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Cloisters Chambers

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1 PUMP COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7827 4000
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Fax 020 7827 4100
DX:
452 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.cloisters.com

London Bar

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

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

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cloisters

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

Anna Beale - CloistersA junior whose work ethic is second-to-none.

Ranked: tier 4

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

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Cloisters

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

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

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC - CloistersA skilful and articulate advocate, who is very effective in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Crasnow QC - CloistersIncredibly knowledgeable on all things discrimination and very constructive and commercial in her approach.

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

Ed Williams QC - CloistersRelates to clients well and is excellent at acting for vulnerable individuals.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Coghlin QC - CloistersHe has a phenomenal brain.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Anna Beale - CloistersAn extremely intelligent standout barrister, who is fantastic with clients and a real pleasure to work with.

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

Christopher Milsom - CloistersHardworking advocate, sensible to deal with, and has the confidence to run difficult arguments.

Ranked: tier 2

Dee Masters - CloistersA committed barrister who understands the nuances of discrimination law in a detailed way.

Ranked: tier 2

Declan O'Dempsey - CloistersAn absolute expert on discrimination law and is great with clients and solicitors.

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

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

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

Caroline Musgrave - CloistersExcellent on her feet and punching above her weight in terms of her year of call.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Dyal - CloistersVery thorough, knowledgeable and gives some excellent guidance.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Brown - CloistersA dream to work with. Strategic and smart.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
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

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cloisters

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

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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

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Sport
Leading Silks

Caspar Glyn QC - CloistersInstructed in sports employment disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

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