert in equal pay matters. Her tribunal advocacy is great; she really knows where the tribunal is going and can steer them in the desired direction.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Schona Jolly KCCloistersSchona is a marvel to watch on her feet – quick-witted and able to deftly pivot according to the bench’s mood, while also being resilient and forceful when required. Her advice is always exceptional – structured and intelligent. Her tactical acumen is impressive.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Daphne Romney KCCloisters 'Daphne's persuasiveness, quick logical thinking, and good humour are hallmarks of her advocacy style. She can be devastating in cross-examination.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Coghlin KCCloisters 'Tom is fiercely intelligent. He is particularly good on his feet, and always finds the right words to win an argument. A truly exceptional barrister.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ed Williams KCCloistersEd is persuasive, calm under pressure and easy to work with. His advocacy is first-rate. His submissions are well-considered and his cross-examination incisive.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Sheryn Omeri KCCloisters 'A fearless advocate: she fights like a tiger and stings like a bee.'
Akua Reindorf KCCloisters 'Akua is an incredible barrister. She is an outstanding advocate, highly technical, and has excellent client care skills. She is always one step ahead.'

Leading Juniors

Dee MastersCloisters 'She's a superstar! A brilliant advocate who can read the room, technically fantastic and strategically and commercially astute. Witnesses and clients love her.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Carolyn D’SouzaCloisters 'Carolyn is stunningly clever, incredibly tenacious and an outstanding cross-examiner.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire McCannCloisters 'A hugely incisive junior who goes the extra mile.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Milsom - Cloisters 'A strategic barrister who is very user-friendly and cuts to the key issues of a case swiftly.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Anna BealeCloisters 'Anna is a superb and respected advocate. Her advocacy is assured, erudite and lucid - she is better prepared than many silks. Great on her feet.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul MichellCloisters 'An outstanding communicator and a scintillating advocate: sophisticated, intelligent, confident and compelling.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Declan O’DempseyCloisters 'Declan is very thorough and gets to grips with the issues quickly.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom BrownCloistersTom is an outstanding barrister. He always provides clear and pragmatic advice, and his attention to detail and advocacy skills are second-to-none.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine CasserleyCloisters 'An expert in discrimination law, and an asset to have on your side.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Olivia-Faith DobbieCloisters 'Olivia is excellent with clients, and exceptionally strong in cross-examination. She is at the top of her game.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel BarrettCloisters 'Rachel is a standout barrister. Her technical ability is fabulous. She is particularly strong on discrimination cases. A real team player and wonderful with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline Musgrave-CohenCloisters 'Caroline has the enviable mixture of being both technically brilliant and commercially savvy. She builds rapport with clients very quickly and easily.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Watson – Cloisters ‘Andrew is very knowledgeable and has a quiet authority which makes him highly persuasive in court. He is incredibly thorough and quick to grasp details while also being good with clients. He is confident in his approach.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Fraser ButlinCloisters 'Sarah is hugely bright, responsive and a sharp advocate. A discrimination law expert.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam OhringerCloisters 'Adam is incredibly knowledgeable in employment law. He instills confidence in clients as a result of his ability to explain the situation in an empathetic, supportive and understandable way. He always provides advice that is clear and commercially sound.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Nathaniel CaidenCloisters 'Nathaniel's advocacy exudes calmness and authority. He cuts to the key issues and clients are very reassured by him.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Jennifer DanversCloistersJennifer is an absolutely brilliant barrister. She is incredibly intelligent and her knowledge of employment law is second-to-none. She explains even the most tricky issues clearly and concisely. You always know you are in a safe pair of hands when you instruct her.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5


‘Glenn Hudson is a living legend.’

‘Glenn Hudson inspires confidence, is user friendly, and has great humanity.’

‘Andy Hunter and Mark Skipp are helpful and understand the clients’ needs.’

‘Frankie Beale is very efficient.’

‘Mark Skipp is fantastic.’

Cloisters boasts a number of excellent barristers.’

Cloisters is one of the foremost sets in employment law.’

Cloisters has excellent barristers in the employment/discrimination law field and are always a pleasure to work with.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 3

Cloisters are ‘an excellent chambers for clinical negligence work‘, with ‘an excellent reputation with significant strength in depth‘. Simon Taylor KC ‘s priorv experience as a doctor supports his expertise in difficult medical issues; Joel Donovan KC has particular experience with severe brain injury and cauda equina cases. William Latimer-Sayer KC is recommended for ‘quantum advice of the highest standard’, acting on complex, high-value matters. Notably, he recently led junior Sarah Fraser Butlin  in  HMA v Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, a case concerning a 13 year old boy who sustained a severe brain injury following surgery, leading to cerebral palsy and learning difficulties – a case involving disputed liability and complex quantum concerns. Junior Chesca Lord specialises in quantum-only cases, including those involving traumatic brain injuries.

Leading Silks

Simon Taylor KCCloisters ‘Simon is extremely thorough and adopts a methodological analytical approach to cases. He has a sound understanding of the medical issues and is not afraid to tackle unique and complex issues. He is a confident advocate that offers a safe pair of hands.'  
Ranked: Tier 1
William Latimer-Sayer KCCloisters ‘Quantum advice of the very highest standard; and always ready with creative and thoughtful ideas.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Joel Donovan KCCloisters 'Hugely experienced and one of the greats in this field. Very safe pair of hands and brilliant manner with clients. Clearly well respected by his opponents and the judiciary when on his feet'
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Dyer KCCloisters ‘Excellent in court, thorough and good at explaining matters to clients and getting the best out of experts.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Anna BealeCloistersAnna is extremely bright, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of her cases. She is responsive, her pleadings are well drafted, and she has an excellent manner with both clients and experts.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Fraser ButlinCloistersSarah is very bright, always well prepared, and she works with an intuitive grasp of the crucial medical and legal issues.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Linda JacobsCloisters 'Linda has great attention to detail, she is tactically astute in respect of evidential issues.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Tamar BurtonCloisters 'An impressive junior counsel with great analytical skills and a sharp legal brain.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Martyn McLeishCloistersMartyn has excellent drafting skills, great client relationship skills and his advocacy skills are also excellent. He is able to get to the heart of complex issues quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Chesca LordCloistersChesca has a brilliant eye for detail, especially where complex Schedules of Loss are concerned. Fantastic attention to minutiae of detail and an amazingly quick analytical brain.'
Ranked: Tier 4


‘Frankie Beale is very helpful and approachable’

‘Cloisters have good strength in depth at junior level. Members of chambers have excellent and wide ranging experience in clinical negligence litigation.’

‘An excellent chambers for clinical negligence work with a variety of counsel at different levels available.’

‘Good strength and depth in Clinical Negligence work, with a good mix of junior and senior counsel.’

‘They have an excellent reputation with significant strength in depth.’

‘The clerks at Cloisters are efficient and responsive.’

Work highlights

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

Cloisters are ‘a top set‘ for ‘high-value’ personal injury work, with notable strength in catastrophic injury claims arising from road traffic accidents. William Latimer-Sayer KC continues to be an expert in this area, leading Chesca Lord – a quantum specialist – on a number of complex claims including a case in which the claimant, at 13 years old, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury following a road collision, securing interim payments as the claim continues. Andrew Buchan has particular expertise regarding occupational stress claims; Tamar Burton specialises in the assessment of damages.

Leading Silks

William Latimer-Sayer KCCloisters ‘William can be counted on to add substantial value to every claim through his superlative knowledge and meticulous attention to detail.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Joel Donovan KCCloisters 'Joel has a talent for cutting through the complexities of a case and making the picture appear clear and straightforward.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Daniel LawsonCloisters ‘Senior junior of choice for difficult, complex work.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Chesca Lord Cloisters ‘Chesca is excellent for quantum PI quantification work. Her attention to detail and novel points for pushing the boundaries for valuing claims is brilliant. '
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Buchan - Cloisters 'The doyen of stress at work claims.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Tamar Burton CloistersThorough, well-prepared and approachable for clients.’
Ranked: Tier 5


‘Cloisters are a top set in respect of high-value Personal Injury work.’

‘Cloisters are a brilliant set, friendly, engaging and efficient.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and organised.’

‘The Clerks consistently provide a very high level of service. Glenn Hudson and Mark Skipp are great to work with’ 

‘Very good and efficient clerking.’

‘One of the leading sets in this area.’

‘Cloisters are always great for responsive organised work management.’

‘Good experience of personal injury/employment cross-over work.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

Rising stars

Joshua Jackson - Cloisters 'Joshua has encyclopaedic knowledge of ECHR law. He is extremely innovative, and possesses ability many years beyond his call.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Schona Jolly KCCloisters 'A compelling advocate in court. She is fiercely intelligent, passionate and has an authoritative command of her brief.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Sport

Leading Silks

Schona Jolly KCCloisters 'Schona slices through an issue with the highest of intellect. She is personable, collaborative, always sees the bigger picture and maps the best strategic approach with care and originality.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Cloisters is a highly-regarded and long-established set that advises on employment, discrimination and equality, personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial law, regulatory and public law, sport and 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 52 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 KC, Robin (1974, 1995)
Members of Chambers DONOVAN KC, Joel (1991, 2011)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL KC, Jonathan (Scotland) (1979, 1992)
Members of Chambers NAPIER KC, Brian (Scotland) (1986, 2002)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR KC, Dr Simon (1984, 2006)
Members of Chambers EPSTEIN KC, Paul (1988, 2006)
Members of Chambers ROMNEY KC, Daphne (1979, 2009)
Members of Chambers HITCHCOCK KC, Patricia (1988, 2011)
Joint Head of Chambers ALGAZY KC, Jacques (1980, 2012)
Members of Chambers GLYN KC, Caspar (1992, 2012)
Members of Chambers GALBRAITH-MARTEN KC, Jason (1991, 2014)
Members of Chambers CRASNOW KC, Rachel (1994, 2015)
Members of Chambers LATIMER-SAYER KC, William (1995, 2016)
Members of Chambers DYER KC, Simon (1987, 2017)
Members of Chambers JOLLY KC, Schona (1999, 2017)
Members of Chambers COGHLIN KC, Thomas (1998, 2018)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS KC, Edmund (2000)
Members of Chambers SEAWARD, Martin (1978)
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 D'SOUZA, Carolyn (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 MILSOM, Christopher (2006)
Members of Chambers DOBBIE, Olivia-Faith (2007)
Members of Chambers MUSGRAVE-COHEN, 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)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Joshua (2020)
Members of Chambers SHARP, Melanie (2020)
Members of Chambers ISMAIL, Ameer, (2021)
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Jacques Algazy photo Jacques Algazy Jacques Algazy practices in employment, commercial, European, and public law. His robust…
Robin Allen photo Robin Allen Acts for a very wide range of clients, from individuals to organisations,…
Rachel Barrett photo Rachel Barrett Barrister specialising in employment, discrimination, inquests and inquiries, clinical negligence, human rights and…
Anna Beale photo Anna Beale Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination, clinical negligence and personal injury law.…
Tom Brown photo Tom Brown Barrister specialising in employment, equality, EU, commercial, public, immigration and human rights…
Andrew Buchan photo Andrew Buchan Barrister who has been specialising in personal injury since 1984. He has…
Tamar Burton photo Tamar Burton Tamar specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests, employment and discrimination work.…
Nathaniel Caiden photo Nathaniel Caiden Barrister specialising in in employment, discrimination and equality. Also a trained mediator…
Catherine Casserley photo Catherine Casserley Practises employment, discrimination and human rights law. Previously employed by the Disability…
Tom Coghlin photo Tom Coghlin Tom Coghlin QC has a wealth of experience of first instance and…
Jonathan Cook photo Jonathan Cook Employment, Discrimination & Equality, Clinical Negligence, Commercial Law, Personal Injury, Requlatory
Sally Cowen photo Sally Cowen All areas of employment law equality and discrimination law and TUPE. Independent…
Rachel Crasnow photo Rachel Crasnow Leading QC specialising in employment law, with emphasis on discrimination and human…
Carolyn D'Souza photo Carolyn D'Souza
Carolyn D'Souza photo Carolyn D'Souza
Jennifer Danvers photo Jennifer Danvers Main areas of practice: Clinical Negligence, Discrimination and Equality Law, Employment Jen…
Olivia-Faith Dobbie photo Olivia-Faith Dobbie Olivia is a courageous advocate with a strong court presence. She is…
Joel Donovan photo Joel Donovan Barrister practising mainly in complex high-value clinical negligence and PI, including grave…
Simon Dyer photo Simon Dyer Simon Dyer QC specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury claims. Simon…
Paul Epstein photo Paul Epstein Paul is an employment and discrimination law specialist. He has appeared in…
Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick photo Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick Clinical Negligence, Discrimination & Equality, Employment, Human Rights, Personal Injury, Regulatory
Sarah Fraser Butlin photo Sarah Fraser Butlin Specialising in employment, clinical negligence, personal injury.
Jason Galbraith-Marten photo Jason Galbraith-Marten Jason is one of the UK’s leading employment and equality lawyers. In…
Yvette Genn photo Yvette Genn Yvette Genn is a specialist employment lawyer with in-depth expertise in complex…
Caspar Glyn photo Caspar Glyn Caspar is an expert in the employment relationship, contractual (including injunctive relief)…
Caspar Glyn photo Caspar Glyn Caspar is an expert in the employment relationship, contractual (including injunctive relief)…
Hannah Godfrey photo Hannah Godfrey Barrister (called 2002) at Cloisters Chambers specialising in personal injury and clinical…
Patricia Hitchcock photo Patricia Hitchcock Queen’s Counsel. Specialising in complex high-value claims, especially brain and spinal injury,…
John Horan photo John Horan Barrister in discrimination and equality and employment. On the day before the…
Linda Jacobs photo Linda Jacobs Linda Jacobs is a barrister at Cloisters (2000 call, Middle Temple, Harmsworth…
Schona Jolly photo Schona Jolly Schona Jolly QC has a high profile domestic and international practice, with…
William Latimer-Sayer photo William Latimer-Sayer William specialises in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence. He has a…
Daniel Lawson photo Daniel Lawson Dan specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and insurance law.
Chesca Lord photo Chesca Lord Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination, personal injury, and clinical negligence. Chesca…
Claire McCann photo Claire McCann Claire McCann specialises in employment, equality and public law as well as…
Martyn McLeish photo Martyn McLeish Martyn McLeish is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence junior, recommended…
Paul Michell photo Paul Michell Paul is an employment law specialist. He regularly acts in equal pay,…
Christopher Milsom photo Christopher Milsom Chris operates at the forefront of employment and equality law having appeared…
Caroline Musgrave-Cohen photo Caroline Musgrave-Cohen Caroline specialises in employment and equality law. She advises and represents clients…
Brian Napier photo Brian Napier Practises employment and discrimination law in England and Scotland (Faculty of Advocates).…
Declan O Declan O"Dempsey Declan O’Dempsey is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s…
Declan O'Dempsey  photo Declan O'Dempsey Barrister at Cloisters Chambers, part time fee paid employment judge in North…
Adam Ohringer photo Adam Ohringer Adam is an employment specialist who still maintains a broader civil law…
Sheryn Omeri KC photo Sheryn Omeri KC Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination, clinical negligence, human rights, public law…
Akua Reindorf KC photo Ms Akua Reindorf KC Akua Reindorf specialises in employment, discrimination and human rights law. She is…
Sally Robertson photo Sally Robertson All areas of equality, discrimination and employment law, including whistleblowing and TUPE,…
Daphne Romney KC photo Daphne Romney KC Daphne Romney QC is an expert in high-value, very complex litigation and…
Martin V Seaward photo Martin V Seaward Barrister specialising in personal and fatal injuries, occupational pensions, coroner’s inquests, administrative…
Catriona Stirling photo Catriona Stirling Catriona has specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury for a number…
Simon Taylor photo Dr Simon Taylor Simon is a medical doctor as well as a barrister and specialises…
Simon Taylor photo Dr Simon Taylor Simon is a medical doctor as well as a barrister and specialises…
Ed Williams photo Ed Williams Ed is named by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal…
Glenn Hudson : Senior Clerk
Mark Skipp : 1st Junior Clerk
Andrew Hunter : 2nd Junior Clerk
William Parkhouse : 3rd Junior Clerk
Frankie Beale : 4th Junior Clerk
Lauren Maynard : 5th Junior Clerk