With a number of the juniors mentioned last year taking silk recently, special qualities are needed to stand out from the pack. Again, this list is by no means exhaustive.
The juniors to keep an eye on are, at 2 Garden Court, Henry Blaxland, Courtenay Griffiths, Simon Farrell and Anthony Jennings.
Another set with a crop of promising juniors is 3 Raymond Buildings, which houses good leading junior Michael Bromley-Martin, James Rankin, who is “a rarity, very solid”, James Lewis, who is “up-and-coming and very, very bright”, Alex Cameron, who “is a hot star, a wonderful jury advocate and is very sympathetic – instructing solicitors are fighting over him”, and the “ubiquitous” Helen Malcolm dubbed the “Clare Montgomery of the future”. Neil Saunders has also impressed by winning “unwin- nable cases, especially mortgage fraud”. Others named are Campasbe Lloyd-Jacob, and James Hines.
Middle-ranking juniors mentioned include Edward Brown and John Kelsey-Fry, William Boyce, who is described as “this year's favourite”, and Mark Ellison, who also rates a number of recommendations. Anthony Wilcken, Jeremy Donne, and Tom Kark at Queen Elizabeth Building (Hollis Whiteman Chambers) have also impressed, as has Neill Stewart, who is “such a hard worker, with such attention to detail”. Ian Stern is also “a rising star” along with the more senior Ian Winter. Plus Craig Ferguson at 1 Hare Court is “thorough with a good sense of humour”.
Simon Stafford-Michael at 4 King's Bench Walk is singled out, as is, at the same set, Bruce Stuart. David Hood is also worthy of mention.
At David Cocks QC's set at 5 King's Bench Walk, the up-and-coming juniors include David Etherington and Richard Kovalevsky, and a more junior junior, Kim Jenkins at 1 Gray's Inn Square. At 2 King's Bench Walk, Michael Bowes is rated for white collar crime cases.
At 14 Tooks Court, the juniors to note are, at the more senior end, Alan Conrad, Vera Baird, “who is often used as a leader”, and John Reilly, with, at the more junior end, Joel Bennathan, Anne Shamash and Dora Belford.
At Furnival Chambers, those singled out as “exceptionally good” are Stephen Holt, Vincent Coughlin, Diane Hurtley and Nicola Merrick.
A number of votes also went to Michael Grieve, Paul Bogan, Jill Evans, “good on difficult issues”, Michelle Strange, David Farrington, and Paul Brooks, all at Doughty Street Chambers, as well as to Philip Hackett, Michael Turner, Jerome Lynch and Gareth Rees at Cloisters, Peter Pimm at Bank House Chambers, Sheffield, and Michael Wolkind at 10 King's Bench Walk.
At 9-12 Bell Yard, John Harwood-Stevenson, Tudor Owen, Mark Bryant-Heron, Mukul Chawla, Philippa McAtasney, Michael Egan and Peter Doyle are all highly rated. Paul Boateng at 8 King's Bench Walk is also good “when you can get him” and Tom MacKinnon was also named at the same set.
At 3 Gray's Inn Square, George Carter-Stevenson is “brilliant”, and other honourable mentions at the set include Philip Statman, Ed Rees, James Wood, Diana Ellis and Penny Barrett.
At 1 Paper Buildings, Stephen Spence and Karim Khalil are singled out, as are, at 1 Crown Office Row, Stephen Winberg, Orlando Pownall, Trevor Burke, and Sasha Wass, with Nigel Lambert, Henry Grunwald and James Montgomery also labelled as standing out.
David Perry, Simon Denison, Jonathan Turner and Dean Armstrong at 6 King's Bench Walk, and at 2 Harcourt Buildings, Patrick Gibbs and Aftab Jafferjee have all impressed, as has Geoffrey Cox at Thomas More Chambers.
Those among 3 Hare Court's roll of honours include Charles Conway, Peter Lodder, Keith Mitchell, James Sturman, Mark Milliken-Smith, and Anthony Abell. Margaret Barnes, Maura McGowan, Rich- ard Matthews, and John Caudle have all done good work.
James Richardson, Michael Wood and Charles Miskin at 36 Essex Street, are all noted for their technical awareness.
Others who have impressed include Sallie Bennett-Jenkins at 1 Hare Court , Alan Jenkins at 6 Pump Court, noted for both general crime and fraud, Jeremy Gold at 1 Gray's Inn Square, Alison Levitt at 3 Gray's Inn Square, Anthony Ventham at Mitre House Chambers, Richard Fortune at 4 Brick Court Chambers, David Batcup at 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings, Tim Kendall at 3 Temple Gardens, Notu Hoon at 2 Paper Buildings, and Simon Mehigan at 5 Paper Buildings.
At One KBW at 36 Bedford Row, Stephen Waine, David Lee and Howard Morrison are mentioned, together with Fred Philpott, Claire Andrews, William Hibbert and Jon Goulding at Gough Square Chambers.