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Karon Monaghan QC

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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Karon practises principally in the fields of equality and discrimination law, human rights and EU law. Her work spans the fields of employment law, civil actions, judicial review and inquests. She has appeared in numerous cases at appellate level, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and (on references under Art 267, TFEU) in the CJEU.


Called 1989; Inner; Silk 2008; QC 2008. Appointed: Employment Judge 2000-2008; Recorder 2005; Deputy High Court Judge 2010. Deputy Assistant Coroner (Stirland Inquest) 2010. Publications of note: Equality Law (2007) OUP (2nd edition 2012); Clayton & Tomlinson, The Law of Human Rights (contributor); Clayton & Tomlinson, Civil Actions Against the Police (contributor) (4th edition 2012); Ed. Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley, Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice (2010) Hart (Contributor); K. Monaghan, The Equality Bill: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing or Something More? [2009] EHRLR 512; K. Monaghan, Contitutionalising Equality: New Horizons [2008] EHRLR 20; Civil Procedure (‘White Book’) (2006-12, Sweet and Maxwell) (Discrimination sections).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Silks

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers ‘ She has done more to push legal obligations owed to marginalised individuals and to achieve legal equality than any other lawyer. ’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

For some 'the best set for public law and human rights', Matrix Chambers has members instructed, both for government and claimants, in agenda-setting matters. Phillippa Kaufmann QC represented two victims of "Black Cab rapist" John Worboys in a challenge to the Parole Board's decision to release him after serving ten years of an indefinite sentence for public protection – Daniel Squires QC represented the Mayor of London. Karon Monaghan QC represented a gay Hong Kong civil servant, who married his husband in New Zealand, in a challenge to the Hong Kong government's policy of denying same-sex spouses employee benefits. In the Court of Appeal, Claire Darwin, unled, represented the University of Leicester in judicial review proceedings following its disciplinary decision to expel a student who sent a threatening message and Taken meme via Facebook to a classmate.

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

Within: Leading Silks

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers ‘ Terrific at what she does and is a powerful advocate. ’

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Within: Leading Silks

Karon Monaghan QC - Matrix Chambers ‘ A distinguished and forceful advocate who has championed the cause of all workers. ’

Within: Employment

Matrix Chambers has 'a formidable array of talent and expertise' with its members 'offering tremendous strength in employment cases'. James Laddie QC represented the employer in Supreme Court case Egon Zehnder v Tillman, the first employee restraint of trade case to reach the top level of the court system for more than a century. Karon Monaghan QC acted in Gilham v Ministry of Justice, in which the Court of Appeal held that judges are not workers and therefore cannot be covered by protections for whistleblowers. Elsewhere, Thomas Linden QC successfully acted for British Cycling, which was being sued by former track cyclist Jessica Varnish, who was found not to be an employee of the governing body or UK Sport, which funds elite athletes.

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