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Ali Cloak

Senior Associate

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Ali is a Senior Associate in our medical negligence team and has a proven track record in acting in claims for medical negligence. She holds Senior Litigator status, accorded by APIL, acknowledging her significant expertise in the specialism.

Ali is also highly regarded in respect of inquest proceedings. She undertakes work in all types of inquest; such as medical inquests, as well as complex Article II inquests where the death occurred in connection with the local authority, social care providers, police, prison service, or mental health services.

Ali is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers & Partners 2019. She is noted as a ‘rising star‘ and praised for her “strong reputation for her work on inquests and fatal claims“. She is also listed in the Legal 500 directory.

Ali has been very tenacious, resourceful and persistent in pursuing my case. Her knowledge and experience resulted in a final award which exceeded our expectations. Ali’s total professionalism and caring sensitivity has always given me confidence and reassurance throughout a very stressful and challenging time in my life. I have already recommended Ali and Royds Withy King to my friends and family. Your service has been quite exceptional.

Mrs R Armstrong, Royds Withy King client

Ali's outstanding commitment gave us the hope that we needed in order to gain closure by the Trust Being held accountable for what we had to endure. She continually kept us informed every step of the way and if we needed to contact her at any point or needed clarification on any legalities she was able to get back to us as soon as possible. Ali was very approachable in her character and put us at ease throughout. Especially considering the nature of the case. Most of all we would like to thank you for believing in us and we would definitely recommend Royds Withy King and yourself to others.

Royds Withy King Medical Negligence Client

I am so grateful for the way my case has been handled. It has been a really emotional few years but I am glad it was brought to a conclusion and I am grateful for the support I have received from yourselves along the way.

Royds Withy King Medical Negligence Client

You made me feel so at ease as you explained everything to me, I cannot thank you enough.

Royds Withy King Medical Negligence Client

About Ali

Ali has expertise in a wide range of medical negligence claims but has a particular interest in the following areas:

  • inquests and coronial law, including medical inquests, as well as deaths in prison, police custody and mental health detention
  • fatal claims
  • birth injuries, including Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy
  • maternal injuries
  • psychiatric injury, including secondary victim claims
  • orthopaedic injuries including knee replacement surgeries, hip dysplasia, amputations and podiatric negligence.

In 2014, Ali won the Bath Solicitor of the Year at the prestigious Bristol Law Society Awards. The award recognised her as “an exceptional solicitor who has made an outstanding contribution to their firm, client work or the legal sector in Bath”.

In the legal directory Chambers & Partners, Ali is noted as “a rising star who is highly intelligent and handles an impressive caseload with aplomb.”

She has previously worked with local and national media, commenting on topical issues and cases in which she was involved.


  • Bristol Law Society
  • INQUESTcharity
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator


    Bristol Law Society winner

I really enjoy the challenge of dealing with intricate medical and legal issues. Not only does the law and medicine frequently develop, but every client and every case is different. This makes it a really interesting area of law to work in. Our clients are going through a very difficult time when they contact us and it is really rewarding to guide them through the claims process and achieve a settlement which helps them to get their lives back on track as far as they possibly can.

Ali Cloak

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A clinical negligence specialist has won the Bath Solicitor of the Year award at a ceremony in Bristol attended by over 300 law firm representatives and committee dignitaries. Ali Cloak, a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team at Withy King, won …

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Ali Cloak recovered damages for T, a client who lost the use of his right thumb after a failure to identify the extent of his fractured thumb and failing to provide him with the necessary treatment.

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Five-figure sum for 16 year old who developed knee problems as a result of a delayed diagnosis

Ali Cloak recovered five-figure sum for B, a 16 year old client who suffered a meniscal tear in her knee which went undiagnosed for nearly six weeks resulting in the need for a substantial operation and a likelihood of significant knee problems in later life.

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£30,000 secured for negligent treatment of broken wrist

Ali Cloak recovered £30,000 for L, a client who suffered loss of mobility in her wrist as a result of a failure of medical staff to recognise that her broken wrist was not healing correctly .

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