Matthew Ryder QC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers


Specialist in the interplay between civil and criminal law, with particular emphasis on complex crime, civil claims for misconduct, surveillance, fraud, media, freedom of expression, public law, police powers and regulatory bodies, including information law. Particular expertise in all aspects of RIPA, and leading counsel in the recent notable cases Protection of police powers and rights of journalists (Miranda v Home Secretary [2016] EWCA Civ 6) Bulk surveillance powers (Liberty v GCHQ [2015] HRLR 2), Misconduct in commercial disputes (Orb v Ruhan [2016] EWHC 850 (Comm)); undercover policing (R v Berkshire [2011] EWCA 1885),  Use of counter terrorist powers (Beghal v DPP [2015] UKSC 49). Has appeared in a number of cases as leading counsel in the UK Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court, as well as in a range of high-profile criminal and civil cases, ranging from complex crime to judicial review and privacy.


Called 1992; Gray’s Inn; recorder of the Crown Court 2010; Queen’s Counsel 2010. Published works include: ‘Human Rights and Criminal Justice’, ‘Blackstones Guide to the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005’, as well as numerous articles for legal journals.


Christ’s College Comprehensive School, London; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1989 LLB Hons); Columbia University, New York (LLM 1998); New York Bar (1999).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Matthew Ryder QCMatrix ChambersObviously incredibly able, clever, hard working, concise. His particular skill is to see the wood for the trees – not just legally, but also politically.