If criminal silks have to be hungry and ready for a battle, the juniors know they also have to stand out from the pack. One leading practitioner says they should inspire the client, as well as being good value and capable.
At David Cocks QC's set at 5 King's Bench Walk, up and coming juniors include David Etherington and Richard Kovalevsky, and Kim Jenkins at 1 Gray's Inn Square, who is a “very safe pair of hands”.
At 2 King's Bench Walk, Michael Bowes is “very computer-literate and incredibly hard-working”, which is useful for white collar crime cases.
At 14 Tooks Court, the juniors to note are Alan Conrad, Vera Baird “who is used as a leader”, and John Reilly, Joel Bennathan and Anne Shamash.
At Furnival Chambers, those singled out are Stephen Holt, Vincent Coughlin, Diane Hurtley and Nicola Merrick. Votes also went to Michael Grieve, Paul Bogan, and Jill Evans “who is good on difficult issues” at Doughty Street Chambers, as well as to Philip Hackett and Michael Turner at Cloisters, Peter Pimm at Bank House Chambers, Sheffield, and Michael Wolkind at 10 King's Bench Walk. Other juniors to keep an eye on are, at 2 Garden Court, Ken Macdonald, Henry Blaxland, Courtenay Griffiths, Simon Farrell and Anthony Jennings.
Senior junior Peter Clarke, and middle ranking Edward Brown, John Kelsey-Fry, William Boyce, Ian Winter, Mark Ellison and Anthony Wilcken at Queen Elizabeth Building have all impressed.
Simon Stafford-Michael at 4 King's Bench Walk is “intellectually acute, imaginative and enthusiastic”, and Bruce Stuart and David Hood are noted.
At 9-12 Bell Yard, John Harwood-Stevenson, Tudor Owen and Mark Bryant-Heron, Mukul Chawla and Michael Egan are highly rated.
George Carter-Stevenson is “brilliant” at 3 Gray's Inn Square. Others are Philip Statman, Diana Ellis and Penny Barrett, who is “one to watch”.
At 1 Paper Buildings, Karim Khalil and Stephen Spence, and at 1 Crown Office Row, Stephen Winberg, Orlando Pownall, Trevor Burke, and Sasha Wass are noted. Nigel Lambert is “knocking on silkship”.
David Perry, Simon Denison, and Jonathan Turner at 6 King's Bench Walk and, at 2 Harcourt Buildings, Patrick Gibbs and Aftab Jafferjee have impressed. 3 Raymond Buildings, houses the “excellent” Michael Bromley-Martin, James Rankin “a rarity, very solid”, and Alex Cameron and Helen Malcolm; 3 Hare Court has Charles Conway, Peter Lodder, James Sturman and Mark Milliken-Smith; and 36 Essex Street has James Richardson, Michael Wood and Charles Miskin, who are all noted for their technical awareness.
Others noted are Sallie Bennett-Jenkins at 1 Hare Court, Alan Jenkins at 6 Pump Court, for both crime and fraud, Jeremy Gold at 1 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, and Notu Hoon at 2 Paper Buildings.
In Manchester, John Bromley-Davenport, and at Lincoln House Chambers James Gregory, Campbell Tait, Peter Wright and Andrew Nuttall are impressive. “Super junior” Philip Andrews is at Young Street Chambers, and in Bradford's Broadway House, Roger Thomas and Michele Colborne have impressed.
The Corn Exchange, Liverpool has Henry Riding who is “a solid performer” and “excellent” Janet Reaney, and at Victoria Chambers, Brian Jones has been used to good effect.
In Leeds, the names to note include Gerald Lumley at 9 Woodhouse Square, and Colin Harvey at St Paul's House.
Two sets in the Midlands with impressive juniors are 1 Fountain Court with Melbourne Inman, Malcolm Morse, and John Wait, and 3 Fountain Court with Robert Juckes, Andrew Jackson, David Mason, Philip Parker and Trevor Faber. Patrick Thomas at 4 Fountain Court is also noted.
Neil Ford, Martin Picton, Patrick Burrowes and Michael Cullum are all mentioned, as is Brian Lett at South Western Chambers, Taunton.