Public law and commercial specialist Philip Engelman has returned to Cloisters after leaving two years ago to establish Cardinal Chambers.
Engelman, who will head Cloisters' commercial and public law groups, said: "Since my departure it has been increasingly difficult to watch the impressive redevelopment of Cloisters from the sidelines. The improvements which Cloisters has made to its administration, technology and skills base have led to my decision to return." Cloisters has focused on developing its civil and human rights practices following the departure of its criminal practitioners in 1999. Engelman set up Cardinal Chambers with senior clerk Michael Martin. Martin held the same post at Cloisters, which he left in February 1999, just before the set announced that it was hiring a practice director. Cloisters head Laura Cox said: "We were sorry to see Philip leave at an early stage of our restructuring plan and we're very glad that he has now rejoined chambers."