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Matrix Chambers
GRIFFIN BUILDING, GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5LN
England

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

Matrix Chambers is an ‘excellent‘ multi-disciplinary set and regularly advises banks, financial institutions and other corporate entities as well as individuals on complex criminal charges. Alex Bailin KC and Edward Craven, representing a former employee of the company, and Clare Montgomery KC, for the company, represent defendants in the SFO's ongoing case regarding Glencore, the company having entered guilty pleas to bribery offences in order to secure access to oil rights in several African countries.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery KCMatrix ChambersClare is superb.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Owen KCMatrix Chambers ‘He is an outstanding KC - commercial and practical with the required gravitas to deal with complex issues. A star of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Bailin KCMatrix ChambersAlex is very strategic, thoughtful and user-friendly. He has a particular skillset in the areas of market manipulation and extradition, and is a go-to barrister for matters that overlap crime and civil litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamas Hodivala KCMatrix Chambers 'Jamas has a unique skill set in this area being able to advise on criminal enforcement action as well as judicially reviewing decisions made by the regulators. Jamas stands out for his technically savvy advice, client service and accessibility.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Nichola Higgins Matrix ChambersResponsive, adaptable and a joy to work with. Knows the field well. A stand-out business crime junior - both in corporate and individual work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Craven  – Matrix ChambersEddie is a polymath. He is fantastically knowledgeable over a wide range of areas and brings an incisive intelligence to bear on all his case work.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are excellent; Paul Venables and Rhian Hiscocks are both a pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Venables and Samantha Blake are both extremely responsive, and in my experience have gone above and beyond in discussions on both timetables and fees.’

‘Paul Venables is one of the best clerks in London.’

‘The clerks are incredibly polite, personable and knowledgeable. Accordingly, I have experienced that they are always poised to identify the most suitable barrister (level of experience and expertise) and able to suitably negotiate fees to progress matters.’

‘Matrix are a very professional set who take clerking to another level as it is seen as equally as important as the legal services side. They look after every aspect and go above and beyond regularly.’

‘Matrix is a quality set with some great practitioners.’

‘In the last few years the strength in this chambers has really broadened in white collar crime, with a number of people I would instruct.’

‘A wide variety of skills, all to a high level.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Education Tier 1

Matrix Chambers is noted for its wide-reaching expertise in education law, with a growing reputation for acting in case law-shaping cases for schools, universities, individuals, and governmental bodies. Recent highlights include David Wolfe KC‘s appearance challenging the Government’s conversion of London’s Holland Park School into part of a multi-academy trust, with notable implications for the national academisation program. Sarah Hannett KC advised the University of Essex on a high-profile threatened judicial review surrounding the university's harassment policies. Daniel Squires KC conducted a noteworthy investigation into an independent school’s teaching of politically sensitive issues, while Helen Mountfield KC represented a visually impaired student in a race and disability discrimination claim against the Oxford Union after he was removed from a debate by security staff. The set’s profile was further bolstered with Claire Darwin KC and Nick Armstrong KC taking silk in 2023.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Helen Mountfield KCMatrix ChambersHelen provides authoritative advice on complex Equality Act issues which are at the forefront of public discussion. Her careful analysis enables instructing solicitors and their clients to manage some very sensitive issues.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Hannett KC Matrix Chambers 'In Sarah's work as an independent investigator of complex and sensitive matters, she works in a supportive yet independent manner as set out in her terms of reference.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Mathew Purchase KCMatrix Chambers 'Mathew is a highly experienced counsel. His attention to detail is excellent. He is proficient, highly professional, and empathetic towards clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Nick Armstrong KC – Matrix Chambers 'Very client-friendly and strategic. Gets to the heart of the case and provides pragmatic advice. Good style of drafting for advice and external correspondence.'
Claire Darwin KC – Matrix Chambers 'A real eye for detail and particularly strong on all matters relating to disability discrimination. Her knowledge is exceptional, as is her advocacy. On complex disability discrimination cases there is no one better.'
Claire Darwin KCMatrix Chambers ‘Claire is extremely efficient and delivers thorough written advice and submissions with particular skill, showcasing her specialist understanding of education law. She expertly pieces together persuasive arguments.'

Testimonials

‘The clerks are helpful and responsive.’

‘Elizabeth Bousher is always efficient and personable.’

‘The clerks are always polite, proficient, and helpful.’

‘A set with a strong reputation in education law. Many of its members have now taken silk, so it has real strength at the senior end.’

‘Matrix is a stand-out set with a wealth of high profile barristers who are exceptional leaders in their field.’

‘A go-to chambers for education and public law work.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Elections Tier 1

Matrix Chambers has an excellent reputation for handling the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work in the election law space. Gavin Millar KC is a highly regarded election law expert, and Helen Mountfield KC is sought after for her expertise in advising on election petitions. In recent instructions, Sarah Sackman successfully represented the respondent local councillor in Buchan v Elliott, defeating an election petition challenging the result of a Hartlepool Borough Council election - at issue in this case was if statements made on the victor's leaflets about the second-placed a minor party candidate's support for a locally controversial housing development were political or personal.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin Millar KC – Matrix Chambers 'An excellent silk.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Mountfield KCMatrix Chambers 'Helen is an incisive silk, with very strong emotional intelligence and client management skills.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Sarah Sackman – Matrix ChambersA junior who is well-versed in election law.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Gillie - Matrix Chambers 'Tom understands this niche area very well and has innate empathy with the political nature of the disputes. He is able to convey the political sensitivities and motivations in a very clear manner to those not familiar with political campaigns.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > International crime and extradition Tier 1

Matrix Chambers is experienced in advising corporate and individual clients on extradition exposure in international criminal cases, and the set’s barristers have been instructed in numerous cases before international courts such as the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Leading Jessica Jones, Alex Bailin KC represented the former CEO of Autonomy in USA v Michael Lynch, an extradition case in relation to allegations of fraud by HP concerning its $11bn purchase of the company, with Mark Summers KC opposing him for the US government. Clare Montgomery KC represented the former vice president of FIFA Jack Warner in an appeal against extradition from Trinidad to the United States, while Mark Summers KC  has been instructed in Japan v Chappell, a case concerning a jewellery heist in Tokyo in 2015; a rare case of extradition from the UK to Japan in the absence of an extradition treaty between the states.

Leading Silks

Alex Bailin KCMatrix Chambers ‘He is a superb advocate able to argue persuasively and to deal with difficult questions put by the tribunal.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Montgomery KCMatrix Chambers ‘Clare is an exceptional advocate able to master complex cases and to have every detail at her fingertips, but with the tactical ability to know when to deploy this.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Summers KCMatrix Chambers Mark is the go-to silk for extradition. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of domestic and European extradition law, he works ferociously hard, and he has the ear of judges at all levels.’
Ranked: Tier 1

2023 Silks

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KCMatrix Chambers ‘Blinne combines meticulous preparation, common sense and an undoubted flair for advocacy to deliver excellent results. Her appointment as silk was very well deserved.

Leading Juniors

Michelle ButlerMatrix Chambers ‘Michelle is superb.’
Ranked: Tier 1
James StansfeldMatrix Chambers ‘A go-to extradition junior. Tactical and very easy going. His written work is exceptional and can change the course of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Florence IvesonMatrix Chambers 'Florence provides imaginative solutions, navigates complex facts and finds a way through with excellent advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Excellent clerking!’

Work highlights

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights Tier 2

Matrix Chambers is ‘a very strong public law and human rights set‘. Claimant work forms the key pillar of the practice, and the set reports an increase in mandates relating to government policies. Jessica Simor KC ‘clearly and concisely articulates complex legal arguments, and she is always prepared to challenge the status quo‘. In recent work for the team, Simor KC led Emma Foubister for the claimants in R (Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a judicial review challenging the legality of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy; the High Court ruled that the strategy breached the Government’s obligations under the Climate Change Act. Edward Craven  is ‘an exceptional barrister with an incredible mind‘. In a boost to chambers, Nick Armstrong KC, Claire Darwin KC and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC were all elevated to silk in March 2023.

Rising stars

Emma Foubister – Matrix Chambers 'An incredibly astute junior with an analytical mind. An excellent communicator in court and with clients. A star in the making.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Anirudh Mathur - Matrix Chambers 'He is highly intelligent, extremely proactive, and hard working, with very sound judgement.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Jessica Simor KCMatrix Chambers 'Jessica has a deep understanding of administrative and public law. A brilliant advocate, she has the ear of the court and knows how to present arguments in a way which means they are heard.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Karon Monaghan KCMatrix Chambers 'She provides solid, practical advice, and is a phenomenal advocate, one judges listen to because she is thoughtful, convincing, and logical.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Owen KCMatrix Chambers ‘Tim is a solid legal rock. He is a formidable barrister who is respected by the court. His ability to cut through and identify the key issues to focus on is outstanding.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Glasson KCMatrix Chambers 'A silk with high-quality strategic judgement and a great client manner.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Clare Montgomery KCMatrix ChambersClare is assured, incredibly bright and razor-sharp.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Southey KCMatrix Chambers 'Hugh is a key player in human rights law. He is completely on top of the facts and knows the case law inside out.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Squires KCMatrix Chambers ‘A first-class advocate with extensive experience at the forefront of human rights law.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Raza Husain KCMatrix Chambers 'Raza is an articulate and powerful advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Hannett KC - Matrix Chambers  'Sarah's grounds are always clear and concise, her advice sensitive and perceptive and most importantly, realistic. She is also incredibly knowledgeable.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Buttler KCMatrix Chambers 'A stellar advocate. He has an impressive ability to make complex arguments punchy and accessible.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Danny Friedman KCMatrix Chambers 'He is tireless in his determination to get to the heart of an issue and to unpick complex legal challenges. He is thoughtful and collegiate in his approach and cares deeply about the needs of his lay clients. His advocacy is eloquent and forceful.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Alex Bailin KCMatrix Chambers 'A hands-on leader, and a well prepared, confident and agile advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Samantha Knights KCMatrix Chambers 'Samantha's approach is clear and sensible, but she also seeks to identify novel approaches which might assist the client.'
Ranked: Tier 4
David Wolfe KCMatrix Chambers 'An energetic and creative leader who hits all the points succinctly.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Zoë Leventhal KC – Matrix Chambers 'A real star. She is incredibly thoughtful, yet practical, and is fantastic with clients. Her advocacy is persuasive and she is a brilliant negotiator.'

2023 Silks

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KCMatrix ChambersBlinne is a first-class human rights advocate, powerful and incredibly bright.'
Claire Darwin KCMatrix Chambers ‘A confident advocate who has impressive mastery over complex areas of law.'  

Leading Juniors

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers 'An extraordinary force of nature. He has an incredible eye for detail and is great on his feet.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Helen LawMatrix Chambers 'Helen is simply superb. She has an incredible mind, she is strategic, and she is an amazing advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Darryl Hutcheon - Matrix Chambers 'He is forensically prepared for court hearings and is great on his feet. He is quick thinking and rigorous in cross-examination.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Raj DesaiMatrix Chambers 'Raj is a superb barrister.'
Ranked: Tier 3
James Stansfeld - Matrix Chambers 'A brilliant junior who is a welcome addition to any team. He has an excellent command of the law.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul SkinnerMatrix Chambers 'Paul is a clear and persuasive advocate who recognises and focusses on his best points.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah SackmanMatrix ChambersSarah is a fantastically energetic, creative and committed barrister. She really fights for her clients and is super on her feet.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Aidan Wills Matrix Chambers 'Aidan has admirable and extensive knowledge and understanding of administrative and human rights law. He provides accessible advice to lay clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4
James Robottom - Matrix Chambers 'James is wise beyond his years. He has fantastic tactical nous.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jessica JonesMatrix Chambers 'A fiercely committed advocate. Her advice is crystal-clear and she is calm, clever and strategic. A fabulous junior.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ayesha Christie - Matrix Chambers 'Ayesha has a fearsome intellect. She has impressive attention to detail combined with excellent legal analysis.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Joanna BuckleyMatrix Chambers 'A formidable advocate. She combines intellectual prowess and depth of knowledge in international human rights law with creative flair.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jesse NichollsMatrix Chambers 'His advocacy is assured, graceful, confident and compelling. His written work is fantastic.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Elizabeth Bousher is exceptionally good at her job.’

Simon Gardner, Sarah Walker and Elizabeth Bousher are an essential cog in the Matrix machine.’

Elizabeth Bousher, Sarah Walker and Simon Gardner have been absolutely stellar.’

Matrix is a top class set.’

Matrix is an incredibly strong set with a large number of impressive barristers.’

Great breadth and depth on all human rights and public law.’

Leading human rights chambers.’

Counsel provide high calibre advice and advocacy.’

London Bar > Data protection Tier 2

At Matrix Chambers, Antony White KC and Edward Craven are acting in O’Carroll v Meta, a high-profile claim concerning the legality of processing personal data for the purpose of delivering direct marketing on Facebook. In a separate matter, Ian Helme is representing the fintech company in Delo v Wise, a claim over alleged violations of Article 15 of the GDPR, raising issues as to the obligations of financial institutions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 when subjected to subject access requests.

Rising stars

Aidan Wills – Matrix Chambers 'A clear, engaging and persuasive advocate with good judgement.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Antony White KCMatrix Chambers ‘He is calm, measured, analytical, intellectually incisive, and has an accessible and persuasive style.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Catrin Evans KCMatrix Chambers 'Catrin is an extremely bright silk who is great at making clients feel at ease.'
Ranked: Tier 1

2022 Silks

Sara Mansoori KC – Matrix Chambers 'A leader in her field. Clients love her and judges listen to her.'

Leading Juniors

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘A highly experienced junior with a formidable intellect.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben SilverstoneMatrix Chambers ‘He has an incisive mind and is clearly an expert in his field.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Ali Scanes and Liz Bousher are both excellent.’

‘Paul Venables runs his team well. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘An extremely strong set in this area.’

‘Matrix has an exceptionally high standard. It has some of the most formidable barristers in the field.’

‘Matrix is strong on data protection law.’

‘A very good clerking team.’

‘They are diligent, flexible and work hard to put together the right team.’

London Bar > Defamation and privacy Tier 2

The barristers at Matrix Chambers continue to act in some of the most widely recognized defamation and privacy cases and are part of an ‘excellent set’ with strong barristers practising from junior to silk level in this field. The chambers often represent well-known clients from major news publications and broadcasters to high profile individuals. Gavin Millar KC  is instructed to represent the defendant in Chisti v Telegraph Media Group, a case raising the question of if reports of proceedings in foreign legislatures are protected by similar forms of privilege to reporting of parliament, while Aidan Wills  successfully represented Corker Binning, which received summary judgment defeating a claim by a litigant in person that a case law update by the firm was defamatory of him.

Rising stars

Zoe McCallum Matrix Chambers ‘Zoe has great strengths as a barrister. She works tirelessly for clients, provides compelling and detailed legal advice, is a great advocate and is able to deal with lay clients in an empathetic way.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin Millar KCMatrix Chambers ‘Gavin has enormous insight and experience in these areas and provides commanding advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Catrin Evans KCMatrix ChambersVery personable, making the client feel at ease; extremely knowledgeable, especially on libel.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Bailin KCMatrix Chambers ‘Alex is a polymath – brilliant at everything he turns his hand to. He has the ability to explain complex arguments in a simple and highly persuasive manner.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vassall-Adams KCMatrix Chambers ‘Guy is a brilliant lawyer, great written work, very strategic, imaginative and inventive with the law and very practical with great client facing skills. A very effective advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Anthony Hudson KCMatrix Chambers 'Anthony is a real team player, an expert in his field and has the ear of the judge.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Sara Mansoori KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Extremely hard-working and brilliant drafter, very good with clients and a pleasure to work with.’

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Kirsten SjøvollMatrix Chambers ‘Kirsten’s advice is measured, practical and realistic. She will always have the client’s interests at the forefront of her advice. Her knowledge of case law is incredible and something to be desired.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben SilverstoneMatrix Chambers 'Ben is one of the best juniors I have ever worked with - super bright, user friendly and also excellent on his feet.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Aidan WillsMatrix ChambersAidan is conscientious and extremely thorough, and provides excellent and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘The practice team is led by Alison Scanes and Chris Beard, who are both excellent and work as equally hard as Counsel to progress a client’s matter with Counsel’s availability.’

‘Matrix clerks are very responsive.’

‘Very good practice team – responsive and helpful in getting cases listed etc.’

‘Excellent’

‘Matrix has a stellar media team that offers availability across all call brackets from juniors to silks and provides first class advice and advice across the relevant fields. ‘

‘Very professional’

‘Strength in depth, responsive barristers who are very approachable and collegiate, with good training and public events.’

‘Matrix Chambers is an excellent set and its members have led the way in developing the various areas of media law.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Employment Tier 2

The employment team at Matrix Chambers has been kept busy advising on industrial relations cases, equal pay claims, restrictive covenants and discrimination matters, to name a few areas of instruction. James Laddie KC garners praise as ‘the barrister you want on your side on the most complex, sensitive and reputationally-concerning matters‘. Mathew Purchase KC is well-known for representing claimants, employers and trade unions before all levels of the judicial system. Turning to the juniors, Tom Gillie‘s caseload spans whistleblowing, discrimination and human rights matters, while Nathan Roberts successfully acted as sole counsel for the Group Chief Investment Officer of an international business before the Employment Tribunal in an automatic unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim, resulting in an award of over £1.6m. Recent growth for the set includes Edward Kemp joining the team from Littleton Chambers and Claire Darwin KC and Laura Prince KC being elevated to silk.

Rising stars

Mark Greaves – Matrix Chambers 'Mark is an excellent junior. He has meticulous attention to detail, is very responsive, provides practical, commercially-focused advice and is also a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Foubister – Matrix Chambers 'An extremely clever, succinct and reliable junior.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Roisin Swords-Kieley – Matrix Chambers 'Roisin is a brilliant advocate with a fantastic eye for detail and an amazing ability to cut through complicated facts to get to the heart of a case. She has excellent cross-examination skills and is calm, measured and quick-thinking on her feet. Her advice is always clear and pragmatic, and commercially focussed.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Karon Monaghan KC – Matrix ChambersA stateswoman of discrimination law and a phenomenal advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 1
James Laddie KC – Matrix ChambersHis advocacy is first-class and razor-sharp. A master cross-examiner.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mathew Purchase KC – Matrix Chambers 'He is technically brilliant, calm, charming and very likeable. His advocacy is exemplary. He wins over judges and clients and delivers complicated legal arguments in plain and clear terms.'
Ranked: Tier 3

2023 Silks

Claire Darwin KC – Matrix Chambers 'She is a go to barrister for statutory employment law claims. A very confident advocate who is well respected by the judiciary.'

Leading Juniors

Thomas Kibling – Matrix Chambers 'Thomas is absolutely brilliant. He is always completely into the details, is fantastic with clients and is calm and clear-thinking under pressure. He is great at putting people at their ease.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Kemp - Matrix Chambers 'Very poised, very incisive, and good to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom GillieMatrix Chambers 'A junior who demonstrates commitment to his clients and work, friendliness and technical expertise.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Nathan Roberts – Matrix Chambers 'Nathan is as bright as they come. He combines intellect with excellent client skills, tenacity and confidence.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Darryl Hutcheon – Matrix Chambers 'Darryl is confident, thorough and goes above and beyond. He is a force to be reckoned with and a strong strategist.'
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Alison Scanes is an exceptional clerk, and offers a first-rate service.’

‘Chris Smith who is very friendly and willing to help with any queries that we have.’

‘Chris Smith has been consistently excellent.’

Great set.’

Consistently good for employment counsel.’

Counsel are knowledgeable and experienced in their field.’

Very responsive and willing to go the extra mile when needed.’

Very helpful and efficient clerking.’

London Bar > Environment Tier 2

Matrix Chambers is home to 'a deep pool of extremely skilled barristers', with notable strength in handling climate change, biodiversity and marine protection matters. David Wolfe KC is 'a fearless advocate, who always goes the extra mile for his clients' and continues to assist environmental NGO company Wild Justice with ongoing challenges to public bodies on a wide spectrum of environmental issues. The 'authoritative' Zoë Leventhal KC has expertise in relation to the Habitats Directive. Among the junior end of chambers, Kate Cook is 'knowledgeable, flexible, pragmatic and calm', with an excellent track record in advising on international environmental issues, and the 'fiercely bright' Emma Foubister is 'deeply enthusiastic about claimant environmental law'.

Leading Silks

David Wolfe KCMatrix Chambers ‘David is a star of the environment and planning world. He is very popular with clients due to his direct and clear approach.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Jessica Simor KCMatrix Chambers ‘Jessica has the ear of the court and knows how present arguments in a way which are heard.'
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Zoë Leventhal KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Zoë is a real star. She is a brilliant negotiator and fantastic with clients.’

Leading Juniors

Kate CookMatrix Chambers 'A committed junior, who stands out for her depth of knowledge, particularly in respect of climate change issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Boakes – Matrix Chambers 'Kate is a fantastic barrister who provides timely and superb advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘A junior with a brilliant and creative legal mind.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma Foubister – Matrix Chambers Emma is a quick study and has good tactical sense. A star of the future.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Toby Fisher – Matrix Chambers Toby is very intelligent, and hones in on the key legal issues of a case swiftly and confidently.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Sarah Walker is very responsive, professional, and friendly, and able to organise and orchestrate with ease.’

‘Matrix is a very strong set for public environmental law.’

‘The barristers at Matrix are of first-rate intellect and professionalism.’

‘An excellent chambers.’

‘The clerks are professional and helpful.’

‘A team of excellent clerks.’

‘The clerks are supremely efficient.’

‘The clerks take a fresh approach that reflects our values and motivations.’

London Bar > European Union law Tier 2

Matrix Chambers‘ members are widely recognised for advising on a broad range of EU law matters, and appear before all court levels up to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Members of the set are appearing on both sides of Jersey Choice v Her Majesty’s Treasury and HMRC, a longrunning damages action concerning the removal of a VAT relief on the basis it was discriminatory under EU law; the case is due to be heard before the Supreme Court in late 2023. David Wolfe KC is 'superb on his feet' and has an excellent track record in handling a wide spectrum of complex EU-related matters. Takis Tridimas is 'an exceptional advocate' who 'knows EU law inside-out'.

Leading Silks

Aidan O’Neill KCMatrix Chambers ‘A silk who possesses an extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge.'
Ranked: Tier 2
David Wolfe KCMatrix Chambers ‘David has an encyclopaedic knowledge of EU laws and is brilliant at bringing this technical area alive.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Rhodri Thompson KCMatrix Chambers ‘Rhodri considers all the angles in a case. A very cogent silk.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Takis TridimasMatrix Chambers 'An outstanding lawyer, with deep and specialised knowledge of European Union law. He has impressive advocacy skills and demonstrates acute strategic planning.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas GibsonMatrix Chambers ‘Nicholas takes a thorough, pragmatic approach to complex issues and always demonstrates sound judgement.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Matrix Chambers is very accommodating and responsive.’

‘Excellent clerking adds to the service. Commercial in approach.’

‘Friendly, responsive clerks who go the extra mile to assist.’

‘The clerks are always more than happy to help. Engaged and engaging.’

London Bar > Group litigation Tier 2

As a ‘standout in terms of dealing with matters that are cutting edge and may require litigating up to the higher courts’, Matrix Chambers includes ‘strong multi-disciplinarians‘ for group litigation in fields such as competition, environmental, employment, media and data protection law. Antony White KC has been involved in many high-profile data protection and privacy cases of recent years, and is currently member of a team of counsel representing Meta in Gormsen v Meta Platforms Inc, a case concerning an allegation that Facebook's terms and conditions, requiring consent to behaviour tracking for advertisements, was an abuse of a dominant position - the claim was not certified. Led by Richard Hermer KC and Edward Craven  are representing 40,000 Nigerian claimants in claims concerning the liability of the largest oil company in Nigeria and its UK parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, for mass oil pollution in mangrove swamps in the Niger Delta. Craven is working with Kate Boakes in representing tens of thousands of claimants in the Dieselgate emission group litigation against Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and BMW among others.  

Leading Juniors

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers  ‘Eddie is a star at the Bar. A hugely talented lawyer with an endless capacity for hard work. He distills complex legal arguments into first class skeleton arguments and has a keen sense for strategy in complex group litigation.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben SilverstoneMatrix Chambers ‘He has a very strong attention to detail. You can be sure that he will have considered a problem from every possible angle and come to a very carefully thought out solution.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Boakes  – Matrix Chambers 'A very responsive junior, with tactical instincts and inputs way beyond her years of call. A future star.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are helpful and professional.’

 ‘Elizabeth Bousher is very experienced and responsive.’

‘I have appreciated the work put in by the clerks, particularly Chris Smith. They are diligent, flexible and work hard to put together the right team.’  

‘Chris Smith particularly impressive and proactive.’ 

 ‘Sarah Walker is very responsive, professional, and friendly.’ 

 ‘The barristers that we work with from Matrix are always of the highest quality.’

‘This set is a standout in terms of dealing with matters that are cutting edge and may require litigating up to the higher courts, or that touch on areas of international law and human rights. They are strong multi-disciplinarians and they are solid at all levels.’ 

‘Matrix has real depth in group actions in the environmental, human rights, competition and data protection areas.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

Matrix Chambers covers the full breadth of work and courts, with particular strengths in trafficking, modern slavery, immigration systems, and publicly-funded work more generally, while sports and business immigration have been a growing focus for the set. The set continues to engage with high-profile litigation, with Raza Husain KC, amidst his wider practice in refugee and HNW individuals asylum claims, has been leading a team in relation to the judicial review around the government’s Rwanda policy; Jonathan Glasson KC acting on behalf of the government in respect of the Shamima Begum appeal; and Christopher Buttler KC being a leading counsel challenging the Home Secretary’s pushback’s policy regarding the small boats in the Channel. Hugh Southey KC and Samantha Knights KC have been active in relation to work around exclusion on the basis of national security and EU asylum claims respectively.

Rising stars

Zoe McCallum Matrix Chambers 'Superb junior, fizzing with brilliant ideas. Great team player and first-rate drafter. An authority on modern slavery claims.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Raza Husain KCMatrix Chambers 'Raza is an articulate and powerful oral advocate. He has a wide knowledge of precedent which he calls on for his analysis.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Southey KCMatrix ChambersHugh is an excellent silk and one of the best in the field. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all things immigration related and has unrivalled experience on the claimant side in arguing some of the most cutting edge cases of the day.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Buttler KCMatrix ChambersChris is a stellar advocate. He is crystal clear in his oral submissions and has an impressive ability to make complex arguments punchy and accessible.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Samantha Knights KCMatrix Chambers 'Samantha's approach is clear and sensible, but she also is imaginative and seeks to identify novel approaches which might assist the client.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Nick Armstrong KCMatrix ChambersThoroughly engaging and shows a real understanding of client issues. He is excellent on his feet and knows his tribunal well. His pleadings are a cut above.’

Leading Juniors

Eleanor MitchellMatrix ChambersEleanor is exceptionally hard working and diligent. She has impressive knowledge and expertise in relation to immigration and asylum law and provides impressively clear advice on often complex issues.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ayesha ChristieMatrix ChambersAyesha has impressive attention to detail combined with excellent legal analysis and drafting. She has achieved some brilliant outcomes in a number of reported public law trafficking cases.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

The practice teams at Matrix are helpful and responsive. They offer a high degree of professionalism and good advice on counsel expertise and availability.

Matrix is a strong immigration and trafficking set. The majority of counsel I work with are from Matrix and provide high calibre advice and advocacy.

Excellent set with good breadth of counsel with expertise in this area and excellent training sessions.

Work highlights

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Matrix Chambers boasts a ‘strong team with strength in depth‘ and an excellent track record in appearing in high-profile inquests and inquiries. Danny Friedman KC continues to be involved in the Grenfell Tower and COVID-19 inquiries, leading Raj Desai in the former. Jonathan Glasson KC has expertise in cases involving national security and has been instructed in the Bloody Sunday and Mark Duggan inquests, while Phillippa Kaufmann KC represented the family of Jermaine Baker into the public inquiry into his death – Baker was shot dead by armed police while engaged in a plot to free two prisoners being transported to Wood Green Crown Court. At junior level, Ifeanyi Odogwu often acts for families in controversial cases involving the police, and has recently been instructed by the family of a woman who was killed in a crush outside the Brixton Academy prior to a concert by Afrobeats act Asake. Adam Straw KC and Nick Armstrong KC both took silk in 2023.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Danny Friedman KCMatrix Chambers ‘Danny is a superbly effective barrister.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

2023 Silks

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC – Matrix Chambers 'Blinne is an outstanding barrister. Her technical knowledge is exceptional, which is reflected in her comprehensive and compelling drafting. She always goes the extra mile for her clients.' 

Leading Juniors

Jesse NichollsMatrix Chambers ‘Jesse is an exceptional advocate. He is incredibly intelligent with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, and exercises brilliant judgement even when under immense pressure.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Raj DesaiMatrix Chambers 'Raj has a brain the size of a planet. Clients feel very comfortable with him.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ifeanyi Odogwu – Matrix Chambers ‘Ifeanyi is brilliantly tactical and perceptive. He has the ability to captivate a jury and he often has the court in the palm of his hand.'
Ranked: Tier 3
James Robottom  – Matrix Chambers ‘James is incredibly intelligent and has fantastic tactical nous. He leaves no stone unturned in his case preparation. As an advocate he is calm, considered and highly effective.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Anita DaviesMatrix Chambers ‘A tough and dedicated barrister, with a straightforward advocacy style that is very effective.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Matrix is a top chambers for inquests and public inquiry work.’

‘A strong team with strength in depth, availability of counsel and training programmes.’

‘Matrix has some significant practitioners in the area of public inquiries, acting for a mixture of state and non-state core participants.’

London Bar > Police law (claimant) Tier 2

With a ‘very strong cross-section of expertise,’ the police law team at Matrix Chambers instructs on police misfeasance and misconduct, inquest and inquiry work with a specialism in representing bereaved families. Phillippa Kaufmann KC instructs on a breadth of investigatory and correctional cases arising from the criminal justice system, while also advising on false imprisonment and malicious prosecution cases under the Human Rights Act. Hugh Southey KC advises on Article 6 and 8 claims, while Richard Hermer KC provides counsel on high-profile civil claims related to alleged police corruption. Ifeanyi Odogwu represents bereaved families in cases concerning deaths in custody, while Jesse Nicholls represents a number of individuals who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of police restraint.

Rising stars

Tim-James Matthews  – Matrix Chambers 'Innovative and knowledgeable - excellent all round grasp of issues and fantastic written work.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Southey KCMatrix Chambers 'Wonderfully supportive and approachable. Completely on top of the facts and knows the case law inside out.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Phillippa Kaufmann KCMatrix Chambers ‘Philippa’s advocacy is outstanding. She is equally adept in front of Supreme Court justices as she is cross-examining corrupt police officers. She is an excellent communicator who advances a case very clearly and persuasively.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ifeanyi Odogwu – Matrix Chambers 'He is very bright and excellent with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Raj Desai Matrix Chambers ‘Raj is a very able advocate. He is very bright and an outstanding communicator. His written work is first-rate.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Law Matrix Chambers ‘Helen is exceedingly clever, hugely efficient, and her advocacy is excellent. She is incredibly strategic, anticipating issues and problems far in advance and ensuring the claimant legal team is prepared for anything.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Jesse Nicholls – Matrix Chambers ‘Jesse is a go-to barrister for actions against the police, he has total mastery of the area. He consistently produces work of a silk standard. Always willing to take on the most difficult arguments, in turn he is very skilled at making those difficult arguments straightforward in court.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Liz Boucher is excellent and very responsive; Simon Gardner’s experience is a real asset; Paul Venables is peerless.’

‘They have a large range of excellent barristers. They are my go-to set for reliably high quality counsel’

‘The police team at Matrix is top drawer – characterised by real talent and commitment.’

‘Matrix is a set you can trust to bring an intelligent approach to a case.’

‘The clerks are unanimously helpful, available and responsive.’

‘Matrix have a very strong cross-section of expertise, they have great availability, and their training programme is of the highest standard.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Public international law Tier 2

Members of Matrix Chambers are active across the whole range of public international law including investment treaty claims, state-versus-state disputes as well as cases before the ICJ and are frequently called upon to advise on international legal issues arising in the UK litigation context. The set was bolstered in March 2023 with Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC taking silk. On the junior end, Toby Fisher joined in September 2022 from an in-house role in the New Zealand government – he was instructed to act on behalf of New Zealand to intervene in the ICJ proceedings brought by Ukraine against Russia under the Genocide Convention. In a high-profile ICJ case concerning the status and location of the land boundary between Venezuela and Guyana, Edward Craven represented Guyana in its high-profile ICJ dispute with the government of Venezuela, which claims more than half of Guyana’s territory by rejecting an 1899 arbitral award. Michelle Butler, led by Antony White KC, is instructed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to contest jurisdiction in the claim of Ghanem Al-Masarir, represented by Richard Hermer KC, on the basis of sovereign immunity – the Saudi dissident claims damages in the London courts for the alleged hacking of his mobile phone using Pegasus spyware.

2023 Silks

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KCMatrix Chambers ‘The depth of her knowledge on tactics, procedure and the substantive issues of the case, both legal and factual is frankly staggering. She has a brilliant mind but it is not just that, she works extremely hard for her clients and brings real commitment to the case. She is also very good in court.’

Leading Juniors

Michelle ButlerMatrix ChambersMichelle is one of the very few to have done a witness examination before the ICJ, and she does it extremely brilliantly. She is outstanding.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘Brilliant - Edward is a fabulous junior and his knowledge of public international law is unparalleled. He brings buckets of enthusiasm, wit and intelligence to every case he does.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Matrix Chambers retains a strong profile in international law – high degree of expertise in that area.’

 

 

Work highlights

London Bar > Competition Tier 3

Drawing upon strong expertise in related areas of law such as EU, public, criminal and commercial litigation, Matrix Chambers is well placed to handle complex and high profile competition matters concerning state aid, public procurement, utilities regulation and commercial judicial review. Rhodri Thompson KC and Nicholas Gibson have continued to act for UK Trucks Claim Ltd in UK Trucks Claim v Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V and others, representing the proposed class representative in a collective damages action before the CAT under section 47B of the Competition Act. In R (SSE Generation Ltd) v CMA, the first time a decision of the CMA in its appellate capacity was subjected to judicial review, Christopher Brown achieved a favourable result for the regulator in a three-day hearing before the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Thompson KCMatrix Chambers ‘Rhodri is an advocate of choice before the CMA. He is highly skilled at pitching arguments to a Regulator in a way which they will listen to and accept.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher BrownMatrix Chambers ‘Prompt and responsive, Kit is always proactive in providing advice to his clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas GibsonMatrix Chambers ‘Nicholas is incredibly hard working, energetic, creative and drafts very well. His advocacy is very persuasive and he is not afraid to get really stuck in to the detail and to test things thoroughly.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Matrix Chambers are very accommodating and responsive. Training programmes are a gap in their offering compared to those offered by other sets.’ 

‘Excellent service form this set.’

‘The clerks are approachable and available.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

Matrix Chambers has strong expertise in community care matters, often at its interface with civil liberties. and works with a wide range of clients, including individuals, local authorities, government, healthcare regulators, care providers and NGOs. Nick Armstrong KC was appointed silk in 2023.

Rising stars

Emma Foubister – Matrix Chambers ‘Emma is excellent. She is confident, analytical and an excellent advocate. She is a good communicator with clients and other parties.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Hannett KC – Matrix Chambers 'Sarah goes the extra mile to assist. She is conscientious and willing to pursue cutting-edge cases. She is not afraid to practice outside her comfort zone. She is a public law expert due to the length of her practice and the range of cases she has taken. Her drafting is excellent, as are her advocacy and her interpersonal skills.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Buttler KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Chris brings impressive clarity to complex arguments. He can cut through complex areas such as social welfare law and distil key issues impressively.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Matrix Chambers is a very strong set operating in the social welfare and community care area. The counsels provide high calibre advice and advocacy.’

‘Matrix Chambers is a stand-out chambers due to the significant range and number of specialist barristers with high profiles.’

‘The clerks are efficient, polite and flexible. The service is very high quality.’

‘The clerking team at Matrix Chambers is helpful and responsive. It offers a high degree of professionalism and good advice on counsel expertise and availability.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Crime Tier 3

Primarily acting for the defence, Matrix Chambers is a strong criminal law set, with particular expertise in cases with human rights components. Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC, who took silk in March 2023, has a track record of cases where Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights is run as a defence - she is instructed to represent two members of Palestine Action, who used parliamentary visitor passes to gain access to the member's lobby where they doused a statue of Lord Balfour with tomato ketchup. Tim James-Matthews and Clare Montgomery KC represented the defendants in Director of Public Prosecutions v Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, a prosecution appeal concerning the acquittal of individuals who dug tunnels in an attempt to interfere with construction of HS2. The set also has a track record of work relating to terrorism offences.

Rising stars

Tim James-Matthews – Matrix Chambers ‘Tim is definitely one to watch.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Whittam KC – Matrix ChambersRichard is very competent, very trusted and straightforward. He is an impressive brief not to be underestimated.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Bailin KC  – Matrix Chambers ‘Alex is a tactically astute, confident and persuasive advocate. He knows his cases back to front and draws on a tremendous bank of legal knowledge.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Summers KC – Matrix Chambers 'Mark is astonishingly bright and a highly effective appellate advocate. He is also a joy to work with.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Danny Friedman KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Danny combines an efficient working manner with an exceptional ability to process information quickly and produce high quality written submissions. He is very good at leading at team, and has a great manner with clients.' 
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Adrian Waterman KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Adrian is a once-in-a-generation criminal silk. He is a masterful lawyer and advocate. He holds the courtroom whenever he rises to his feet, makes the best of every point that can possibly be taken and his advocacy leaves you spellbound.' 
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC – Matrix Chambers 'Blinne is wonderful. She maintains rigorous independence and professionalism.'
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Blinne is an all-round star performer. Her strength is in the detail and her specialism is protest related cases.’

Leading Juniors

Joanna Buckley – Matrix Chambers 'Joanna is a terrific senior junior - she is incredibly knowledgeable, with meticulous research and drafting, measured and persuasive advocacy, and fantastic commitment to her clients.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘The clerking team really is professional. Paul Venables is fantastic.’

‘The clerks offer a good service. Paul Venables and his team are responsive and helpful.’

‘Matrix Chambers has exceptionally bright and capable criminal law barristers.’

There are very good barristers in this set across all levels of experience. They also offer top quality seminars that are well attended.’

‘All Matrix barristers are very high calibre.’

‘The clerking team at Matrix is superb and extremely responsive.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 3

Matrix Chambers is a ‘premier set of chambers’ that attracts high-profile fraud work. On an ad hoc admission in that jurisdiction, Tim Owen KC, ‘as strong strategically as he is legally’, has recently advised and represented Chinese businessman Jack Chen in relation to fraud charges brought against him by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption as a result of purchases made by a company of his of dairy farms in New Zealand. Vedrana Pehar, a ‘clear and direct’ advocate, has recently defended a key director and gold dealer in a £266m money laundering case.

Leading Silks

Tim Owen KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Tim is an excellent barrister. He is strategic, knowledgeable and a team player. He has a great legal mind and is a fearless advocate.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Waterman KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Adrian has an exceptionally engaging style of advocacy – calm and measured – so that the audience is carried along on his argument. He is incredibly diligent.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Vedrana Pehar – Matrix Chambers ‘Vedrana is a highly competent lawyer with a flair for dealing with difficult clients. She remains composed under pressure, has excellent judgement when assessing the merits of complex legal arguments, and has an ability to deal with very heavy workloads under serious time constraints. She is also very user-friendly for her instructing solicitors.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Paul Venables and Samantha Blake are both extremely responsive, and go above and beyond in discussions on both timetables and fees.’

‘The clerks are excellent. Paul Venables and Rhian Hiscocks are both a pleasure to work with.’

‘Matrix is a premier set of chambers attracting the most high-profile work.’

‘Matrix is a strong set with dynamic, charismatic counsel who are leaders in their fields.’

‘Matrix is a very professional set which takes clerking to another level as it is seen as equally as important as the legal services side. The clerks look after every aspect and go above and beyond regularly.’

‘The clerks’ room is engaged and diligent.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Telecoms Regulation

London Bar > Financial services regulation

Leading Silks

Alex Bailin KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Alex has a unique skillset having been a trader before he trained as a barrister. This means that, in the complex trading investigations, he has a deep understanding of the subject matter and is well placed to probe the explanations being offered by the traders involved.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Health and safety

Leading Silks

Jamas Hodivala KCMatrix ChambersJamas is always commercially astute and provides pragmatic advice.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Juniors

Michelle ButlerMatrix Chambers ‘Strengths include her deep knowledge and expertise in various fields, whether in public international law or commercial matters. She has impressive fact-finding skills and distinguished capabilities in analysing the facts, is a valuable asset in any legal team due to the miscellaneous aspects that she can cover and handle during the arbitration process. She is always very cooperative with other members of the team.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

Leading Silks

Sarah HannettMatrix Chambers 'Very knowledgeable and able to deal with work very well.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Sarah SackmanMatrix Chambers 'Sarah has a very strong knowledge and understanding of local government. She is very practical and sensible in her approach.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery KCMatrix Chambers ‘Clare is simply outstanding. Her ability as a cross-examiner is nothing short of breathtaking, and she is phenomenally hardworking and a true team-player.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘Edward is a strong advocate and a good team player.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Silks

Tim Owen KCMatrix Chambers ‘He is an outstanding KC - commercial and practical with the required gravitas to deal with complex issues. A star of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersEddie is a polymath. He is fantastically knowledgeable over a wide range of areas and brings an incisive intelligence to bear on all his case work.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

Leading Silks

Eleni Mitrophanous KC – Matrix Chambers 'Eleni is a great VAT silk and advocate. She is thorough and knowledgeable, and an excellent choice for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Antony White KCMatrix Chambers ‘His written and oral advocacy are absolutely first rate - he is calm, measured, and analytically and intellectually incisive, yet has an easily accessible and persuasive style.’
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Planning

Leading Silks

David Wolfe KC –Matrix Chambers  ‘David is a star of the environment and planning world. He is a leading claimant barrister, particularly on high-profile cases with a national dimension. He is very popular with clients, due to his direct and clear approach. He is well-liked by judges due to his no-nonsense advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sarah Sackman – Matrix Chambers  ‘Sarah’s passion for her work is unprecedented. She attends community meetings and team meetings, advises on strategy, on planning appeal and application, breaches of equalities law, and has excellent knowledge and presentation skills.’
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Silks

Jamas Hodivala KCMatrix ChambersJamas has an impressive eye for detail, which, together with his perseverance and charming advocacy style, makes him one of the leading barristers in this area.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Sport

Leading Juniors

Ifeanyi Odogwu – Matrix Chambers ‘He is ahead of his time, being young, dynamic, supremely bright and personable.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

Leading juniors

Edward Kemp - Matrix Chambers  ‘Edward is one of the most experienced specialist employment barristers operating in the DIFC Court. He is calm under pressure, has a good rapport with the judges and is very responsive.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Matrix is a barristers’ chambers located in London, Geneva and Brussels. Described as “professional and forward thinking”, Matrix is an approachable set that is proud of its record of innovation and focus on excellence. Core values govern the way it works and outline its commitment to operating within an environment where diversity, accessibility and client care are widely championed.

The depth of experience and expertise across a range of practice areas allow Matrix to provide a unique offering at the Bar. Matrix is uniquely positioned to deal with complex legal issues, particularly where they overlap multiple areas of law. Matrix has an established international presence, its members having worked in over 100 countries.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Rachel Holmes rachelholmes@matrixlaw.co.uk
Members of Chambers AFEEVA, Mark (1997)
Members of Chambers ARMSTRONG KC, Nick (2001)
Members of Chambers AWUKU-ASABRE, Kwaku (2015)
Members of Chambers BAILIN KC, Alex (1995)
Members of Chambers BHATT, Radha (2020)
Members of Chambers BLAKE, Sir Nicholas (1974)*
Members of Chambers BOAKES, Kate (2014)
Members of Chambers BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, Prof Laurence*
Members of Chambers BRENNAN KC, Lord Daniel (1967)*
Members of Chambers BROWN, Christopher (2002)
Members of Chambers BUCKLEY, Joanna (2011)
Members of Chambers BUTLER, Michelle (2007)
Members of Chambers BUTTLER KC, Chris (2004)
Members of Chambers CHINKIN, Prof Christine (2003)
Members of Chambers CHOO, Prof Andrew (2002)
Members of Chambers CHRISTIE, Ayesha (2014)
Members of Chambers CLAPHAM, Prof Andrew (1985)*
Members of Chambers COMYN, Rosalind (2021)
Members of Chambers COOK, Kate (1990)
Members of Chambers CRAVEN, Edward (2007)
Members of Chambers CUNNINGHAM, Lucinda (2019)
Members of Chambers DARWIN KC, Claire (2005)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Anita (2011)
Members of Chambers DESAI, Raj (2010)
Members of Chambers ERDOS, Prof David*
Members of Chambers EVANS KC, Catrin (1994)
Members of Chambers FISHER, Toby (2008)
Members of Chambers FOUBISTER, Emma (2016)
Members of Chambers FRIEDMAN KC, Danny (1996)
Members of Chambers GEARTY KC (Hon), Prof Conor (1995)
Members of Chambers GIBSON, Nicholas (2009)
Members of Chambers GILLIE, Tom (2013)
Members of Chambers GLASSON KC, Jonathan (1996)
Members of Chambers GONZÁLEZ GARCÍA, Luis*
Members of Chambers GREAVES, Mark (2016)
Members of Chambers HANNETT KC, Sarah (2003)
Members of Chambers HELME, Ian (2005)
Members of Chambers HERMER KC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers HIGGINS, Nichola (2005)
Members of Chambers HODIVALA KC, Jamas (1998)
Members of Chambers HOOPER, Sir Anthony (1965)*
Members of Chambers HUDSON KC, Anthony (1996)
Members of Chambers HUNT, Murray*
Members of Chambers HUSAIN KC, Raza (1993)
Members of Chambers HUTCHEON, Darryl (2014)
Members of Chambers IVESON, Florence (2012)
Members of Chambers JABER, Tamara (2013)
Members of Chambers JAMES-MATTHEWS, Tim (2018)
Members of Chambers JONES, Jessica (2013)
Members of Chambers KAMIL, Mariyam (2021)
Members of Chambers KAUFMANN KC, Phillippa (1991)
Members of Chambers KEMP, Edward(2005)
Members of Chambers KENTRIDGE, Janet (1999)
Members of Chambers KIBLING, Thomas (1990)
Members of Chambers KNIGHTS KC, Samantha (1996)
Members of Chambers LADDIE KC, James (1995)
Members of Chambers LAW, Helen (2005)
Members of Chambers LEVENTHAL KC, Zoë (2002)
Members of Chambers MACDONALD KC, Lord Ken (1978)*
Members of Chambers MANSOORI KC, Sara (1997)
Members of Chambers MARKS, Prof Jonathan H. *
Members of Chambers MCCALLUM, Zoe (2016)
Members of Chambers MILLAR KC, Gavin (1981)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Eleanor (2015)
Members of Chambers MITROPHANOUS KC, Eleni (1999)
Members of Chambers MONAGHAN KC, Karon (1989)
Members of Chambers MONTGOMERY KC, Clare (1980)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Prof Gillian (1997)
Members of Chambers MOUNTFIELD KC, Helen (1991)
Members of Chambers NÍ GHRÁLAIGH KC, Blinne (2005)
Members of Chambers NICHOLLS, Jesse (2010)
Members of Chambers ODOGWU, Ifeanyi (2011)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL KC, Aidan (1996)
Members of Chambers OWEN KC, Tim (1983)
Members of Chambers PARKER, Raj (1983)
Members of Chambers PEHAR, Vedrana (2008)
Members of Chambers PRINCE, Laura (2003)
Members of Chambers PURCHASE KC, Mathew (2002)
Members of Chambers RANDALL KC, Nicholas (1990)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Nathan (2014)
Members of Chambers ROBOTTOM, James (2009)
Members of Chambers RYDER KC, Matthew (1992) *
Members of Chambers SACKMAN, Sarah (2008)
Members of Chambers SHERIDAN, Katy (2020)
Members of Chambers SILVERSTONE, Ben (2009
Members of Chambers SIMOR KC, Jessica (1992)
Members of Chambers SJOVOLL, Kirsten (2012)
Members of Chambers SKINNER KC, Lorna (1997)
Members of Chambers SKINNER, Paul (2010)
Members of Chambers SOUTHEY KC, Hugh (1996)
Members of Chambers SQUIRES KC, Dan (1998)
Members of Chambers STANSFELD, James (2008)
Members of Chambers STERN, Robbie (2017)
Members of Chambers SUMMERS KC, Mark (1996)
Members of Chambers SWORDS-KIELEY, Roisin (2019)
Members of Chambers TAMS, Prof Christian *
Members of Chambers THOMPSON KC, Rhodri (1989)
Members of Chambers TOMLINSON KC, Hugh (1983)
Members of Chambers TRIDIMAS, Prof Takis (2000)
Members of Chambers VASSALL-ADAMS KC, Guy (2000)
Members of Chambers WATERMAN KC, Adrian (1988)
Members of Chambers WHITE KC, Antony (1983)
Members of Chambers WHITTAM KC, Richard (1983)
Members of Chambers WILLS, Aidan (2015)
Members of Chambers WOLFE KC, David (1992)
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Mark Afeeva photo Mark Afeeva Specialist in sports, discrimination, employment, media and entertainment law. Cases include: Sport:…
Nick Armstrong photo Dr Nick Armstrong Barrister specialising in public law, human rights and civil liberties with a…
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Alex Bailin photo Alex Bailin Alex’s practice centres on financial and business crime, all aspects of criminal…
Nicholas Blake photo Sir Nicholas Blake Associate member of Matrix.
Laurence Boisson de Chazournes photo Prof Laurence Boisson de Chazournes Laurence’s practice covers various fields such as international economic law, international dispute…
Daniel Brennan photo Lord Daniel Brennan Lord Brennan has a high-profile practice across a number of areas –…
Christopher Brown photo Christopher Brown Specialist areas of practice include UK and EU competition law, EU law,…
Joanna Buckley photo Joanna Buckley
Michelle Butler photo Michelle Butler Barrister specialising in public and private international law, arbitration, crime, commercial law,…
Christopher Buttler photo Christopher Buttler Administrative law; local government, planning and environmental law.
Christine Chinkin photo Prof Christine Chinkin Specialising in international law and international human rights law.
Andrew Choo photo Prof Andrew Choo Specialist in criminal law and criminal due process and human rights law.
Ayesha Christie photo Ayesha Christie Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, with a particular focus…
Andrew Clapham photo Prof Andrew Clapham International law professor specialising in international law and human rights law (Osman…
Kate Cook photo Kate Cook Barrister specialising in environmental law, public international law, EU and human rights…
Edward Craven photo Edward Craven Specialist in public international law; international human rights law; international environmental law;…
Claire Darwin KC photo Claire Darwin KC Claire has been recognised by the legal directories as a leading barrister…
Anita Davies photo Anita Davies Anita has a broad practice in the areas of crime and regulation,…
Raj Desai photo Raj Desai Raj specialises in public and human rights law. His practice encompasses prison…
Catrin Evans photo Catrin Evans
Danny Friedman photo Danny Friedman Expertise in all aspects of criminal law, human rights and public law.…
Conor Gearty photo Prof Conor Gearty Barrister specialising in human rights law. Notable cases include: Secretary of State…
Nicholas Gibson photo Nicholas Gibson Nicholas has experience of diverse commercial and public law matters, with particular…
Tom Gillie photo Tom Gillie Tom’s practice spans across a variety of areas including equality and human…
Jonathan Glasson photo Jonathan Glasson Jonathan practises in a broad range of work. His practice includes human…
Luis González García photo Luis González García Luis González García focuses on international trade, investment law and international arbitration. He is…
Mark Greaves photo Mark Greaves Mark has a broad practice with a particular focus on Employment and Education…
Sarah Hannett photo Sarah Hannett Specialist in public law, human rights, discrimination and education. Recent cases include…
Richard Hermer photo Richard Hermer Richard Hermer’s practice spans public and private law litigation within both the…
Nichola Higgins photo Nichola Higgins Nichola Higgins is a leading practitioner in the field of financial and…
Jamas Hodivala photo Jamas Hodivala Jamas represents companies, directors and other professionals in white collar and business crime,…
Anthony Hooper photo Sir Anthony Hooper Sir Anthony Hooper retired from the Court of Appeal of England and…
Anthony Hudson photo Anthony Hudson Anthony Hudson QC is highly regarded in media and information law. He…
Murray Hunt photo Murray Hunt Murray Hunt is an associate member of Matrix and was one of…
Raza Husain photo Raza Husain Barrister specialising in immigration and human rights; A (internment and legality of…
Darryl Hutcheon photo Darryl Hutcheon Darryl is especially interested in employment & discrimination law, public law, and…
Florence Iveson photo Florence Iveson Florence Iveson is an experienced and trusted extradition specialist who appears regularly…
Tamara Jaber photo Tamara Jaber Tamara practises in a broad range of areas including public law and…
Jessica Jones photo Jessica Jones Jessica has a broad practice in extradition, crime, public law and human…
Phillippa Kaufmann photo Phillippa Kaufmann Predominantly public and civil law practice arising in the field of criminal…
Edward  Kemp photo Edward Kemp Edward has a broad cross-disciplinary practice in employment and equality, private international,…
Janet Kentridge photo Janet Kentridge Specialist in public and administrative law, local government law, commercial law and…
Thomas Kibling photo Thomas Kibling For the last ten years Thomas has been ranked in the top…
Samantha Knights photo Samantha Knights Barrister specialising in immigration and asylum, civil liberties, administrative and public law…
James Laddie photo James Laddie Specialist in employment & discrimination law;  also enjoys substantial practice in commercial…
Helen Law photo Helen Law Specialising in crime, public law, human rights and public international law.
Zoë Leventhal photo Zoë Leventhal Zoë practises in all areas of public law and human rights and is listed as a…
Rachel Logan photo Rachel Logan Barrister specialising in public law, international law, sports law, human rights and…
Ken Macdonald photo Lord Ken Macdonald Areas of practice include: corporate and general crime; civil and criminal fraud;…
Sara Mansoori KC photo Sara Mansoori KC Barrister with a wide range of experience and practices in all areas…
Jonathan H Marks photo Prof Jonathan H Marks Barrister and a CEDR accredited mediator specialising in EU/environment, banking law and…
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Eleni Mitrophanous photo Eleni Mitrophanous Barrister with particular expertise in EU law, public law, human rights law,…
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Clare Montgomery photo Miss Clare Montgomery Specialist in criminal, regulatory and fraud law.
Gillian Morris photo Prof Gillian Morris Advisory work in employment law (individual and collective) and public employment law;…
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Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC photo Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC Blinne is a human rights and international law expert with a broad…
Aidan O Aidan O"Neill Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot) QC is dual-qualified and a “double silk”.  He…
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Nicholas Randall photo Nicholas Randall Barrister specialising in employment, sport and pensions related work. He has appeared…
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The set: Matrix is a barristers’ chambers located in Gray’s Inn, London and Geneva, Switzerland. The set is a group of independent and specialist lawyers who work in a wide range of areas of law. Matrix Chambers works throughout the UK and have extensive experience internationally. Matrix, London was set up in 2000 in response to the changing face of the legal landscape at that time, both to work in England and to have a strong international presence. The set has been labelled ‘the future of the bar’. Matrix is proud of their record of innovation and of its reputation as an accessible, professional and approachable set. It’s actions are guided by its core values, which outline its principles as an organisation and govern how it works. Matrix operates within a modern environment, where diversity, accessibility and client care are widely championed.

Areas of practice: Matrix assists law firms, governments, multinational corporations, international organisations and individuals. The set offers its expertise on a case-by-case basis, working in a team with the other lawyers on clients’ cases. Matrix advises on legal strategy, the issues in cases, or the strength of cases as a whole. In addition to representing clients in a dispute resolution forum, it carries out investigations, inquiries and audits of company policies, particularly in regard to corporate social responsibility. Matrix has worked in over 100 countries and its lawyers work in 28 practice areas including commercial law, public international law and arbitration, investigations and audits, competition and EU law, human rights, public, employment, equality and discrimination, and criminal law, including white-collar crime and fraud. Matrix has lawyers called to appear in a number of countries across the world and in the Dubai International Financial Centre. It regularly appears in appellate level courts in the UK, and in the Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court. Matrix lawyers also frequently act as arbitrators or represent parties in arbitrations. Matrix lawyers have appeared in a number of forums, including ICSID, ITLOS, LCIA, the Singapore and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centres and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as having experience of the most common arbitral rules and procedures.


In line with Matrix’s core values, it invests time and effort into the realisation of equal opportunities at work and at the Bar. Matrix is a committed advocate of equality in all aspects. It takes a three pronged approach to equality and diversity with support for staff and members, networking/consultancy groups and outreach projects, to ensure that Matrix is identifying and addressing early barriers. Matrix has a dedicated Equality and Diversity Manager (non-barrister) and two Equality and Diversity Officers (barristers) to make sure it is doing its utmost to improve diversity at the Bar. Below are just some of the projects Matrix has been involved in to contribute to the progression of diversity at the Bar.

LGBT+

Matrix’s internal LGBT+ and allies network meets to discuss Matrix’s priorities for LGBT+ inclusion. Matrix is one of the few barristers’ chambers that is a member of Stonewall, the LGBT+ charity, as part of their Diversity Champion Programme. Matrix takes part in the Stonewall yearly index and has been able to greatly improve policies and practices as a result. Matrix hosts LGBT consultation meetings for all staff and members to input into its LGBT+ strategy and both members and staff sit on the legal LGBT+ network committee FreeBar.

FreeBar Charter: Matrix is a founding member of FreeBar, a network for everyone at the Bar who believes in equality for LGBT+ individuals and for all those who work at the Bar – whether you are a member, trainee, member of staff, member of the judiciary, or a person who works with members of the Bar.

Mental Health

Matrix prioritises mental health and wellbeing support and itsinitiatives include wellbeing action plans, wellbeing policies and resilience workshops featuring innovative stress management techniques. CEO Rachel Holmes takes a keen interest in the wellbeing of staff and members and is a member of the Thriving of Work Leadership Council.

Ethnicity

Matrix has a Race Working Group made up of members and staff, which is taking active steps to improve racial diversity and inclusion both within Matrix and at the Bar in general. It also has a Race Equality Network, which is designed to be a dedicated space for our Black, Asian and minority ethnic members, trainees and staff to share their experiences and discuss relevant issues.

Matrix is also working closely with other organisations on improving access to the profession for people from minority ethnic groups and other groups underrepresented at the Bar. Matrix is participating in both the 10,000 Black Interns scheme (which is aiming to create a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community by providing paid training and development opportunities) and the Bridging the Bar initiative (which is aiming to improve equality of access to mini-pupillages). Matrix will be running five Bridging the Bar mini pupillages in autumn 2021.

Work experience and mentoring

Matrix has a year round work experience programme for young people aged 14-18, with half of placements reserved for people from backgrounds underrepresented in law, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, those of the first generation in their family to attend university and candidates with disabilities. From the success of this programme Matrix is now launching a longer term mentoring project.

Matrix’s new Future Lawyers scheme builds on the priority work experience placements, offering those students the opportunity for further interview experience, mentoring and workshops on advocacy and networking. The first two workshops held in July 2021 received excellent feedback from participants.

Promoting gender equality

Matrix is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women both in the workplace, and specifically at the Bar. Matrix has signed the Women in Law Pledge and regularly host events that tackle issues facing women across different backgrounds and across the world. Matrix also  has an internal women’s network for both members and staff to discuss gender issues. Its members have also commented on gender issues facing the Bar and the judiciary in the media.

Neurodiversity

Matrix is keen to support entry into the profession for aspiring barristers with neurodivergent conditions and to foster a more neurodiverse and accepting environment at the Bar.

Matrix is proud to be the first signatory to the Babington Charter and a Champion of the organisation Neurodiversity in Law, whose purpose is to promote and support neurodiversity within the legal professions, and eliminate the stigma often associated with people who think differently.

Matrix Causes Fund

The Matrix Causes Fund, administered by Matrix and contributed to by members and staff, has committed over £1.4 million in small grants to charitable organisations since 2003. The Fund provides support to organisations which promote access to justice, equality of opportunity or a sustainable environment and supports organisations both internationally and in the local community. As well as the funding committed to a range of organisations each quarter, Matrix has committed a three-year grant to the Amos Bursary, to support aspiring Black barristers looking to enter the profession. The funds will be applied to support students while at university and help them to meet their basic costs as students, and participate in experiences and opportunities which will contribute to their performance while at university or preparation for the world of work.