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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 International Court of Justice), 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); Gubarev v Christopher Steele (libel claim concerning publication of confidential intelligence memorandum); Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell (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 > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHe is extremely hard working and has a brain the size of the planet. Impossible to say a bad word about him. He is a star.

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

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

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersA rare mixture of top academic talent who is perfectly adept at client interaction.

Drawing on cross-over expertise in privacy and defamation, data protection and sport, the ‘really well run’ Matrix Chambers represents high-profile individuals and media organisations in multidisciplinary cases. Praised for its ‘excellence on online defamation issues and data protection in the context of media law cases’, the set also caters to tech companies. Catrin Evans QC recently represented a transgender father as the applicant in relation to the broadcast of a documentary about him, while Edward Craven, led by Antony White QC, acted for Guardian News and Media (GNM) in a High Court claim against digital advertising infrastructure company Rubicon Project Inc concerning unaccounted ad revenue and advertising space fees.

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersFantastic, exceptionally bright, and a really sought after junior.

On top of its game‘, Matrix Chambers is an ‘influential and high-calibre‘ civil liberties set with a strong reputation acting in public law, unlawful detention, human trafficking, and international human rights matters. Standout silk Phillippa Kaufmann QC acted in a successful challenge against the Metropolitan Police’s use of section 14 Public Order Act against Extinction Rebellion protesters in London, as well as acting for End Violence Against Women in a judicial review of the DPP’s reduced prosecution rate for rape. Richard Hermer QC is the key name for leading claimant teams in international human rights cases and, alongside Edward Craven, is representing Maha Elgizouli in her challenge against the Home Secretary’s decision to aid the United States in the trial of her sons ‘The ISIS Beatles’ which may result in the death penalty. Samantha Knights QC is also of note as is dual-qualified Raj Desai who clients describe as being ‘exceptionally thorough.’

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHardworking, very knowledgeable about data protection law, and a creative thinker.

As ‘a great chambers to work with‘ and ‘a highly user-friendly media set‘, Matrix Chambers is a key name in the market for claims spanning data protection and media law, acting for media organisations, public authorities, companies and private individuals. According to clients, ‘there is no one better in this field‘ than Antony White QC, who is acting for Google with Edward Craven in Lloyd v Google LLC, the first representative action for data protection damages relating to the setting of cookies on iPhone devices; ‘leading expert‘ Hugh Tomlinson QC is acting for the claimants. White and Tomlinson also continue to represent the defendant and claimant respectively in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC, the first right to be forgotten claim to be tried in the UK. The ‘fantastically smart‘ Catrin Evans QC also represented the National Crime Agency in Cooper v National Crime Agency.

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHis work is impeccable in every respect: meticulous, thorough and demonstrated clear-cut thinking as well as a great deal of skill in the structuring of legal arguments and the formatting of legal documents.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHis practice has an international domestic crossover element to it, which adds to the sophistication of his practice.

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersIncredibly bright with an engaging court manner.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHe is a polymath who brings his wide insights into criminal work. He is an intellectual giant who is also incredibly hard working and user friendly. Very good with the detail, rolls up his sleeves freely, and very knowledgeable on civil fraud and insolvency.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersHe is one of the brightest barristers of his generation and his ability to grasp complex points of law and voluminous case law is extraordinary.

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward CravenMatrix ChambersExcellent grasp of the law, proactively comes up with ideas on a case.