Public & Administrative Law


Cloisters has a long and proud history of being at the forefront of the development of public and administrative law. The home of public law luminaries such as Sir Stephen Sedley, Dame Laura Cox and Sir Anthony Bradley, its barristers are instructed to advise and appear in public and administrative law cases touching upon a wide variety of substantive areas of the law including human rights, immigration, inquests, public inquiries, licensing, constitutional and electoral law.

Cloisters barristers are instructed predominantly by Claimants, both commercial and legally aided.

Some of Cloisters' present public law instructions include:

  • Jacques Algazy QC has been instructed, in commercial judicial review proceedings, by a generic medicine manufacturer in a licensing dispute and, together with Claire McCann, for the British Association of Dermatologists in judicial review proceedings concerning the rostering of dermatologists on A&E rotas.
  • Declan O'Dempsey, Sheryn Omeri and Navid Pourghazi acted for the Claimant in the case of R (Jollah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 330 (Admin) (recently affirmed on appeal by the Court of Appeal) which is now the leading authority on the question of whether the unlawful imposition of bail conditions upon those released from immigration detention amounts to false imprisonment for which damages may be awarded.
  • Tom Gillie and Rachel Barrett advise the Labour Party in respect of disputes concerning party membership, ensuring that these are resolved applying public law principles.
  • Sheryn Omeri acts for Bernadette Sargeant, widow of Carl Sargeant AM in the judicial review of the decisions of the First Minister of Wales and the Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Government in relation to the establishment of an Independent Investigation into the circumstances leading to Carl Sargeant's death.

The Head of Cloisters' Public and Administrative Law Group is Sheryn Omeri.

Our barristers for Public & Administrative Law




Paul Epstein KC

Year of silk: 2006

Jacques Algazy KC*

Year of silk: 2012

Jason Galbraith-Marten KC

Year of silk: 2014

Andrew Buchan

Year of call: 1981

Declan O’Dempsey

Year of call: 1987

Catherine Casserley

Year of call: 1991

Tom Brown

Year of call: 2000

Linda Jacobs

Year of call: 2000

Claire McCann

Year of call: 2000

Sheryn Omeri

Year of call: 2010

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

Dr Melanie Sharp

Year of call: 2020

Ameer Ismail (Pupil)

Year of call: 2021

Lameesa Iqbal (Pupil)

Year of call: 2021
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