Advocates with know-how

Practitioners have singled out other barristers outside the recognised professional negligence sets but who are flavour of the month.

Ben Patten, at John Samuels QC's set at 22 Old Buildings, Temple, is “quick and good on detail”, and Teresa Rosen Peacocke at Benjamin Levy's set at Enterprise Chambers is “good on detail. A real terrier in court. Sometimes gets carried away in cross-examination, but relishes really difficult cases.”

Paul Smith at 1 Hare Court, is “academic and good for detailed, complex issues”.

Another junior to watch is Beverly-Ann Rogers at Charles Sparrow QC's set at Thirteen Old Square.

The regions have not been ignored, with Gareth Evans QC at 5 Fountain Court, Birmingham put forward as “a fighter, a good advocate, eloquent, and clients like him” and Ralph Lewis, as “a good advocate and academic”. One practitioner recommends juniors Stephen Davies and Martha Maher at Guildhall Chambers in Bristol for insolvency-related work.

Further north the names to watch at junior level include another Stephen Davies and Ian Wood at Brendan Hegarty QC's set at 8 King Street, Manchester; Simon Hilton at John Hoggett QC's chambers at 40 King Street Chambers, Manchester; and Andrew Grantham at Keith Goddard QC's set at Deans Court Chambers, Manchester.

Another practitioner threw as “a wild card” Richard Payne of 24 Ropewalk, Nottingham, for multi-party building cases. who “has tremendous court skills and a sense of realism. He fights a one-man crusade against pomposity and long-winded pleadings.”

For leaders, however, northern practitioners admit they tend to head south to instruct, including the chambers' head at 39 Essex Street Chambers, Colin Mackay QC, Edwin Glasgow QC, who is regarded as “a safe pair of hands, especially in cases involving surveyors”, Charles Cory- Wright, who is “exceptionally good”, Richard Davies QC, and Colin Edelman at Devereux Chambers, who was also recommended for construction.

Senior junior Alastair Haig-Haddow at Eighteen Carlton Crescent, Southampton, “is a very good matrimonial barrister and is experienced in professional negligence cases”.

Inevitably it is the London sets which feature prominently. Michael Burton QC's set at Littleton Chambers was singled out, in particular Michel Kallipetis QC, as well as Richard Price, Ian Gatt, Antony Sendall, Naomi Ellenbogen and Mark Lomas who are considered “user-friendly, client-friendly, cost-effective and commercial”.

Fountain Court Chambers is another set which is well regarded as “a good set across the board”, with chambers head Peter Scott QC and Peter Goldsmith QC who is described as “superb”. Juniors singled out include Tim Howe (“excellent”) and Raymond Cox. Other names at the set who have impressed are Anthony Boswood QC and Gordon Langley QC (now a judge).

At 9-10 Bell Yard Edmund Lawson QC has been noted for his expertise on accountants following his involvement in Blue Arrow and Maxwell litigation.

Another well-regarded set is Keating Chambers, with John Uff QC and Vivian Ramsey QC, who are both qualified engineers, Timothy Elliott QC, Paul Darling and Finola O'Farrell, Richard Fernyhough QC have all “also impressed”.

Also in construction, an up-and-coming senior junior is Kim Franklin at Lamb Chambers, and for architects, at 1 Atkin Building, Nicholas Baatz is noted and Andrew Burr for construction generally.

For chancery-related professional negligence Jock Craven at 11 New Square is recommended as a senior junior.

Another recommended Chancery side barrister is Martin Mann QC at Colin Brodie QC's set at 24 Old Buildings.

And Keith Rowley at Timothy Lloyd QC's set at 11 Old Square is “highly recommended”. Alastair Norris is rated as a senior junior at 5 Stone Buildings. At 199 Strand, Patrick Sadd is “good and approachable”. Other juniors at 4 Paper Buildings are Francis Bacon, William Flenley and Alison Gulliver who is “very keen and thorough”.