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William Latimer Sayer and Catriona Stirling appear in injury case where High Court awards record damages to English national Judgment has today been handed down by the High Court in the case of Totham v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, following a December 2014 trial. Cloisters barristers, William Latimer-Sayer and Catriona Stirling represented the successful claimant, a seven year old girl from south London, who suffered serious injuries during her birth at King’s College Hospital in 2007. The award capitalises to over £10.1 million and is believed to be the highest ever court award made to an English national in a personal injury or clinical negligence case following a contested trial. For press coverage on this case see: BBC Continue reading
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Supreme Court to consider scope of 'collective redundancies' Cloisters' barristers, Caspar Glyn QC and Tom Brown , are acting for the University and College Union in an appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday 21 January 2015. Brian Napier QC, also of Cloisters, appears for the Respondent. The case - University and College Union v University of Stirling (Case ID: UKSC 2014/0067) - will consider the scope of the obligation on employers to consult employees in collective redundancy situations. It will be the first time that the Supreme Court has considered the definition of redundancy in the context of the statutory obligation to consult about collective Continue reading
Cloisters' barristers Sheryn Omeri and Rachel Barrett secure substantial damages for rape victim Cloisters' barristers Sheryn Omeri and Rachel Barrett, secured substantial damages for a victim of crime they represented in an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal Criminal Injuries Compensation this month. Sheryn and Rachel were instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit. The successful appeal was against an initial award of £11,000 offered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Cloisters is a 'Friend in Law' of the Bar Pro Bono Unit which matches barristers who undertake pro bono work for members of society who need their help and cannot afford to pay for the legal assistance sought ,or obtain public funding, or Continue reading
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Cloisters' barrister Rachel Crasnow appointed Silk Chambers is delighted to announce that Rachel Crasnow has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. This appointment recognises her long-held reputation as an outstanding employment and discrimination expert and advocate. As a junior Rachel featured in some of the most high-profile and complex litigation in her fields and joins Cloisters’ team of now nine leading silks in employment and discrimination law. Cloisters and Rachel thank all the clients who have supported her and enabled her to develop her practice over the years.  Rachel’s swearing in ceremony will take place on 16th February 2015. Please contact Senior Clerk, Glenn Hudson, for further information. Continue reading
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Chemical weapons and the ICC Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) start prosecuting for the use and supply of chemical weapons? Cloisters barrister Sheryn Omeri considers the ICC’s options in an article featured in Counsel Jan 2015. For the full article read:Chemical Weapons and the ICC by Sheryn Omeri Continue reading