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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A go-to set for human rights and public law matters’, Matrix Chambers has β€˜a depth of expertise that is second to none’. Chambers also has β€˜a fantastic reputation in employment, discrimination and judicial review’ and β€˜are leaders in the field of education law’. And its commercial offering, although smaller, β€˜has some notably excellent practitioners’. While both Monckton Chambers and Brick Court Chambers have well-deserved reputations as leaders in competition law, β€˜Matrix are coming through to challenge them’. Chambers’ β€˜highly professional’ and β€˜polished’ practice managers are β€˜approachable, pragmatic, attentive and efficient’ and β€˜think outside the box to solve problems’. Offering β€˜excellent client service’, practice director Jason Housden is a β€˜phenomenal clerk’, senior practice manager Paul Venables is β€˜always exceptionally helpful and efficient’ and β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, while β€˜on the ball’ Alison Scanes is β€˜as diligent and responsive as ever’; β€˜an absolute delight to work with’. At practice manager level, Elizabeth Boucher is highly regarded by solicitors and Chris Beard is β€˜very knowledgeable on the details of individual cases which installs instructing solicitors with the confidence he has the ability to match counsel to suitable cases’. The set also drew praise for β€˜a significant legal and document support offering which has made the administration of certain aspects of the work much less stressful’. Rachel Holmes has joined from 7BR following the departure of Lindsay Scott to 39 Essex Chambers. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Matrix Chambers’ criminal and international law practice manager Paul Venables is responsible for clerking the practices of several members who handle key Hong Kong financial crime litigation and strategic advice.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is highlighted for its β€˜excellent, modern approach and good service’. One solicitor commented: β€˜I have been consistently impressed by their skill, commitment and quality results.’ The set combines its broad public law expertise with its skills in commercial, EU, criminal and international law. Ben Emmerson QC represented the Republic of Georgia before the European Court of Human Rights regarding war crimes allegations. The set was also instructed in an Article 8 to the compatibility of the 1997 Police Act requirement of mandatory lifelong disclosure to employers of reprimands and cautions.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜I have been consistently impressed with his quality.’

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Absolutely the first choice for public law claims raising equality issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜At the top of the tree for EU-related judicial reviews and drives home the key points.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is really excellent and has a wonderful way of developing a rapport with the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Her extensive experience in public law makes her an invaluable sounding board.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A creative lawyer who gets impressive results in very difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is razor sharp, incredibly detailed and insightful, and has an impressive sense of authority.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜This is an area of strength for him.’

Ranked: tier 5

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is easy to work with and is a skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jessica Simor QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She has the ability to analyse complex issues of fact and law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She gives very practical advice and very impressive on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 5

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is great at drafting complex arguments.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is an excellent strategist and great at pulling a team together.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜A great all-round public law/immigration barrister and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers β€˜Conscientious, thorough and very good at putting clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is an excellent cross-examiner and is well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜Great on his feet, very hardworking and very clever.’

Ranked: tier 4

Zoe Leventhal - Matrix Chambers β€˜Legally and tactically very clever with a great written style.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers β€˜has a real breadth of talented barristers with a wide coverage of legal areas’, advising business and directors on a range of matters concerning corruption, fraud and insider trading allegations. Clare Montgomery QC advised Tesco on its entry into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Serious Fraud Office concerning its 2014 accounts.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Forthright, and always with arguments up her sleeve others won’t have thought of.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Probably the brightest Silk at the criminal Bar – and a real fighter too.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A very versatile silk with a lot of commercial nous.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lord Ken Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He handles heavyweight advisory work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He provides straight-talking advice.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2017 silks

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Charismatic, smart and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Andrew Bodnar - Matrix Chambers β€˜A genuine star.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very experienced and sound in judgement, preparation and experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Law - Matrix Chambers β€˜A dream junior when working with silks, with wide experience and knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Barristers at Matrix Chambers act for NGO’s, individuals and companies in a range of specialist areas including unlawful detention and miscarriages of justice. Standout cases over the last year include Helen Mountfield QC acting for the claimant in Denise Brewster v (1) NILGOSC, (2) DENI and AG for Northern Ireland, which established that a denial of β€˜survivors’ pensions’ to unmarried people constituted unlawful discrimination. Meanwhile, Phillippa Kaufmann QC was instructed on behalf of the non-state core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A highly skilled, knowledgeable and much respected counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An extremely impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She has an excellent manner, and superb written work.’ β€˜Very thorough preparation and great legal knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Ryder QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Phenomenal, intelligent, meticulous and creative.’

Ranked: tier 3

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Razor sharp, incredibly detailed and insightful, and has an impressive sense of authority.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Provides clear, helpful and practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very helpful and focused. Pays great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and very easy to work with. She is very clear in her advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Thorough, fair and excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely approachable, focused and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Great attention to detail and ability to identify issues that others may have missed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Is standing counsel to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and appears in all of the most sensitive and high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Committed, passionate and tenacious with an enormous amount of knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Hardworking, committed and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Alison MacDonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Gets to grip with issues quickly and presents argument in a clear and compelling way.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2018 silks

Samantha Knights QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Experienced and smart, with a track record of heavyweight cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Helen Law - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very professional and responsive. A joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜Strategic thinker, attention to detail and able to identify issues that others may have missed.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜Hardworking, passionate and creative in his arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very talented, extremely hardworking, responsive and always ready to assist.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An astute reader of judicial minds, a clear and succinct advocate and a strong lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

The β€˜modern’ Matrix Chambers provides a β€˜cooperative, pragmatic and intelligent service’. Highlights for the set included Rhodri Thompson QC acting in R (Sky Blue) v Coventry CC, cases which involved state aid considerations. Also of note is Christopher Brown’s involvement in Federal Deposit Insurance v Barclays Bank and others, which arised from the LIBOR rate setting scandal.

Competition – Leading silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Has an unerring ability to drive home the point which most interests the court.’

Ranked: tier 2
Competition – Leading juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very bright, quick on the uptake, approachable, and understands the brief very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Brown - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely easy to work with – he is responsive, intelligent, astute and collaborative.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is well regarded and assists individuals, local authorities, care providers, charities and NGOs on all matters relating to social services and health entitlements.

Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent community care practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is experienced in community care cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜Superb for Mental Health Act cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜Recommended for his work in community care judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

Primarily a defendant set that is β€˜particularly strong for cases with political or human rights elements’, Matrix Chambers has great expertise in criminal appeals and cases with protest elements, as well as terrorism. Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh represented a Methodist minister, who on the basis of necessity to prevent war crimes was acquitted of charges of criminal damage to Panavia Tornado multirole combat aircraft destined for the Saudi Air Force in its military intervention in Yemen.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Strategically astute, with a knowledge of the law outside of her specialist areas.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Summers QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His performance at substantive hearings is very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is exceptionally intelligent but also a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Fiercely intelligent and committed to the client’s interests.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh - Matrix Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, hardworking and talented.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joanna Buckley - Matrix Chambers β€˜A perfectionist – she is incredibly hardworking and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

The β€˜superb’ barristers at Matrix Chambers have been involved in four Supreme Court cases in the last 12 months. Defendant clients include broadcasters, unions and news publications, while claimant clients include major corporations and celebrities. The set’s members are commended for β€˜offering a high level of expertise delivered in a practical and pragmatic manner’. Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori acted for the claimant in the libel proceedings Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers Ltd. Gavin Millar QC was up against Antony White QC in the Kelly v Facebook Ireland Ltd defamation claim.

Defamation and privacy – Leading silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Brilliant mind, brilliant in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with as so receptive to new ideas.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very assured with clients and the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Clear and helpful advice; very practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Impressive; incredibly bright, pragmatic and willing to attend to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very meticulous and has great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3
Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very competent, exceptionally thorough. A real expert on privacy and data law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Helme - Matrix Chambers β€˜An encyclopaedic knowledge of privacy law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lorna Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜Thorough and highly intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is extremely hardworking, responsive and always ready to assist.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very responsive and drafts well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kirsten Sjovoll - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very bright, very talented; shows real promise.’

Ranked: tier 4

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EU law
EU law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

β€˜Excellent set’ Matrix Chambers has β€˜a wide range of outstanding barristers’ with β€˜considerable experience and expertise in EU law’. Members of chambers appeared in the headline-grabbing Brexit litigation, R (Miller). Some more recent highlights of note include Rhodri Thompson QC acting on a challenge to the office of road and rail concerning charges for access to the Heathrow Spur; Jessica Simor QC acting in R (McKeown, Duggan & others) v HMRC, which concerned excise smuggling; and the Court of Appeal case of Guebeladze v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, where Helen Mountfield QC successfully resisted an appeal against a finding that an extension of the UK’s β€˜worker registration scheme’ for the nationals of Accession State countries constituted a disproportionate infringement of EU law.

EU law – Leading silks

Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His main strength is his ability to consider work or areas of law at short notice and be familiar with them quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Makes the very complex seem disarmingly simple and the logic of his client’s case seems inexorable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Simor QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real master of her craft. Extremely hardworking, diligent and passionate about her cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate, who is able to turn complex and confusing ideas into attractive submissions, she is also an exceptionally supportive leader.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – Leading juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix Chambers β€˜Bright, quick on the uptake, approachable, and understands the brief quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Takis Tridimas - Matrix Chambers β€˜It is hard to think of anyone with more expertise and knowledge on general principles of EU law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Brown - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely easy to work with – he is responsive, intelligent, astute and collaborative.’

Ranked: tier 3

Eleni Mitrophanous - Matrix Chambers β€˜An intelligent junior who will resolutely pursue arguments in support of her client’s case.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Education - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is β€˜a leader in the field of education law and offers real strength in depth’. Members act for parents, pupils, schools, universities, local authorities and statutory bodies. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett acted for the regulator in R v Ofsted in a successful appeal which established that gender segregation in schools without express statutory authority constitutes direct sex discrimination. Sarah Hannett also acted for parents in R (AA) v Governing Body of St Olave’s Grammar where children were excluded from school because they were not on track to get three grade Bs in their A levels. The case settled and led to the Secretary of State for Education issuing a statement making it clear the practice was unlawful.

Education – Leading silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is willing to have a go on hard cases; really efficient and super clever.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate who can turn complex and confusing ideas into attractive submissions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has strong legal acumen and knowledge; great client skills and is creative.’

Ranked: tier 2
Education – Leading juniors

Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is undoubtedly excellent; a hardworking junior who is extremely sensible.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Darwin - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is responsive, supportive, inventive, enthusiastic and empathetic.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent cross-examiner who is well prepared and pitches at the right level.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜A former academic, he has the ability to quickly get under the skin of a case and give clear and concise strategic advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers β€˜stands out as a go-to set’ with β€˜some of the best senior and junior counsel out there’. Thomas Linden QC acted for Pimlico Plumbers in the Supreme Court regarding the application of employment law to β€˜gig economy’ working, and Karon Monaghan QC represented Unison in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor.

Employment – Leading silks

James Laddie QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A brilliant tactician and original thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is a great asset to the legal profession.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Linden QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He stands out for the total authority with which he commands the court room.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Nicholls QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An absolutely first-rate silk who is creative with his arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3
Employment – Leading juniors

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is a very clever thinker offering practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Kibling - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real team player who is extraordinarily hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Smith - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent junior who is brilliant on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Darwin - Matrix Chambers β€˜A go-to barrister who is highly inventive and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Laura Prince - Matrix Chambers β€˜She has excellent technical knowledge and is always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

Specialising in large, international group actions, Matrix Chambers is β€˜an outstanding set’ with β€˜many excellent juniors coming through the ranks’. Richard Hermer QC is acting in Bille & Ogale Communities v Shell & SPDC, a claim by approximately 50,000 residents of two communities in the Niger Delta that are seeking damages and injunctive relief arising out of a series of oil spills; and Lungowe and others v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc, a claim by 1,826 Zambian villagers who allege that the local waterways and drinking water have been polluted by the defendants’ copper mines. David Wolfe QC is acting for FOE and local residents action groups in their legal challenges to the first major planning permissions for fracking.

Environment – Leading silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Recommended for his work for NGOs and other campaigning bodies challenging decisions of environmental protection public bodies.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Expert in large scale international environmental disasters claims.’

Ranked: tier 3
Environment – Leading juniors

Maurice Sheridan - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Cook - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extensive experience on a range of climate change-related issues at the international and national levels.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely assiduous and diligent, outstanding drafting skills and very bright.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has a particular strength in cross-border investigations and fraud cases, often overlapping with corporate crime. Tim Owen QC successfully defended Madam Ye Fang in a Hong Kong money laundering trial.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An extraordinary performer in the field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Excellent at leading a team and presenting answers to complex question.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lord Ken Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His work includes sensitive advisory matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His work includes challenging cross-border cases.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has a quiet authority and ear of the court, colleagues and clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Law - Matrix Chambers β€˜A very focused advocate with wide experience and knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
Data protection – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers β€˜excels in privacy/data protection matters’. Several barristers at the set were instructed in precedent setting right to be forgotten cases NT1 and NT2 v Google, including Hugh Tomlinson QC on the claimants’ side and Antony White QC for the defendants. The group also has experience bringing data protection claims against the media and public authorities. Ian Helme has joined the set from One Brick Court.

Data protection – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is one of the leading data protection experts in the context of privacy and reputation management cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A clear and succinct advocate and a strong lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He makes the complex seem disarmingly simple and the logic of his clients’ cases seem inexorable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – Leading juniors

Ian Helme - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the DPA, GDPR and privacy law generally.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is great to work with and leader on data protection issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

β€˜The well organised’ Matrix Chambers β€˜is a particularly strong set in matters before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court’. Its crossover expertise takes in human rights, broad public law and community care, as well as business immigration. Raza Husain QC acted on the reference from the Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union, on the eligibility of torture victims to subsidiary protection under the EU Qualification Directive.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is the stand-out silk for immigration law work. He has a breathtaking practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has phenomenal advocacy skills, especially in the Supreme Court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is instructed on some of the most sensitive and high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – 2018 silks

Samantha Knights - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is very good up-and-coming silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜Produces lovely drafting, is tenacious in court and always gives 100 per cent for the client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is a go-to counsel for complex PBS challenges.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers β€˜handles extremely high-profile and heavyweight cases and has a calibre of counsel which is not matched by any other set’. Acting for claimants, interveners and the government, the set brings multiple areas of expertise to inquests and inquiries. Jonathan Glasson QC is instructed on the inquest into the death of Kieran Doherty and he is also counsel to the tribunal in which Privacy International challenged the collection of data by intelligence agencies. Danny Friedman QC is lead counsel for five London law firms representing over 200 survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Immensely diligent and extremely client friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He sees the bigger picture and his advice is always strategic, nuanced and practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is a five star barrister with enormous expertise in inquiries and inquests.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is a doughty and fearless opponent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Razor sharp, incredibly detailed and insightful and has an impressive sense of authority.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜Gets to grips with the case quickly and develops assertive arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A brilliant arbitrator of the highest calibre; peerless.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in setting out efficient strategies for handling major complex disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Will go the last mile for his client as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets in London for this area’. It has individuals instructed on both sides of India’s request for the extradition of Vijay Mallya, chairman of United Breweries Group and co-owner of the Force India Formula One team, to face fraud charges; Clare Montgomery QC representing Mallya, Mark Summers QC and Aaron Watkins for the Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of the Indian authorities.

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Clever, robust and willing to commit to an opinion.’

Ranked: tier 1

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜So many superlatives apply to her it is hard to find one superlative enough.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Summers QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A brilliant extradition specialist who has a down-to-earth manner that inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A creative and dynamic barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He provides straight-talking advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜A rising star in the field because of his human rights and public law crossovers.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michelle Butler - Matrix Chambers β€˜Instructed by states and individuals on international criminal law issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers frequently represents both claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy, internet and social media issues, freedom of information and pre-publication advice. Several of its members acted in a Supreme Court appeal of three libel cases heard together (Times Newspapers Ltd v Flood; Miller v Associated Newspapers Limited; MGN Ltd v Frost), where it was successfully argued that the extra costs imposed were a violation of the media organisations Article 10 rights. In this matter Gavin Millar QC represented for Associate Newspapers and Hugh Tomlinson QC acted for the claimants opposing the appeal.

Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is superb in this area.’

Ranked: tier 3

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is highly regarded for data protection and privacy matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He acts both for and against large media organisations in defamation privacy and information law proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has a clear understanding of the work and values of journalists and news organisations, as well as the regulatory framework.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has particular expertise of privacy and defamation matters, and recently handled Supreme Court appeals for media organisations.’

Ranked: tier 4
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for privacy and defamation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very responsive and drafts well, particularly for breach of confidence and privacy matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lorna Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is highlighted for both privacy/data protection and defamation work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜She instils trust and confidence in both clients and instructing solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers’ Tim Owen QC and Edward Craven are instructed to represent the claimant in European Court of Human Rights case Briggs-Price v United Kingdom; the appellant was convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, but the confiscation order of Β£2.5m imposed was concerning alleged cannabis trafficking, which he was neither charged with or convicted of.

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He provides straight-talking advice on POCA issues.’

Ranked: tier 3
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜He represents the CPS and defendants in confiscation proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has numerous market-leading PIL lawyers at senior and junior level, with premises in London and Geneva. The expertise of its members covers the full gamut, from BIT claims to major maritime and border disputes. Major disputes invariably see Philippe Sands QC and Alison Macdonald QC instructed, including in the high-profile Chagos Islands case, Mauritius v United Kingdom, Ghana v CΓ΄te d’Ivoire, and Alhambra v Kazakhstan.

Public international law – Leading silks

Philippe Sands QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A great mind.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very thoughtful, considerate and knowledgeable in the area of public international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent lawyer; very knowledgeable and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – 2017 silks

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Her knowledge of the area is vast and her experience is patently obvious.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public international law – Leading juniors

Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh - Matrix Chambers β€˜An absolutely superb junior; completely on top of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A go-to set for human rights and public law matters’, Matrix Chambers has β€˜a depth of expertise that is second to none’. Chambers also has β€˜a fantastic reputation in employment, discrimination and judicial review’ and β€˜are leaders in the field of education law’. And its commercial offering, although smaller, β€˜has some notably excellent practitioners’. While both Monckton Chambers and Brick Court Chambers have well-deserved reputations as leaders in competition law, β€˜Matrix are coming through to challenge them’. Chambers’ β€˜highly professional’ and β€˜polished’ practice managers are β€˜approachable, pragmatic, attentive and efficient’ and β€˜think outside the box to solve problems’. Offering β€˜excellent client service’, practice director Jason Housden is a β€˜phenomenal clerk’, senior practice manager Paul Venables is β€˜always exceptionally helpful and efficient’ and β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, while β€˜on the ball’ Alison Scanes is β€˜as diligent and responsive as ever’; β€˜an absolute delight to work with’. At practice manager level, Elizabeth Boucher is highly regarded by solicitors and Chris Beard is β€˜very knowledgeable on the details of individual cases which installs instructing solicitors with the confidence he has the ability to match counsel to suitable cases’. The set also drew praise for β€˜a significant legal and document support offering which has made the administration of certain aspects of the work much less stressful’. Rachel Holmes has joined from 7BR following the departure of Lindsay Scott to 39 Essex Chambers. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Andrew Smith - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent and diligent; open to discussing difficult points in detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜A top-notch sports specialist who is clearly a star in the making. He grasps complicated legal concepts, and concisely articulates strong legal reasoning with unparalleled attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Eleni Mitrophanous - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is clearly intelligent and will resolutely pursue arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

Matrix Chambers includes a number of silks known for handling the highest-profile financial crime cases in Hong Kong. Tim Owen QC represented the directors of a fuel company, who were convicted of money laundering and fraud after illegally importing untaxed diesel, in asset recovery proceedings. In a headline case, Clare Montgomery QC defended former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, in his corruption trial.

Fraud and corporate crime – Leading silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A London Silk with Hong Kong experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His work includes Hong Kong fraud and asset recovery matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Matrix Chambers’ criminal and international law practice manager Paul Venables is responsible for clerking the practices of several members who handle key Hong Kong financial crime litigation and strategic advice.

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