Wednesday, 14 December 2011


My top tips this  year did well. Here are my ones to watch for 2012.
Lord Neuberger MR who is surely going to run the Supreme Court next year.If there is any justice Rix LJ should be elevated. Laws LJ is in the frame too.
Sir Rupert Jackson is destined for the highest court too but i wonder if he will stay in the Court of appeal for awhile to ensure that his reforms bed down.
Stuart Mackechnie has achieved all that i predicted and more , winning pi barrister of the year last month.He will continue to roar ahead. I note that he was the one barrister in the country asked to advise on updating the law society pi panel criteria.
He is now joined at 9 Gough by Simon Butler, the tort supremo, and a real candidate for pi barrister of the year 2012.
Ben Posford is my top tip for claimant injury solicitor 2012. He is universally admired.
His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC ensured that the Birmingham costs pilot worked and is plainly worthy of the High Court bench.
Dr Mark Friston is the leading costs junior and was praised by the Court of Appeal only yesterday.He has several big cases coming up.
Sean Jones is the cleverest employment counsel i have ever met and ought to be a silk in a few months.
His clerk , Lucy Barbet, has had a great year with 11 KBW winning employment set of the year (again ). Mike Goodridge at 9 Gough Square achieved pi set of the year . Matthew Gibbons at Deans Court , Manchester, is one to watch.