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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜At the top of its game’, Matrix Chambers is β€˜a very solid set for complex litigation’ with deep experience spanning public, criminal, employment, media and sport law. It is also recommended for international matters and has had an office in Geneva since 2013. β€˜When you instruct chambers you know you are getting a top-end service from a top-end set, and the new website and refurbishment adds a degree of professionalism that is rarely rivalled at the Bar.’ The β€˜slick’ and β€˜phenomenally good’ practice management team β€˜goes above and beyond the call of duty’; β€˜in short, they are the best of the best’. Practice director Jason Housden is β€˜extremely helpful, reliable, personable and accommodating’, and senior practice manager Paul Venables is a β€˜maestro of clerking’ and β€˜will always go out of his way to ensure clients are looked after’. Also a senior practice manager, Cliff Holland is highly regarded: β€˜nothing is too much trouble for him’. 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 has β€˜a long, proud history in the public law space’ and is particularly strong in competition issues and public law cases with a human rights angle. Indeed, Ben Emmerson QC acted for the widow of Alexander Litvinenko during the inquiry into the Russian-defector’s death, while Phillippa Kaufmann QC was involved in the appeal of legal aid provisions under the new legal aid regime.

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

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent public lawyer and a strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Fantastically easy to work with and amazingly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real fighter, who has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and extremely popular with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Sharp-minded and impressive on his feet, yet down to earth and modest.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She will stand up in the cases where other advocates wilt.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely robust in his scrutiny of public body decision making.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jessica Simor QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She has an instinctive sense for the right way to argue a case and is indefatigable in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real champion for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and unparalleled experience.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2016 silks

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Confident, clear and extremely accomplished.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Committed and sensible; a pleasure to work with.’

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

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜A formidable advocate and a star player in the junior barrister world.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers β€˜An extremely able, clear-thinker, who provides practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜He’s very sympathetic to clients and has strategic legal instincts.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers β€˜Clever, accessible and constructive.’

Ranked: tier 4

ZoΓ« Leventhal - Matrix Chambers β€˜Incredibly thorough and very intelligent.’

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

β€˜At the top of its game’, Matrix Chambers counts among its ranks a number of silks instructed in extremely sensitive cross-border corruption and other corporate crime investigations. Aaron Watkins represented a former European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) executive director, who was convicted in Russia of accepting bribes in return for loans.

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

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is a bit like an Exocet missile and solicitors are glad when she’s on their side.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real fighter and an excellent lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Knowles QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has both a formidable intellect and the ability to give sound and down-to-earth advice to clients.’

Ranked: tier 2
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Andrew Bodnar - Matrix Chambers β€˜Instructed in serious cross-border cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜An impressive advocate who can persuade the most difficult tribunal through his eloquent persistence.’

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

β€˜One of a small handful of sets that really excels in actions against the police’, Matrix Chambers is β€˜still the best set for big claimant human rights work’. With a litany of Supreme Court appearances in 2016 and 2017, chambers has been involved in cases involving foreign detention and extradition, police whistleblowing and sexual discrimination.

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

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A powerful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is collaborative in his approach and has an impressive ability to make a case palatable to a judge.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Ryder QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Able to fashion positive results from almost unwinnable cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She has a formidable presence in court and is a really impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A highly recommended, convincing advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A natural, enthusiastic orator, whose breadth of practice is staggering.’

Ranked: tier 4

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Presents clients with what they should actually do, rather than a menu of options.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A leading practitioner at a leading set.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His experience is self-evident and he is an absolute delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Meticulous and brilliant in his review of merits and evidence.’

Ranked: tier 4

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An obvious choice for legally complex immigration and international human rights cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2016 silks

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Displays superb judgement and composure under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A valuable asset in the litigation team.’

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

Helen Law - Matrix Chambers β€˜Benefits from a rare mix of experience in civil actions against criminal justice agencies and criminal law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an ability to identify issues that others have missed.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜One of the best juniors out there, who will undoubtedly rise to the very top of his profession.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜A natural and extremely personable advocate with huge experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Samantha Knights - Matrix Chambers β€˜She produces efficient and organised written work.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and always sees the bigger picture.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is renowned for its β€˜expert’ barristers, three of whom represented BT in appeal proceedings challenging Ofcom’s decision to impose a regulatory condition on pricing of superfast broadband.

Competition – Leading silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An established practitioner and expert in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2
Competition – Leading juniors

Christopher Brown - Matrix Chambers β€˜Technically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix Chambers β€˜Charismatic, clever and good on his feet, with an overall terrific practice.’

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 β€˜a cut above for claimant representation’. Members specialise in cases involving children with special needs, victims of domestic violence and mental health detention. David Wolfe QC acted for two children in their judicial review challenge to the Oxfordshire County Council’s closure of children’s centres.

Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A highly recommended community care practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is fastidious in her preparation and a passionate advocate.’

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

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

Ranked: tier 2

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very sympathetic to clients and has good public law strategic instincts.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has particular strengths in matters at the interface of public law and crime, as well as criminal appeals. Mark Summers QC and Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh represented Anjem Choudary, co-founder of al-Muhajiroun, who was convicted of encouraging support for Islamic State.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate, and very clever too.’

Ranked: tier 1

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A class act with a deserved reputation to go with it.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Knowles QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜One of the few silks capable of penetrating into the heart of a legal problem and explaining it clearly and eruditely.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Summers QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A top lawyer, who takes every possible point for his clients and is first-rate in his examination of witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is exceptionally intelligent with excellent tactical judgement and a really good manner with clients.’

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

Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh - Matrix Chambers β€˜An exceptionally talented lawyer, who has the ability to distil and deal effectively with the key issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers β€˜continues to stand out for its innovative and dynamic approach to the rapidly evolving legal landscape’ and has β€˜a reputation for handling cutting-edge matters’. Members are β€˜profoundly committed to the cases they do’ and regularly appear in the higher courts. Antony White QC recently acted for Google in the precedent-setting β€˜right to be forgotten’ claim.

Defamation and privacy – Leading silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A top silk, who has genuine gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A brilliant mind and brilliant in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A notable expert and a walking encyclopaedia of legal knowledge related to defamation and privacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is very assured with clients and the court, and inspires confidence in the teams he leads.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A calm, responsive and polished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3
Defamation and privacy – 2016 silks

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An extremely clear and strategic thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

Lorna Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is exceptional and stands out in this area, with brilliant legal acumen and tactical guile.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜An extremely talented and effective barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has a great breadth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers houses β€˜barristers who are profoundly knowledgeable, thoroughly prepared and have a perfect command of the law’, from senior β€˜real leaders in the field’ to β€˜impressive juniors’. Headline instructions included four silks’ appearance in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Helen Mountfield QC acting for the intervenor in the β€œbedroom tax” challenges.

EU law – Leading silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate and a heavyweight QC.’

Ranked: tier 1

Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Simor QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Clear-eyed and instinctive in her strategy, and indefatigable in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An impressive combination of advocacy skills, judgement and detailed knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – Leading juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix Chambers β€˜Clever and down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 2

Takis Tridimas - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real specialist with intellectual firepower.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Brown - Matrix Chambers β€˜A fabulously focused senior junior, who gets the big picture and provides prolific output.’

Ranked: tier 3

Eleni Mitrophanous - Matrix Chambers β€˜Recommended for tax-related matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Education – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

The β€˜very impressive’ Matrix Chambers houses some of the most accessible and competent’ practitioners, who are β€˜truly dedicated to problem solving’. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett are defending Ofsted’s report in a judicial review challenge filed by a designated faith school under the Equality Act 2010. On the claimant side, David Wolfe QC acted for parents in judicial review proceedings challenging the Religious Studies GCSE specifications issued by the Secretary of State.

Education – Leading silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Incisive and tactically astute, he is in a league of his own on SEN cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An authoritative, persuasive and charming advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Education – 2016 silks

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Consistently impressive in his arguments.’

Ranked: tier 1
Education – Leading juniors

Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers β€˜One of the best in the field as well as extremely client-friendly and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Darwin - Matrix Chambers β€˜A highly regarded junior with a fast-developing and varied practice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜Truly passionate about fighting for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has β€˜real strength in depth’ and β€˜a reputation for cutting-edge matters’, with particular expertise in employment disputes involving the financial services, sports, media and public sectors. The set recently acted in a number of Supreme Court cases, including Naeem v Ministry of Justice/Essop v Home Office, in which Thomas Linden QC and Mathew Purchase appeared against Karon Monaghan QC. Purchase and Monaghan were also successful in the closely followed employment tribunal fees litigation.

Employment – Leading silks

James Laddie QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is a fantastic and astute advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Linden QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A very impressive advocate, who is particularly skilled at taking control of the agenda in the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 1

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is a fantastic advocate, who is calm in the face of complex legal arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Nicholls QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A go-to employment silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Randall QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Intelligent, pragmatic and down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – Leading juniors

Thomas Kibling - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is a responsive, calm and well-prepared advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Darwin - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is very good for technical discrimination matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is an extremely clever and clear thinker, who provides practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Smith - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is quick to grasp issues and very pleasant to work to with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Prince - Matrix Chambers β€˜An intelligent and dedicated lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is β€˜a refreshingly modern set, with a high level of experience’. Members are often involved in high-profile international environmental cases; demonstrating this expertise, Richard Hermer QC and Edward Craven acted in Bille and Ogale Communities v Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and the Konkola Copper Mines litigation.

Environment – Leading silks

Philippe Sands QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A leading figure in the area of natural resources protection.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He combines strategic thinking with extraordinary advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 3
Environment – Leading juniors

Maurice Sheridan - Matrix Chambers β€˜He combines superb technical skills with an excellent commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Cook - Matrix Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for climate change matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜A leader in the field of group claims with unparalleled research and drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is particularly noted for cross-border frauds. For example, Clare Montgomery QC is involved in a number of high-profile cases in Hong Kong, while Lord Ken Macdonald QC and Helen Law represented Compass Group in a private prosecution, which was later dismissed, regarding alleged fraud in the company’s Central Asian operations.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An all-round top-drawer advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A versatile practitioner, who can turn his hand to pretty much everything – a very good lateral thinker.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Knowles QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜His strength is his legal analysis and development of arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lord Ken Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An accomplished barrister, who is very intelligent but also down to earth and practical.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent lawyer with superb advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Andrew Bodnar - Matrix Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate with a brilliant intellect – a truly exceptional lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜A clever, resourceful and hardworking barrister, who has an excellent manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Law - Matrix Chambers β€˜Instructed by corporates and individuals in fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
Data protection – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers houses β€˜top lawyers’ in the data protection and telecoms regulatory fields. Antony White QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC appeared against one another in CG v Facebook Ireland, a case in the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal concerning the publication of personal information on Facebook.

Data protection – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜The go-to silk for any privacy injunction.’

Ranked: tier 1

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A top silk in this area, who has genuine gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 2
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has a wide breadth of knowledge and is a real asset.’

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – 2016 silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – Leading juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜An extremely talented and effective barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers handles publicly funded immigration work as well as sports and business immigration with a BVI or Cayman Islands element. Practice head Raza Husain QC recently acted in SXH v CPS, an intervention for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees concerning the use of a false passport to gain entry to the UK by an orphaned minor (a Somali refugee rape victim).

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is an exceptionally talented silk, and for legally complex cases he is the obvious choice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is exceptional on his feet, and presents arguments with clarity and confidence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has very good people skills, which clients appreciate.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Samantha Knights - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is very efficient and organised, and the quality of her written work is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for detention cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is quick, efficient and a team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

The β€˜first-class’ Matrix Chambers is β€˜as professional as it gets’, β€˜delivering a top-end service’. Among the set’s high-profile work, Jonathan Glasson QC acted for the Independent Police Complaints Commission in the Mark Duggan inquest, which was subsequently appealed (Hugh Southey QC represented the family in the Court of Appeal).

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€˜A fine legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A forensic encyclopaedia and a real asset to any case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is the engine that drives any team and inspires confidence with his approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She distils complex legal issues into user-friendly soundbites.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers β€˜A fantastic tactician.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Quite simply one of the top arbitrators in the world.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in complex disputes and an indispensable asset.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A star and an excellent lawyer with a penetrating intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Matrix Chambers

At Matrix Chambers, β€˜counsel are always of an excellent standard’. Michelle Butler advised the Libyan government on its proposed trials of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (son of Colonel Gaddafi) and Abdullah Senussi, while Mark Summers QC successfully represented the US government, which received Navinder Singh Sarao, also known as the β€˜Hound of Hounslow’, following his contribution to the 2010 β€˜flash crash’.

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Ben Emmerson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an enviable instant recall of the law and the ability to communicate it succinctly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A phenomenon in her own right.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Summers QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜At the top of the tree: bright, phenomenally hardworking and abundantly talented.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an incisive and creative mind, and thinks of solutions that do not occur to others.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Knowles QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He lives up to his reputation as a superb lawyer and has the ability to advance groundbreaking cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Solicitors are fans: he’s an excellent lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2
International crime and extradition – Leading juniors

Aaron Watkins - Matrix Chambers β€˜A star of the extradition world – bright, responsive and capable of producing superb skeleton arguments.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michelle Butler - Matrix Chambers β€˜She has a strong track record in international tribunal cases.’

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 has β€˜an excellent breadth of silks and juniors, who are top lawyers and profoundly committed to the cases they do’. The set’s media practice is hinged on its significant reputation in defamation and privacy law.

Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜The go-to silk for any privacy injunction.’

Ranked: tier 3

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Undoubtedly the top for media and data protection crossover cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Excellent at understanding what the client wants, then going out and getting it.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He produces very intelligent advice, which is easy for lay clients to understand.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has unbelievable cross-examination skills.’

Ranked: tier 4
Media and entertainment – 2016 silks

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜She will undoubtedly rise to the top of the media Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has the ability to see the more strategic elements involved in a case that lasts for years.’

Ranked: tier 1
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Ben Silverstone - Matrix Chambers β€˜A superb junior, whose advice is always thoughtful and on-point.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has a fine attention to detail and is understanding of client needs.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lorna Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is the complete package as a barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜Her advice and judgement are sound and she instils confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading juniors

ZoΓ« Leventhal - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is great at wading through complex issues and condensing into salient points.’

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’ work in the POCA arena often links with the set’s expertise in cross-border crime and public law. Julian Knowles QC* and Andrew Bodnar represented the defendant company in R v Boyle Transport (Northern Ireland), which concerned the piercing of the corporate veil in asset restraint cases. *Since going to press, Julian Knowles QC has been appointed to the bench.

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading Silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜A real fighter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Knowles QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He lives up to his reputation as a superb lawyer able to advance groundbreaking cases.’

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

Andrew Bodnar - Matrix Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate with a brilliant intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Paul Skinner - Matrix Chambers β€˜A careful and thoughtful barrister, who eases the most emotional and vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers houses some of the pre-eminent public international law practitioners the country has to offer, including Zachary Douglas QC and Philippe Sands QC. Highlights involving multiple members include representing Ghana in the ICJ in a dispute with the Ivory Coast concerning a maritime boundary limitation, and acting for Somalia in its maritime boundary case against Kenya.

Public international law – Leading silks

Philippe Sands QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and with a wealth of great experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an exceptionally strong practice in bilateral investment treaty cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Lovely to work with and highly knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – 2017 silks

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister – responsive and a true team player.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public international law – Leading juniors

Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh - Matrix Chambers β€˜Recommended for the crossover between public law and public international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜At the top of its game’, Matrix Chambers is β€˜a very solid set for complex litigation’ with deep experience spanning public, criminal, employment, media and sport law. It is also recommended for international matters and has had an office in Geneva since 2013. β€˜When you instruct chambers you know you are getting a top-end service from a top-end set, and the new website and refurbishment adds a degree of professionalism that is rarely rivalled at the Bar.’ The β€˜slick’ and β€˜phenomenally good’ practice management team β€˜goes above and beyond the call of duty’; β€˜in short, they are the best of the best’. Practice director Jason Housden is β€˜extremely helpful, reliable, personable and accommodating’, and senior practice manager Paul Venables is a β€˜maestro of clerking’ and β€˜will always go out of his way to ensure clients are looked after’. Also a senior practice manager, Cliff Holland is highly regarded: β€˜nothing is too much trouble for him’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Nicholas Randall QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable on the football industry.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Eleni Mitrophanous - Matrix Chambers β€˜She produces impressive submissions and advocacy.’

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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