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Cloisters was founded on a commitment to civil liberties and is still today the go-to set for ground-breaking equalities and human rights law. We have unrivalled expertise in dealing with difficult, novel issues at the leading edge of UK & EU law and have continued to shape legislative structure.

Our formidable team of barristers push the boundaries of human rights, civil liberties and equalities law and are fearless in defending the rights of minorities and the vulnerable, often undertaking cases that are complex and unprecedented both in the UK and in the international arena.

We operate at all levels of the judicial system including the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Our barristers sit on the executive committees of the Bar Human Rights Committee, the Council for Justice and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.

Together we are leading progress and advancing all aspects of human rights, civil liberties and equalities law.  

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Human Rights Blogs

28 June 2018
Catriona Stirling considers the Court of Appeal’s judgment yesterday in R (Conway) v Secretary of State of Justice. Cloisters’ Catherine Casserley was...
17 January 2018
Tuesday 23 January 2018, 5:30 - 8pmThe Human Rights Law Association Annual Lecture is open to everyone. The chair of the Equality and Human Rights Com...
03 January 2018
Human rights and equalities lawyer Schona Jolly QC warns that the government’s refusal to incorporate the EU Charter of Rights into UK law w...

Involved in both legislation and at an advisory level, we have appeared in high-level cases such as:

  • Preddy and Hall v Bull and Bull – whether Christian hoteliers could refuse double beds to gay couples.
  • Jivraj V Hashwani – whether employment discrimination legislation applied when choosing an arbitrator.
  • Tariq v Home Office – relating to the legality of closed hearings and the use of special advocates in employment claims where matters touching on national security are to be considered.