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

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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 > Education

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Raj DesaiMatrix Chambers

London Bar > Police law (claimant)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Raj Desai Matrix Chambers ‘Raj is a very able advocate. He is very bright and an outstanding communicator. His written work is first-rate.’

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Raj DesaiMatrix ChambersRaj is a superb barrister.’

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Raj DesaiMatrix ChambersRaj has a brain the size of a planet. Clients feel very comfortable with him.’

Matrix Chambers boasts a ‘strong team with strength in depth‘ and an excellent track record in appearing in high-profile inquests and inquiries. Danny Friedman KC continues to be involved in the Grenfell Tower and COVID-19 inquiries, leading Raj Desai in the former. Jonathan Glasson KC has expertise in cases involving national security and has been instructed in the Bloody Sunday and Mark Duggan inquests, while Phillippa Kaufmann KC represented the family of Jermaine Baker into the public inquiry into his death – Baker was shot dead by armed police while engaged in a plot to free two prisoners being transported to Wood Green Crown Court. At junior level, Ifeanyi Odogwu often acts for families in controversial cases involving the police, and has recently been instructed by the family of a woman who was killed in a crush outside the Brixton Academy prior to a concert by Afrobeats act Asake. Adam Straw KC and Nick Armstrong KC both took silk in 2023.