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Matrix Chambers


Mark has a broad practice with a particular focus on Employment and Education law. He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel, the EHRC’s Panel of Counsel and is one of the three editors of the Education Law Reports.

Mark’s recent reported cases include: Ince Gordon Dadds LLP v Tunstall [2020] ICR 124 (successfully resisted an appeal concerning litigation against insolvent companies); RMT v Lloyd [2019] IRLR 897 (successfully resisted an appeal in an age discrimination case); and Antuzis v DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd [2019] EWHC 843 (QB) (a leading High Court authority on the personal liability of company directors).


Called 2016; Gray’s Inn; Author, “Working Time” chapter, Tolley’s Employment Law (LexisNexis, 2017-present); Co-author, “Education Law” chapter, “National Security Law, Procedure and Practice” (OUP, forthcoming).


Jesus College, Oxford University (2013, BA); City University, London (2015, GDL – Distinction; 2016, BPTC – Outstanding).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Greaves – Matrix Chambers ‘Mark is bright, sharp and thorough. He is excellent at understanding and applying the technical aspects of the law and sticking to the key issues of the case. He is a superb advocate, and likeable to clients and the tribunal while robust at cross-examination.

Matrix Chambers‘ members routinely appear in first-instance High Court proceedings, the Employment Tribunal, and Supreme Court appeals. Recent Supreme Court work includes Brazel v Harpur Trust (UNISON intervening), in which Mathew Purchase KC and junior Nathan Roberts successfully acted for UNISON and the appellant, respectively, the case addressing the annual leave rights of part-year workers. Over in the Court of Appeal, James Laddie KC and rising star Mark Greaves represented the respondent in Al Qasimi v Robinson, which concerned both the defence of illegality in employment contexts and the statutory interim relief regime in alleged automatic unfair dismissal scenarios; and senior junior Claire Darwin was sole counsel for the successful claimants in Gwynedd Council v Barratt and another, which involved the unfair dismissal of two teachers when Gwynedd Council reorganised its schools. Senior junior Andrew Smith moved to 11KBW in May 2022.

London Bar > Education

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Greaves Matrix Chambers ‘A very client friendly barrister, Mark is extremely smart and has brilliant drafting skills. ’