Top juniors are in high demand

Daniel Holden takes a look at the outstanding PI and medical negligence juniors making a name for themselves in the City sets

Many skilled juniors practise in the personal injury field, which attracts work from both London and the regions. But although the list of medical negligence juniors is long, solicitors still consider them to be in short supply. The best ones are very busy and the competition to instruct them is fierce.

At 12 King's Bench Walk, Allan Gore stands pre-eminent among the noted juniors. His colleague, the “outstanding” Brian Gallagher, “has been used with great success”.

At medical negligence specialist set 39 Essex Street, Neil Block remains top of the list, particularly for occupational stress cases.

At 35 Essex Street, Andrew Spink is “good with paperwork”. David Westcott is “first class” for “taking the time to understand a case”.

At New Court Chambers (Carman QC), one of the “top juniors” is Duncan Pratt.

Omissions would be an injustice at 3 Serjeants' Inn. Christopher Johnston, Adrian Hopkins, Angus Moon, Jonathan Holl-Allen and James Watson are all “reliable and competent”. Mary O'Rourke is described as a “frontrunner”. George Hugh-Jones and Geoffrey Conlin are “in the thick of it”. Huw Lloyd is “as good as a leader”, while Fiona Neale is “beyond doubt the best”.

Solicitors appreciate fast paperwork completion at 1 Crown Office Row (Seabrook QC). Margaret Bowron, Paul Rees, David Balcombe, Angus McCullough and David Hart are “technically assured” and “extremely affable”. Martin Forde is “very good” and “thorough”. Richard Booth is recognised and John Whitting has a “sharp mind”.

1 Temple Gardens houses Mark Bishop and James Laughland – worthy juniors in the personal injury field. At 6 Pump Court (Coonan QC), solicitors recommend Siobhan Goodrich, Andrew Hockton and Annalissa Garrett. Simon Taylor has a notable practice and Andrew Kennedy is recommended. Christina Lambert is tipped as a “potential early silk” by solicitors.

4 Pump Court has the “urbane and smooth” Oliver Ticciati.

Solicitors liked Devereux Chambers. Roy Lemon and Stephen Killalea are both described as “safe pairs of hands”, while Christopher Goddard is recognised for health and safety work.

At 199 Strand, Philip Lehain is a top choice. He is “very methodical”. The “more controversial” Kieran May is used extensively for medical negligence. Jacqueline Beech is “good for heavyweight cases”.

13 King's Bench Walk weighs in with Deirdre Goodwin and David Richardson. Both are praised for the “attention to detail” required in medical negligence cases and their “sympathetic manner”.

Queen Elizabeth Building (Karsten QC) has Peter Wright recommended for his “personal service”. Sarah Edwards, of seven years call, is “well past her years in experience” and capable of “top-notch cases”.

Doughty Street Chambers boasts Sally Hatfield, rated in the personal injury field. Robin Oppenheim, at the same set, is noted for medical negligence.

Vivienne Gay is “very good” and Pauline Hendy is recommended, both at Cloisters. At 4 Pump Court, David Sears is praised.

At 1 Paper Buildings (Slater QC), Colin Nixon is “solid” while Shaun Ferris has a “robust style”. Dr Margaret Branthwaite is said to be “wonderfully quick and able”, having come to the Bar from the medical profession. Steven Coles has a “mastery of detail”, while Claire Toogood is seen as a “rising star”.

Charles Pugh at Old Square Chambers is a “quality advocate”. Solicitors are impressed at the “speed and quality” of Charles Lewis, at the same set.

9 Gough Square boasts “a lot of good people”. John Reddihough is “first class”, Gaurang Naik and Jacob Levy attract mentions, as do Nicolas Hillier, Roger Hiorns, Andrew Ritchie and Trevor Davies.

4 Paper Buildings (McGregor QC) has several recommendations. Graham Reid's analysis of the legal issues is a “great attraction”. Jane Mishcon is “impressive”, while Michael Pooles and Martin Spencer are recommended.

Andrew Bird at 1 Harcourt Buildings (Buckhaven), is “impressive” for personal injury work. 2 Harcourt Buildings (Henderson QC) offers solicitors the “best client management around”. Jonathan Harvey, James Palmer and Benjamin Battcock are all highly recommended for medical negligence work.

Edward Southwell and David Wicks at Farrar's Building, a more junior member of chambers, are “excellent” and “quality advocates”.