Set Profile > Matrix Chambers > London, England

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

Health and safety

2020 Silks

Jamas Hodivala QC - Matrix ChambersJamas 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 (which is a civil process). Jamas stands out for his technically savvy advice, client service and accessibility. He has a calm, measured manner which reassures clients faced with pressurised situations.

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

2020 Silks

Jamas Hodivala QC - Matrix ChambersOn his feet, Jamas is impressive and the respect he commands from his opposite numbers and the bench is evident. Jamas very quickly becomes part of the team and is always willing to roll his sleeves up and go the extra mile for clients and instructing solicitors alike.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

Viewed as 'a stellar set' with 'a depth of talent' by instructing solicitors, Matrix Chambers' members have been kept busy handling corruption and bribery cases, and are also active in SFO investigations. The set is noted for its particular strength in representing high-net-worth individuals in business crime matters. Recent highlights include the 'very responsive and strategicAlex Bailin QC acting in the high-profile Credit Suisse "tuna bonds" bribery case worth $2bn. In 2020, Jamas Hodivala QC was elevated to silk.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersA silk at the pinnacle; precise, responsive, hugely knowledgeable and a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersA devastating cross-examiner. Excellent with clients and quickly establishes a relationship of trust and confidence with them.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersHis former career as a trader gives him exceptional insight into cases involving market misconduct. His client handling skills are also first-rate.
Ranked: Tier 1

2020 Silks

Jamas Hodivala QC - Matrix ChambersA confident silk who has great client handling skills. His breadth of experience is also key to his ability to represent clients so completely.

Leading Juniors

Nichola Higgins - Matrix Chambers ‘Nichola is phenomenally hard-working and fully commits to her cases. Her capacity to find the important points in a case is brilliant to witness.

Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Law - Matrix ChambersClinical and decisive; clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 3

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

'On top of its game', Matrix Chambers is an 'influential and high-calibre' civil liberties set with a strong reputation acting in public law, unlawful detention, human trafficking, and international human rights matters. Standout silk Phillippa Kaufmann QC acted in a successful challenge against the Metropolitan Police's use of section 14 Public Order Act against Extinction Rebellion protesters in London, as well as acting for End Violence Against Women in a judicial review of the DPP's reduced prosecution rate for rape. Richard Hermer QC is the key name for leading claimant teams in international human rights cases and, alongside Edward Craven, is representing Maha Elgizouli in her challenge against the Home Secretary's decision to aid the United States in the trial of her sons 'The ISIS Beatles' which may result in the death penalty. Samantha Knights QC is also of note as is dual-qualified Raj Desai who clients describe as being 'exceptionally thorough.'

Leading Silks

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersShe is incredibly dynamic, versatile and persuasive on her feet. She is feared by opponents and respected by the courts. She is the pre-eminent counsel in this field and always in huge demand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersBrilliant, absolutely compelling and trustworthy in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersHe has superb judgement and knows exactly how to distil a case into a written document. The court really listens to him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic advocate, he analyses the problem quickly and gives clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersGood judgement, excellent knowledge of the law with huge experience in national security work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersThe Supreme Court really likes him, an excellent claimant barrister who is very calm on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersHighly intelligent, versatile and hugely respected by clients and the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersShe has a brain the size of a planet and is a fabulous advocate. Simply superb to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Ryder QC - Matrix ChambersSheer brilliance. Wonderful manner with clients despite working in complex and difficult prison law cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersHugh’s breadth of experience in criminal justice issues gives him a unique perspective and very diverse knowledge base. Tenacious and hands-on.
Ranked: Tier 3
Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an absolute mastery of the law, a total grasp on the relevant material, and is incredibly good on his feet. He commands the respect of the court and goes the extra mile to win the client's confidence.
Ranked: Tier 4
Raza Husain QC - Matrix ChambersA walking encyclopaedia on human rights, migrants, and trafficking cases. There really is no-one else like him.
Ranked: Tier 4
Samantha Knights QC - Matrix ChambersCommands respect from opponents and the judiciary when on her feet because of her control of the case and authoritative advocacy. Great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix Chambers ‘His breadth and depth of knowledge both in the law in English law, Scottish law and European law as well as international law is simply mind boggling.

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

2021 Silks

Chris Buttler QC - Matrix ChambersImpressively lucid and succinct, judges love his approach. He knows how to win.

Sarah Hannett QC -Matrix ChambersCan utilise the more esoteric pieces of legislation when trying to develop arguments for novel situations.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Armstrong - Matrix ChambersSmart and unafraid to run his points in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersFantastic, exceptionally bright, and a really sought after junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Law - Matrix ChambersA superb advocate who does the groundwork, engages with the client and works collaboratively to great effect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersFiercely intelligent and his technical legal knowledge is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Blinne Ni Ghralaigh - Matrix ChambersBlinne is a brilliant lawyer. She is an expert in human rights and protest law and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law. Her written advocacy is very persuasive. She has been involved in many cutting-edge cases involving protest law issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 1

Matrix Chambers is 'a great chambers with many top-quality employment and discrimination counsel, and many good juniors coming up the ranks'. Acting for claimants, respondents and intervenors alike, the set's members consistently appear in high-profile and complex cases at all levels, from the Employment Tribunal through to the Supreme Court. In a landmark decision that effected a change in the doctrine of severance (which had stood since 1934), James Laddie QC successfully represented a senior executive in the High Court, in relation to a recruitment firm's application to enforce a restrictive covenant. Elsewhere in chambers, Claire Darwin successfully represented Samira Ahmed in her high-profile, equal pay claims against the BBC. In the set's junior ranks, Nathan Roberts and Mark Greaves are rising stars of the employment arena.

Rising stars

Mark Greaves - Matrix ChambersHighly analytical, and provides clear and considered advice, showing shrewd insight and levels of realism and ingenuity that are very rare in someone of his call level.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nathan Roberts - Matrix ChambersNathan is responsive, user-friendly and excellent in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

James Laddie QC - Matrix Chambers ‘A pleasure to work with - fantastic legal knowledge, a great cross-examiner and really client friendly.

Ranked: Tier 1
Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersKaron is one of a kind - a QC genuinely shaping the law for the greater good.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Mathew Purchase QC - Matrix ChambersSuper-bright and a first-rate counsel.

Leading Juniors

Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersClaire works collaboratively on matters. She is well organised, methodical and communicates clearly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Kibling - Matrix ChambersAn absolute delight to work with - he is incredibly user friendly, reliable and responsive, and consistently impresses clients, instructing solicitors and Tribunals alike.
Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Smith - Matrix Chambers ‘Fiercely intelligent, detail oriented, responsive, and with a great courtroom style.

Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Prince - Matrix ChambersHas a fast grasp of the issues and is rated for the clarity of the advice. She also has a supportive and collaborative approach to cases, working well with the rest of the team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Skinner - Matrix ChambersHas creative ideas, thinks outside the box and is fearless in his imagination.
Ranked: Tier 5

International crime and extradition Tier 1

'A well known set for extradition work', Matrix Chambers' 'strength in depth in this area speaks for itself', with 'a number of excellent silks specialising in extradition law and a growing junior bar' following the addition of James Stansfeld and Florence Iveson. In recent work of note, 'eloquent advocateMark Summers QC and Iveson are active in the ongoing case concerning the USA's request for the extradition of Julian Assange for alleged complicity with activist Chelsea Manning in the publication of state secrets in the Assange-founded WikiLeaks site. Meanwhile, 'the doyenne of extradition lawClare Montgomery QC and 'industrious' rising star Jessica Jones are defending diamantaire Nirav Modi against the government of India's request for his extradition to face fraud and money laundering charges.

Rising stars

Jessica Jones - Matrix Chambers ‘She is intelligent, industrious, and tactically very good. She handles cases way above her call with ease. A future star of the extradition Bar.

Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersA unique silk who brings his experience of a past career as a City trader into the extradition field when conducting cases involving allegations of Market abuse. He is a great leader of a team and team player a the same time. Instills confidence in his clients and those that instruct him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersThe doyen of extradition law, Clare is the go to silk for high profile clients seeking no nonsense practical advice. Her grasp of the law is unrivaled and she inspires confidence in all. It is a delight to listen to her advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Summers QC - Matrix ChambersA powerful and eloquent advocate; he leaves no stone unturned and is on top of every detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersShe is resolute in her commitment to the law and her clients. Combines real expertise with real emotional intelligence.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Stansfeld - Matrix ChambersAn excellent and tenacious advocate. Incredibly talented and bright. Meticulous in his preparation. He has a superb intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1
Florence Iveson - Matrix ChambersFlorence is very knowledgeable and always willing to fight for her client’s cause. She has a lovely reassuring manner which makes her perfect for instructing clients who are particularly vulnerable. She genuinely cares and will always go above and beyond the call of duty.
Ranked: Tier 2

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersThe cream of the international crop - Zac is always well prepared; he listens carefully; and he considers what he has heard conscientiously, and he starts off with an encyclopaedic knowledge of investment law.

Public international law Tier 1

Matrix Chambers is an 'excellent chambers for State-to-State public international law disputes' and members such as Zachary Douglas QC are also noted for their strong expertise in investment treaty claims. Clients commend the 'very professional and well-run' set and its 'highly engaged and accommodating clerks'. It retains a strong stable of PIL specialists working at the intersection of commercial and public law. Highlights include Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh's advice to the Republic of Macedonia regarding its treaty negotiations with Greece. Philippe Sands QC also led Jessica Jones in The Gambia v Myanmar before the ICJ.

Rising stars

Jessica Jones - Matrix ChambersHighly intelligent, with excellent analytical ability, she writes extremely well, and works very well as part of a team.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersHis knowledge of international and investment law is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philippe Sands QC - Matrix ChambersHe is exceptionally able, and the best orator I have seen in any court - he is totally dedicated to his clients, and to the maintenance of the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersSuperb on the law, extremely well prepared and clients love him. He is also a superb advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersA fiercely intelligent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersHighly diligent, knowledgeable, incredibly experienced, and hardworking, bright and tenacious. A pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHis practice has an international domestic crossover element to it, which adds to the sophistication of his practice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: VAT - 2020 silks

Eleni Mitrophanous QC - Matrix ChambersShe is industrious, focussed and enthusiastic. She has no weaknesses.

IT and telecoms

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a sound pair of hands for telecoms regulatory matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersVery impressive for regulatory matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 2

Known as 'leaders in the field', at Matrix Chambers 'the calibre of barristers at both the senior and the junior ends is exceptional'. David Wolfe QC  represented the Sikh Federation in a challenge to the absence of a Sikh option in the ethnicity field of the 2020 census, a matter involving issues of parliamentary privilege concerning the drafting of an order to be made by the Queen. Nick Armstrong represented the claimant in Mazhar v the Lord Chancellor, in which the Court of Appeal found that the Human Rights Act does not permit a person to seek a declaration from the High Court that the court's own previous order violated convention rights. The set is 'less exclusively claimant focussed' than others, with Sarah Hannett representing unled the Speaker of the House of Commons in a judicial review of plans of the plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, concerning the claimant's attempt to use evidence covered by parliamentary privilege. In election law, Gavin Millar QC successfully defended a challenge to the election of Lisa Forbes in the 2019 Peterborough by-election brought by the losing Brexit Party candidate, who dropped the challenge and was ordered to pay full costs.

Rising stars

Jessica Jones - Matrix ChambersThe quality of her written work is unparalleled for any junior of her level. Jessica is efficient, diligent and has excellent attention to detail. Apart from being wise far beyond her years, she is also an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersPhillippa is a sensation. She is incredibly dynamic, versatile and persuasive on her feet. She is feared by opponents and respected by the courts. She is the pre-eminent counsel in this field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersPuts in the hours, is good with clients, gives practical advice and is effective in Court. A QC I have no hesitation in recommending to others.
Ranked: Tier 2
Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersShe is a leading light at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jessica Simor QC - Matrix ChambersIn court she was formidable. She understood the clients concerns and put it to the court which not only showed a mastery of the case but real empathy with the clients situation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersAn exceptionally keen strategic litigation sense. An ability to relate to clients, experts, other lawyers (on the same and opposing sides) and judges alike. He 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 3
Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersA key figure for election-related work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersShe is extremely bright and very able, and can construct extremely effective and persuasive argument. She is much liked by clients for her keen, unstinting approach, and her empathy, and her willingness always to go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed in the most sensitive cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed by public bodies in high-profile matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersRecommend for judicial review and complex public law instructions.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersIntelligent, quick, bold and inventive.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Chris Buttler QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an excellent knowledge of the law. His drafting is clear and persuasive.
Sarah Hannett QC - Matrix ChambersSarah is an exceptionally bright administrative lawyer. The submissions she drafts grapple with complex points of law in a way that enables the court to understand the importance of that detail. She is also extremely approachable and a very pleasant opponent.
Mathew Purchase QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a bright and determined advocate.

Leading Juniors

Zoe Leventhal - Matrix ChambersZoe is incredibly intelligent, dedicated and hard-working; she is very patient and approachable with clients, but also highly effective at dismantling her opponents’ case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe does an excellent job on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Skinner - Matrix ChambersHe is a very good lawyer, good at getting to grips with technical points and all round a great team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHe is extremely hard working and has a brain the size of the planet. Impossible to say a bad word about him. He is a star.
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersClaire fights hard for her clients and has had some tremendous successes. She doesn't leave a stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 3
Raj Desai - Matrix Chambers Incisive, judicious and strategic. The senior junior of choice in both private and public law litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersBlinne is a brilliant lawyer. She has a great understanding of public law and how to best use it to her client's advantage. Her written advocacy is extremely persuasive. She works very hard and will know a case inside and out. She is one of the best juniors I have ever worked with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joanna Buckley - Matrix Chambers She is measured, thoughtful and very effective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersIntense attention to detail and commitment to the client and the overall case objectives. Also incredibly strong trusted advisor.
Ranked: Tier 4

Data protection Tier 2

As 'a great chambers to work with' and 'a highly user-friendly media set', Matrix Chambers is a key name in the market for claims spanning data protection and media law, acting for media organisations, public authorities, companies and private individuals. According to clients, 'there is no one better in this field' than Antony White QC, who is acting for Google with Edward Craven in Lloyd v Google LLC, the first representative action for data protection damages relating to the setting of cookies on iPhone devices; 'leading expertHugh Tomlinson QC is acting for the claimants. White and Tomlinson also continue to represent the defendant and claimant respectively in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC, the first right to be forgotten claim to be tried in the UK. The 'fantastically smartCatrin Evans QC also represented the National Crime Agency in Cooper v National Crime Agency.

Leading Silks

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersA highly intelligent and adept barrister. She has incredible attention to detail and is very confident on her feet and easy to work with and is wonderful with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is the leading expert in this field. He has a phenomenal breadth of knowledge and experience. He is highly intellectual but approaches issues in a practical way, cutting to the heart of problems. He is at the forefront in developing the application of data protection law, and is innovative in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersThere are a number of barristers specialising in traditional media torts, and there are now a number of data protection specialists, too. However, there are not many who are genuinely expert in both fields. Antony White QC is one.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix ChambersFantastically thorough with a great eye for detail, and a comprehensive knowledge of breach of privacy law. You really feel like you're in safe hands with her.

Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHardworking, very knowledgeable about data protection law, and a creative thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersShe is a class act in her area. Methodical, calm and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Helme - Matrix ChambersHe is calm and thorough. Very good on his feet and unflappable in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersFantastically bright. Outstanding both on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3

Defamation and privacy Tier 2

'A fantastic all-round set in privacy, defamation and GPDR', Matrix Chambers 'continues to get stronger' each year. The 'well-clerked' set is known to be the home of privacy injunctions, where Hugh Tomlinson QC usually appears for claimants, while Gavin Millar QC and Antony White QC are predominantly instructed by defendants. A recent example of such work is CG v Facebook Ireland Ltd in the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, where Tomlinson QC and White QC assumed their usual roles. In another highlight, Catrin Evans QC acted for the BBC in seeking the imposition of a privacy reporting restriction related to Samira Ahmed's equal pay case.

Rising stars

Aidan Wills - Matrix ChambersExcellent on online defamation issues and data protection in the context of media law cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersThe best of the senior QCs in this field both in writing and in court, he is never afraid to pursue a difficult case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersA doyen of media law, razor-sharp and one of the most respected and revered barristers in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersExceptional on all fronts, an excellent advocate in the courtroom but equally skilled at providing clear advice to clients on complex areas of law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersAn outstanding advocate who continues to impress. Superb, incredibly bright and simply does not miss a beat.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersA real leader in the field of defamation and privacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an excellent client understanding.
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersA tenacious and forceful advocate, completely on top of the technical detail in his field.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix ChambersSuperb at deep-diving into the detail of a case and getting quickly to the key issues.

Leading Juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersImpressive in terms of her ability to quickly get to the heart of the case, to pre-empt the other side’s arguments and to develop a strategy to get the better of them.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Helme - Matrix ChambersSmooth as a silk to deal with, very calm and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersExcellent grasp of the law, proactively comes up with ideas on a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersFantastically bright, able to grapple with immense detail and apply it to a bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kirsten Sjøvoll - Matrix ChambersVery calm, considered and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4

Education Tier 2

Matrix Chambers has a 'stellar range of exceptional and experienced juniors and top-level silks' acting for a range of clients, particularly further education and higher education institutions. Helen Mountfield QC is the key member of the education practice and is representing claimant Ebenezer Azamati against the Oxford Union Society in a highly publicized matter pertaining to racial and disability discrimination as well as assault. Sarah Hannett was instructed by Ofsted in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, while David Wolfe QC represents the Independent Schools Inspectorate in the same inquiry.

Leading Silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersAn incisive legal mind who is very experienced in equality law and human rights.
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 ChambersVery bright, adds a lot of value to a case, and has super calm manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Sarah Hannett QC - Matrix ChambersA real heavyweight lawyer in the field of education law. Great to work with and she adds a lot of value to court and tribunal preparation.
Mathew Purchase QC - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.

Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersExcellent, responsive and creative with the law; communicate well with clients and outcome focused.
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersGreat to work with: she's very thorough, pro-active, approachable and clear. She understands the education sector and the differing approaches and objectives of clients. Insightful, sharp and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersAn impressive lawyer who has excellent attention to detail and knowledge, superb written work.
Ranked: Tier 5

European Union law Tier 2

Members of Matrix Chambers handle a range of work before the European Courts, with many matters involving questions of individual rights. Aidan O’Neill QC represented the AIRE Centre in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed that an EU citizen child had sufficient resources not to be an unreasonable burden on Northern Ireland's benefits system if his non-EU father was working, albeit illegally. Among the set's juniors, Takis Tridimas (also a professor of law at King's College London) represented a number of investors and depositors in cases stemming from the "bail-ins" of Cypriot banks. David Wolfe QC is considered a go-to silk for EU matters with an environmental angle.

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
Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersShe is firm, highly skilled in the law, and capable of bringing together a range of opinions from practitioners who themselves have had years of experience.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jessica Simor QC - Matrix ChambersExceptionally knowledgeable, an outstanding advocate and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersHe is an amazing advocate and strategic thinker. One of the best on his feet, and his presentation skills are second to none. He is the go-to silk for environmental claimants.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Takis Tridimas - Matrix ChambersHe is very knowledgeable and very responsive junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersHis experience at the bar and as a solicitor means he understands the practicalities of managing a case. His advice is always clear, well developed and robustly based. He is very open to challenge and discussion on tricky points. He manages senior internal stakeholders extremely well.
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Inquest and inquiry work is at the very heart of Matrix Chambers, which is 'one of the best in this field and has barristers who are excellent'. Clients particularly benefit from the set's crossover between inquest and inquiry work, and administrative, criminal, mental health, police and prison law. In recent instructions of note, Danny Friedman QC and Raj Desai are currently instructed by five major London law firms (on behalf of over 200 survivors and bereaved families) in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry, while Hugh Southey QC (who was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2019) was recently lead counsel in a challenge to the inquest into the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by police.

Leading Silks

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersFantastic both for his writing and oral advocacy. He commands the respect of the court and goes the extra mile to win the client's confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersA great communicator who is dedicated to his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersHighly intelligent and great for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersHas great drive and imagination. An extremely knowledgeable, approachable, creative legal mind and courageous client centred advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersEnthusiastic and passionate about the work and can often see points that others would miss. He is very experienced and my go-to for difficult and challenging cases - my bereaved clients consistently say they would not have got through it without him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anita Davies - Matrix ChambersResponsive and thorough in her preparation. She is a good advocate and excellent at questioning witnesses; her drafting is also excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersGreat attention to detail, as well as being intelligent and engaging.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kirsten Sjøvoll - Matrix ChambersHighly rated for very complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAn utterly tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright with an engaging court manner.
Ranked: Tier 2

International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersOne of the most impressive advocates I have worked with in recent times - articulate, concise and robust.
Ranked: Tier 2
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersA superb forensic advocate and a great team player.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Michelle Butler - Matrix Chambers ‘Tireless, steely, wise, and client-friendly, Michelle is a very careful and measured advocate who provides good written submissions. She was a very thorough opponent, who did a good job of getting across a difficult case.

Ranked: Tier 3

Local government (including rating law)

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers Brilliant, super quick on his feet, a fearless advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

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

Drawing on cross-over expertise in privacy and defamation, data protection and sport, the 'really well run' Matrix Chambers represents high-profile individuals and media organisations in multidisciplinary cases. Praised for its 'excellence on online defamation issues and data protection in the context of media law cases', the set also caters to tech companies. Catrin Evans QC recently represented a transgender father as the applicant in relation to the broadcast of a documentary about him, while Edward Craven, led by Antony White QC, acted for Guardian News and Media (GNM) in a High Court claim against digital advertising infrastructure company Rubicon Project Inc concerning unaccounted ad revenue and advertising space fees.

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix ChambersArguably the best media law silk and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersHe is very knowledgeable with great judgement and tactical skill.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersBrilliant lawyer and strategist. Doggedly determined. A charming advocacy style. Great team player and good fun to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is strong for information law, privacy and defamation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersHe can operate effectively outside traditional media law territory.
Ranked: Tier 4
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersExtraordinarily clever and knows how to deliver difficult messages in exactly the right way.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix ChambersA real leader in her field.

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersA rare mixture of top academic talent who is perfectly adept at client interaction.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersA very well-rounded barrister and an able junior especially for production order cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Helme - Matrix ChambersTechnically excellent but pragmatic at the same time, with client-focused solutions.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersShe has an impressive ability to quickly get to the heart of the case and pre-empt the other side's arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4

Competition Tier 3

'A go-to set for challenger competition work', members of Matrix Chambers handle more bespoke matters away from the large multi-party cartel enforcement cases, with Christopher Brown having advised the British Olympic Association on issues surrounding athletes' own sponsorship around Olympic games. The set is represented in the large investigations as well, with Rhodri Thompson QC representing the UK Trucks Claim entity in the lorry cartel litigation.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersA sound pair of hands for competition law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersAn impressive junior counsel in the competition arena.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Brown - Matrix ChambersAttention to detail, hard-working, excellent on his feet. He knows the law well and is willing to give a view where asked. He is a true hobbyist - he lives his subject. Definitely one of the sectors rising stars and a pleasure to work with. Expecting great things.
Ranked: Tier 2

Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

Matrix Chambers has particular expertise where community care issues interact with other legal issues such as migration matters, prison law, mental health protection or children in care cases. The community care team frequently acts in cases involving all aspects of domestic community care entitlements. David Wolfe QC acted for the Equality & Human Rights Commission intervening in a major Supreme Court case which looked at Article 5 of the ECHR. The case concerned whether parents could consent to their 16- or 17-year-old children being locked up. Meanwhile, Christopher Buttler was successful in a challenge to the Secretary of State’s policy that victims of human trafficking who claim asylum will not have their application for leave determined until after their asylum cases have been considered.

Leading Silks

Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersImmensely experienced.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersAn outstanding silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Christopher Buttler QC - Matrix ChambersHis written advocacy is fantastic. He is concise but he always nails the key points that win the case.
Sarah Hannett QC - Matrix ChambersA great junior counsel.

Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersRated for community care judicial reviews.
Ranked: Tier 3
Zoë Leventhal - Matrix ChambersBright, responsive and approachable
Ranked: Tier 4

Crime Tier 3

Matrix Chambers 'is an excellent set', housing a team of 'incredibly bright barristers'. Clare Montgomery QC and protest law specialist Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh are representing all members of the "Stansted 15", a group of activists who were convicted of an aviation security offence for breaking into Stansted airport and chaining themselves to a Boeing 767 to halt a deportation charter flight; the group were granted permission to appeal their convictions in August 2019. Richard Whittam QC has joined from 2 Bedford Row.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersShe is at the top of the legal pecking order and unrivalled. She is clear, concise, and continues to attract the most complex cases. Brings to this her incredible intellect and eye for detail and strategy in a case. Continues to be incredibly busy, and so hard to instruct at times, but is the absolute go-to counsel for complex, high-profile cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Whittam QC - Matrix ChambersA skilled prosecutor and effective defender.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAlways sees the wood for the trees. A first rate lawyer and a devastating cross-examiner. An utterly tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersAlex is a joy to work with - accessible, approachable and engaged. His tactical analysis is always excellent and he has a good understanding of what clients want to achieve from cases. He has an excellent manner with clients. He is particularly good where there are subsidiary issues such as publicity or privacy considerations. He is highly intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersDanny is extremely driven, hardworking and clever. He is unafraid of the difficult questions and pursues points relentlessly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adrian Waterman QC - Matrix ChambersAdrian is an awesome barrister. A silk who fights tooth and nail for his clients; daring and imaginative in his presentation and advocacy, juries love him. Fabulously clever, a consummate advocate, remarkably hard working, the perfect criminal silk.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersShe has a brilliant mind, and can handle the most challenging of clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersJoanna has particular experience in public law/judicial review and criminal work. This is a highly effective combination, particularly for some of our professional and high profile clients who have the resources available to challenge controversial decisions by authorities and public bodies. In instructing her, I have found her to be extremely thorough and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Environment Tier 3

Matrix Chambers is 'a class act with a vast array of superb barristers who are all at top of their field', according to one client. Another remarks that 'Matrix has always been proud to do things differently, whilst always maintaining quality and professionalism'. A small but highly skilled nucleus of members are specialists in environmental matters, be they domestic, European or international. Some have conducted environmental litigation in international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In recent work of note, the 'superbDavid Wolfe QC acted for Friends of the Earth in its successful Court of Appeal challenge to the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport on climate change grounds.  'Exceptional advocate' Richard Hermer QC has led on many of the large environmental group action claims in recent years; 'solid practitioner' Edward Craven is also noted for his broad international work. Also at the junior end, Kate Cook's previous experience as a lawyer in the former Department of the Environment 'enables her to provide clear and consistently incisive advice'; Zoë Leventhal is described as 'one of the best of her generation'.

Leading Silks

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersUndoubtedly a leader in his field, his strategic instincts are second to none and his ability to take on the might of corporate defendants is unparalleled.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersA brilliant and fearless advocate who shows outstanding commitment and skill in claimant environmental work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Kate Cook - Matrix ChambersA specialist in environment, climate change and biodiversity matters, she is calm and unflappable and she provides clear and consistently incisive advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHe is one of the brightest barristers of his generation and his ability to grasp complex points of law and voluminous case law is extraordinary.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zoë Leventhal - Matrix ChambersShe has the strongest interpersonal and communication skills as well as really impressive legal analysis and argument skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: crime Tier 3

The 'outstandingMatrix Chambers is 'a stellar set and provide excellent representation to clients as well as support to solicitors through excellent training'. In recent work of note, Adrian Waterman QC is representing Yoshiki Ohmura in an ongoing case concerning alleged fraud against a Libyan sovereign wealth fund which had invested in a hedge fund owned by banker Frederic Marino. Also in recent news, Jamas Hodivala QC strengthened chambers after being elevated to silk in March 2020.

Leading Silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAlways sees the wood for the trees.A first rate lawyer and a devastating cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Whittam QC - Matrix Chambers ‘He is highly respected in court with excellent judgement. Insightful and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Waterman QC - Matrix ChambersAdrian is user-friendly, authoritative and commercial. He can build a rapport with clients and solicitors alike and is a complete professional. I really enjoy working with him and he has a great strategic mind. His grasp of complex forensic and scientific evidence is superb.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Jamas Hodivala QC - Matrix ChambersJamas is confident and thorough in all aspects of his representation. He has a great relationship with his clients and is not afraid to get involved at all levels of a case. His ability to search out legal arguments and challenges is one of his many strengths which make him so attractive to instruction. His breadth of experience is also key to his ability to represent clients so completely.

Leading Juniors

Vedrana Pehar - Matrix ChambersAn elegant and astute performer: her piercing and shrewd advocacy is the product of rigorous preparation and a fine intellect. Her attractive style is much enhanced by a quick wit and excellent client care. She is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Helen Law - Matrix ChambersShe is first class.
Ranked: Tier 4

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

Matrix Chambers has 'a stellar range of exceptional, experienced, juniors and top-level silks', and is particularly known for its members' work in human rights and asylum law, in modern slavery and trafficking claims, and in immigration detention. The team is also increasingly handling sports and business immigration. Raza Husain QC represented ECPAT (Every Child Protected Against Human Trafficking) in MS (Pakistan) v SSHDNick Armstrong successfully challenged the Secretary of State's refusal to hold a full public inquiry into Brook House immigration detention centre. Chris Buttler led Ayesha Christie in a judicial review of the SSHD's decision to cut the subsistence payments for victims of trafficking.

Rising stars

Ayesha Christie - Matrix ChambersWithin a very short period of time, Ayesha got to grips with the evidence, advanced and expanded the legal arguments brilliantly, and made some really helpful suggestions as to obtaining further evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Raza Husain QC - Matrix Chambers ‘Superb lawyer with vast experience in all aspects on UK immigration law, asylum, ECHR, European law, and nationality law.

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 ChambersJonathan is an extremely thorough and imaginative lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of asylum and human rights law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Samantha Knights QC - Matrix ChambersSamantha is an exceptional silk, an outstanding advocate and an asset to a case.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Christopher Buttler QC - Matrix ChambersChris is a truly exceptional advocate, delivering silk level work and the most outstanding outcomes for our clients.

Leading Juniors

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 ChambersHe is empathetic and attuned to his clients needs.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sport

Leading Juniors

Andrew Smith-Matrix ChambersVery bright, pragmatic and user-friendly. He provides clients with the advice they need and cuts to the chase in a way that some other practitioners do not.

Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHis work is impeccable in every respect: meticulous, thorough and demonstrated clear-cut thinking as well as a great deal of skill in the structuring of legal arguments and the formatting of legal documents.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersClare is the go-to QC for any corporation or individual facing a bribery or corruption investigation. She is frighteningly intelligent and is able to assimilate vast quantities of documents to quickly get to the crux of the matter. As an instructing solicitor, there is no one else you want in court representing your client.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHe is a polymath who brings his wide insights into criminal work. He is an intellectual giant who is also incredibly hard working and user friendly. Very good with the detail, rolls up his sleeves freely, and very knowledgeable on civil fraud and insolvency.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersIncredibly persuasive, great at winning clients' trust and brilliant in Court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Planning

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersA skilled silk who demonstrates outstanding commitment to his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersExtraordinary ability to grasp complex points of law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Matrix Chambers is a progressive set with areas of particular recognition granted to its expertise in extradition, international criminal law, civil liberties and defamation, as well as public international law, competition, European Union and employment law. The set also has offices in Brussels and Geneva for international work. As far as chambers news is concerned, the set has grown with a number of recruits, including Tom Gillie (from Cloisters), Nichola Higgins (from Doughty Street) and three from 2 Bedford Row: Richard Whittam QC, Kwaku Awuku-Asabre and Vedrana Pehar. Those three follow in the same direction the path taken in 2019 by Jamas Hodivala QC, who is one the set's two 2020 Silks alongside Eleni Mitrophanous QC. In appointments news, associate member Luis González García  was appointed by the Mexican government to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, Ken Macdonald QC is also the president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Helen Mountfield QC is now a judge of the Jersey Court of Appeal and also principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Senior practice manager Jason Housden is now at Henderson Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All very approachable and accommodating, including out of hours. Paul Venables is a pleasure to deal with

Clerks are always very responsive, and flexible in ensuring Counsel’s availability, often at short notice

Extremely responsive and helpful. Paul Venables is a genuinely charming and friendly clerk with lots of personality.

I am generally impressed with the clerks’ room. Alison Scanes is an excellent Practice Manager – friendly, approachable and amenable. Chris Beard is also helpful and responsive.

I have been assisted a number of times by Mr. Frankie Penton, whom I have always found to be very responsive and eager to help.

Paul Venables is an outstanding clerk. Elizabeth Bousher is exceptional.

The practice management staff are very friendly and attentive. Alison Scanes in particular is hard-working but always personable and able to help out. Chris Beard and George Hack are also highly attentive, straightforward and helpful. The springtime drinks and summer parties are always enjoyable and well put together.

The clerks are more pragmatic and commercial than we find at other sets. they will take into account client issues and are generally willing to work with you particularly as price is becoming more of an issue.

The clerks are very professional and far exceed expectation and the offerings provided by other sets in this field. They are always willing to assist wherever they can and Paul Venables is a key part of the team and chambers’ success.

The clerks at Matrix are always extremely helpful and friendly, and go out of their way to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Simon Gardner deserves a particular mention. He is fantastic and a real pleasure to work with. He is responsive, reliable, organised and personable.

Simon Gardner is beyond doubt one of the best clerks I have ever worked with.

The clerks at Matrix Chambers are always very professional and helpful. Paul Venables in particular has been most accommodating and provides a prompt and reliable service.

The clerks have always been proactive and helpful. Paul Venables is very willing an responsive, and has a very good understanding of international clients.

The Matrix practice team do a great job. Alison Scanes is doing very well leading her team. They are happy to work with solicitors to meet the underlying client’s needs.

I would mark Matt Leitch out in the crime team as a star to work with. He is very bright and supremely efficient. He will go very far indeed!

The clerks offer an exceptional service, willing to assist in arranging conferences, punctual, friendly and prompt provision of fee notes.

The Matrix practice team do a great job. Alison Scanes is doing very well leading her team. They are happy to work with solicitors to meet the underlying client’s needs.

The service of the clerks is first rate. They are attentive, willing to negotiate fairly on fees and will always go above and beyond to find solutions. They encourage introductions, are always hospitable and work well with solicitors. Paul Venables leads an extremely strong and well-connected team and is well supported by Matthew Leitch and Rhian Hiscocks. they assisted us greatly during XR protests.

Paul Venables is my favourite clerk in the city. A genuinely nice person who excels in their role.

Alison Scanes, is always on hand to talk through potential instructions and to suggest the most appropriate barrister for a particular instruction. Alison is also happy to provide flexibility across the board (on a case-by-case basis); more often than not can accommodate clients’ requirements.

The clerking team is superb and the chambers has a modern and inclusive ethos.

Set:

A fantastic all round set in privacy, defamation and GDPR.

An array of competence with a variety of user-styles to suit all cases and clients. Best collection of barristers in London by far.

Chambers are pro-active in contacting us about their activities and services.

Chambers is well known for having the very best barristers in this field. They have strength at the absolute top end and also at the junior end.

Matrix are a fantastic set. Always the go to place with a difficult case which crosses over a number of disciplines.

Matrix are a stellar set and provide excellent representation to clients as well as support to solicitors through excellent training. Their members cover all areas that would be relevant to this area of work.

Matrix are a very reliable set who always give top quality advice. Their QCs provide excellent input – short and to the point.

Matrix chambers are one of the pre-eminent fraud sets in the country with an impressive array of QCs and juniors who regularly act in high-profile and complex cases. Particularly at the top end of members, you always have confidence that they will be able to provide counsel who bring not only criminal expertise, but commercial nous, to a case which is especially relevant when dealing with corporate fraud and bribery matters.

Matrix has a very strong reputation in the field of extradition.

Matrix has always been proud to do things differently, whilst always maintaining quality and professionalism. Of all the sets I work with, Matrix is by far my favourite.

Matrix have a great range of lawyers; I feel in very safe hands with Matrix

Matrix have a stellar range of exceptional, experienced, juniors and top-level silks.

Matrix have a strong privacy and data protection team, and I would happily instruct (and do) a number of their more claimant friendly barristers. I particularly favour Matrix when there are more complex issues, such as an overlap with public law. They offer an excellent series of seminars / roundtable events, which double as useful networking events. The size of the team means there is usually one of our preferred choices available

Matrix is a class act, a vast array of superb barristers who are all at top of their field.

A very good set in the field of immigration, asylum and Human Rights work generally. The roundtable seminars are good.

Influential, high-calibre set. The barristers at Matrix are highly sought after for their expertise and skills. They give any case a high level of attention.

Matrix is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct. Their breadth of experience in criminal law , extradition, media law and civil liberties means they have insight and experience which is invaluable. If counsel of choice is not available, you always know the “substitute” will be excellent as they have strength in depth across the board of all criminal and appellate work. Their training programmes, especially on appeals and extradition are of an extremely high standard.

Matrix is a great chambers to work with. The clerks are friendly and approachable and the counsel are all excellent.

Matrix is now my go-to-firm for “challenger” competition cases. They have proven to be very flexible and commercial. Very soon they will be challenging the big three sets.

Matrix is one of the media law “super sets”.

Matrix’s media law team continues to get stronger. Chris Beard is an exceptional clerk. They organise claimant roundtable seminars, which are very popular and useful. They have also published a book on online publication claims.

Matrix have a strong privacy and data protection team, and I would happily instruct (and do) a number of their more claimant friendly barristers. I particularly favour Matrix when there are more complex issues, such as an overlap with public law. They offer an excellent series of seminars/roundtable events, which double as useful networking events. The size of the team means there is usually one of our preferred choices available.

One of the best employment sets and certainly the best for reliability, value for money, client service and consistent quality.

The Chambers staff have been very professional and helpful throughout.

The Chambers was very professional and well-run, and the clerks were highly engaged and accommodating.

The practice management staff are very friendly and attentive.

The support staff at Matrix Chambers are very helpful and friendly and the calibre of barristers both at the senior and junior level is exceptional.

Very strong set of practitioners at the top of their game covering a wide range of disciplines.

Very well administered, and with a good system for ensuring that an urgent case will be well attended to. Very responsive.

We have used the chambers for a number of matters and have been favourably impressed by the quality and depth of talent.

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
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 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 GILLIE, Tom (2013)
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, 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 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 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 SWORDS-KIELEY, Roisin (2019)
Members of Chambers TAMS, Prof Christian *
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 WATERMAN QC, Adrian (1988)
Members of Chambers WHITE QC, Antony (1983)
Members of Chambers WILLS, Aidan (2015)
Members of Chambers WOLFE QC, David (1992)
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 Mark Afeeva  photo Mark Afeeva Specialist in sports, discrimination, employment, media and entertainment law. Cases include: Sport:…
Dr Nick Armstrong  photo Dr Nick Armstrong Barrister specialising in public law, human rights and civil liberties with a…
 Alex Bailin photo Alex Bailin Barrister specialising in crime and regulatory; fraud (criminal and civil); public and…
Sir Nicholas Blake  photo Sir Nicholas Blake Associate member of Matrix.
Prof Laurence Boisson de Chazournes  photo Prof Laurence Boisson de Chazournes Laurence’s practice covers various fields such as international economic law, international dispute…
Lord 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.
Prof Christine Chinkin  photo Prof Christine Chinkin Specialising in international law and international human rights law.
Prof 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…
Prof 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  photo Claire Darwin Claire is ranked in the independent legal directories Chambers UK Bar, the Legal…
 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…
 Zachary Douglas photo Zachary Douglas Barrister specialising in public international law, conflict of laws and arbitration. Counsel…
 Catrin Evans photo Catrin Evans
 Danny Friedman photo Danny Friedman Expertise in all aspects of criminal law, human rights and public law.…
Prof 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…
 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,…
Sir 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…
 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…
Lord Ken Macdonald photo Lord Ken Macdonald Areas of practice include: corporate and general crime; civil and criminal fraud;…
 Sara Mansoori  photo Sara Mansoori Barrister with a wide range of experience and practices in all areas…
Prof Jonathan H Marks  photo Prof Jonathan H Marks Barrister and a CEDR accredited mediator specialising in EU/environment, banking law and…
 Zoe McCallum  photo Zoe McCallum
 Gavin Millar photo Gavin Millar Gavin has a broad practice spanning media, information, public, criminal, employment and…
 Eleanor Mitchell  photo Eleanor Mitchell Eleanor has a wide-ranging practice with a particular focus on public law…
 Eleni Mitrophanous  photo Eleni Mitrophanous Barrister with particular expertise in EU law, public law, human rights law,…
 Karon Monaghan photo Karon Monaghan Karon practises principally in the fields of equality and discrimination law, human…
Miss Clare Montgomery photo Miss Clare Montgomery Specialist in criminal, regulatory and fraud law.
Prof Gillian Morris  photo Prof Gillian Morris Advisory work in employment law (individual and collective) and public employment law;…
 Helen Mountfield photo Helen Mountfield Helen is a versatile silk with a strong leading practice in public…
Prof Sean Murphy  photo Prof Sean Murphy Professor Murphy advises and litigates on a wide range of international law…
 Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh  photo Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh Blinne is a human rights and international law expert with a broad…
 Aidan O’Neill QC photo Aidan O’Neill QC Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot) QC is dual-qualified and a “double silk”.  He…
 Tim Owen photo Tim Owen Specialises in criminal fraud and regulatory work (including trial, judicial review/appellate work,…
 Raj Parker  photo Raj Parker Raj Parker is an associate member of Matrix and prior to joining…
 Laura Prince  photo Laura Prince Specialises in employment and discrimination law, regularly appearing at appellate level and…
 Mathew Purchase  photo Mathew Purchase Mathew’s practice includes all aspects of public law, employment law, discrimination law,…
 Nicholas Randall photo Nicholas Randall Barrister specialising in employment, sport and pensions related work. He has appeared…
 Nathan Roberts  photo Nathan Roberts
 Matthew Ryder photo Matthew Ryder Specialist in the interplay between civil and criminal law, with particular emphasis…
 Philippe Sands photo Philippe Sands Barrister specialising in advisory work to governments, international organisations, corporations and individuals…
 Maurice Sheridan  photo Maurice Sheridan Specialises in EU law, environmental law, commercial law, international law and arbitration;…
 Ben Silverstone  photo Ben Silverstone Ben has a broad practice in media and information law, with a…
 Jessica Simor photo Jessica Simor Specialises in public law, EU and human rights. Recent cases: R (on…
 Kirsten Sjøvoll  photo Kirsten Sjøvoll Kirsten practices predominately in media, public and international law.
 Paul Skinner  photo Paul Skinner Paul’s practice spans the full range of public, human rights and commercial…
 Lorna Skinner  photo Lorna Skinner Specialises in media and information law, encompassing data protection, defamation, privacy, breach…
 Andrew Smith  photo Andrew Smith Andrew is a barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law, sports law…
 Hugh Southey photo Hugh Southey Hugh Southey has led at all levels up to and including the…
 Daniel Squires photo Daniel Squires Practice encompasses national security, financial sanctions, prison law, police powers, social welfare…
 James Stansfeld  photo James Stansfeld
 Mark Summers photo Mark Summers Specialist in extradition, mutual legal assistance, criminal EU law. Recent extradition cases…
Prof Christian Tams  photo Prof Christian Tams Christian specialises in international dispute settlement, notably inter-State litigation, investment disputes and…
 Rhodri Thompson photo Rhodri Thompson Barrister specialising in EU law, UK and EU competition law, public law;…
 Hugh Tomlinson photo Hugh Tomlinson Specialises in defamation and privacy, commercial, civil liberties and human rights. Recent…
Prof Takis Tridimas  photo Prof Takis Tridimas Barrister specialising in European Union law, European Convention of Human Rights, judicial…
 Guy Vassall-Adams photo Guy Vassall-Adams Specialist in all aspects of media, broadcasting and information law, both domestic…
 Adrian Waterman  photo Adrian Waterman Adrian Waterman QC is an adaptable and skilled advocate who is highly…
Mr Antony White photo Mr Antony White Commercial law, Arbitration, Media and Information Law, Data Protection, Employment Law
 Richard Whittam QC photo Richard Whittam QC
 Aidan Wills  photo Aidan Wills Aidan joined Matrix in October 2016 upon the completion of his traineeship…
 David Wolfe photo David Wolfe Barrister specialising in advising and acting for claimants in relation to human…

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.