Cloisters invests in employment team

De-merged civil set Cloisters will welcome two civil practitioners and a new practice director in September.

Senior junior Simon Dyer from Plowden Buildings and Declan O'Dempsey from the recently merged set Coram Buildings are both joining Cloisters.

Dempsey, whose current set is headed by former Cloisters tenant Roger McCarthy QC, is a specialist in employment, immigration and administrative law while Dyer practises personal injury.

Dempsey will help to bolster Cloisters core employment area which suffered after the loss of employment and public law specialist Henrietta Hill and employment specialist Ulele Burnham, both of whom moved to Doughty Street Chambers last month.

The new practice manager Belinda Coote joins on 1 September. She has no commercial legal experience but is a lay magistrate with previous experience as the head of business development at Business Link Sussex. Coote says: “The challenges for the bar in many ways reflect the issues confronting small businesses.”

Those pressures will involve consolidating after the departures and developing the practice to make it a marketable brand name.

Cloisters head of chambers Laura Cox QC says: “Cloisters is one of the strongest brands at the bar. Our plans are now well in hand to achieve organic growth of 50 per cent, taking our practice from 30 members to nearly 50 in all.”

Cloisters' civil practice de-merged from its criminal practice in June as revealed by The Lawyer (12 June).