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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 > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersFantastic both for his writing and oral advocacy. He commands the respect of the court and goes the extra mile to win the client’s confidence.

Inquest and inquiry work is at the very heart of Matrix Chambers, which is ‘one of the best in this field and has barristers who are excellent‘. Clients particularly benefit from the set’s crossover between inquest and inquiry work, and administrative, criminal, mental health, police and prison law. In recent instructions of note, Danny Friedman QC and Raj Desai are currently instructed by five major London law firms (on behalf of over 200 survivors and bereaved families) in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry, while Hugh Southey QC (who was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2019) was recently lead counsel in a challenge to the inquest into the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by police.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersDanny is extremely driven, hardworking and clever. He is unafraid of the difficult questions and pursues points relentlessly.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Danny Friedman QCMatrix ChambersHe has an absolute mastery of the law, a total grasp on the relevant material, and is incredibly good on his feet. He commands the respect of the court and goes the extra mile to win the client’s confidence.