Raj Desai > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers
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Raj specialises in public and human rights law. His practice encompasses prison law, civil actions against the police, inquests and inquiries work, equality law, asylum and immigration, information law and education law. He also has experience of international law work.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Raj DesaiMatrix Chambers Incisive, judicious and strategic. The senior junior of choice in both private and public law litigation.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Raj DesaiMatrix ChambersGreat attention to detail, as well as being intelligent and engaging.

Inquest and inquiry work is at the very heart of Matrix Chambers, which is ‘one of the best in this field and has barristers who are excellent‘. Clients particularly benefit from the set’s crossover between inquest and inquiry work, and administrative, criminal, mental health, police and prison law. In recent instructions of note, Danny Friedman QC and Raj Desai are currently instructed by five major London law firms (on behalf of over 200 survivors and bereaved families) in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry, while Hugh Southey QC (who was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2019) was recently lead counsel in a challenge to the inquest into the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by police.

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Raj DesaiMatrix ChambersFiercely intelligent and his technical legal knowledge is second-to-none.

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 > Education

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

Raj DesaiMatrix ChambersAn impressive lawyer who has excellent attention to detail and knowledge, superb written work.