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Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers


Expertise in all aspects of criminal law, human rights and public law. He has particular experience in public inquiries, inquests and regulatory investigations focussed on human rights and rule of law compliance.


Called 1996; QC 2013; Temporary High Court Judge (Northern Ireland) 2020. Recent Publications include: ‘Inquests: A Practitioners’ Guide’ (3rd edition LAG 2014); ‘Torture and Modernity’ (2013) 5 EHRLR 494 and ‘A Common Law of Human Rights: History, Humanity and Dignity” (2016) 4 EHRLR 378. He is a contributing editor of ‘Archbold Criminal Practice and Pleadings’ (Human Rights Chapter).


Wadham College, Oxford (1992 BA Hons Modern History); London School of Economics (1995 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersOne of the brightest, ‘outside the box’ strategic legal minds in the legal profession.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersDanny brings a pragmatic, incisive and level-headed approach, jettisoning superfluous arguments to focus on those points that had a the best chance of persuading the court. He marshalls voluminous and complex evidence meticulously and over the course of a day presents arguments to the Court of Appeal succinctly and persuasively.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersHighly conscientious and extremely thoughtful about the work set, taking extraordinary care to understand the facts and to apply the law. Danny has an excellent manner with clients and is a very good leader of a group.

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. Philippa Kaufman 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.