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Dr Nick Armstrong

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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Barrister specialising in public law, human rights and civil liberties with a particular focus on immigration, prisoners’ rights, social welfare and equality. Recent cases of note include T v The Chief Constable of Great Manchester Police & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 25 (criminal records disclosure scheme found not to be Article 8 compliant), KA v Essex County Council [2013] EWHC 43 (Admin) (extending the protect ions owed to migrant famllies requiring accommodation); R (RB) v Devon County Council (2012] EWHC 3597 (Admin) (whether decision to contract out children’s services lawful); FV (Italy) [2012] EWCA Civ 1199 (leading case on deportation of EU citizens); James, Lee and Wells (Strasbourg decision finding detention of IPP prisoners to have been in breach of Article 5(1) ECHR); AM (Angola) [2012] EWCA Civ 521 (meaning of independent evidence of torture for immigration detention purposes).


Qualified solicitor 1998; called 2001; Inner Temple. Researcher, then research fellow at Nottingham Law School 1991-97; Irwin Mitchell, solicitor 1998-2001; barrister at Tooks Chambers 2001-07; joined Matrix Chambers 2007. Former editor of ‘Education, Public Law and the Individual’; deputy editor of the ‘UK Human Rights Reports’; various articles, papers and blogs.


Nottingham Trent University (1991 LLB; 1995 PhD).


Continually packing and unpacking the car (has small children).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersGreat on his feet, very hardworking and very clever.

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersRecommended for his work in community care judicial reviews.

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Within: Education – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersA former academic, he has the ability to quickly get under the skin of a case and give clear and concise strategic advice.

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Immigration (including business immigration)

Within: Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersHe is a go-to counsel for complex PBS challenges.

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Nick Armstrong - Matrix ChambersGets to grips with the case quickly and develops assertive arguments.

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    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
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    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
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