Edward Craven > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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 > Sport

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

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

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersEdward is on the ball and adeptly navigates complex legal issues and brings great energy to cases.

London Bar > Media and entertainment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHighly experienced, extremely hard-working, unfailingly helpful – a real star.

London Bar > Group litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘Brilliant and persuasive drafting, cutting-edge advice, totally reliable and ingenious with arguments.’

Matrix Chambers are particularly strong in the data privacy and human rights spaces and members have ‘been involved with many of the most significant group claims over the past 20 years‘. Richard Hermer KC has a standout practice in this area, often appearing at the Supreme Court of human rights group actions, as well as acting in the Grenfell litigation where he acts for 800 victims instructed by 14 solicitors. In Ogale Community v Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Edward Craven was led by Hermer in an environmental negligence case that the Supreme Court ruled in February 2021 could proceed to trial in England. Craven was the sole junior acting for Google in it’s successful 2021 appeal to the Supreme Court in multi-billion-pound data privacy class action Lloyd v Google LLC, led by Antony White KC, and another highlight at chambers has been the involvement of Hermer and Craven in the diesel emissions litigation on behalf of various claimant groups.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘Edward is an outstanding public international law junior. He is able to assimilate huge amounts of information very quickly and provide incisive advice. Edward’s oral advocacy is second to none.’

Matrix Chambers is praised for its ‘highly experienced and motivated lawyers, with an in-depth knowledge of international law and a hard-to-match experience before international tribunals‘. The set’s members have a diverse range of expertise including investment treaty claims, state-versus-state disputes and cases before the ECHR and ICJ. Notable cases include Somalia v Kenya, in which Edward Craven  is representing the Somali government in a maritime boundary dispute with Kenya.  Michelle Butler acts for Congo in reparations proceedings linked to the ICJ dispute Democratic Republic of the Congo v Uganda concerning human rights violations carried out by the Ugandan government during the Second Congo War. Alex Bailin KC has been very active on the diplomatic immunity side.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHe is a really really clever guy. He does incredible quality work. His written work is superb. He is excellent with clients and has a huge brain.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Edward Craven  – Matrix ChambersHe is a really really clever guy. He does incredible quality work. His written work is superb. He is excellent with clients and has a huge brain.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHe is incredibly knowledgeable. A total pleasure to work with. His knowledge of the workings of the Supreme Court is second-to-none.’

Matrix Chambers stands out for being ‘at the forefront of data protection work‘, with its members acting in matters involving media organisations, public authorities and companies. Pitted against Hugh Tomlinson, Antony White KC,  and Edward Craven acted on behalf of the defendant in Lloyd v Google, a class action before the Supreme Court concerning cookies on iPhone devices. Catrin Evans KC acted for techUK in Google LLC v Lloyd, intervening successfully on the side of the claimant on a data breach matter regarding representative claims under the Data Protection Act 1998. In addition, White represented the defendant in ZXC v Bloomberg, appearing against Craven before the Supreme Court in a landmark case surrounding a question of whether criminal suspects have a reasonable expectation of privacy as to the existence of the investigation.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘Superb lawyer, utterly unparalleled for his sheer breadth of knowledge and dedication to cases. An excellent advocate and a great team player.’    

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘An excellent senior junior who is strategic, knowledgeable and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix Chambers ‘An outstanding junior in large international environmental claims, he is exceptionally bright and strategically savvy, responsive and committed.’