Phillippa Kaufmann KC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Predominantly public and civil law practice arising in the field of criminal justice. Other areas of her practice include international human rights law, private international law, media law, community care law, criminal appeals and appeal to the Privy Council in death row cases. Main areas of practice: human rights; police law; prison law; inquest law; private international law. Recent important cases: R (King) v SSJ [2010] U.K.H.R.R. 1245 (applicability of Article 6 to prison disciplinary proceedings involving punishment of cellular confinement. Permission to appeal granted; R (Iqbal) v Prison Officers Association [2010] QB 732 (false imprisonment claim against POA by prisoners who were confined to their cells during strike by prison officers); R (OOO and others) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (first claim in the domestic courts concerning the duty on the state under Article 4 EHCR to conduct an effective investigation into allegations of treatment by private persons contrary to article 4. In this case the claimants had all been held in domestic servitude as children. Judgment reserved; Mutua and others v Foreign and Commonwealth Office (claim brought by a number of Kenyans against the FCO in relation to allegations of torture arising in the course of their detention by the Kenyan Colonial Administration during the Emergency between 1954 and 1959. Ongoing.


Called 1991; resides Gray’s Inn; barrister Doughty Street 1992; QC 2011.


ALBA; Lawyers for Liberty; Justice.


Camden School for Girls; Bristol University (LLB First Class); Sheffield University (MA in Socio Legal Studies Distinction); Bar School (Outstanding, Second Place Scarman scholarship).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Phillippa Kaufmann KCMatrix ChambersPhillippa is a superb advocate – super-quick brain, devastating in cross-examination, extremely persuasive with opponents and no nonsense when that’s needed. She has a deep understanding of the issues that arise in her clients’ cases and what justice should look like and she fights very effectively to get it.

London Bar > Police law (claimant)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Phillippa Kaufmann KCMatrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers are an established police law set handling not only complex police cases, but also those in related areas. Phillippa Kaufmann KC is notable for her practice working for victims of crime litigating against the police, having recently represented three victims of the Rochdale grooming gang in a case against Greater Manchester Police. In addition she represented the family of Jermaine Baker in the public inquiry into Baker’s fatal shooting by police in 2015 during an attempt to extract Izzet Eren from custody prior to Eren’s receipt of a 21-year sentence for firearms offences. Hugh Southey KC led a case examining the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s investigation of the death of Julia Smyth in Belfast in 1972, after in 2014 newly-released military logs suggested that the fatal shot may have been fired by the British Army.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Phillippa Kaufmann KC – Matrix Chambers