38. Ron Mansfield
Criminal lawyer Ron Mansfield has increasingly inherited the criminal law crown left vacant by the demise of such leaders as Peter Williams QC, although yet to receive the late lawyer's lustrous status at the criminal bar. Regularly appearing in high profile criminal cases like the "designer drug" Operation Arc case and others. He also made headling when he criticised the Chief District Court judge's decision last year to arrange court breaks to coincide with staff strike action makes the courts and counsel complicit with the Ministry.