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Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers


Barrister specialising in crime and regulatory; fraud (criminal and civil); public and human rights law; media; public international law.


Called 1995; silk 2010; previously a derivatives trader. Contributing author to leading books on fraud, criminal, public and human rights law. Instructed in more than 20 cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Privy Council and European Court of Human Rights. Crown Court Recorder; Deputy High Court Judge.


Bar Human Rights Committee; Foreign Office pro bono lawyers’ panel; ALBA; Criminal Bar Association.


Cambridge University, Sussex University.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Alex Bailin QCMatrix ChambersHis former career as a trader gives him exceptional insight into cases involving market misconduct. His client handling skills are also first-rate.

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 strategic‘ Alex Bailin QC acting in the high-profile Credit Suisse “tuna bonds” bribery case worth $2bn. In 2020, Jamas Hodivala QC was elevated to silk.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Alex Bailin QCMatrix ChambersSuperb on the law, extremely well prepared and clients love him. He is also a superb advocate.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

(Media and entertainment - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Alex Bailin QCMatrix ChambersHe is very knowledgeable with great judgement and tactical skill.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Alex Bailin QCMatrix 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.

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Alex Bailin QCMatrix ChambersA real leader in the field of defamation and privacy.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Alex Bailin QCMatrix 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.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Alex Bailin QCMatrix ChambersFantastic advocate, he analyses the problem quickly and gives clear advice.