Cardinal blow as Cloisters swells ranks

Cloisters chambers has hired three more barristers, bringing the number of recruits to six since its criminal section split off.

`Commercial, public law and employment specialist Adam Solomon joins from Cardinal Chambers. Cloisters’ former senior clerk Michael Martin left Cloisters and set up Cardinal in June 1999.`Others joining are personal injury (PI) and employment expert Paul Michell, 44, who arrives from Bridewell Chambers, and PI and employment practitioner Damian McCarthy from Tanwell Chambers.`Solomon is one of four barristers who have left Cardinal since it opened its doors. Cardinal’s first junior clerk, Rod McGurk, said: “Solomon is a fantastic barrister and it is a great move. Cloisters has a good infrastructure for clients, particularly in its IT facilities.”`Other members who have left Cardinal are Mark Afeeva, who joined Matrix Chambers; Leon Stringer, who left the bar in April to join a commercial firm; and Peter Nugent, who was tempted away by small London criminal law firm Carroll Zeb.