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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

08 January 2019
The former Indian MP Sajjan Kumar has been jailed for life over the 1984 Sikh massacres in New Delhi.Kumar, 73, was an MP in 1984, when the Prime Mini...
13 December 2018
Specialist human rights and equalities barrister Schona Jolly QC has been elected as the Bar Human Rights Committee Chair, starting in 2019.The news o...
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...

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.