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UK Bar: Rising Stars 2018

For the first time, WWL has identified some of the standout members of the junior Bar as “rising stars” based on our extensive research conducted into the market, with the aim of highlighting the work of those barristers who are operating at a level beyond their call. Several of these names are also featured in our Future Leaders series, which now includes chapters in Competition, Arbitration and Investigations. The individuals featured are aged 45 or under, and of 15 years’ call or less.

1 CHANCERY LANE          

Jack Harding

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Aviation and Travel chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Jack Harding is “rated very highly” by sources who consider him an “extremely bright” barrister with superb expertise acting for both claimants and defendants in international travel personal injury cases.

 

11 SOUTH SQUARE

Chris Aikens

Year of Call: 2005
Listed in Intellectual Property chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Chris Aikens is a “frighteningly good” junior who gives “phenomenally mature advice in a way clients like”, according to one instructing solicitor. He possesses the “wide knowledge of scientific principles needed for patents work” alongside a “great attention to detail and excellent people-management skills”.

 

11KBW

Joseph Barrett

Year of Call: 2009
Listed in Government Contracts chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “fantastic” Joseph Barrett has an excellent reputation in the market as a leading government contracts expert, drawing praise for his “intelligence and attention to detail”.

Amy Rogers

Year of Call: 2007
Listed in Labour, Employment & Immigration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Amy Rogers is widely regarded as one of the leading juniors on employment disputes and is an expert on team moves and cross-border litigation. One source says, “Amy is the standout junior in her area.”

 

20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS

Belinda McRae

Year of Call: 2014
Listed in Arbitration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Effusive sources call Belinda McRae “one of the best of her generation” in the arbitration space, describing her as “one to watch”. She is a “very smart” barrister whose “good commercial and public international law experience” have been recognised by a wide range of UK and international sources.

Kate Parlett

Year of Call: 2014
Listed in Arbitration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Kate Parlett stands out as “one of the top barristers in public international law in London”, and is well versed in handling complex international arbitration disputes. She is recognised particularly as “a leading light on the law of the sea”.

Philippa Webb

Year of Call: 2016
Listed in Arbitration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Philippa Webb brings excellent experience of public international law, including treaty obligations and maritime law, to bear on her burgeoning international arbitration practice. Sources describe her as “great to work with”.

 

3 VERULAM BUILDINGS

Adam Kramer

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Banking & Finance, and Insurance & Reinsurance chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Adam Kramer is described as “one of the most talented and impressive banking litigators at the junior Bar”, while sources also note him as “brilliant” in all manner of insurance and reinsurance disputes. Commentators are quick to highlight him as being “exemplary on his feet as an advocate, very hands-on and easy to work with”.

 

4 NEW SQUARE

Daniel Saoul

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Sports chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Daniel Saoul is noted by peers for his reputation as “a leading junior for sports disputes and sports regulatory work”. A former athlete himself, he has both personal experience and professional expertise in areas including doping, media concerns and governance. Respondents state he has “a razor-sharp mind combined with thoroughly commercial instincts”.

 

8 NEW SQUARE

Isabel Jamal

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Intellectual Property chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Isabel Jamal is one of the highest-regarded juniors in the IP space according to our research, with sources “rating her very highly”. One fellow junior comments: “If you see her name on the pleading, you have to take it very seriously.”

James Whyte

Year of Call: 2005
Listed in Intellectual Property and Life Sciences chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “brilliant” James Whyte deeply impresses sources due to his combination of being “seriously intelligent” yet “totally straightforward” in his approach. He has a broad intellectual property practice but is particularly lauded for his superb expertise in pharmaceuticals, in no small part thanks to his postdoctoral experience in molecular cell biology.

 

ATKIN CHAMBERS 

Andrew Fenn

Year of Call: 2007
Listed in Construction chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “very impressive” Andrew Fenn is “absolutely outstanding” in the construction space, according to peers, with one QC commenting, “He’s the best junior I’ve led in a long time.” He wins widespread praise as a “great advocate with attention to detail” who “really gets the job done”.

 

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS

Tristan Jones

Year of Call: 2006
Listed in Competition and Telecoms chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Tristan Jones is a highly regarded competition junior and is well known in both the commercial and regulatory space, including on complex telecoms matters, as “very smart and good at the detail”. One source says, “He is an effective advocate who is good on his feet – a real star.”

James Segan

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Competition, Government Contracts, Sports and Telecoms chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
“Top junior” James Segan is recognised as a formidable competition barrister and is recommended as “an excellent junior with a strong future ahead”. His “highly impressive” work in telecoms regulatory work is recognised by sources who praise his “commercial outlook” and deep knowledge of the law. He is also listed in Government Contracts and Sports and is noted for his “real deftness of touch”.

 

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS            

David Bailey

Year of Call: 2012
Listed in Competition chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
David Bailey is renowned for his experience in competition law, particularly investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority where his advice is very well regarded. He is recommended by peers as "clever, personable and approachable” and with “a tremendous depth of knowledge on the law.”

Richard Eschwege

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Banking & Finance, and Energy & Natural Resources chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Richard Eschwege is “a real star” at the Bar and draws praise for his “very successful commercial practice” which covers a range of matters including banking and civil fraud. Interviewees also “really rate” him for his expertise in energy-related matters, including oil and gas disputes.

Sarah Love

Year of Call: 2006
Listed in Competition and Telecoms chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Sarah Love is a “really impressive” barrister who is “very fluent on paper and in oral submissions and is a formidable opponent”. She is highly regarded for her expertise in competition law, particularly in economically regulated industries. Sources say that Love has “an incredible future at the Bar, not least in telecoms work”.

Daniel Piccinin

Year of Call: 2010
Listed in Competition chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “absolutely top-ranking” Daniel Piccinin is recognised for his experience in landmark competition cases at the Bar, including the first cartel damages claim to go to trial in the UK. One source says, “Daniel is off the scale in terms of his intellectual ability.”

 

ERSKINE CHAMBERS

Tim Akkouh

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Civil Fraud chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Sources “have a high regard” for Tim Akkouh, describing him as “a fine advocate” who “can certainly be recommended” in civil fraud cases. He draws praise as "a mature and persuasive advocate whose written advocacy is also very impressive”.

 

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS

Lucas Bastin

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Arbitration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Lucas Bastin has “built up a very impressive practice both in public international and commercial arbitration” according to sources, who consider him a standout name in the field. He is regarded as “very commercially savvy” and a “top cross-examiner who gives the reassuring impression of having full control of the case and the procedure”.

Siddharth Dhar

Year of Call: 2005
Listed in Arbitration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Sources call Siddharth Dhar “one of the very best” junior barristers working in Arbitration at the moment; “He is incredibly smart and great to work with” comments another source. He is particularly well known for acting for states, with recent representations for Albania and Kazakhstan among others.

Anton Dudnikov

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Arbitration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Anton Dudnikov is lauded as an “incredibly productive, hard-working and user-friendly” arbitration counsel who is “a pleasure to work with, especially under severe time pressure”. One source comments that Dudnikov is “the sort of lawyer every corporation should have”.

James Sheehan

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Civil Fraud chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
James Sheehan stands out as a junior who handles civil fraud cases with “considerable effect and great skill”. “He performs very impressively and his name should be lit up in lights,” says one commentator, while another calls him an “absolute megastar” at the junior Bar.

James Willan

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Banking & Finance, and Civil Fraud chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “really outstanding” James Willan is “just superb” according to commentators, with one remarking: “No one at the junior Bar is better at banking and finance work.” In the civil fraud space, he is similarly recognised as a “superb” advocate who is “stunningly able beyond his years. His analytical powers are second to none."

Emily Wood

Year of Call: 2006
Listed in Arbitration, and Banking & Finance chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “exceptional” Emily Wood is an accomplished commercial litigator with a well-developed banking and finance practice. Sources note: “She is a pleasure to work with.” She is also well known for her work in international arbitration, acting as both counsel and arbitrator.

 

FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING

Ned Westaway

Year of Call: 2009
Listed in Environment chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Ned Westaway has “a very high profile” in the space and is someone whom “everyone recognises as a rising star”. He is frequently called upon to counsel on a range of matters including nature conservations, nuisance claims and contaminated land.

 

KEATING CHAMBERS

Calum Lamont

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Construction and Government Contracts chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
The “absolutely brilliant” Calum Lamont emerges as the construction top junior in this year’s research by some distance. Sources are “impressed by his attention to detail and industry knowledge”, while his combination of “a great legal brain” and an “ability to get things done quickly” makes him a firm favourite in the market. His construction expertise aids him in his public procurement practice, where he is regarded as “very easy to deal with, knowledgeable and approachable”.

 

MATRIX CHAMBERS

Nicholas Gibson

Year of Call: 2009
Listed in Competition chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Nicholas Gibson is one of the Bar’s foremost authorities on economic regulation, state aid and public procurement and EU competition law. He is praised for his “pragmatism and clarity” and one source says, “Nicholas is really intelligent, sensible, incredibly hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.”

Andrew Smith

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Labour, Employment & Immigration chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Andrew Smith receives plaudits for his employment and discrimination expertise and is also highly respected for his arbitration work in sports matters. One respondent says, “Andrew is probably my go-to junior – he is great with clients and super responsive.”

 

MONCKTON CHAMBERS

Ligia Osepciu

Year of Call: 2008
Listed in Competition, Government Contracts and Telecoms chapters of WWL: UK Bar 2018
Ligia Osepciu wins praise for her “extensive experience in the public procurement space” and is recommended as “a superb case strategist”. She is also identified as “really good” in the competition and telecoms arenas, where sources highlight her as “very quick and clear”.

 

PUMP COURT TAX CHAMBERS

David Yates

Year of Call: 2004
Listed in Corporate Tax chapter of WWL: UK Bar 2018
David Yates is a widely recognised and highly regarded junior who is described as “excellent” in the corporate tax space. He handles the full range of VAT and corporation tax matters and is also well known for his work in the private client arena.

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