Provinces show their promise

Juniors outside London have also attracted the attention of instructing solicitors.

In Manchester, at Rodney Klevan QC's set in 18 St John Street, Alastair Forrest is praised and David Heaton is described as being “very bright and good in conference with clients, as well as pinpointing and understanding the issues”.

Kevin Talbot, Mark Turner and Craig Sephton at Deans Court Chambers, headed by Keith Goddard QC, all receive an honourable mention. At the same set, Patrick Field is noted for both plaintiff and defendant work.

Timothy Horlock at 9 St John Street, headed by John Hand QC, is also good for both plaintiff and defendant work. One leading practitioner says he prefers to instruct counsel who have experience of acting for both sides, and considers that juniors aiming to specialise in this area would do well to build up such experience.

Further along the street at 28 St John Street, headed by Charles Bloom QC, James Rowley is said to be “particularly good at factory litigation, and has a good understanding of the minutiae of regulations”.

In Liverpool, Adrian Lyon at 14 Castle Street, headed by Adrian Smith, is also recommended, as is Andrew Edis.

Gerard Martin at William Waldron QC's set Exchange Chambers in Liverpool is also good for both plaintiff and defendant cases.

At Peel House, headed by Nigel Gilmour QC, senior junior Charles Feeny and the more junior Yaqub Rahman are also recommended.

Staying in Liverpool, Darren O'Keeffe at Derby Square Chambers, headed by John Phipps, is rated highly, as is Scott Donovan. Peter Cowan and William Rankin at Oriel Chambers, headed by Andrew Sander, come in for praise.

Senior junior Iain Goldrein, joint head with David Steer QC of Liverpool's The Corn Exchange Chambers but who also has a presence at London's 12 King's Bench Walk, “has a foot in two camps, is solid, and certainly knows his stuff”.

And east of the Pennines, a senior junior noted for PI and medical negligence work is head of chambers Christopher Walton at 31/33 Broad Chare chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In Nottingham, Jayne Adams at 24 The Ropewalk chambers, headed by Richard Maxwell QC, has been tipped as a promising newcomer. Senior juniors at the same set who have made a good impression include Dominic Nolan, Alison Hampton and Robert Owen.

And at St Mary's Chambers, Douglas Herbert is noted for “paying attention to detail” and having an “understanding of medical terminology”, qualities that are “absolutely critical”. He also has a “sympathetic manner with plaintiffs”.

In Sheffield, Catherine Foster at 1 Plowden Buildings but based on the north eastern circuit is noted as a promising newcomer.

At Birmingham's 5 Fountain Court, headed by Anthony Barker QC, Robert Holds-worth is singled out as a good junior for crossover PI and medical negligence work. Also mentioned at this set are the up and coming Satinder Hunjan, plus Jeremy Cahill, Paul Bleasdale and the more junior junior Jennifer Jones.

Other juniors noted for their grasp of medical issues as well as client care and tactical awareness are Christopher Bright at 3 Fountain Court, headed by Colman Treacy QC, and at the same set the more junior Carolyn Hilder, plus Mark Anderson.

Another junior for personal injury work that has caught the eye of practitioners was Anthony Coleman at Jeremy Gibbon's set at 17 Carlton Crescent in Southampton.

In the South West, Barry Cotter, based in Bristol at Old Square Chambers, is held in very high regard and is in demand. Still in Bristol, Glyn Edwards at Roderick Denyer QC's set at St John's Chambers and Jonathan Clarke at All Saints Chambers are both highly rated

In Cardiff at 33 Park Place, Graham Walters has “a lot of trial experience” and is said to be “second to none”.

Another senior junior in the city who stands out is Lloyd Williams at 30 Park Place who is a good advocate on the defendants' side, especially for cross-examination, as well as being good with paperwork and research. At the same set Richard Hermer is singled out for representing plaintiffs, as is Nicholas Cooke at 9 Park Place.

Philip Marshall at Iscoed Chambers in Swansea is also noted for general personal injury work.