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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 > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Danny Friedman KC – Matrix ChambersDanny is a hard-working, forensic, brilliant barrister who communicates with his clients extremely well.’ 

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

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

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Danny Friedman KCMatrix ChambersHighly intellectual. Leaves no stone unturned and very good on human rights. Very good paper advocacy skills too.

Consistently called upon for high-profile inquest and inquiry matters, Matrix Chambers is able to leverage the set’s additional expertise in areas such as administrative, criminal, mental health, police and prison law. Frequently appearing in inquests involving deaths in both police and prison custody, Philippa Kaufman KC‘s recent highlights include acting as lead counsel in the headline Undercover Policing Inquiry; Danny Friedman KC (leading senior junior Raj Desai) is acting as co-lead counsel on behalf of 300-plus survivors and bereaved families in The Grenfell Tower Inquiry; and a silk since 2021, Lorna Skinner KC‘s track record includes representing media organisations at public inquiries. Nick Armstrong has particular expertise in immigration detention deaths, while Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh is acting as the personal representative of Tony Doris (who along with two others) was killed in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland in 1991 when the police opened fire on a stolen car.