Chambers review of the year and our Christmas opening hours

Seasons greetings from all of us here at Cloisters. Looking back once again we think it is safe to conclude that Cloisters has achieved another exceptionally busy and successful year.

In 2019 we have again been instructed in landmark cases and ground-breaking legal matters in the UK. Among our many highlight cases; Robin Allen QC and Rachel Crasnow QC returned to the Supreme Court for Miller v MOJ on pensions limitations, Sarah Fraser Butlin and Tamar Burton were appointed lead and junior counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry alongside Inquiry Chair and former Cloisters barrister Sir Brian Langstaff, Daphne Romney QC published a wide-spread report of sexism at the BMA, and it is now confirmed that Jason Galbraith-Marten QC and Sheryn Omeri will appear in the Supreme Court for the Uber employment status case next year.

See here some of our news highlights from 2019:

  • We welcomed two new elected Heads of Chambers, Jacques Algazy QC and Martyn McLeish.
  • Rachel Crasnow QC was named Times Lawyer of the Year.
  • John Horan recognised as one of Britain’s most influential disabled people by the Shaw Trust Power 100.
  • David Massarella was appointed to be a salaried Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunal.
  • Lisa Sullivan was appointed Master of the Queen’s Bench Division by the Queen.
  • Caspar Glyn QC was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge.
  • Rachel Crasnow QC was appointed as a Recorder.
  • Catherine Meenan was offered tenancy in September.
  • We welcomed two new pupils, Laurene Veale and Charlotte Goodman.
  • Paul Michell was reappointed to act as Visitor for Loughborough University.
  • We received three nominations in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards. Simon Taylor QC for Clinical Negligence / Personal Injury Silk of the year, John Horan for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion and the whole set was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion.
  • 33 barristers from 5 practice areas were recognised in Chambers and Partners this year and the same again for Legal 500 2020. Our Employment group maintained their band 1
  • Cloisters was nominated for Pro Bono Chambers of the year 2019 at the Pro Bono Awards.
  • Cloisters came out on top of a gender gap review by The Lawyer Cloisters’ women were in the “Top 10” for appeal work according to the same review.
  • 20 members of Chambers were appointed to the EHRC Panel of Counsel.
  • Our employment group launched a new employment law podcast series.

This year we have decided not to send Christmas cards, but instead to donate to The Trussell Trust and Alzheimer’s UK, follow the links if you would like to join us in doing so.

Our offices will be closed from Tuesday 24th December to Wednesday 2nd January. If you need to get hold of us during this time, please email the Clerks:

We would like to wish all of our clients and followers a Merry Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2020.