Set Profile > Matrix Chambers > London, England

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

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2020 Silks

Jamas Hodivala QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a great barrister – extremely thorough in his preparation, gives advice that is carefully considered and wise, and has a manner which inspires equal confidence in professional and lay clients.

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

Matrix Chambers offers ‘a large talent pool at several different levels of seniority’ and multi-disciplinary approach to enforcement proceedings. The set enjoys a strong reputation internationally, thanks in part to its strong work relationships with firms in the US and Hong Kong, as well as its extensive experience of engaging with foreign authorities the likes of the US DoJ; in addition, Tim Owen QC is also noted for his focus on offshore jurisdictions, including a judicial appointment to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Another strength of the team lies in its representation of a mix of global companies, banks and financial institutions in fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering investigations conducted by UK agencies, including the SFO and the FCA; Clare Montgomery QC and Alex Bailin QC remain among the country’s most highly regarded specialists in this space. In October 2020, the set expanded its market visibility in the financial regulatory space with multiple lateral hires, including those of Nichola Higgins of Doughty Street Chambers and former First Senior Treasury Counsel Richard Whittam QC of 2 Bedford Row.

Leading Silks

Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersCapable of dealing directly with commercial clients in a very effective way; he thinks strategically and commercially and is very easy to work with; he has a good understanding of cross-border issues, which is rare to find.
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersClare is on top of her game. What a brilliant legal brain!
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersVery helpful to solicitors and has an excellent client manner; very persuasive is court, both in terms of his advocacy skills and his written arguments; highly experienced, calm under pressure and international in scope and vision.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Whittam QC - Matrix ChambersAn advocate who understands not only the facts of his case and applies the law to it effectively, but also sees the bigger picture so knows how to persuade his audience. Excellent, thoughtful, foresighted and fully prepared, with great court presence.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Leading Juniors

Nichola Higgins - Matrix ChambersShe has extraordinary drive, commitment and legal knowledge; relentless work ethic; huge legal knowledge and capacity to recall details which is so important in a long, complex case. One of the most impressive barristers in the field. A brilliant legal talent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Helen Law - Matrix ChambersExtremely responsive, with outstanding abilities.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Matrix Chambers has a large talent pool at several different levels of seniority, covering libel, white-collar crime, human rights and other areas.’

‘Chambers has a wealth of counsel who are able to assist in the field of regulatory offences.’

‘I know several barristers in different practice areas in the set. Many are at the top of their game and very well-regarded. Their white-collar department is actively growing.’

Clerking

‘A great clerking team.’

‘Paul Venables is excellent.’

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

Matrix Chambers is considered ‘a leader in many areas relating to civil liberties and human rights.’ In Howard v SSHDPhillippa Kaufmann QC successfully brought a challenge on behalf of a man who moved to the United Kingdom as part of the Windrush generation, which concerned the legislation governing naturalisation on the ground that it discriminates against the Windrush group by failing to disapply the good character requirement in their cases. Elsewhere, Richard Hermer QC and Edward Craven are representing the claimant in Abu Zubaydah v Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office, concerning a civil claim for damages brought by a Guantanamo Bay inmate against MI5 and MI6, who he alleges were complicit in him being tortured and abducted by the CIA. Aidan O’Neill QC, a dual silk in England and Scotland, garners praise for his ‘unparalleled knowledge of the area’.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Karon Monaghan QCMatrix ChambersShe has great vision and arguments that cut straight through to the point. People underestimate Karon at their peril.
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
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersHugh’s breadth of experience in criminal justice issues gives him a unique perspective and very diverse knowledge base.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersJon is one of the most experienced Special Advocates in the country and a leading choice for work on cases involving the intelligence services.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Ryder QC - Matrix ChambersObviously incredibly able, clever, hard working, concise. His particular skill is to see the wood for the trees - not just legally, but also politically.
Ranked: Tier 3
Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersOne of the brightest, 'outside the box' strategic legal minds in the legal profession.
Ranked: Tier 4
Raza Husain QCMatrix ChambersA superstar silk in the immigration and civil liberties arena so a go-to to silk in any case with cross-over between these areas. A shining light in the Supreme Court, with the respect and ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Samantha Knights QCMatrix ChambersPrecise, respected by peers and can command a room without any suggestion of arrogance. She has a mind the size of a planet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Aidan O’Neill QC - Matrix ChambersUnparalleled knowledge of the area and utter commitment to the piece of work being carried out. The best QC in this field given the breadth and depth of knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Christopher Buttler QCMatrix ChambersChris is undoubtedly a leader in his field. His strategic instincts are second to none and he is exceptional on his feet. In the last couple of years he has appeared in some of the most high-profile discrimination human rights challenges.

Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersReal star qualities, particularly in the civil liberties and human rights arena. A much sought after junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Blinne Ni GhralaighMatrix ChambersBlinne is an outstanding human rights lawyer; she is fiercely intelligent, passionate and has a strong sense of justice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen LawMatrix Chambers 'Her preparation is second to none, her cross-examination skills are fantastic. A barrister who really gets the case and will do a fantastic job.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Matrix has an excellent reputation and there are a number of very good senior barristers and silks. You know where you are with Matrix and are never disappointed with the representation.’

‘This is an excellent set.’

‘Matrix is my “go to” chambers; they are brilliant.’

‘A strong set for civil liberties and human rights litigation, particularly in police actions, immigration, the environment and for mass tort litigation.’

‘All the barristers are fiercely bright, and extremely down to earth.’

Clerking

‘Fantastic clerk room – Alison Scanes is brilliant. They will provide realistic turnaround times and sensible fee notes.’

‘Simon Gardner in particular is very good. Resourceful and a problem solver.’

International crime and extradition Tier 1

Matrix Chambers stands out as 'one of the very best sets for extradition/international criminal work', with members often acting in high profile, cross-jurisdictional matters. Alex Bailin QC is defending Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov against an extradition request from the United States for two offences concerning alleged tax fraud to the value of $200m. Also in extradition, Clare Montgomery QC successfully represented Vijay Mallya in proceedings brought on behalf of India regarding alleged frauds leading to the collapse of the Kingfisher airline. At the junior end of chambers, Michelle Butler continues to represent the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Sakashvilli, in relation to an investigation by the ICC of the conduct of Georgian forces during the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.

Rising stars

Jessica Jones - Matrix ChambersJessica is hard working and intelligent. Her written submissions are exceptional and she has a real talent for managing and meeting the expectations of clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alex Bailin QCMatrix ChambersHe is a superb advocate, able to argue all points with persuasion and skill. He drafts really thorough, and tight, skeleton arguments, and works as a team. He has a great manner with clients and is an accomplished performer in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersClare is the consummate barrister - strategically aware, legally astute, prodigiously hard working and makes her advocacy look effortless.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Summers QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a genuine expert in his field and is one of the most knowledgeable silks on the market. He is also a commanding advocate, a pleasure to be led by and a fearsome opponent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersShe is resolute in her commitment to the law and her clients. She combines real expertise with real emotional intelligence.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Stansfeld - Matrix ChambersA brilliant extradition specialist. Really rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck into a case. Judges rightly trust his judgement. Wins cases through sheer hard work and acquired specialist knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 1
Florence Iveson - Matrix ChambersA star amongst the junior extradition bar. Florence's written advice is excellent and her understanding and application of extradition law is impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Matrix Chambers has a large talent pool at several different levels of seniority.’

‘A very strong extradition team with breadth and depth.’

‘One of the very best sets around for extradition/international criminal work and particularly complex and high profile matters. They are an outstanding set.’

‘Matrix’s extradition team is very strong. In Clare Montgomery QC and Mark Summers QC, the set has two of the strongest silks in the area.’

Clerking

‘Matrix has an enviable clerks room. Responsive and giving a personal service, they are a pleasure to deal with. Worthy of particular mention is practice area manager Paul Venables who is efficient, friendly, and fun.’

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersA brilliant, energetic and hard working arbitrator, with a tremendous grip on both commercial and bilateral investment treaty law.

Public international law Tier 1

Matrix Chambers has an excellent pedigree for public international law, particularly for cases that intersect with human rights and civil liberties. In addition ICSID investment treaty disputes, members regularly appear before the ICJ on state versus state cases, including maritime and boundary disputes. Notable cases include a maritime boundary dispute between Somalia and Kenya, in which Philippe Sands QC is leading Edward Craven on behalf of Somalia. Sands is also representing Congo, alongside Michelle Butler in Democratic Republic of the Congo v Uganda, which concerns the presence of Ugandan troops in eastern parts of the DRC during Joseph Kabila’s first term as president, before the ICJ. Another highlight is Zachary Douglas QC‘ lead role for the claimants in LLC Lugzor and others v Russian Federation, an investor-state dispute concerning Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Philippe Sands QC - Matrix ChambersA fantastic and top-notch lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a superb advocate, able to argue all points with persuasion and skill.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Blinne Ní GhrálaighMatrix ChambersFrighteningly clever. Tactically brilliant and able to look at something from so many different angles.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersRightly confident in the quality of her advice and willing to make tough strategic judgement calls which other barristers might shy away from.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersPre-eminent in the junior end of this field and is a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: VAT - 2020 silks

Eleni Mitrophanous QC - Matrix ChambersEleni has excellent advocacy skills, both written and spoken. She structures and presents her arguments clearly and persuasively and makes great use of her best points.

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 2

Matrix Chambers is ‘extremely well-placed in the area of administrative and public law with great strength, especially at QC level‘, with distinguished silks such as Phillippa Kaufmann QC being sought after on human rights cases; Karon Monaghan QC, who continues to advise on the UK Infected Blood Inquiry; and Tim Owen QC, who represented three claimants in a judicial review of the Foreign Secretary’s decision to refuse to extend protection and assistance to Afghan nationals, who asserted they had worked as undercover agents for the UK for many years in the Helmand province. Helen Mountfield QC often represents claimants in judicial reviews where public policy is under scrutiny for being discriminatory, such as representing the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a Supreme Court appeal, SC, CB and 8 Children v Secretary of State for Work of Pensions, a challenge to the availability of the individual element of child tax credit for the first two children only. Leading junior Zoë Leventhal represented claimants in the first case to reach the Court of Appeal about Universal Credit, R (TP, AR & SXC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a case centered on whether the phasing of Universal Credit and the absence of transitional protection is discriminatory against severely disabled people. In other news, the set also expanded its bench strength at the senior end with the appointment of Mathew Purchase QC, Sarah Hannett QC and Christopher Buttler QC to silk in 2021.

Rising stars

Jessica Jones - Matrix ChambersJessica is exceptionally clever, industrious, efficient and focused. She is undoubtedly a rising star.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersShe is feared by opponents and respected by the courts. She is the pre-eminent counsel in this field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix ChambersShe is a leading light at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jessica Simor QC - Matrix ChambersIn court she is 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
Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersGuy has sound judgment and excellent legal knowledge and on top of all that he does care about the clients we work for together and that shows in the advice he gives and the care and attention he ensures is woven into his advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersHe has an exceptionally keen strategic litigation sense. Richard has an ability to relate to clients, experts, other lawyers (on the same and opposing sides) and judges alike.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gavin Millar QC - Matrix ChambersA key figure for election-related work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Mountfield QC - Matrix ChambersHelen is very bright, hard working, possesses good judgement and is very easy to get on with. She is a delight to work with and produces a first class work product.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersTim is at the top of his game as a very experienced, hard working and talented advocate in the fields of regulatory and public law and judicial review. He works expeditiously, meets deadlines and is a team player whom its a pleasure to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Squires QC - Matrix ChambersInstructed by public bodies in high-profile matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersOne of the leading practitioners in prison law. Vast experience and encyclopaedic knowledge of the cases in that field. An engaging advocate to whom the court will listen.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersDavid has an excellent legal mind and is one of, if not the top claimant silks in education law. He is excellent with clients and has a genuine ability to understand their needs. He is also extremely responsive and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Christopher Buttler QCMatrix ChambersHis advocacy is brilliant. He commands the respect of the Court and never loses the confidence of his instructing team.’
Mathew Purchase QCMatrix Chambers ‘Extremely bright and knowledgeable, able to construct a case very well and to understand all angles of a case. Very good to work with, approachable and reliable, and very empathetic.’

Leading Juniors

Zoe Leventhal - Matrix ChambersZoe is super-smart and a complete expert in discrimination law and equality rights. Very impressive with her advocacy in the court room.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe does an excellent job on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersVery user-friendly. A star junior in the public law and civil liberties arena. An absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersExcellent knowledge of the relevant areas of law. Very good drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersIncisive, judicious and strategic. The senior junior of choice in both private and public law litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Blinne Ní GhrálaighMatrix ChambersBlinne has a very detailed knowledge of administrative law principles and human rights case law, particularly in relation to protest activities. She is highly intelligent and quick to spot winning points in a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Sackman - Matrix Chambers ‘Sarah is an impressive, energetic counsel who is politcally engaged and loves a challenge. A big personality and great to have on a team.
Ranked: Tier 3
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
Jesse Nicholls - Matrix Chambers ‘ Jesse has an authoritative understanding of all aspects of civil liberties law. He is particularly good on cases arising from breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersJoanna's combined significant knowledge of criminal law and public law and experience with cases of this nature has been invaluable to me as a junior lawyer in this area of work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersNicholas’s judgement is excellent and practical implications for the organisation are always at the forefront of advice, as is a desire to find pragmatic solutions to avoid risk where that is a viable option for the organisation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘In my experience there is real strength-in-depth in the areas of admin and public law / civil liberties and human rights, particularly among junior barristers in the field.’

‘Matrix are extremely well-placed in the area of administrative and public law, with great strength, especially at QC level.’

‘The Chambers are brilliant for all matters relating to public law. There is not a bad barrister in the set. They have it all.’

‘Matrix has an excellent reputation and there are a number of very good senior barristers and silks. You know where you are with Matrix and are never disappointed with the representation.’

Clerking

‘My experience of the clerks room has been that they are always responsive and helpful, in particular Paul Venables.’

‘The clerking service is very helpful. The clerks are friendly and helpful and Elisabeth Bousher in particular has consistently gone above and beyond to make working with Matrix Chambers a very positive experience.’

‘I am always impressed with the service of the clerks at Matrix. I have complete trust in a timely, helpful response from them.’

‘When making enquiries of available counsel with the clerks at Matrix, I am always provided with tailored responses and suggestions of counsel that would be best placed to take on the instruction dependent on their expertise.’

Data protection Tier 2

Matrix Chambers is ‘a leading set with some fantastic barristers’ and is ‘a front-runner on complex cutting-edge data protection matters’. Active in data protection, and online and privacy issues, the set acts for media organisations, other businesses, public authorities and private individuals, and is also regularly instructed by litigation funders in relation to data breaches. Antony White QC, who has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area’, continues to act for Google in Lloyd v Google LLC alongside Edward Craven; whilst Hugh Tomlinson QC acts for the claimant. The ‘very bright and extremely personableCatrin Evans QC represented Google in Ansari v Amini, Google Ireland Ltd, a case relating to the defence of data privacy and defamation claims.

Leading Silks

Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersExceptionally bright and all over the detail of any case. She has great judgement and is absolutely who I want in my corner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersThe very best QC for data privacy work. He's doing all the leading cases and is a dream to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Lorna Skinner QCMatrix ChambersAn incredibly thorough and tactical lawyer with an excellent understanding of all aspects of data privacy law.

Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHas an excellent knowledge of data protection law and practice, combined with strong general litigation skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersSimply the go-to person for anything relating to the GDPR. She knows the law inside out and is a formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersHe provides straightforward, clear advice on complex data protection and privacy issues which gets straight to the nub of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set:

‘Matrix are a hugely impressive set and are who we instruct most regularly in media and information matters’.

‘Excellent set on all things data protection and online issues, as well as privacy issues’.

‘Matrix is simply the front-runner in complex cutting-edge data protection matters’.

‘The set as a whole is very strong in data protection and privacy law, with a sizeable number of counsel specialising in this area of law’.

‘They are enormously busy so thankfully they have a significant number of people at the absolute top of their game’. 

Clerking:

‘Excellent clerking, better than any set I have dealt with’.

‘Generally very responsive and helpful’.

‘Highly professional practice management’.

‘The set seems to be a very slickly run operation’.

‘Alison Scanes is an excellent senior practice manager – professional, very personable and keen to assist’.

Defamation and privacy Tier 2

A high-powered set featuring several prominent market leaders, the barristers at Matrix Chambers advise A-list celebrities, broadcasters, and major news publications involved in high-profile defamation, privacy, harassment, and data protection matters. In Vardy v Rooney, Hugh Tomlinson QC successfully led Sara Mansoori for Rebekah Vardy, wife of 2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot winner Jamie, in the first stage of libel claim stemming from Twitter and Instagram posts by Coleen Rooney, wife of former Manchester United striker Wayne, accusing her of leaking fake social media posts to The Sun. They were opposed by Antony White QC, known for his work in Lloyd v Google LLC, a group litigation order case against the tech giant surrounding its behavioural advertising cookie placement.  Lorna Skinner QC  and  Catrin Evans QC respectively represented the claimant and defendant in Duchess of Sussex & Archie Mountbatten-Windsor v Splash News & Picture Agency LLC, a dispute which settled concerning telephoto lens photography in a park in Canada – the litigation was against the backdrop of the defendant’s administration.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersAntony is a very strong advocate, very clear in his advice and very personable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catrin Evans QC - Matrix ChambersShe has superb judgement and is good at reading judges. One of the top silks at the media Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Anthony Hudson QC - Matrix ChambersHe provides very robust and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vassall-Adams QC - Matrix ChambersA brilliant strategist, a top expert in defamation law and practice, superb advocacy and excellent clear oral and written advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Lorna Skinner QC - Matrix ChambersLorna is a wonderful combination of the highly professional, polished advocate and a warm and engaging individual that clients can relate to.

Leading Juniors

Sara Mansoori - Matrix ChambersShe contributes first class analytics and has the ability to simplify the most complex issues and never losing sight of key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Silverstone - Matrix ChambersExtremely bright, he knows media law inside-out and is incredibly thorough. He knows the points to fight and those to drop. Unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kirsten Sjøvoll - Matrix ChambersIntellectually brilliant, practical and yet nuanced, incisive and quick with reasonable and reasoned advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Very professional set. A well-oiled machine.’

It’s a very strong set at all levels, and also good at encouraging a team ethos so work gets done and recognised effectively whether by solicitors or counsel. It’s good at cutting-edge law.’ 

‘All barristers that I have instructed at Matrix Chambers have always been excellent.’

‘Matrix are No.1 in defamation, privacy, data protection, misuse of confidential information, and all media law issues. There are so many expert practitioners to choose from, which means that if your first choice is not available, there are others who can accept instructions.’

‘Matrix have an excellent media practice. Some of the top silks in defamation and privacy law and particularly strong on data protection issues.’

Clerking

‘Their clerking is better than any other set I work with.’

‘The clerks are generally a pleasure to deal with: responsive, professional, and experienced.’

‘The clerking is second to none.’

‘The clerking team at Matrix has always been excellent, with great responsiveness and prompt clear updates on fees.’

Education Tier 2

Matrix Chambers is well-known for the 'strength and breadth of its barristers in respect of public law and education sector work', housing a number of 'extremely knowledgeable barristers'. David Wolfe QC represented the Independent Schools Inspectorate in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. In another recent instruction, Sarah Hannett QC successfully defended R (Shaw) v Secretary of State for Education, in which the claimant sought judicial review of the easing of the statutory duties for children with special educational needs put in place citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersDavid has an excellent legal mind and is one of the top claimant silks in education law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Sarah Hannett QC - Matrix ChambersShe has the ability to sink into the detail as well as high-level litigation strategy for complex cases.
Mathew Purchase QC - Matrix ChambersVery quick, his advice is clear and accessible for lay clients.

Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersNick is very knowledgeable and hard working; his drafting and advocacy skills are excellent.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Darwin - Matrix ChambersClaire is responsive and provides clear, practical advice, which takes into account the wider position and risks to university clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘Extremely well respected set for all areas of human rights and public law.’

‘In my view education law counsel at Matrix are some of the very best.’

‘Matrix are an efficient set of Chambers. The individual barristers I’ve worked with there are all really knowledgeable and approachable.’

Clerking

‘Very helpful, responsive and efficient.’

Efficient and timely service.’

Employment Tier 2

Matrix Chambers' barristers act in cases at all levels, from first instance proceedings in the High Court or Employment Tribunal, to appeals in the Supreme Court. In recent work, Karon Monaghan QC represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the Forstater v CGD Global Employment Appeal Tribunal case concerning the protection of philosophical beliefs.  Within the set's senior ranks, Mathew Purchase QC, whose employment law practice includes representing individual claimants, employers and trade unions at all levels of the judicial hierarchy, took silk in March 2021.

Leading Juniors

Claire Darwin – Matrix ChambersResponsive, and with clear, practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

European Union law Tier 2

Members of Matrix Chambers represent clients at both UK and EU level, and in recent years have been instructed on a number of high-profile cases. Rhodri Thompson QC represented an applicant in a judicial review of Secretary of State for Transport's decision to reject bids in the 2019 rail franchising round due to non-compliance with pensions requirements, the judgment in which was handed down in July 2020. David Wolfe QC focuses on EU law as it relates to environmental regulation, often working alongside Jessica Simor QC on fisheries and animal welfare-themed matters. The set also includes some impressive juniors such as Takis Tridimas, who regularly appears in Luxembourg in relation to banking, corporate taxation and fundamental rights. Eleni Mitrophanous QC is a 2020 silk appointment.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Jessica Simor QC - Matrix ChambersA tenacious advocate. Extremely approachable and great to work with. An excellent QC for EU law cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHe has a calm manner and exudes confidence; he has deep experience of competition law and knowledge of the judges.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Eleni Mitrophanous QC - Matrix ChambersExcellent analytically, she presents her case clearly and persuasively. She chooses her best points well. Her oral advocacy is calm, collected and impressive.

Leading Juniors

Takis Tridimas - Matrix ChambersHe has superb knowledge of EU law principles and court procedures. Immensely helpful in framing applications and responding to procedural and substantive points and arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Inquest and inquiry work are a core area for 'extremely good and well-organised set' Matrix Chambers. The crossover between inquest and inquiry work and the set's other key areas, such as administrative, criminal, mental health, police and prison law, means the chambers consistently acts in headline cases. Acting on behalf of over 200 survivors and bereaved families, Danny Friedman QC and Raj Desai remain involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Philippa Kaufman QC represents represents a number of core participants (in the Undercover Policing Inquiry), who were subjected to secret police activity; and Hugh Southey QC represents the family of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police in 2011 (triggering the riots of that year) was ruled a lawful killing by an inquest jury in 2014, in an application to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that English law on self-defence as it stands is incompatible with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Ifeanyi Odogwu is another key name.

Leading Silks

Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersHighly conscientious and extremely thoughtful about the work set, taking extraordinary care to understand the facts and to apply the law. Danny has an excellent manner with clients and is a very good leader of a group.
Ranked: Tier 2
Phillippa Kaufmann QC - Matrix ChambersPhillippa is a fantastic leader - incredibly bright, a great tactician, and provides excellent advocacy on behalf of her clients, as well as being a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersVast experienced and with encyclopaedic knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Glasson QC - Matrix ChambersHis calm considered manner, and knowledge of the law and practice, make him extremely effective.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersDetailed, assertive and a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jesse Nicholls - Matrix Chambers ‘Outstanding on the law and often used by leaders to draft legal submissions. Very conscientious and hard-working, good on his feet and excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ifeanyi Odogwu - Matrix Chambers ‘ Excellent advocacy, knows his law, good with clients and they like him too. My clients are with a safe pair of hands when I instruct him.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Robottom  - Matrix Chambers ‘Passionate about all things-inquest related, he has a strong commitment to cases with a particular social aspect and his passion for representing the unfortunate of society is obvious. He is hugely academic understanding and rejoicing in the complexities of law and this enthusiasm is infectious.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Anita Davies - Matrix ChambersAnita is always very well-prepared and on top of the documents - very sympathetic and good with clients. She is a very good advocate and questions witnesses well, and her drafting skills are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Raj Desai - Matrix ChambersRaj is a star.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Matrix Chambers has an extremely strong inquest and inquiries team, with some of the top counsel you could instruct, both at silk and junior level.

Matrix is an extremely good and well-organised set.

Clerking

The clerks are efficient and get back to you quickly.

They are a good team – no weak links.

Local government (including rating law)

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QCMatrix ChambersDavid is great on his feet. When you enter court you know he knows all the facts of the case inside out. He robustly defends the case when challenged, but is also able to provide killer points during the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Sarah Sackman - Matrix Chambers ‘Sarah has a really good feel for local government law. She combines strong public law expertise with a very solid understanding of how local authorities work in practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Silks

Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersHe provides excellent all-round advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Planning

Leading Silks

David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersHe has brilliant judgement about the good points to take and great determination to see them through. Well regarded by judges as a real expert.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sarah Sackman - Matrix Chambers ‘Sarah has a particular strength in planning and a real feel for how the planning system works in practice. She knows the law well.
Ranked: Tier 2

International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersHas a tremendous grip on both commercial and bilateral investment treaty law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, strategic, easy to work with, good with clients and crisp and authoritative in advocacy. A gem.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersShe is rightly confident in the quality of her advice and willing to make tough strategic judgement calls, which other barristers might shy away from.
Ranked: Tier 3

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

‘A first-rate set’, the large team at Matrix Chambers acts in high-profile media disputes involving those working in the entertainment industry, professional athletes, and members of the royal family. In HRH Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd, Antony White QC is acting for the defendant who is being sued for publishing the contents of a letter written by the Duchess of Sussex to her father in the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online without her consent. In Guardian News and Media v Rubicon Project Inc., he was joined by Edward Craven in successfully represented the Guardian in a claim for deceit, breach of contract, and misrepresentation on the part of Rubicon, who was alleged to have retained millions of pounds in secret commission in the sale of the newspaper's online advertising inventory through Rubicon's online auction platform.

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersAntony is just the best of the best. His knowledge of data protection law is incredible and he has been involved in many of the cutting edge media cases of recent years. You really cannot go wrong working with Antony.
Ranked: Tier 4

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersEddie is a extremely hard working and a very good strategist, who often comes up with clever procedural points as well as points of legal analysis. He has a very good manner with clients who have great confidence in him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘A first-rate set.’

‘Matrix Chambers has formidable barristers whose practices cover a wide range of areas.’

Clerking

‘Absolutely excellent.’

‘I really rate Elizabeth Bousher who is a please to deal with.’

‘Excellent service.’

‘The most professional practice management at the London Bar. Elizabeth Bousher is particularly impressive.’

Competition Tier 3

Matrix Chambers includes a number of practitioners with expertise in competition law, particularly with regards to state aid. public procurement and judicial review. Rhodri Thompson QC  is currently advising claimants in follow-on damages disputes relating to the trucks cartel, as is Nicholas Gibson. Christopher Brown has been representing the claimants Churchill Gowns Ltd and Anor v Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd and Or, a standalone claim regarding exclusivity arrangements in the academic dress industry.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Brown - Matrix ChambersChristopher is extremely knowledgeable, commercially astute and pragmatic. He is superb at very quickly getting to the key issues, and focussing on those to give sound and well-structured advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersSuper bright, clear and incisive and a really effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

Matrix is providing a real challenge to the traditional competition sets of Monckton and Brick Court. It is able to offer specialist advocates at all levels. Chambers as a whole is open to the use of CFAs and prices competitively, which puts them at a strong advantage in this sphere.

The whole outfit at Matrix is very professional and slick

Clerking

Very good – they are attentive and typically all have a co-operative and ‘can-do’ attitude. they look after their barristers well, and are a pleasure to work with.’

Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

At Matrix Chambers, the team has solid experience in advising on cases which include mental health, prison law, migration and children in care matters, often in tandem with community care issues. Nick Armstrong is noted for acting in judicial reviews related to community care issues. In March 2021 Sarah Hannett QC and Christopher Buttler QC were elevated to silk, further strengthening the team at the senior end.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersHe is fantastic on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Christopher Buttler QC - Matrix ChambersA new silk with a serene, pleasant court manner.
Sarah Hannett QC - Matrix ChambersSarah is calm, concise and provides a reasoned and balanced view of cases based on years of experience. She always puts the client's needs first.

Testimonials

Set

The set has a lot of very bright people.’

An excellent chambers.’

Crime Tier 3

Matrix Chambers is home to a group of ‘highly talented criminal lawyers‘. In a prominent highlight for the set, Clare Montgomery QC and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh successfully represented all members of the “Stansted 15”, a group of activists who were convicted of an aviation security offence after affixing themselves to a Boeing 767 to be used for a deportation flight, before the Court of Appeal, which quashed the convictions. In another matter, Ní Ghrálaigh acted for four anti-arms trade campaigners in an appeal in DPP v Ziegler before the Supreme Court, in which the Supreme Court reinstated the defendants’ initial acquittal of the charge of wilful obstruction of a highway after they attempted to disrupt deliveries to the DSEI defence industry trade show in London in 2017.

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersClare is the most exceptional barrister of her generation. She brings an encyclopedic knowledge of an enormously broad range of law and applies it with unwavering confidence to a range of complex and novel legal problems. Her work ethic, productivity, and speed is legendary allowing her to work on a large number of matters at any one time.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Whittam QC - Matrix ChambersRichard is a highly skilled advocate. He is technical and commands the respect of the court. He has an exceptional ability to predict how matters will play out and is able to cut through to the issue. He has a real presence in the court room and is very well respected as a highly experienced prosecutor.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Waterman QC - Matrix ChambersAdrian is an intellectual giant. He is able to identify complex points and present them with clarity, and he is fearless in court. He is a versatile lawyer and advocate and is able to turn his hand to more than one area of law. He is extremely hard-working and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersAlex is brilliant. He is tactically astute and has a really impressive grasp of criminal law issues and can also bring to bear his expertise in public law and human rights to make him a wonderfully versatile advocate and first choice for any criminal law matters that engage issues like journalistic freedom of expression, such as investigations and prosecutions of journalists and publishers. He articulates his advice clearly and succinctly to clients and is a well prepared and extremely accomplished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersDanny brings a pragmatic, incisive and level-headed approach, jettisoning superfluous arguments to focus on those points that had a the best chance of persuading the court. He marshalls voluminous and complex evidence meticulously and over the course of a day presents arguments to the Court of Appeal succinctly and persuasively.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersTim is exceptionally hard working, conscientious and has excellent judgement. He gets on very well with the clients and the junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Blinne Ní GhrálaighMatrix ChambersBlinne’s dedication, commitment and creative thinking are striking. She leaves no stone unturned in considering possible defences for her clients. She is a supremely clever, diligent and hard working barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersJoanna is a wonderful colleague to work with - incredibly hard-working and dedicated, with brilliant legal knowledge and very sound judgment.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Matrix Chambers has a really impressive range of advocates for general crime.’

Matrix is superb in breadth and depth.’

Matrix is a multi-disciplinary set of chambers with several prominent and well-regarded silks and juniors.’

Clerking

Paul Venables understands what is important to solicitors. His assistance and guidance is reassuring and always helpful.

A dedicated team for each barrister so I can always find someone who knows the case and the barrister and is able to answer my query.’

Rhian Hiscocks and Venetia Tate are brilliant. They go out of their way to try and find cover, even at the last minute. They are very responsive and easy to work with.’

Environment Tier 3

Matrix Chambers is ‘great across environmental law'  with 'creative, clever barristers willing to develop the law’. Among its members are two of the leading silks in environmental law, David Wolfe QC, who acted for Friends of the Earth in its challenge to the Government’s failure to take into account the climate change obligations when deciding to allow for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport, and Richard Hermer QC, who was involved in a high-profile case for environmental damage against an international mining company for damages arising out of large-scale pollution of waterways from a copper mine in Zambia.

Leading Silks

Richard Hermer QC - Matrix ChambersHe has a great strategic brain and is totally at ease in court, where he is highly persuasive and acutely sensitive to the mood of the judge.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Wolfe QC - Matrix ChambersA leader of choice in environmental cases, he has a strategic brain, legal genius and creative flair, and is able to weaponise the law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Kate Cook - Matrix ChambersOne of the most experienced environmental lawyers, she provides calm, pragmatic and insightful advice and cares deeply about the issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersThe foremost junior in representing claimants in major environmental claims for harms occurring overseas, he is exceptionally bright and strategically brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zoë Leventhal - Matrix ChambersA top environmental lawyer who thinks fast and always tactically, and who carefully and fairly puts across the legal position.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Sackman  - Matrix Chambers ‘Diligent and hardworking, she is is thorough in her approach and gets to grips quickly with new matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Matrix is great across environmental law – creative, clever barristers willing to develop the law.’

‘Matrix has a very experienced environmental law team, both in terms of other barristers and their clerking support. The involvement of the team in leading environmental cases means their juniors get good exposure and experience.’

‘Matrix is our go-to set. Their barristers are at the top of their game and the barristers and practice managers alike eschew the traditional – and slightly stuffy – way of working in favour of a more open, collaborative and modern approach. They are open to running joint events and are shortly running a bespoke training session for us on JR.’

Clerks

‘The clerks are fantastic – very responsive, fun, friendly.’

‘One of the most gender-diverse clerking teams, which is a definite strength.’

‘Always excellent – a total pleasure.’

Fraud: crime Tier 3

The financial crime team at Matrix Chambers specialises in acting for prosecutors, regulators, and corporates regarding criminal fraud and all forms of financial crime. 'Highly skilled advocate' Richard Whittam QC was instructed by Vitaly Orlov concerning a proposed private prosecution for perverting the course of justice in Orlov's long-running litigation against Alexander Tugushev concerning the ownership of fishing company Norebo.

Leading Silks

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersA first-rate lawyer and a devastating cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Waterman QCMatrix ChambersA fearless and popular QC - a real star. His advice on the law and tactics are second to none. There is nothing that you could throw at him that he could not cope with.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Jamas Hodivala QCMatrix ChambersJamas is an excellent silk.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Vedrana Pehar - Matrix Chambers 'A junior with super instincts. Clients love her. ’
Ranked: Tier 4

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

Described as a 'very professional set with very good barristers', the offering at Matrix Chambers fields 'superstar silk' Raza Husain QC, human rights/EU expert Hugh Southey QC and trafficking specialist Samantha Knights QC. Frequently instructed in maters appearing before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, its members notably act for individuals and charities in connection with modern slavery claims and are increasingly focused on sports and business immigration. Two recent important cases are Husain's representation of the UNHCR as intervener in G v G, a Supreme Court case on the interaction of non-refoulment and international child abduction returns, and Nick Armstrong's involvement in the JCWI's challenge to the government's "right to rent" policy. Christopher Buttler QC took silk in March 2021.

Rising stars

Ayesha Christie - Matrix ChambersAyesha is a go-to barrister for judicial review cases where clients have a complex immigration history. She has an eye for detail and her drafting is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Raza Husain QC - Matrix ChambersA superstar silk in the immigration and civil liberties arena. Go to silk in any case with cross-over between these areas. A shining light in the Supreme Court who has the respect and ear of the Court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Southey QC - Matrix ChambersAn incredibly thorough analyst of material who provides very clear and precise written work.
Ranked: Tier 1
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 QCMatrix ChambersChris is excellent on his feet. He is very good at strategic thinking and is really powerful in court.

Leading Juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersNick has the breadth of public law issues and a depth of knowledge across several fields so as to enable arguments from one jurisdiction to be marshalled in support of another.
Ranked: Tier 3
Eleanor Mitchell - Matrix ChambersEleanor is the most talented junior counsel I have ever come across. That is a view widely shared among all who have led her. She is brilliant at legal analysis, evidential analysis and drafting. That is an extraordinary combination.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Very professional set with very good barristers. You would not go wrong with anyone from these chambers.”

Clerking

Clerks are extremely good and they know which of their barristers would best fit your case if your preferred counsel is unavailable.”

Sport

Leading Juniors

Andrew Smith - Matrix ChambersAndrew is extremely bright and has great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ifeanyi Odogwu - Matrix Chambers ‘His superb interpersonal skills are ideal for dealing with hotly contested cases, encouraging a logical and well-reasoned approach by all.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHis assistance and contributions are always of highest quality, well-formulated and immediately usable.
Ranked: Tier 4

Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

James Robottom  - Matrix Chambers ‘He is hugely academic, understanding and rejoicing in the complexities of law, and this enthusiasm is infectious.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersAn absolute star and very eminent in her field. Clare has the perfect balance of exemplary technical expertise and a practical approach to solving issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersExtremely hard working, responsive and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, strategic, easy to work with, good with clients and crisp and authoritative in advocacy. A gem.
Ranked: Tier 4

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Rachel Holmes rachelholmes@matrixlaw.co.uk
Members of Chambers AFEEVA, Mark (1997)
Members of Chambers ARMSTRONG, Nick (2001)
Members of Chambers AWUKU-ASABRE, Kwaku (2015)
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 QC, 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 QC (Hon), 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 QC, Sarah (2003)
Members of Chambers HELME, Ian (2005)
Members of Chambers HERMER QC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers HIGGINS, Nichola (2005)
Members of Chambers HODIVALA QC, 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 QC, 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 ODOGWU, Ifeanyi (2011)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL QC, Aidan (1996)
Members of Chambers OWEN QC, Tim (1983)
Members of Chambers PARKER, Raj (1983)
Members of Chambers PEHAR, Vedrana (2008)
Members of Chambers PRINCE, Laura (2003)
Members of Chambers PURCHASE QC, Mathew (2002)
Members of Chambers RANDALL QC, Nicholas (1990)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Nathan (2014)
Members of Chambers ROBOTTOM, James (2009)
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 QC, 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 WHITTAM QC, Richard (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:…
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 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…
Mr Ifeanyi Odogwu photo Mr Ifeanyi Odogwu Barrister specialising in inquest and inquiries, administrative/judicial review; human rights; civil claims,…
 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…
Ms Vedrana Pehar photo Ms Vedrana Pehar Vedrana is recognised as a leading junior in the highly complex arena of…
 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
Mr James Robottom photo Mr James Robottom James has a multi-disciplinary practice which covers public law and human rights, tort law (including…
 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.
 Lorna Skinner  photo Lorna Skinner Specialises in media and information law, encompassing data protection, defamation, privacy, breach…
 Paul Skinner  photo Paul Skinner Paul’s practice spans the full range of public, human rights and commercial…
 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 time and effort into the realisation of equal opportunities at work and at the Bar. Matrix is a committed advocate of equality in all aspects. It takes a three pronged approach to equality and diversity with support for staff and members, networking/consultancy groups and outreach projects, to ensure that Matrix is identifying and addressing early barriers. Matrix has a dedicated Equality and Diversity Manager (non-barrister) and two Equality and Diversity Officers (barristers) to make sure it is doing its utmost to improve diversity at the Bar. Below are just some of the projects Matrix has been involved in to contribute to the progression of diversity at the Bar.

LGBT+

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

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

Mental Health

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

Ethnicity

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

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

Work experience and mentoring

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

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

Promoting gender equality

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

Neurodiversity

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

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

Matrix Causes Fund

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