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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘swankyMatrix Chambers is ‘full of stars and stars in the making’ with ‘some of the cleverest barristers around’ who ‘work in a modern collaborative way and get results’. Or as one source commented: ‘Amazing breadth of coverage. Horses for courses, but they have a thoroughbred for every kind of case.’ ‘There can be very few landmark decisions in the last decade that have not involved one or other side represented by chambers,’ said another. Strengthening the crime team, chambers has welcomed Jamas Hodivala from 2 Bedford Row, Florence Iveson from The 36 Group, James Stansfeld from Furnival Chambers, and, most recently, Adrian Waterman QC from Doughty Street Chambers. Making the set ‘an increasing force in the new media law landscape focusing on privacy and data protection’, chambers also welcomed Catrin Evans QC and Ian Helme from the now defunct One Brick Court, while the employment team has been bolstered by the arrival of Nathan Roberts from Cloisters. Leaving chambers, Ben Emmerson QC joined Monckton Chambers and Aaron Watkins moved to Cloth Fair Chambers. Split into three teams, the clerks are ‘highly organised, efficient, and easy to get hold of’. Practice director Jason Housden and practice manager Simon Gardner are ‘a dream team to work with and just get things done – any member of the Bar would kill (or at least maim others) to be clerked by them’. Senior practice manager Allison Scanes ‘goes out of her way to ensure the availability of barristers and that their services are competitively priced; you feel that you are in a safe pair of hands’. ‘Dapper’ senior practice manager Paul Venables is ‘fantastic – responsive, commercial, proactive, charming, and always follows up’. Senior Practice manager Elizabeth Bousher is ‘highly regarded’ by solicitors. Also of note are Simon Gardner (‘just brilliant!’); Zoe Mellor (‘enormously helpful’); and Chris Beard (‘friendly and responsive’); while ‘well-regarded’ practice manager Rhian Hiscocks has joined from HARDWICKE and practice manager Gary Collins has arrived from New Square Chambers. According to one source: ‘Chambers as a whole, from the front desk to their excellent print department, takes pride in their work and in running cases successfully.’ Rachel Holmes is chambers chief executive. Offices in: London, Geneva, and Brussels

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Known for similar cases in London, Matrix Chambers features several members who are instructed in defending challenging and politically-charged cases in Hong Kong. Paul Venables is the key name in the criminal side of the clerks’ room.

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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

For some 'the best set for public law and human rights', Matrix Chambers has members instructed, both for government and claimants, in agenda-setting matters. Phillippa Kaufmann QC represented two victims of "Black Cab rapist" John Worboys in a challenge to the Parole Board's decision to release him after serving ten years of an indefinite sentence for public protection – Daniel Squires QC represented the Mayor of London. Karon Monaghan QC represented a gay Hong Kong civil servant, who married his husband in New Zealand, in a challenge to the Hong Kong government's policy of denying same-sex spouses employee benefits. In the Court of Appeal, Claire Darwin, unled, represented the University of Leicester in judicial review proceedings following its disciplinary decision to expel a student who sent a threatening message and Taken meme via Facebook to a classmate.

Leading Silks

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersShe has done more to push legal obligations owed to marginalised individuals and to achieve legal equality than any other lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright and formidable.

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersIntellectually rigorous, with clarity of expression.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed in the most sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 3

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersIntelligent, quick, bold and inventive.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed by public bodies in high-profile matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersA refreshingly approachable leader with a vast storehouse of legal knowledge.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Chris Buttler - Matrix ChambersHis advice is excellent and he is an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Hannett - Matrix ChambersA very able advocate with excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 1

Mathew Purchase - Matrix ChambersHe leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 2

Zoë Leventhal - Matrix ChambersCollegiate in approach and good with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe does an excellent job on complex cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersKnowledgeable on protest law.

Ranked: tier 4

Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersNotably courageous in her approach to the other side's tactics.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersImpressive – his written work is exceptional.

Ranked: tier 4

Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersAn exceptional junior with skills across commercial, civil and public law.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersVery methodical in his approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Skinner - Matrix ChambersA knowledgeable public lawyer with excellent judgement.

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

At the 'impressiveMatrix ChambersTim Owen QC appeared in  R (AL) v Serious Fraud Office, regarding the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO's) failure to challenge a company's assertion of legal professional privilege although it was subject to a deferred prosecution agreement after it had self-reported wrongdoing; the key issues concerned the scope of the SFO's disclosure duty towards a defendant in criminal proceedings who had previously been employed by the company.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersTerrifyingly bright; she commands the respect of the Bar and the bench.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright and an utterly tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersAn accomplished and compelling advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix ChambersShe is incredibly bright and comes up with innovative solutions at every turn.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Helen Law - Matrix ChambersClinical and decisive; clients love her.

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

For some, Matrix Chambers is 'the best set for human rights' work with its members representing an array of clients including NGO's and companies on public law, immigration, detention, and data protection matters. The 'standoutPhillippa Kaufmann QC acted for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in its judicial review of the government’s hostile environment policy, specifically, the Immigration Act 2013 which obliges private landlords to take measures to ensure those whom they rent to are legal immigrants. In a separate case, Kaufmann QC acted in a judicial review brought against the Director of Public Prosecutions for refusing to prosecute an undercover police officer who had a relationship with an environmental protester he was deployed to spy on. In proceedings before the Privy Council, Tim Owen QC acted for Jay Chandler in bringing an appeal against his murder conviction and death sentence in Trinidad & Tobago. The case raised an important issue on the admissibility of fresh evidence in criminal appeals, specifically in relation to the defence of diminished responsibility. Meanwhile, in ZV v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentSamantha Knights QC acted for a Lithuanian national trafficked into prostitution in the UK. A case concerned the interface between EU refugee law and trafficking, and unlawful detention of victims of trafficking in immigration detention. International crime specialist Clare Montgomery QC is leading the team instructed in Belhaj v DPP concerning the judicial review of the police decision not to prosecute security service personnel over the rendition of asylum seekers to Libya. Meanwhile, in the Supreme Court, Daniel Squires QC represented the Secretary of State for Education in a challenge brought by an opposite-sex couple challenging the bar on their entering a civil partnership; the court held that the bar was unlawful. Elsewhere, Helen Law was lead counsel for the claimant in R (Bridges) v South Wales Police, the first test case on the use of automatic facial recognition software by the police, and its interference with Articles 8, 10, and 11 of the Human Rights Act 1998, as well as breach of the data protection law.

Leading Silks

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersExceptional, highly respected and widely renowned silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers'A brilliant silk with a wonderful manner; good at streamlining a case with a measured approach’.

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersA high-quality silk who has versatile work in human rights.

Ranked: tier 3

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersTerrific at what she does and is a powerful advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Ryder QC - Matrix Chambers'Wonderful manner with clients despite working in complex and difficult prison law cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alison MacDonald QC - Matrix ChambersOne of the key advocates in complex appeals raising novel points of law.

Ranked: tier 4

Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix ChambersUnparalleled knowledge of the human rights and public law arena.

Ranked: tier 4

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersShe needs no introduction. Has an absolute stellar performance and is unbeatable.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic advocate who undertakes a wide range of human rights and terror-related work.

Ranked: tier 4

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersAlways holds the respect of the court and fearlessly advances the key arguments. He works incredibly hard and doesn’t stop until the job gets done.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersUnflappable silk with exceptional knowledge of the area.

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersExcellent, extremely knowledgable, and a go to human rights silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersAn expert national security litigator, with particular experience in handling complex and highly sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Raza Husain QC - Matrix ChambersExcellent human rights QC. Tenacious, highly skilled, committed and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix Chambers'Provides very sound strategic advice and is also an exceptional advocate, who is light and fast on his feet and reads a court well.’

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Samantha Knights QC - Matrix ChambersA first-class barrister skilled in immigration and trafficking matters.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Helen Law - Matrix ChambersHas the ability to understand precisely what clients need from an early stage.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Armstrong - Matrix Chambers'Smart and unafraid to run his points in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chris Buttler - Matrix ChambersOne of the most gifted advocates around. Go-to barrister for complex human trafficking cases and is fierce in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersVery bright and incredibly hardworking junior. He comes up with innovative ideas and is a very good drafter.

Ranked: tier 3

Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersPhenomenally bright and is very approachable. Has an easy rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Leading Silks

Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersHe is clear, concise and great on his feet.

Ranked: tier 4

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Competition
Competition - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

At Matrix Chambers, Rhodri Thompson QC represents "UK Trucks Claim", a Calunius Capital-backed class action follow-on damages claim based out of the trucks case; Christopher Brown is involved in representing, among others, Veolia and Suez, in their follow-on damages claim in the trucks case.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHis depth of understanding of the area between competition and regulatory law is invaluable.'

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersReally good with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Brown - Matrix ChambersHe has a deep knowledge of competition enforcement law.

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 filled with ‘barristers who are unstuffy and ooze expertise’. Members act for individuals (through the Official Solicitor), local authorities, and NHS bodies in the Court of Protection, in many cases involving deprivation of liberty issues and the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. David Wolfe QC acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the leading Supreme Court case of D v Birmingham City Counsel, which concerned the extent to which the parents of a teenager with learning disabilities could lawfully consent to their child being detained without any court supervision.

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersA superb silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersA highly experienced silk.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Chris Buttler - Matrix ChambersHas the confidence disregard weaker points or messy facts and identify the key point worth pursuing.

Ranked: tier 2

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersRated for community care judicial reviews.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

'All super clever lawyers', Matrix Chambers 'is a quality set, with a vast array of able barristers at all levels – either stars now or stars in the making'. Chambers handle a number of matters, including many politically charged and involving criminal appeals, the interface between the criminal law and civil liberties, and public order matters concerning protests. Clare Montgomery QC is scheduled to represent two Parachute Regiment veterans due to be tried in Northern Ireland for the murder of Official IRA member Joe McCann in 1972. Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh is a specialist in cases involving protest – she represented a number of demonstrators who blocked access roads to the DSEI defence industry trade show at the ExCeL Centre.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersStill the biggest brain in the criminal legal community.

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersA go-to silk for any tricky case which has cross over crime and public law or civil issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersAble to articulate his views on the issues very clearly.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAn utterly tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersUtterly committed to her clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersAn exceptional junior with skills across criminal and public law.

Ranked: tier 3

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Data protection
Data protection - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers ‘has it all’ and is ‘incredibly strong in defamation, privacy and data protection law’ and ‘an increasing force in the new media law landscape’ thanks to ‘a group, which has the brains, energy, flexibility and quality’. Recent highlights include Antony White QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC acting for the defendants and claimants respectively in the milestone NT1 and NT2 v Google case, the first right to be forgotten claim tried in the UK; and White defending Associated Newspapers in Stunt v Associated Newspapers Ltd, a case concerning the compatibility of the pre-publication stay provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 with EU law. Catrin Evans QC and Ian Helme joined from One Brick Court creating further strength in depth for the set.

Leading Silks

Antony White QC - Matrix Chambers‘He is an absolute star, who is extremely bright, an excellent communicator and a great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers‘He remains a leader in the field and is a fount of knowledge and wisdom on anything media-related.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix Chambers‘She is a favourite for defendants in data protection claims and it is a real coup for Matrix to have recruited her.’

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers‘An up-and-coming junior who is very bright, hardworking and very much in demand.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Helme - Matrix ChambersHe is strong academically and has a very calm and measured style of advocacy.

Ranked: tier 2

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers‘Aside from her technical knowledge and expertise, she is incredibly good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Matrix Chambers

The multi-disciplinary Matrix Chambers fields a growing media team and is recognised as 'an increasing force in the new media law landscape'; over the course of 2018, both Catrin Evans QC and Ian Helme joined chambers from One Brick Court. Of note, the set was instructed on two landmark cases: Gavin Millar QC represented the BBC in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC; Hugh Tomlinson QC acted on the claimant side in NT1/NT2 v Google, while Antony White QC and Evans QC represented the tech giant. Solicitors say the set creates a 'direct personal relationship with the clients' and is known to be the home of privacy injunctions.

Leading Silks

Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed on the most complex or business-critical cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersFormidable knowledge and advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic legal knowledge and very good judgement.

Ranked: tier 1

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersVery accomplished, down-to-earth silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersConfident in his advice and great to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersMedia silk with extensive criminal expertise.

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersVery bright, hardworking, and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersHer experience and insight is second to none.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Helme - Matrix ChambersNot afraid of hard work and in rolling up his sleeves.

Ranked: tier 2

Lorna Skinner - Matrix ChambersVery reliable, a star in advocacy.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHis work is precise and to the point.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersA very well-rounded barrister with deep knowledge.

Ranked: tier 4

Kirsten Sjovoll - Matrix ChambersVery competent.

Ranked: tier 4

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EU Law
EU Law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers handles a number of EU law matters, many of which cross over with its traditional public law strengths. Helen Mountfield QC represented a Latvian citizen in both the Court of Appeal and subsequently the Supreme Court in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze; the court found the UK's 2009-11 extension of the Workers' Registration Scheme for citizens of the eight member states that joined the EU in 2004 was a disproportionate violation of EU free movement rights. Aidan O’Neill QC represented an Italian resident in R (Simonis) v Arts Council England, a judicial review of the Arts Council's refusal of an export licence for Giotto's "Madonna con Bambino", which raised issues of free movement of goods. More commercially, Nicholas Gibson is advising a Jersey company on a potential Francovich damages claim concerning the UK's application of VAT on products imported from Jersey after the termination of low-value consignment relief.

Leading Silks

Aidan O'Neill QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed in high-profile cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHis depth of understanding is invaluable.

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Simor QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed in Brexit-related Luxembourg cases.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersReally good with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Takis Tridimas - Matrix ChambersHe has the ability to unlock knowledge that Google could only dream of.

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersExcellent on EU law issues, she is willing to pitch in.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Matrix Chambers

'Excellent for public law and education law', Matrix Chambers has 'a good roster of experienced counsel who are expert in their fields'. Its members have wide-ranging experience in education cases, ranging from First Tier Tribunal hearings through to Supreme Court appeals. Significant recent cases include R (Interim Executive Board of Al Hijrah School) v Ofsted, which established that gender segregation in schools without express statutory authority constitutes direct sex discrimination; Helen Mountfield QC acted for Ofsted in its successful appeal. Elsewhere, Mathew Purchase represented a professor of chemical biology in Edwards v University of Oxford (University Appeal Court), which concerned the university's compulsory retirement age.

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersHe has encyclopaedic knowledge and is a go-to person for academisation.

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersThe range of her practice is incredible – but not at the expense of her grasp of detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersProvides good strategic and legal advice on critically important questions.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers‘The best education law junior around.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersAn expert in her field.

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers‘Hugely experienced in this field and confident on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mathew Purchase - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has 'a formidable array of talent and expertise' with its members 'offering tremendous strength in employment cases'. James Laddie QC represented the employer in Supreme Court case Egon Zehnder v Tillman, the first employee restraint of trade case to reach the top level of the court system for more than a century. Karon Monaghan QC acted in Gilham v Ministry of Justice, in which the Court of Appeal held that judges are not workers and therefore cannot be covered by protections for whistleblowers. Elsewhere, Thomas Linden QC successfully acted for British Cycling, which was being sued by former track cyclist Jessica Varnish, who was found not to be an employee of the governing body or UK Sport, which funds elite athletes.

Leading Silks

James Laddie QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic cross-examiner particularly with tricky claimants and reads the court really well.

Ranked: tier 1

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersA distinguished and forceful advocate who has championed the cause of all workers.

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Linden QC - Matrix ChambersHis expertise in relation to employment status is second to none.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersTenacious and up for a fight; always gives it her all.

Ranked: tier 1

Mathew Purchase - Matrix ChambersA bright and determined advocate, with brilliant writing skills and an excellent cross-examination style.

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Kibling - Matrix ChambersHe has an incredible command of the tribunal room and great judgement and is really impressive on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Smith - Matrix ChambersA great tactician and always calm.

Ranked: tier 2

Laura Prince - Matrix ChambersShe has an incredible ability to absorb extensive documentation and complex facts quickly and accurately.

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has 'intellectually and strategically skilled barristers and non-stuffy ways of working’, according to one client. Among its members are recognised specialists with extensive experience in international, EU and domestic environmental law. Some have appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), as well as international arbitrations. 'Matrix is a class act with a good clerking team that has strength in depth and an easy manner'. In Bille and Ogale Communities v Royal Dutch Shell, Richard Hermer QC is handling a claim for compensation for two communities in southern Nigeria arising out of extensive damage caused by oil spills. David Wolfe QC is acting for an anti-fracking campaign in Claire Stephenson (Talk Fracking) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersIncredible, he does absolutely amazing work and is the best legal and strategic brain.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersAn incredible advocate who is active in incredibly significant international matters testing new areas of law.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Kate Cook - Matrix ChambersUnderstands the principles and practice of international environmental law and provides cogent and focused advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersAbsolutely brilliant, an up-and-coming star with a first-class legal brain.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers has been kept busy handling money laundering and tax fraud cases, and is well known for its strength in acting in cross-border instructions. Helen Law acted in a multi-defendant boiler room fraud case worth £3.5m. In August 2019, Jamas Hodivala joined the team from 2 Bedford Row.

Leading Silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersA consummate professional.

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Waterman QC - Matrix ChambersA silk who is a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Helen Law - Matrix ChambersClear in her opinions.

Ranked: tier 4

Jamas Hodivala - Matrix ChambersStylish and economical in his presentation.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Leading Juniors

Jamas Hodivala - Matrix ChambersClients are reassured by his calm, measured demeanour.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a sound pair of hands for telecoms regulatory matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Matrix Chambers

Harbouring 'some excellent juniors', Matrix Chambers' 'reputation in complex immigration cases keeps growing', according to its instructing solicitors. The set is increasingly handling sports and business immigration matters and clients benefit from members' crossover expertise in immigration detention, equality, mental health, and community care. Team head Raza Husain QC represented the claimants in a high-profile judicial review challenge to the Home Secretary's refusal to permit a group of refugees to enter the UK mainland from the UK's Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

Leading Silks

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersAn incredibly thorough analyst of material and very clear and precise written work.

Ranked: tier 1

Raza Husain QC - Matrix ChambersShe has an excellent breadth of knowledge of public law principles in the immigration context.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersPainstaking and thorough preparation as well as deep knowledge of the relevant law and practice.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Samantha Knights QC - Matrix ChambersA first-class barrister with a calm, clear and authoritative advocacy style.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Chris Buttler - Matrix ChambersFights his client’s corner in every single immigration case he works on, no matter how complex or urgent the case.

Ranked: tier 2

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersAn excellent barrister with a no-nonsense style of drafting, and particularly strong with Tier 2 license revocations.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Skinner - Matrix ChambersA safe and knowledge pair of hands who is empathetic towards clients.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers 'continues to be a leading set' in inquests and inquiries and regularly receives instructions from leading claimant firms, the government and interveners. Hugh Southey QC represents the maternal grandfather of Ellie Butler in the inquest into her death; the 6-year-old girl died in 2013 despite a number of earlier interventions into the family by the criminal justice system and family courts (her father, who was ultimately convicted of her murder, had a 2009 conviction for shaking her as a baby overturned). Danny Friedman QC represents the "G4 Group" of survivors and bereaved represented by among others in the Grenfell Tower inquiry, instructed by firms including Bindmans LLP and Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors.

Leading Silks

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersAble to marshal a huge team, deliver the highest quality written and oral submissions and always holds the respect of the court.

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersHe has a towering intellect and is really liked by solicitors and clients alike.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersHe has excellent judgement and communication skills, as well as impressive commitment to the case and the client.

Ranked: tier 3

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersShe is razor-sharp, incredibly detailed and insightful, and has an impressive sense of authority.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe is great on his feet, very clever, works hard for clients and cares about the outcome.

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersHe's got a lovely manner, is perfectly prepared, and gets the issues straightaway.

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International arbitration: counsel
Leading Silks

Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersA good and succinct advocate – intelligent, sensible, and a team player.

Ranked: tier 2

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersA hugely talented and erudite international lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Angeline Welsh - Matrix ChambersHas an impressive mastery of the details of a case and of the technical legal arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers' members are active in the ongoing case concerning India's request for the extradition of Vijay Mallya, co-owner of the Force India Formula One team and chairman of United Breweries Group, following charges of fraud; Clare Montgomery QC is representing Mallya, while Mark Summers QC acts for the Indian government (via the Crown Prosecution Service). Mallya's extradition was initially approved in February 2019, although the defendant was granted permission to appeal the decision in July 2019. James Stansfeld and Florence Iveson have joined from Furnival Chambers and The 36 Group respectively.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersShe is in a class of her own.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Summers QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an outstanding intellect.

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersHis advice is insightful and practical.

Ranked: tier 2

Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersAn excellent silk with a towering intellect.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersShe is conscientious and has a great bedside manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Florence Iveson - Matrix ChambersImmensely hardworking and driven; clients love her.

Ranked: tier 2

James Stansfeld - Matrix ChambersA talented and tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers ‘is an increasing force in the new media law landscape where the focus is on privacy and data protection’ and benefits from ‘excellent barristers’ who ‘offer a high level of expertise delivered in a practical and pragmatic manner’. In an example of a case straddling the entertainment sector and privacy, Antony White QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC acted for the defendant and claimant respectively in a high-profile privacy claim relating to a Channel 5 series which showed enforcement officers during evictions and repossession of belongings.

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersHe has a fount of knowledge and wisdom on anything to do with media law.

Ranked: tier 3

Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersHe offers clear and concise advice and is great on his feet.

Ranked: tier 4

Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is strong for information law, privacy and defamation.

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersHe is very knowledgeable with great judgement and tactical skill.

Ranked: tier 4

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersHe has formidable knowledge and impressive advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 4
Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersHe is very bright and draws on deep knowledge to give practical advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersAn outstanding advocate with top academic talent and drafting skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Lorna Skinner - Matrix ChambersA good junior for privacy, data protection and defamation cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersShe is extremely good where under pressure and excellent at both detail and strategy.

Ranked: tier 4

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an exceptionally keen strategic litigation sense.

Ranked: tier 4

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Planning
Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersA well-established public law silk with particular expertise in planning.

Ranked: tier 4

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Leading Silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAn utterly tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright with an engaging court manner.

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Juniors

Jamas Hodivala - Matrix ChambersVery eloquent and very bright.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers provides a 'smooth and professional' service, and when it comes to public international law it has some of 'the best barristers in the UK'. Members also have strong expertise in related areas of international criminal, humanitarian, and environmental law. The set has members involved in several disputes before the International Court of Justice, including the Mauritius v UK UNCLOS case, in which both Philippe Sands QC and Alison Macdonald QC are acting as counsel. Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh was also involved in in the high profile naming dispute between Macedonia and Greece.

Leading Silks

Philippe Sands QC - Matrix ChambersOne of the UK's best PIL barristers.

Ranked: tier 2

Zachary Doublas QC - Matrix ChambersAn excellent advocate – operates at levels above the understanding of us lesser mortals.

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix ChambersA brilliant oral advocate who performs exceptionally well before the most prestigious international courts and arbitral tribunals.

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersVery bright and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersVery hardworking and wise.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersA stellar practitioner with a brain the size of a planet.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘swankyMatrix Chambers is ‘full of stars and stars in the making’ with ‘some of the cleverest barristers around’ who ‘work in a modern collaborative way and get results’. Or as one source commented: ‘Amazing breadth of coverage. Horses for courses, but they have a thoroughbred for every kind of case.’ ‘There can be very few landmark decisions in the last decade that have not involved one or other side represented by chambers,’ said another. Strengthening the crime team, chambers has welcomed Jamas Hodivala from 2 Bedford Row, Florence Iveson from The 36 Group, James Stansfeld from Furnival Chambers, and, most recently, Adrian Waterman QC from Doughty Street Chambers. Making the set ‘an increasing force in the new media law landscape focusing on privacy and data protection’, chambers also welcomed Catrin Evans QC and Ian Helme from the now defunct One Brick Court, while the employment team has been bolstered by the arrival of Nathan Roberts from Cloisters. Leaving chambers, Ben Emmerson QC joined Monckton Chambers and Aaron Watkins moved to Cloth Fair Chambers. Split into three teams, the clerks are ‘highly organised, efficient, and easy to get hold of’. Practice director Jason Housden and practice manager Simon Gardner are ‘a dream team to work with and just get things done – any member of the Bar would kill (or at least maim others) to be clerked by them’. Senior practice manager Allison Scanes ‘goes out of her way to ensure the availability of barristers and that their services are competitively priced; you feel that you are in a safe pair of hands’. ‘Dapper’ senior practice manager Paul Venables is ‘fantastic – responsive, commercial, proactive, charming, and always follows up’. Senior Practice manager Elizabeth Bousher is ‘highly regarded’ by solicitors. Also of note are Simon Gardner (‘just brilliant!’); Zoe Mellor (‘enormously helpful’); and Chris Beard (‘friendly and responsive’); while ‘well-regarded’ practice manager Rhian Hiscocks has joined from HARDWICKE and practice manager Gary Collins has arrived from New Square Chambers. According to one source: ‘Chambers as a whole, from the front desk to their excellent print department, takes pride in their work and in running cases successfully.’ Rachel Holmes is chambers chief executive. Offices in: London, Geneva, and Brussels

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Sport
Leading Silks

Thomas Linden QC - Matrix ChambersInvolved in sports commercial, regulatory and employment work.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Andrew Smith - Matrix ChambersVery bright and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Eleni Mitrophanous - Matrix ChambersShe is industrious, extremely knowledgeable, produces excellent draft pleadings and skeleton arguments, and is a total pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

At Matrix Chambers, Clare Montgomery QC continues to represent Donald Tsang, who served as chief executive of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2012, in his appeals against conviction for misconduct in public office in 2017.

Fraud and corporate crime - Leading silks

Clare Montgomery QC Matrix ChambersShe defends in the most politically-charged Hong Kong fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Known for similar cases in London, Matrix Chambers features several members who are instructed in defending challenging and politically-charged cases in Hong Kong. Paul Venables is the key name in the criminal side of the clerks’ room.

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Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
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    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
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    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.