The ones to watch

Alison Laferla tracks the careers of five rising stars at the bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them.

Sean Jones

11 King's Bench Walk

Called to the bar:1991

Professional achievements/associations:

Employment Lawyers Association (deputy chairman and chairman of Europe Committee); Bar European Group; Employment Law Bar Association; Industrial Law Society. Columnist for Employment Law Briefing, contributor to Industrial Law Journal and Solicitors Journal, regular speaker at conferences. Presented evidence to the House of Lords' select committee on the European Communities on the Acquired Rights Directive.

Areas of practice: Employment law, particularly restraint of trade, transfer of undertakings, discrimination and industrial action, sports law, financial services, judicial review and human rights law.

What others say about him: Solicitors rate Goulding for two things in paticular – he is hard working and a good team player.

One leading lawyer says: "He is very practical, very good on the law, and has great gravitas. He is good at handling clients and turns work round well. And he is nice to work with."

He is described as a good all-rounder and an excellent litigator. "His cases are well put together. He doesn't take points which don't need to be taken," says one solicitor. Another says he has sent faxes at 3am. "We only work with people who work with us and Paul is superb at that," he says. "He works incredibly hard."

Solicitors tip Goulding to take silk soon.

Goulding's reported cases include Credit Suisse Asset Management Ltd v Armstrong, on garden leave; Biggs v Somerset County Council on time limits under European law; AEEU v Thorn (UK) Ltd on collective redundancies; and TNT Express (UK) Ltd v Downes on compensation for sacked strikers.

Thomas Linden

4-5 Gray's Inn Square

Called to the bar: 198

Professional achievements/associations:

Management Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association; Administrative Law Bar Association. Contributor to the Industrial Law Journal, Employment Law Briefing and the Encyclopedia of Employment Precedents. Regular lecturer and speaker on employment law.

Areas of practice: Employment law, particularly appellate work, cases with a European dimension, restraint of trade and wrongful dismissal, discrimination law, local government and human rights law.

What others say about him: Employment solicitors say Linden epitomises everything they want in an employment barrister: he is approachable, bright and easy to work with.

One lawyer describes Linden as "excellent, down to earth and with a really good brain. I had him against me in a case which he jolly well nearly turned round, which didn't deserve to be turned around".

Others describe Linden as "very approachable" and "amiable" and say nothing is too much trouble for him. One lawyer says: "We love Tom Linden here. He has a good sense of humour, which is terrifically important in this field, and is enthusiastic about what he does."

Solicitors describe Linden as a good all-rounder. His reported cases include the Tupe case Wren v Eastbourne (Nos 1 & 2); Carver v Saudi Airlines CA on the scope for flight attendants on foreign airlines to sue for unfair dismissal and discrimination in domestic tribunals; and McCoid v Farnsworth Ltd on whether derecognition of a shop steward is "action short of dismissal" for the purposes of a trade union victimisation claim.

Dinah Rose

Blackstone Chambers

Called to the bar: 198

Professional achievements/associations:

Administrative Law Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association; member of Council of Justice and Treasury B Panel. Co-editor of Halsbury's Laws of England 4th edition, Race Relations and contributor to Human Rights – Law and Practice. Lecturer and broadcaster on employment law, public law and human rights.

Areas of practice: Employment, discrimination, public, human rights and European law.

What others say about her: Another junior tipped to take silk, Rose is described as "everybody's favourite" at the employment bar.

A leading employment solicitor says she is the star of judicial review and discrimination law. "Dinah is one of the brightest people you'll ever meet and yet very nice with it. She is a superb lawyer. She digests and cuts through voluminous documentation and gets to the heart of issues. She can explain difficult issues simply and she is a superb cross examiner."

Others describe Rose as tenacious, saying she fights her corner on cases. She is also approachable and good with clients.

"She is exceptional. She has an unbelievable, razor sharp mind and intellect," says one lawyer. Another describes her as "terrier-like".

Rose has appeared in many leading cases. These include Atkins v Wrekin District Council, an ECJ case on discrimination against men in the provision of bus passes); Brown v Rentokil, representing the UK government before the ECJ on maternity rights and sick leave; James v Eastleigh Borough Council, a House of Lords case on the meaning of direct sex discrimination; R v MOD, ex parte Leale and Lane, challenging the armed forces' policy of dismissing pregnant servicewomen; and R v Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, ex parte Blood, challenging HFEA's refusal to let a woman try to conceive using her dead husband's sperm without written consent.

Antony Sendall

Littleton Chambers

Called to the bar: 1

Professional achievements/associations:

Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Combar; London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association; Bar Sports Law Group. CLT lecturer.

Areas of practice: All areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, restraint of trade, transfer of undertakings, discrimination, equal pay and trade union law, general commercial, professional negligence, sports law and torts.

What others say about him: Solicitors say Sendall is a pleasure to work with and a great person to have on the team. They rate him for his sharp intellect and sound knowledge of law.

"He is very sharp, has a lovely sense of humour and is great to work with," says one employment lawyer.

Sendall is highly regarded on all aspects of employment law and considered an excellent advocate. One solicitor says Sendall is very strong on tricky tribunal advocacy and "really works hard to make a difference to a case".

Others praise his practical approach to cases and say he is good with clients.

Sendall's cases include Rock Refrigeration Ltd v Jones on restraint of trade; DJM International v Nicholas on sex discrimination and transfer of undertakings; William Hill Organization Ltd v Tucker on the right to work and garden leave; West Midlands Travel Ltd v Transport & General Workers Union on trade union strike ballots; and Terry Venables & anor v Tottenham Hotspur Plc & anor on wrongful dismissal.