Another successful year for Cloisters in The Legal 500 2020

The Legal 500 2020 recognised 33 Barristers from Cloisters chambers as leading individuals in 6 Practice Areas.

According to the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 “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. 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.”

We are extremely proud of our team of ‘excellent’ barristers and clerks. Such recognition would not have been possible without their hard work. Further information about our rankings can be found below.

Individual acknowledgement and congratulations go out to the following barristers:


Jacques Algazy QC “Excellent negotiator and brilliant advocate – ruthless in cross-examination but so charming with it.”

Robin Allen QC “Excellent at identifying and maintaining sight of key strategic issues even when swamped with the minutiae and other distractions.”

Rachel Crasnow QC for moving up a tier in employment. “Incredibly knowledgeable on all things discrimination and very constructive and commercial in her approach.”

Paul Epstein QC for his new tier 2 ranking in employment. “A masterly silk; deft in providing difficult advice, tactically astute and exceptionally thorough”

Caspar Glynn QC “Gets to the heart of the issues in the case quickly and has really strong drafting skills.”

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

Schona Jolly QC for her new ranking as silk in employment. “Excellent tactical acumen and highly responsive.”

Daphne Romney QC She has a sharp brain and is a formidable advocate and cross-examiner.”

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

Tom Brown “He is supremely intelligent.”

Catherine Casserley The depth of her knowledge of discrimination law is invaluable.

Thomas Coughlin QC “He has a phenomenal brain.

Dee Masters for her new tier 2 ranking in employment. “A committed barrister who understands the nuances of discrimination law in a detailed way.”

Claire McCann Apart from in-depth knowledge of discrimination law, she gives expert legal advice on complex legal issues.

Paul Michell He has comprehensive expertise on High Court injunctive procedures, encyclopaedic knowledge on disclosure, confidentiality, and data protection.

Chris Milsom for his moving up a tier in employment. “Hardworking advocate, sensible to deal with, and has the confidence to run difficult arguments.”

Caroline Musgrave Excellent on her feet and punching above her weight in terms of her year of call.”

Declan O’Dempsey An absolute expert on discrimination law and is great with clients and solicitors.”

Olivia Faith Dobbie for her new ranking in employment. “Excellent ability to digest complex fact patterns and legal issues and to distil these into a sensible and commercial proposals for the client.”

Ed Williams QC Relates to clients well and is excellent at acting for vulnerable individuals.”

Daniel Dyal for his new ranking in employment. “Very thorough, knowledgeable and gives some excellent guidance.”

Akua Reindorf for her new ranking in employment. “A class act; a quite outstanding junior with the ability to cut to the heart of a matter and a devastating cross-examiner.”


Clinical Negligence

Simon Taylor QC Excellent in technical cases, in which his medical training comes to the fore.”

Patricia Hitchcock QC Her attention to detail is exceptional and she provides pragmatic advice.”

William Latimer-Sayer QC for his new tier ranking in clinical negligence. “He has unparalleled knowledge of quantum matters.”

Joel Donovan QC Provides thorough advice and adapts to the approach needed with any individual client.

Lisa Sullivan “Excellent in conferences involving multiple experts.”

Sarah Fraser Butlin “She is extremely detailed in her work, but able to provide clear advice in complex cases.”

Hannah Godfrey She excels in cross-examination and has a strong understanding of medicine.

Linda Jacobs She is sensitive in her approach with clients.

Martyn McLeish Excellent at identifying issues and explaining these in a straightforward manner to clients.”

Anna Beale for her new ranking in clinical negligence. “A junior whose work ethic is second-to-none.”


Personal Injury

Patricia Hitchcock QC She is equally great in complex liability and quantum issues.

William Latimer-Sayer QC for his new tier ranking in personal injury. “Highly skilled in handling catastrophic injury claims”.

Daniel Lawson He is absolutely masterful on his feet – it’s like watching an advocacy masterclass.

Lisa Sullivan She has great attention to detail.

Yvette Genn Her judicial experience allows her to swiflty analyse the issues of real concern to the court and address authoritatively.


Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Robin Allen QC “A very well-respected silk.”

Schona Jolly QC for her new ranking as a silk in civil liberties and human rights. “Excellent tactical acumen and highly responsive.”

Claire McCann “A good advocate who is known for complex discrimination cases.”



Caspar Glyn QC “Instructed in sports employment disputes.”



Patricia Hitchcock QC “Thorough, authoritative, clear, approachable and good with clients.”

Linda Jacobs “Able to make the most of a client’s case.”