Cloisters continues reign as a top ranked chambers in Chambers and Partners 2020

Chambers and Partners UK 2020 recognised 33 Barristers from Cloisters chambers as leading individuals in 5 Practice Areas. For a second year Cloisters has been ranked a band 1 in employment.

According to Chambers and Partners most recent guide, “Cloisters is highly reputed for its commitment to excellence and its continual involvement in ground-breaking cases. Cloisters’ success is due to outstanding advocacy and tailor-made client service.” You can read more about our 2020 ranking here.

Congratulations to the 33 Barristers who made it into the guide this year!


Jacques Algazy QC “Very smooth and very considered.”

Robin Allen QC “A titan of employment law who is to be found in many of the leading and cutting-edge cases.” “He’s encyclopaedic in his knowledge of the law, his legal analysis and in his sense of how to advance cases.”

Rachel Crasnow QC “She’s absolutely fantastic: she has a really impressive manner and the gravitas to make her point very effectively.” “She’s someone who just lives, breathes and eats employment law.”

Paul Epstein QC “He is deft in providing advice on difficult issues; he is tactically astute, exceptionally thorough and has wide-ranging legal expertise.” “A very knowledgeable and high-quality silk who is also easy to work with.”

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC “Very knowledgeable, well liked by tribunals and a clear and effective advocate.” “Really clever, hard-working and has good judgement.”

Caspar Glyn QC “Caspar is a highly capable barrister with exceptional court presence. He commands tribunals and courtrooms, is a highly effective cross-examiner, and fills clients with confidence.” “Extremely knowledgeable and down to earth.”

Schona Jolly QC “Her advocacy is extremely good; she really gets involved in the case and has a great interest in the strategy.” “A fantastic lawyer and advocate who controls the witness room with warmth, real personality and authority.”

Daphne Romney QC “Fantastic knowledge of equal pay law,” and “a very good advocate who is very available and very easy to work with.”

Thomas Coghlin QC “A great tactician who thinks fast on his feet, has a great way with clients, and is very approachable.” “He has a very engaging and disarming manner which enables fruitful negotiations with opponents.”

Ed Williams QC “He’s a very bright lawyer who is very considered and excellent at putting clients at ease.” “On the ball and hard-working. He’s approachable and is a real team player.”

Anna Beale “She is extremely quick and knows every case like the back of her hand.” “An extremely intelligent barrister who also has a fantastic bedside manner.”

Tom Brown “He has excellent client-handling skills, is very responsive and provides good pragmatic advice.” “A brilliant barrister who is very easy to work in partnership with; he will play to your strengths. His written work is also outstanding.”

Catherine Casserley “An encyclopaedia on disability discrimination matters.” “An expert in her field, practical yet methodical and comprehensive.”

Olivia Faith Dobbie “She really knows the holiday pay area very well and can explain things to clients in a clear and easily understandable way.” “A brilliant junior and one to watch.”

Daniel Dyal “He’s an astute and very compelling advocate with a lot to offer.” “Incredibly good: he’s a really client-friendly barrister who is very able to get to the nub of the issue.”

Dee Masters “Incredibly intelligent, client-friendly and pragmatic.” “A very responsive barrister who gives great client care.”

Claire McCann “She is extremely well prepared, thoughtful and clever, and builds excellent relationships with clients.” “An all-rounder with a vigorous intellect.”

Paul Michell “Simply brilliant in his advocacy.” “A very thorough barrister who has great attention to detail.”

Chris Milsom “An immense legal brain, who punches above his year of call in terms of expertise. He’s client-friendly, contactable and communicative.” “Outstanding advocate: calm, reassuring and a superb lawyer. A big hitter.”

Caroline Musgrave “A formidable employment lawyer who is very, very bright, very competent and knows her stuff inside out.” “Offers a meticulous approach to preparation, the ability to cut through complex data, accomplished advocacy and exemplary client care.”

Declan O’Dempsey “A formidable advocate who is always amenable and as helpful as he can be.” “Very personable and thorough.”

Akua Reindorf “Very down to earth, clear and pragmatic, and can make complex information seem straightforward.” “She has great attention to detail, is very hard-working and quickly gets to the heart of a case.”

Rachel Barrett “Absolutely brilliant: very responsive and a tough cross-examiner.” “A really smart barrister who really understands the dynamics of client relationships.”

Clinical Negligence

Simon Taylor QC“A very experienced clinical negligence silk who combines great attention to detail and grasp of the facts with a relaxed style which makes clients feel comfortable.” “He is an excellent advocate and has very sound instincts.”

Joel Donovan QC “He is excellent with clients and maintains an air of calm even in the most difficult of cases. His attention to detail is excellent, and he is always approachable and responsive.” “He is a bright and tenacious advocate.”

Patricia Hitchcock QC “She is extremely clever and unflappable in court. She is always very well prepared, insightful and an absolute joy to work with.” “She is vastly knowledgeable, thorough and extremely astute.”

William Latimer-Sayer QC “His superb attention to detail and analytical skills are unrivalled. His impressive intellect, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to empathise with his clients puts him in a league of his own. He also has an understanding of novel and ground-breaking medical treatment.” “His knowledge of quantum is excellent.”

Simon Dyer QC “A strong and reliable silk who works through complex issues very well. He has a very good attention to detail and is very sympathetic when dealing with seriously injured clients.” “He is just so calm and client-focused, and that makes a massive difference.”

Lisa Sullivan “She’s clear and decisive on case management and has an effective, no-nonsense cross-examination style. She has a phenomenal ability to grasp technical medical details.”

Martyn McLeish “Martyn is very personable, has excellent client care skills and his preparation is always thorough. He has a very good eye for detail. He is excellent at identifying issues and explaining things in a straightforward manner to clients.”

Hannah Godfrey “Hannah has an excellent grasp of the issues in each case and provides clear and practical advice. She’s very good with clients and is a great negotiator.” “She takes an extremely thorough and pragmatic approach to cases.”

Linda Jacobs “Her nursing expertise is a real asset when discussing complicated medical issues, especially when experts are involved in conferences.” “She provides considered advice with great care for the claimant’s needs.”

Personal Injury 

Patricia Hitchcock QC “She is a very strong barrister.” “She’s helpful and responsive.”

Joel Donovan QC “Knowledgeable, concise and pragmatic.”

William Latimer-Sayer QC “He is excellent – really understanding, compassionate and empathetic. He takes his time to get to know the client and find out what the issues are, and then provides sound, clear advice.” “Unsurpassed for his knowledge on serious injury quantum issues.”

Simon Dyer QC “An exceptionally good advocate and one of the sharpest cross-examiners at the Bar.”

Daniel Lawson “He’s really meticulous – a real details man. He is also very personable and easy to deal with.” “A thorough, clever and tactically astute lawyer who is willing to take on difficult and challenging cases.”

Lisa Sullivan “She fights hard for her clients.” “Very easy to work with.”

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Robin Allen QC “An eminent figure in equalities law.”

Schona Jolly QC “Fights for her clients and goes to the ends of the Earth for them.” “She’s very thorough, very collegiate, helpful, easy to work with and very good on her feet. Excellent all round.”

Catherine Casserley “Catherine is delightful to work with.”


Caspar Glyn QC “Caspar is a highly capable barrister with exceptional court presence. He commands tribunals and courtrooms, is a highly effective cross-examiner, and fills clients with confidence.” “Extremely knowledgeable and down to earth.”