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Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers


Specialist in public international law; international human rights law; international environmental law; public law; commercial law; sport law; privacy, defamation and data protection; and money laundering and proceeds of crime. 

Notable cases include Somalia v Kenya (representing Somalia in a maritime delimitation dispute before the International Court of Justice), Croatia v Serbia (representing Croatia in proceedings under the Genocide Convention before the ICJ); Guyana v Venezuela (representing Guyana in proceedings before the ICJ concerning the validity of an 1899 arbitral ward); Lungowe v Vedanta Resources PLC (Supreme Court appeal concerning liability of UK parent company for polluting activities of foreign subsidiary); Elgizouli v Home Secretary (Supreme Court appeal regarding UK’s facilitation of the death penalty); Smith v Ministry of Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning extra-territorial application of international human rights treaty); Belhaj v Straw (Supreme Court appeal concerning state immunity and foreign act of state doctrines); Rahmatullah and Serdar Mohammed v Secretary of State for Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning crown act of state doctrine);  SXH v Crown Prosecution Service (Supreme Court appeal concerning application of Article 8 ECHR to prosecution of vulnerable refugees); OPO v MLA (Supreme Court appeal concerning worldwide ban on publication of a performing artist’s autobiography); Lachaux v Lachaux (Supreme Court appeal regarding meaning of ‘serious harm’ in Defamation Act 2013); Bashir v Home Secretary (Supreme Court appeal regarding application of international treaty to UK sovereign base areas in Cyprus); Lloyd v Google (Supreme Court appeal concerning attempt to establish representative action on behalf of several million iPhone users); Gubarev v Christopher Steele (libel claim concerning publication of confidential intelligence memorandum); Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell (Supreme Court appeal concerning claims against UK and Nigerian mining companies concerning extensive oil spills in Niger Delta).


Called 2007, Lincoln’s Inn; Ad hoc clerk at Court of Arbitration for Sport (2014 – present); Trial observer, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (2013 – 2015); Judicial assistant, UK Supreme Court (2011 – 2012); Lecturer in administrative law, Balliol College, Oxford University (2010); Stagiaire, European Court of Human Rights (2010); Judicial assistant, Court of Appeal (2009). Publications of note: Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd Ed.) (contributing editor); Smith, Bodnar and Owen on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (OUP, 2nd Ed.) (contributor); Montgomery and Ormerod on Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (contributor); Prison Law (OUP, 3rd Ed.) (contributing editor).


Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (BA Law – First Class); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course – Outstanding); Brasenose College, Oxford University (Bachelor of Civil Law – Distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersReal star qualities, particularly in the civil liberties and human rights arena. A much sought after junior.

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’.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersVery user-friendly. A star junior in the public law and civil liberties arena. An absolute pleasure to work with.

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

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London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHas an excellent knowledge of data protection law and practice, combined with strong general litigation skills.

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.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersThe foremost junior in representing claimants in major environmental claims for harms occurring overseas, he is exceptionally bright and strategically brilliant.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersExtremely hard working, responsive and knowledgeable.

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

(Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix 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.

‘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.

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

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London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersPre-eminent in the junior end of this field and is a delight to work with.

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.

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHis assistance and contributions are always of highest quality, well-formulated and immediately usable.