Richard Hermer QC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers


Richard Hermer’s practice spans public and private law litigation within both the domestic and international spheres.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Hermer QCMatrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is considered ‘a leader in many areas relating to civil liberties and human rights.’ In Howard v SSHDPhillippa Kaufmann QC successfully brought a challenge on behalf of a man who moved to the United Kingdom as part of the Windrush generation, which concerned the legislation governing naturalisation on the ground that it discriminates against the Windrush group by failing to disapply the good character requirement in their cases. Elsewhere, Richard Hermer QC and Edward Craven are representing the claimant in Abu Zubaydah v Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office, concerning a civil claim for damages brought by a Guantanamo Bay inmate against MI5 and MI6, who he alleges were complicit in him being tortured and abducted by the CIA. Aidan O’Neill QC, a dual silk in England and Scotland, garners praise for his ‘unparalleled knowledge of the area’.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Hermer QCMatrix ChambersHe has a great strategic brain and is totally at ease in court, where he is highly persuasive and acutely sensitive to the mood of the judge.

Matrix Chambers is ‘great across environmental law’  with ‘creative, clever barristers willing to develop the law’. Among its members are two of the leading silks in environmental law, David Wolfe QC, who acted for Friends of the Earth in its challenge to the Government’s failure to take into account the climate change obligations when deciding to allow for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport, and Richard Hermer QC, who was involved in a high-profile case for environmental damage against an international mining company for damages arising out of large-scale pollution of waterways from a copper mine in Zambia.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Hermer QCMatrix ChambersHe has an exceptionally keen strategic litigation sense. Richard has an ability to relate to clients, experts, other lawyers (on the same and opposing sides) and judges alike.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Hermer QCMatrix Chambers