Ifeanyi Odogwu > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Barrister specialising in inquest and inquiries, administrative/judicial review; human rights; civil claims, professional discipline and regulation,  employment law; sports law; discrimination; common law (general). 

 Ranked as a leading junior by The Legal 500 in Inquest and Inquiries & Sports:

 “His superb interpersonal skills are ideal for dealing with hotly contested cases, encouraging a logical and well-reasoned approach by all. ’

 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. ’

 Previous editions said:

 “Ifeanyi has a real teamwork approach. He is excellent on his feet and has the ability to bring the strands of a case together. He builds excellent rapport with clients.”

 “Ifeanyi has a real teamwork approach. He is excellent on his feet and has the ability to bring the strands of a case together. He builds excellent rapport with clients.”

 “Extremely user-friendly and knowledgeable, in whatever capacity you encounter him. A refreshingly modern practitioner, who is the face of the Bar it aspires to be.”

 “He is very prominent and respected, sitting regularly on the most high-profile misconduct cases for the FA.”

 “A real up-and comer who has progressed speedily to become a well-known practitioner; has acted on some of the FA’s highest profile cases.”

 “He possesses gravitas and intellect, which are of tremendous benefit to all his clients.”

 ‘He has a superb eye for detail and grasps the issues in a case quickly, however substantial or complex the evidence.  An excellent tactician, appreciated for his thorough approach.  An impressive advocate and a pleasure to work with.’

 ‘Clearly very experienced and comfortable in sports disciplinary proceedings.  Always thinking laterally’.

Career

Appointments: Sport Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediator, The Football Association Judicial Panel, The FA Anti-Discrimination Chairman Panel,  The FA Safeguarding Panel The EFL ‘Player Related Dispute Commission’, Basketball England Panel, England Hockey Chair Panel.

 

Awards: ‘Future Leaders’ nominee for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards (2019). Winner of Lawyer of the Year 2019 at the British Nigeria Forum Awards 2019. Nominated Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, Newcomer of the Year Award (2018), Dianne Abbott MP London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) Outstanding Achievement Award 2011. Middle Temple 2010 Lord Diplock Scholar Kingston University Law School’s ‘American Exchange’ scholarship 2007.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Inquest and inquiry work are a core area for ‘extremely good and well-organised setMatrix 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 KC and Raj Desai remain involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Phillippa Kaufmann KC represents represents a number of core participants (in the Undercover Policing Inquiry), who were subjected to secret police activity; and Hugh Southey KC 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.

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

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.