Juniors of the employment Bar earn high praise from those who instruct them.
Again it is 11 King's Bench Walk that sweeps the board. SeAn Jones is “very highly thought of”, particularly on discrimination matters. On the “flamboyant” side is Jonathan Swift who, with his “bizarre shirts”, is a bit of a showman but is “very hands-on and works as part of the team”.
John Cavanagh offers “expertise in discrimination and equal pay matters”. He is also “very clear in consultation”. Paul Nicholls “gives clients great confidence”. His reputation is based on “attention to detail”.
Nigel Giffin is “intellectually first class”. Timothy Pitt-Payne is rated, along with Peter Oldham, Akhlaq Choudhury, Clive Sheldon, Andrew Hillier (who is always “well tuned to a case”) and the “impressive” Elisabeth Laing. Charles Bear is recommended for his work on covenants and heavyweight injunction matters. He is “forthright with an amazingly quick intellect”. Adrian Lynch is “incredibly thorough” and “deals with matters quickly”, while the up and coming Jason Coppel and Daniel Stilitz stand out.
Leading set Littleton Chambers has Ian Gatt returning to employment law, with “a very good presence”. He is “dependable and reliable on just about everything”. Antony Sendall, Naomi Ellenbogen and Shirley Bothroyd are all also highly rated. Selwyn Bloch has a “thorough and professional” approach, with “an air of authority”, while Michael Duggan is “nice and approachable”.
Old Square Chambers has a number of recommended juniors, from the “pugnacious and formidable” Sarah Moor, to Louise Chudleigh (who apparently reached number three in last season's Daily Telegraph fantasy football league). Ex-solicitor Melanie Tether's background “helps her understand the practicalities of cases”. Jennifer Eady earns special praise “for covering all angles and considering all issues”. She has a “clear and succinct approach with clients” and is a “formidable opponent”. The “bullish” Paul Rose has “a good sense of humour” and Ian Scott is rated, as is Toby Kempster for his “practical approach”.
The recently renamed Blackstone Chambers is highly recommended. Top dogs are Paul Goulding who is a “hard worker” and “pays great attention to detail”. Dinah Rose, for equal opportunities and discrimination-related matters, is “first class both in her work and in her dealings with clients”. Also rated at this set are Beverley Lang and Gerard Clarke.
Devereux Chambers is highly regarded with Bruce Carr standing out for his “dry manner” and “subtle cross-examination”. Colin Wynter and the “bullish” Nicholas Randall are also rated. 4-5 Gray's Inn Square has one of the best juniors around in Thomas Linden – an “excellent lawyer and very approachable”.
Anthony Korn of Barnards Inn Chambers is rated for discrimination-related matters, while at 29 Bedford Row Chambers Timothy Walker is “sensible and down to earth”. Brick Court Chambers has “one of the most senior juniors around” in Peter Irvin, who has “very sound judgement”, and Doughty Street Chambers boasts a man “with the brain the size of a planet, and charm with it” in Michael Ford.
Cloisters welcomes “rising star” Matthew Ryder back from the US and has the “user-friendly” Thomas Kibling. Andrew Stafford at John Powell QC's 2 Crown Office Row, is “good at complex matters”. Andrew Nicol, Sue Carr and Martin Fodder are also rated.
Essex Court Chambers has Martin Griffiths, described as having “a brain like a bacon slicer”. At 4 Essex Court Matthew Reeve has recently transferred from Bell Yard. Brian Napier, Simon Browne-Wilkinson and Andrew Mitchell, all of Fountain Court, are rated.
At Nicholas Jarman QC's 4 King's Bench Walk Adrienne Morgan is “very hard working” and recommended for her work involving local authorities. A very good junior-junior is Joel Donovan of New Court Chambers, while at 14 Tooks Court Karon Monaghan's “practice goes from strength to strength”. Charles Ciumei at 1 Temple Gardens is a “little star in the making” and at DC Gordon's 3 Temple
Gardens Martin Ward is also rated.
At the “good value” 4 Paper Buildings, chambers of Lionel Swift QC, Sam Neaman, Gavin Mansfield and David Reade stand out. At Antonio Bueno QC's 5 Paper Buildings Simon Devonshire is “dependable and practical” and Satinder Gill shows “great attention to detail”.