Human Rights


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 advancing all aspects of human rights, civil liberties and equalities law.

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

  • Preddy & Hall v Bull & 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.

Our barristers for Human Rights




Robin Allen QC

Year of silk: 1995

Paul Epstein QC

Year of silk: 2006

Jacques Algazy QC*

Year of silk: 2012

Caspar Glyn QC

Year of silk: 2012

Jason Galbraith-Marten QC

Year of silk: 2014

Rachel Crasnow QC

Year of silk: 2015

Schona Jolly QC

Year of silk: 2017

Ed Williams QC

Year of silk: 2018

Declan O’Dempsey

Year of call: 1987

Catherine Casserley

Year of call: 1991

Paul Michell

Year of call: 1991

John Horan

Year of call: 1993

Akua Reindorf

Year of call: 1999

Claire McCann

Year of call: 2000

Anna Beale

Year of call: 2001

Adam Ohringer

Year of call: 2001

Sarah Fraser Butlin

Year of call: 2005

Chris Milsom

Year of call: 2006

Olivia-Faith Dobbie

Year of call: 2007

Caroline Musgrave-Cohen

Year of call: 2008

Catriona Stirling

Year of call: 2008

Nathaniel Caiden

Year of call: 2009

Sheryn Omeri

Year of call: 2010

Chesca Lord

Year of call: 2011

Rachel Barrett

Year of call: 2012

Jonathan Cook

Year of call: 2017

Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick

Year of call: 2017

Laurene Veale

Year of call: 2019

Charlotte Goodman

Year of call: 2019

Josh Jackson

Year of call: 2020

Ameer Ismail (Pupil)

Year of call: 2021

Lameesa Iqbal (Pupil)

Year of call: 2021

Michael Potter

Year of call: 1988

Jonathan Mitchell QC

Year of call: 1979

Brian Napier QC

Year of call: 1986
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