Set Profile > Matrix Chambers > London, England

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

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

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 Juniors

Helen Law - Matrix ChambersClinical and decisive; clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 3


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


Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 1

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.

2018 Silks

Samantha Knights QC - Matrix ChambersA first-class barrister skilled in immigration and trafficking matters.
Ranked: Tier 1


Leading Juniors

Nicholas Armstrong - Matrix Chambers'Smart and unafraid to run his points in court.’
Ranked: Tier 2


Helen Law - Matrix ChambersHas the ability to understand precisely what clients need from an early stage.
Ranked: Tier 2


Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersPhenomenally bright and is very approachable. Has an easy rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3


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


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


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


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


Raza Husain QC - Matrix ChambersExcellent human rights QC. Tenacious, highly skilled, committed and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 4


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


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


Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic advocate who undertakes a wide range of human rights and terror-related work.
Ranked: Tier 4


Employment Tier 1

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 Juniors

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


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


Leading Silks

James Laddie QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic cross-examiner particularly with tricky claimants and reads the court really well.
Ranked: Tier 1


Thomas Linden QC - Matrix ChambersHis expertise in relation to employment status is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1


Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersA distinguished and forceful advocate who has championed the cause of all workers.
Ranked: Tier 1


International crime and extradition Tier 1

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 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


Leading Silks

Mark Summers QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an outstanding intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1


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


Public international law Tier 1

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 Philippe Sands QC is acting as counsel. Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh was also involved in in the high-profile naming dispute between North Macedonia (as that state is now known) and Greece.

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


Leading Silks

Zachary Doublas QC - Matrix ChambersAn excellent advocate – operates at levels above the understanding of us lesser mortals.
Ranked: Tier 2


Philippe Sands QC - Matrix ChambersOne of the UK's best PIL barristers.
Ranked: Tier 2


Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersVery bright and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 3


IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 2

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 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


Zoë Leventhal - Matrix ChambersCollegiate in approach and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2


Mathew Purchase - Matrix ChambersHe leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2


Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe does an excellent job on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3


Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersAn exceptional junior with skills across commercial, civil and public law.
Ranked: Tier 4


Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersImpressive – his written work is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4


Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersNotably courageous in her approach to the other side's tactics.
Ranked: Tier 4


Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersKnowledgeable on protest 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


Leading Silks

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright and formidable.
Ranked: Tier 2


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


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


Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersA refreshingly approachable leader with a vast storehouse of legal knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4


Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed by public bodies in high-profile matters.
Ranked: Tier 4


David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersIntelligent, quick, bold and inventive.
Ranked: Tier 4


Data protection Tier 2

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 Juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers‘Aside from her technical knowledge and expertise, she is incredibly good with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2


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


Leading Silks

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


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


Defamation and privacy Tier 2

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 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


Leading Silks

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


Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed on the most complex or business-critical cases.
Ranked: Tier 1


Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersVery accomplished, down-to-earth silk.
Ranked: Tier 2


Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersMedia silk with extensive criminal expertise.
Ranked: Tier 3


Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersConfident in his advice and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3


Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersVery bright, hardworking, and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 3


Education Tier 2

'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 Juniors

Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers‘The best education law junior around.’
Ranked: Tier 1


Nick Armstrong - Matrix Chambers‘Hugely experienced in this field and confident on his feet.’
Ranked: Tier 3


Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersAn expert in her field.
Ranked: Tier 3


Mathew Purchase - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4


Leading Silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersThe range of her practice is incredible – but not at the expense of her grasp of detail.
Ranked: Tier 1


David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersHe has encyclopaedic knowledge and is a go-to person for academisation.
Ranked: Tier 1


Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersProvides good strategic and legal advice on critically important questions.
Ranked: Tier 2


EU Law Tier 2

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 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


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


Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

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 Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe is great on his feet, very clever, works hard for clients and cares about the outcome.
Ranked: Tier 3


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


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


Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersHe has a towering intellect and is really liked by solicitors and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 3


International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

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

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 2

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

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

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

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

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

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 2

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 Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersAn outstanding advocate with top academic talent and drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3


Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersHe is very bright and draws on deep knowledge to give practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3


Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersShe is extremely good where under pressure and excellent at both detail and strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4


Lorna Skinner - Matrix ChambersA good junior for privacy, data protection and defamation cases.
Ranked: Tier 4


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


Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersHe is very knowledgeable with great judgement and tactical skill.
Ranked: Tier 4


Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is strong for information law, privacy and defamation.
Ranked: Tier 4


Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersHe has formidable knowledge and impressive advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 4


Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersHe offers clear and concise advice and is great on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4


Competition Tier 3

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 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


Leading Silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHis depth of understanding of the area between competition and regulatory law is invaluable.'
Ranked: Tier 2


Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

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 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


Leading Silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersA highly experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 3


David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersA superb silk.
Ranked: Tier 3


Crime Tier 3

'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 Juniors

Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersAn exceptional junior with skills across criminal and public law.
Ranked: Tier 3


Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersUtterly committed to her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3


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


Environment Tier 3

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 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


Leading Silks

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersAn incredible advocate who is active in incredibly significant international matters testing new areas of law.
Ranked: Tier 2


David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersIncredible, he does absolutely amazing work and is the best legal and strategic brain.
Ranked: Tier 2


Fraud: crime Tier 3

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 Juniors

Jamas Hodivala - Matrix ChambersStylish and economical in his presentation.
Ranked: Tier 4


Helen Law - Matrix ChambersClear in her opinions.
Ranked: Tier 4


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


Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

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.

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


Leading Silks

Raza Husain QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an excellent breadth of knowledge of public law principles in the immigration context.
Ranked: Tier 1


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


International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

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

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Jamas Hodivala - Matrix ChambersVery eloquent and very bright.

Sport Tier 3

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

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 3

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAn utterly tenacious advocate.

Sport Tier 3

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

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 3

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

Health and safety Tier 4

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

Planning Tier 4

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

Commercial litigation Tier 4

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

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

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

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

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.

Matrix’s depth of experience and expertise in a range of practice areas allow it to provide a unique offering at the Bar. Matrix has an established international presence, acting in more than 114 countries for governments, international corporations, legal firms and individuals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Rachel Holmes rachelholmes@matrixlaw.co.uk
Practice Director Jason Housden jasonhousden@matrixlaw.co.k
Members of Chambers AFEEVA, Mark (1997)
Members of Chambers ARMSTRONG, Nick (2001)
Members of Chambers BAILIN QC, Alex (1995)
Members of Chambers BLAKE, Sir Nicholas (1974)*
Members of Chambers BODNAR, Andrew (1995)
Members of Chambers BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, Prof Laurence*
Members of Chambers BRENNAN QC, 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, 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 COOK, Kate (1990)
Members of Chambers CRAVEN, Edward (2007)
Members of Chambers DARWIN, Claire (2005)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Anita (2011)
Members of Chambers DESAI, Raj (2010)
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS QC, Prof Zachary (2006)
Members of Chambers EVANS QC, Catrin (1994)
Members of Chambers FOUBISTER, Emma (2016)
Members of Chambers FRIEDMAN QC, Danny (1996)
Members of Chambers GEARTY, Prof Conor (1995)
Members of Chambers GIBSON, Nicholas (2009)
Members of Chambers GLASSON QC, Jonathan (1996)
Members of Chambers GONZÁLEZ GARCÍA, Luis*
Members of Chambers GREAVES, Mark (2016)
Members of Chambers HANNETT, Sarah (2003)
Members of Chambers HELME, Ian (2005)
Members of Chambers HERMER QC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers HODIVALA, Jamas (1998)
Members of Chambers HOOPER, Sir Anthony (1965)*
Members of Chambers HUDSON QC, Anthony (1996)
Members of Chambers HUNT, Murray*
Members of Chambers HUSAIN QC, 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 KAUFMANN QC, Phillippa (1991)
Members of Chambers KENTRIDGE, Janet (1999)
Members of Chambers KIBLING, Thomas (1990)
Members of Chambers KNIGHTS QC, Samantha (1996)
Members of Chambers LADDIE QC, James (1995)
Members of Chambers LAW, Helen (2005)
Members of Chambers LEVENTHAL, Zoë (2002)
Members of Chambers LINDEN QC, Thomas (1989)
Members of Chambers LOGAN, Rachel (2008)*
Members of Chambers MACDONALD QC, Alison (2000)
Members of Chambers MACDONALD QC, Lord Ken (1978)*
Members of Chambers MANSOORI, Sara (1997)
Members of Chambers MARKS, Prof Jonathan H. *
Members of Chambers MCCALLUM, Zoe (2016)
Members of Chambers MILLAR QC, Gavin (1981)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Eleanor (2015)
Members of Chambers MITROPHANOUS, Eleni (1999)
Members of Chambers MONAGHAN QC, Karon (1989)
Members of Chambers MONTGOMERY QC, Clare (1980)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Prof Gillian (1997)
Members of Chambers MOUNTFIELD QC, Helen (1991)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Prof Sean *
Members of Chambers NÍ GHRÁLAIGH, Blinne (2005)
Members of Chambers NICHOLLS QC, Paul (1992)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL QC, Aidan (1996)
Members of Chambers OWEN QC, Tim (1983)
Members of Chambers PARKER, Raj (1983)
Members of Chambers PRINCE, Laura (2003)
Members of Chambers PURCHASE, Mathew (2002)
Members of Chambers RANDALL QC, Nicholas (1990)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Nathan (2014)
Members of Chambers RYDER QC, Matthew (1992) *
Members of Chambers SANDELL, Adam (2008)
Members of Chambers SANDS QC, Prof Philippe (1985)
Members of Chambers SILVERSTONE, Ben (2009
Members of Chambers SIMOR QC, Jessica (1992)
Members of Chambers SJOVOLL, Kirsten (2012)
Members of Chambers SKINNER, Lorna (1997)
Members of Chambers SKINNER, Paul (2010)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Andrew (2008)
Members of Chambers SOUTHEY QC, Hugh (1996)
Members of Chambers SQUIRES QC, Dan (1998)
Members of Chambers STANSFELD, James (2008)
Members of Chambers SUMMERS QC, Mark (1996)
Members of Chambers TAMS, Prof Christian *
Members of Chambers TEMPLE, Booan (2001) *
Members of Chambers THOMPSON QC, Rhodri (1989)
Members of Chambers TOMLINSON QC, Hugh (1983)
Members of Chambers TRIDIMAS, Prof Takis (2000)
Members of Chambers VASSALL-ADAMS QC, Guy (2000)
Members of Chambers WELSH, Angeline (2015)
Members of Chambers WHITE QC, Antony (1983)
Members of Chambers WILLS, Aidan (2015)
Members of Chambers WOLFE QC, David (1992)
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In line with Matrix’s core values, it invests 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 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.  
  • Partnership with Mind: Matrix is proud to be one of the first legal organisations to sign up to the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index to benchmark what it does to promote mental health support and wellbeing. In March 2019, Matrix was awarded Silver in the Index. Initiatives 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.  
  • 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 BAME 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.  

  • Promoting gender equality 

Matrix is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women both in the workplace, and specifically at the Bar. Matrix regularly host events that tackle issues facing women across different backgrounds and across the world. Matrix 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.