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

Matrix Chambers


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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Raj DesaiMatrix Chambers

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

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

London Bar > Education

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Raj DesaiMatrix Chambers

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Raj DesaiMatrix ChambersRaj is a star.

Inquest and inquiry work are a core area for ‘extremely good and well-organised setMatrix Chambers. The crossover between inquest and inquiry work and the set’s other key areas, such as administrative, criminal, mental health, police and prison law, means the chambers consistently acts in headline cases. Acting on behalf of over 200 survivors and bereaved families, Danny Friedman QC and Raj Desai remain involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Phillippa Kaufmann QC represents represents a number of core participants (in the Undercover Policing Inquiry), who were subjected to secret police activity; and Hugh Southey QC represents the family of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police in 2011 (triggering the riots of that year) was ruled a lawful killing by an inquest jury in 2014, in an application to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that English law on self-defence as it stands is incompatible with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Ifeanyi Odogwu is another key name.