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Ali Cloak

Senior Associate

T: 01225 730 210 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100

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”.

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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Will the public and press be allowed to watch an inquest?

10 July 2019

One of the questions that I get asked when representing families at inquest hearings is: who is allowed to be in the court room, and are the media or press allowed to attend? Understandably, families can be concerned that something very personal to them may become public.

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Pro bono inquests: can someone represent me at an inquest for free?

2 July 2019

If you want to find out more about your options for funding an inquest into the death of someone close to you, Ali Cloak – Senior Associate and expert in inquests – is here to help you understand your next steps.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week: grieving when you don’t know how or why your loved one died

15 May 2019

Dying Matters is a national coalition of organisations that aim to help people talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. This year, starting on 13 May, the national awareness week will join with organisations to help raise the public’s consciousness of this difficult and distressing topic.

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What might happen now a criminal investigation has been launched into medical deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital?

9 May 2019

The police have announced that they will be undertaking a new criminal investigation into the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. More than 456 patients had their lives cut short by being administered high doses of opiate painkillers such as morphine between 1987 and 2001. Ali Cloak from our Inquests team takes a look at what might happen as a result.

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News [4]

Compensation achieved for parents of son killed by police Taser

17 August 2016

Parents who saw their son engulfed in flames after the police discharged a Taser at him, have today received compensation as part of an out-of-court settlement agreed with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

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Inquest jury concludes police taser is most likely cause of death

2 October 2015

An inquest into the death of a Plymouth man has concluded that a Taser fired by a police officer was the most probable cause of a fire which killed him.

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Withy King specialist wins Bath Solicitor of the Year

27 October 2014

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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Bristol JLD Ball a success

30 October 2012

The Bristol Junior Lawyers Division’s annual charitable ball in May raised £2856.91 for their charity of the year, the Alzheimer’s Society. Ball organiser, Ali Batchelor (Withy King LLP), was thrilled with the outcome: “It’s a great amount to be raised …

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Case Studies [4]

Six-figure settlement secured for client following negligent orthopaedic surgery

13 June 2019

Mrs L brought suffered prolonged pain and disability as a result of a negligent knee replacement. Mrs L, represented by Ali Cloak, received a six-figure sum in compensation.

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Seven-figure settlement secured for client who underwent amputation due to negligent orthopaedic treatment

Ali Cloak, Senior Associate in our Bath office, secured a seven-figure sum for her client who was had to undergo an amputation following negligent treatment on the part of her orthopaedic surgeon, and later, her GP.

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Parents in claim for financial compensation relating to their daughter’s death

21 June 2016

Ali Cloak recently acted for the parents of a young woman, who took her own life whilst detained under a mental health section.

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Inquest into hospital failings and a claim for financial compensation

Coroner demands changes to hospital prescription system after staff failures caused death of 18 year old.

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