Michelle Butler > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers


Barrister specialising in public and private international law, arbitration, crime, commercial law, civil liberties and human rights.


Qualified solicitor 2002 (New South Wales); called to the Bar 2007 (Inner Temple); trained Matrix 2007-08; member 2008; FCO Public International Law C Panel (2014). Publications include: Clayton and Tomlinson’s ‘Law of Human Rights’ (2009), the International Bar Association’s ‘Manual on International Criminal Law’ (2010), ‘Human Rights and Criminal Justice’ (2012) and Livingstone, Owen & Macdonald’s ‘Prison Law’ (2015).


University of Queensland (2000, BA); 2002 LLB (first class); College of Law (2002); University of Cambridge (2004, LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Michelle ButlerMatrix 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.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Michelle ButlerMatrix ChambersShe is resolute in her commitment to the law and her clients. She combines real expertise with real emotional intelligence.

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.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Michelle ButlerMatrix ChambersRightly confident in the quality of her advice and willing to make tough strategic judgement calls which other barristers might shy away from.

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.