Raza Husain QC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers


Barrister specialising in immigration and human rights; A (internment and legality of derogation from Article 5) HL; Ullah (extra territoriality) HL; Razgar (private life and mental health; proportionality review in appellate context) HL; Adan (civil war and refugee status); HL; AE (internal flight) HL pending; Bagdanavicius (risks from non-state actors) HL pending; Limbuela (destitution of asylum seekers) HL pending; A (admissibility of evidence from torture) HL pending; Davoodipanah (withdrawal of concessions) CA; E and R (error of fact as discrete public law wrong) CA; El-Ali (article 1D Refugee Convention) CA; Z (private life and sexuality); Osorio (obligation to determine refugee status) CA; Gardi (unit of analysis in refugee definition) CA; Robinson (internal flight) CA. Civil liberties; Nadarajah (detention) CA; G (Anisminic approach to superior court of record’s exercise of bail jurisdiction) CA; M (first successful internee appeal) CA; D (false imprisonment) CA; Q (destitution of asylum seekers) CA; Farrakhan (free speech) Court of Appeal; Chahal (No.2) (compensation for detention) CA; Waite ECHR (article 5(4)); Percy (justiciability of legality of Iraq war) Queen’s Bench Division: EU and free movement; Radiom and Shingara (64/221 articles 8 and 9) ECJ; Manjit Kaur (effective nationality) ECJ.


Called 1993; 2 Garden Court 1994-2000; Matrix Chambers 2000; editorial board of ILPA Journal; co-author with Nicholas Blake QC of ‘Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights’ (OUP 2003).


Urdu, Hindu, basic Punjabi, French.


Immigration Law Practitioners Association; Administrative Law Bar Association; executive committee member of ILPA for five years.


Exeter College, Oxford (1987-90).


Cricket, football, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Raza Husain QC – Matrix Chambers ‘Superb lawyer with vast experience in all aspects on UK immigration law, asylum, ECHR, European law, and nationality law.

Matrix Chambers has ‘a stellar range of exceptional, experienced, juniors and top-level silks‘, and is particularly known for its members’ work in human rights and asylum law, in modern slavery and trafficking claims, and in immigration detention. The team is also increasingly handling sports and business immigration. Raza Husain QC represented ECPAT (Every Child Protected Against Human Trafficking) in MS (Pakistan) v SSHDNick Armstrong successfully challenged the Secretary of State’s refusal to hold a full public inquiry into Brook House immigration detention centre. Chris Buttler led Ayesha Christie in a judicial review of the SSHD’s decision to cut the subsistence payments for victims of trafficking.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Raza Husain QCMatrix ChambersA walking encyclopaedia on human rights, migrants, and trafficking cases. There really is no-one else like him.