12/03/14 Matrix joins Stonewall programme promoting gay equality for members and staff
Matrix has become the first chambers to join Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. The programme, run by the gay equality charity, helps employers to develop inclusive workplace cultures for their lesbian, gay and bisexual members and staff in order to ensure that everyone can perform to their full potential.Find out more.
11/03/14 12-month non-competition clause held to be enforceable
The court has found that an injunction restraining the defendant, Mr Huggett, from commencing his new employment for 12 months was appropriate. The court found that the 12-month non-competition covenant in Mr Huggett’s contract was no wider than was reasonably necessary to protect the Claimant’s legitimate business interests. Although there was not more than a modest risk of abuse of confidential information to the detriment of the claimant, Prophet Plc, weighing the risk with other considerations, including Mr. Huggett’s deliberate removal of confidential information, the appropriate order was to enforce the restriction by the grant of an injunction. James Laddie QC acted for Prophet Plc. For the judgment please click here.
04/03/14 Six Matrix members in ICJ Croatia v Serbia caseThe genocide case of Croatia v Serbia starts this week at the International Court of Justice. The case concerns the application of the Genocide Convention in respect of events in Croatia between 1991 and 1995. The Republic of Croatia is represented at the hearing by the following Matrix members: James Crawford AC SC, Philippe Sands QC, Kate Cook, Helen Law, Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh and Edward Craven.
27/02/14 Four Matrix members appointed to TSol Panels of Counsel
Matrix is pleased to announce that four members have been appointed to Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel. The Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) administer the Attorney General’s Panels of Counsel. Laura Prince has been appointed to the B Panel and Laura McNair Wilson has been appointed to the C Panel. Kate Cook has been appointed to the new Public International Law B Panel, Michelle Butler has been appointed to the Public International Law C Panel. Their appointments commence on 1st March 2014.
26/02/14 Man accused of IRA Hyde Park bombing not to be prosecuted A judge has ruled that John Downey could not be prosecuted for his alleged for in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing. John Downey was given an official assurance - in error - that he would not be prosecuted. Mr Justice Sweeney said that the letter, received by Mr Downey in 2007, was an assurance that he would not face criminal charges despite the fact that police in Northern Ireland knew he was still wanted by Scotland Yard. The judge said this amounted to a “catastrophic failure” that misled the defendant. A trial would therefore be an abuse of executive power. Mark Summers was instructed in this case. For the judgment please click here.
20/02/14 Decision from the High Court on David MirandaThe High Court has dismissed the claim that the nine-hour detention of the partner of former Guardian journalist Glen Greenwald was unlawful.
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19/02/14 Mark Summers appointed Queen's Counsel
Congratulations to Mark Summers who has been appointed QC today in the 2014 competition. Mark is a specialist in all areas of extradition and mutual assistance, international law and EU law. Mark is also ranked among the top 15 crime juniors in London by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners who describe Mark as a “an encyclopaedia on extradition law…” and “…one of the most highly recommended juniors at the Criminal Bar…”. The QC ceremony will take place on 14 April 2014.
19/02/14 Matrix first set to be recognised for Investors in People GoldWe are delighted to announce that Matrix is the first barristers’ chambers (correct as of 14/02/14) to be presented with the prestigious Investors in People Gold award, which is awarded to just 3.2% of all organisations in the UK. This award recognises Matrix’s commitment and ability to push the boundaries in the way we develop, support and motivate our staff and barristers.Find out more.
17/02/14 Claire Darwin wins landmark transport disability discriminationClaire Darwin wins landmark transport disability discrimination claim on behalf of Chiltern Railways. HHJ Harris QC held that the train company's Assisted Passenger Reservation System, which had been approved by the DfT, is in itself a reasonable adjustment and is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010.
13/02/14 Ben Emmerson QC appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law
Ben Emmerson QC has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law, for three years, where he will provide specialist teaching in European Human Rights law, Public International Law and International Criminal Law. Ben will continue with his practice as a barrister with Matrix. He will also continue in his roles as UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights, and as a judge in the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia.
12/02/14 Ben Emmerson QC in court victory for Alexander Litvinenko's widow
A unanimous judgment by three senior judges has decided that the home secretary, Theresa May, must reconsider her decision not to hold a public inquiry into the murder of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. The judges stopped short of calling for an inquiry but said that May would have to produce better reasons if the government was to maintain its refusal. Ben Emmerson QC is acting for Marina Litvinenko, Alexander Litvinenko’s widow instructed by Elena Tsirlina of Blokh Solicitors.
05/02/14 R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Metropolitan Police: Is section 60 Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994 compatible with ECHR?The appellant had been stopped pursuant to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, s.60 and had been handcuffed and searched. A s.60 authorisation had been granted for stop and search without reasonable suspicion as there had been an escalation of gang violence in the area. The issue was whether s.60 was compatible with ECHR, articles 5, 8 & 14. The facts of the case demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Court that the appellant was not subject to s 60 because of her ethnicity. Criticisms of s.60 did not have the potential to render justiciable a specific allegation of discrimination in this case and so there was no breach of ECHR, art 14. The appeal was dismissed. Hugh Southey QC, Alex Bailin QC, Alison MacDonald and Aileen McColgan were involved in this case. For the judgment please see click here.
31/01/14 Matrix reaches 5000 followers on Twitter
Matrix has reached 5000 followers on Twitter. The @matrixchambers account was set up just over three years ago and has gone from strength to strength recently being used to live tweet events. The Twitter feed also contains links to Matrix news stories, event details and links to blogs that Matrix members contribute to. To follow Matrix on Twitter please click here.
31/01/14 The 8th Junior Competition Conference takes place today
The 8th Junior Competition Conference takes place at the Competition Appeal Tribunal this afternoon (Friday 31 January). Organised by Christopher Brown and his fellow editors of the Competition Law Journal, there will be two sessions – one dedicated to the Competition and Markets Authority and the other to developments in private enforcement of competition law in the UK. Papers based on the presentations will be published in the Journal later this year.
29/01/14 Julian Knowles QC appears successfully for Appellants in UKSC case R v. Mackle and others
Julian Knowles QC appeared for two of the successful Appellants in the UK Supreme Court case of R v. Mackle and others, judgment in which was delivered on 29th January 2013. In four conjoined appeals from the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland the Supreme Court held that confiscation orders which had been made with the consent of the Appellants could not be upheld because of the erroneous legal advice which they had received. The Supreme Court also reaffirmed that those involved in a conspiracy to import cigarettes do not necessarily benefit for the purposes of confiscation merely by virtue of having been part of the conspiracy.” For the judgment please click here.
28/01/14 Decision in on ex-gay bus advert ban
The Court of Appeal rules on a decision to ban an advertisement from the side of London buses. The advertisements read “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post Gay and proud. Get over it!” which the Christian Legal Centre and The Core Issues Trust wanted to run in response to a campaign run by Stonewall, the gay rights group, that ran a campaign with posters that read “Some people are gay. Get over it”. Dan Squires is involved in this case. For coverage from the BBC please click here.
27/01/14 Matrix member Clare Montgomery QC listed in The Sunday Times Britain's 500 Most Influential List
The Sunday Times has published a list of Britain's 500 Most Influential people. Debrett’s in association with The Sunday Times, has carried out exhaustive research among the most significant individuals in the country to compile a list of the 500 most influential people. Matrix member Clare Montgomery QC is listed in the Law category alongside Lord Pannick QC, Lady Justice Black and Dominic Grieve QC, MP. For the full article and list please click here (please note the full article is behind a pay wall).
27/01/14 ZZ explained procedural protections
ZZ v SSHD  EWCA Civ 7, which was handed down on Friday 24 January 2014, establishes a further bulwark on behalf of procedural protection and, in particular, the right of a person always to see at least enough of the case against him to be able to mount an effective challenge.
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22/01/14 Ben Emmerson QC - Theresa May's decision to not allow a public inquiry into Litvinenko "obviously against the public interest"
Yesterday the High Court heard that the Government is holding classified material offering evidence that Russia was responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian Spy. Ben Emmerson QC is representing Mrs Litvinenko whose husband died after being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006. Ben said that Theresa May’s decision not to allow a public inquiry into the death of Mr Litvinenko was “obviously against the public interest.” There was “a strong and overwhelming” need for such an inquiry, he said, to establish whether Mr Litvinenko was the victim of a crime “committed for private criminal purposes” or whether it was a “state-sponsored assassination carried out on the territory of the UK on the orders for the Russian Government.” The hearing continues. For coverage from the Times please click here (please note the full article is behind a pay wall).
22/01/14 Protestors Convictions Quashed
Twenty nine people have had their convictions for obstructing the railway during a protest quashed. The convictions were overturned by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, Mr Justice Simon and Mr Justice Irwin. The case against them involved undisclosed information gathered by an undercover officer Mark Kennedy. The Court of Appeal judges quashed the convictions over a failure to disclose that Mark Kennedy had been working undercover. Matthew Ryder QC was involved. For coverage from the BBC please click here.
16/01/14 Injunction obtained to prevent implementation of academy orderOn 15 January 2014 Collins J granted the Governing Body of the Warren Comprehensive School and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham an interim order preventing the Secretary of State for Education from implementing an Academy Order and an order to replace the existing governing body with an interim executive board. Sarah Hannett appeared for the Claimants. For press coverage from the London Evening Standard please click here. For press coverage from the BBC please click here.
13/01/14 Thomas Linden QC, Jessica Simor QC and Lindsay Scott CEO recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100 2014
The Lawyer has today published a list of lawyers from across the legal spectrum who have been recognised for their innovative and inspirational work. Find out more.
08/01/14 Matrix Members acting in The Top 20 Cases of 2014
The Lawyer has named the top 20 cases of 2014. The list includes some of the largest value trials to date to hit the High Court. Alex Bailin QC and Alison Macdonald are acting in the Tchenguiz brothers case listed in October in the Commercial Court and Christopher Brown is acting in the MasterCard case listed in November also in the Commercial Court. For the full article please click here.
24/12/13 Alan Turing granted posthumous pardonThe brilliant mathematician and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing has been granted a posthumous pardon for his conviction under anti-homosexuality laws. Alex Bailin QC and John Halford (Bindmans LLP) helped draw attention to this injustice which has finally been remedied. Alex's family are all mathematicians and his grandfather worked at Bletchley Park during WWII. For coverage from The Guardian please click here.
23/12/13 LSE apologise over T-shirt banLSE have apologised to two students who had been forced to cover t-shirts depicting Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad to promote the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society at the LSE fresher's fair in October. The students launched a formal complaint, saying that although the university asked them to cover the t-shirts on the grounds of possible offence to religious groups, they had not received any complaints. In their apology, LSE acknowledged that the t-shirts did not contravene the law or LSE policies. David Wolfe QC was involved in this case. For further information please see the BBC website.
12/12/13 Chambers 100 UK Bar - 7 for Matrix
The Chambers Bar 100 ranks the top barristers practising at the Bar of England and Wales. Matrix is delighted that James Crawford SC, Ben Emmerson QC, Raza Husain QC, Thomas Linden QC, Clare Montgomery QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC have been included on the top 100 silks list and Zachary Douglas has been included on the top 100 juniors list. For more information and for the list in full please click here.
10/12/13 Another year of Lawyers in Schools completed
Today saw the end of yet another brilliant Lawyers in Schools programme with Parliament Hill School. This morning, Matrix barristers and staff enjoyed working with Year 10 students about the law in relation to Social Media. The session also involved discussions around Freedom of Expression, an apt topic considering today is Human Rights Day. Today's session was the last of six modules designed to educate the students on law topics relevant to them, and their rights in these areas. We look forward to working with the school next year as part of our on-going commitment to the Matrix Access Programme.
10/12/13 Supreme Court hearing government appeal on criminal record disclosure
‘T’ who is the subject of an anonymity order is seeking to avoid the disclosure of a caution he received whilst aged just 11 years old concerning the theft of two bicycles. He has no other criminal record of any kind but until changes brought about as a result of these proceedings, and because he wants to be a teacher, he would have had disclosed, and would have been required to talk about, the caution for the rest of his career. The Court of Appeal agreed that this was disproportionate, which is why the law changed, but the Secretary of State appealed and the Supreme Court is now hearing that appeal over two days. The Prudential Regulation Authority, Financial Conduct Authority, Liberty and the Equality and Human Rights Commission are intervening. Hugh Southey QC and Nick Armstrong are instructed by Mike Pemberton of Stephensons. For more information please click here.
05/12/13 VHCC Advocate ListDue to the recent circulation of a list of advocates believed to be willing to undertake VHCC work at the new reduced rates, Matrix would like to clarify that no member of these Chambers is in fact willing to undertake such work. Any assertion to the contrary is wrong and should be disregarded.
18/11/13 Lord Ken Macdonald QC to deliver the 37th F.A. Mann Lecture Matrix Member Lord Ken Macdonald QC is to deliver the 37th F.A. Mann Lecture, chaired by the Lord Chief Justice, at Lincoln’s Inn on Wednesday 27 November. Lord Macdonald’s topic will be ‘Secrecy in Justice - and its impact on the oversight of the security agencies.’ The highly prestigious F.A. Mann lecture, which is attended by senior members of the judiciary, is organised by City law firm Herbert Smith and is sponsored by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Previous speakers have included Lord Steyn, Baroness Hale and Lord Hoffman.
14/11/13 Thomas Linden QC successfully acts for Channel 4 in John McCririck age discrimination case
John McCririck alleged that Channel 4 did not allow him to continue doing work presenting or contributing to Channel 4 horse-racing programmes because of his age. The court found that Channel 4 and the TV production company IMG Media Limited did not contravene the Equality Act 2010. The reason that Mr McCririck was dismissed was because his persona emanating from his appearances on celebrity television shows and the associated press articles as well as his appearance on Channel 4 racing, and not because of his age. Thomas Linden QC acted for Channel 4. For the judgment please click here.
12/11/13 Matrix wins two awards at UK Diversity League Awards
Matrix are delighted to have been awarded 'Chambers of the Year' at the UK Diversity League Awards for coming 1st in the 2013 Black Solicitors Network Overall Diversity League Table. Matrix also won the 'Retention: Talent Management' award for our continued support and effective management of talented women with children, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities.
These national industry awards recognise the work of organisations who are making significant contributions in the area of promoting diversity within, and equality of access into, the legal profession.
Lindsay Scott, CEO of Matrix said “The promotion of equal opportunity has been a Core Value of Matrix since its inception in 2000. Since then we have worked hard to build a workforce comprised of approximately equal proportions of women and men, and one where minorities are proportionately represented. We are delighted that our achievements as an equal opportunities organisation have been recognised in this year’s Diversity League Table. Thank you.” For further information on the Diversity League Table please see the Black Solicitors Network website.
08/11/13 Court finds that detainee under the Terrorism Act 2000, Sch 7 had a right to consult a solicitorThe court has found that a person detained for examination under the Terrorism Act 2000, Sch 7 is entitled to have a solicitor present to advise them during interview. The claimant had the right to have a solicitor present and therefore the questioning of him once he had asked for a solicitor and before his solicitor arrived was unlawful. Dan Squires represented the Claimant and Danny Friedman QC represented the Law Society in this case. For the judgment please see below.Judgment
07/11/13 Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform - Matrix ResponseMatrix Chambers' response to these proposals is available below. The response is highly critical of many of the proposals in the consultation document by reason of their potential to restrict access to justice (in particular against the background of recent and proposed cuts to legal aid). Enquiries about the Matrix response may be addressed to Kirsten Sjovoll on email@example.com.
Matrix Chambers Judicial Review Consultation Response
07/11/13 Karon Monaghan QC appointed to the International Labour Organisation Committee of ExpertsMatrix member Karon Monaghan QC has been appointed to the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations for the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She takes over from Mrs Justice Cox QC whose term has come to an end. The committee is composed of 20 eminent jurists appointed by the Governing Body. The Committee of Experts was set up in 1926 to examine the growing number of government reports on ratified ILO conventions. The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights. For more information about the ILO and the Committee of Experts please click here. For a full list of Committee Members please click here.
07/11/13 Matrix Media and Information recruits three new membersMatrix is delighted to announce that Anthony Hudson, Guy Vassall-Adams and Ben Silverstone have been recruited to its successful and highly regarded Media and Information Group. All three are highly regarded media and information law juniors. They are joining from Doughty Street Chambers, and will commence practice at Matrix on Monday 11 November.Find out more.
06/11/13 Legal challenge to the governments decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund successful
Five disabled people have succeeded in a legal challenge to the government’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund. The Court of Appeal allowed the challenge to the High Court’s earlier ruling quashing the original decision in favour of the government. The court found there was not enough evidence to demonstrate that a focused regard was had by the Minister to the potentially grave impact upon the individuals within the context of a consideration of the statutory requirements for disabled people as a whole. There was also not enough focus by her on the impact the proposal would have on independent living for the 19,000 affected people. Therefore the appeal was allowed and the decision quashed. David Wolfe QC and Helen Mountfield QC acted for the appellants. For the judgment please see below. Judgment
04/11/13 Sarah Hannett wins Bar Pro Bono Award 2013
Matrix member Sarah Hannett has won the Bar Pro Bono Award 2013 for her work with the ‘Schools Exclusions Project’ run with The City Law School and Matrix Chambers. The ‘Schools Exclusion Project’ provides free advocacy to help parents appeal against their child’s permanent exclusion. The Bar Pro Bono Award is given to an individual barrister or set of chambers in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work. The award was announced at the Annual Bar Conference 2013 on Saturday 2 November. For more information please click here.
01/11/13 Matrix recognised by Chambers UK 2014‘Matrix Chambers has a strong reputation for innovative Counsel and faultless client service”
As a set, Matrix has been ranked in 12 practice areas this year. With a total of 131 individual entries, we appear 7th in the table of sets with the most rankings. Our members have also received a total of 38 rank promotions with 12 new entries, this includes 10 members who have been ranked as star individuals. Clare Montgomery QC also appears amongst the ‘Stars of the Bar’ having been ranked in 7 practice areas. For all the rankings please click here.
29/10/13 Julian Knowles QC to deliver the annual Lord Atkin lecture at Christ College, Brecon.
Matrix member Julian Knowles QC will deliver the eleventh Lord Atkin Lecture on Thursday 7 November. The title of Julian's lecture is "The Abolition of the Death Penalty in the United Kingdom: How it Happened and Why it Still Matters". The Lecture celebrates one of Christ College's most distinguished former pupils, Lord Atkin, who was a Law Lord from 1928 until his death in 1944, and who is widely regarded as one of the greatest judges of the twentieth century. Previous lecturers have included the late Lord Bingham of Cornhill, former Foreign Secretary Lord Owen, former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham, Justice of the Supreme Court Lord Mance, and the new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. For more information please click here.
24/10/13 Matthew Ryder QC of Matrix listed as one of the UKs most influential black figures
Matrix barrister Matthew Ryder QC has been named again for a fourth year in the "Powerlist" of the UK’s most influential black figures. The list was put together by a five-person panel headed by management consultant Vivian Hunt and included Thomson Reuters executive Olakunle Babarinde. The list acknowledges expertise in a particular area alongside involvement in projects and activity within UK's African and Caribbean community. Matthew was mentioned alongside others such as Malorie Blackman, Ken Olisa, Mo Farah and Karen Blackett. For coverage from the BBC please click here.
23/10/13 Postcards for Justice Campaign
The Save Justice campaign, that campaigns against the Government’s proposals to change legal aid, has launched a ‘Postcards for Justice’ campaign. Following on from a design4justice competition they have printed 10,000 copies of the winning postcard and are encouraging as many people as possible to sign the postcards and send them back to Save Justice by 15 November. The postcards will then be delivered to Nick Clegg. Save Justice hopes that through this campaign they will make Nick Clegg aware that it is not only lawyers that are very concerned about the proposed cuts to legal aid but also students, nurses and teachers from across the country. For more information about the ‘Postcards for Justice’ campaign please click here.
21/10/13 Police under a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent risk from materialising
The Court of Appeal has found that if police are or ought to be aware that there is a real and immediate risk to a person’s life, they are under a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the risk from materialising and it makes no difference that the risk arises during an incident which has already commenced. The appeal was allowed and the case will go to trial. Hugh Southey QC acted for the appellant Mr Sarjantson. For the judgment please see below. Judgment
17/10/13 Matrix members Sarah Hannett and Claire Darwin nominated for Bar Pro Bono Award 2013
Matrix are delighted to announce that Sarah Hannett and Claire Darwin have been nominated for Bar Pro Bono Award 2013. Sarah and Claire are among 33 nominees for this year’s award which will be presented at the Bar Council Conference, Saturday 2 November 2013. For more information about The Bar Pro Bono Unit please click here.
16/10/13 Matrix members act in prisoner voting appeals
Aidan O’Neill QC, Hugh Southey QC and Christopher Brown acted in the prisoner voting appeals - R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice; McGeoch v The Lord President of the Council & Anor  UKSC 63. Although the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, it confirmed that there was no basis for departing from the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights holding that the United Kingdom’s ban on prisoners voting violates the European Convention on Human Rights. For the judgment please click here.
15/10/13 Application to strike out libel action by Russian policeman an abuse of the court
An application to strike out a libel action brought by a Russian policeman, arising out of serious allegations of police misconduct in Russia, as an abuse of the process of the court. The judge ruled that the UK was not the right jurisdiction for the ex-policeman Pavel Karpov to pursue the claim. Mr Karpov could not demonstrate a reputation within the UK sufficient to establish a real and substantial tort. The judgment redefined what constitutes “a real and substantial tort” in libel claims in the UK and will act as a disincentive to libel tourists using London to launder their reputations. Antony White QC acted for the defendants instructed by HowardKennedyFsi. For the judgment please click here. For more information please click here.
15/10/13 Best interests of a child primary consideration when considering deportation
The Secretary of State’s decision against the Upper Tribunal that the deportation of the respondent as a foreign criminal under the Immigration Act 1971 s3(5) would be against the best interests of his de facto daughter was dismissed. The respondent is a Nigerian national who is also a foreign criminal with a partner and child in the UK. The Upper Tribunal had correctly determined that the new Immigration Rules did not replace existing binding law, and that a two stage test taking into account ECHR, art 8 was appropriate. Under the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 s 55 the best interest of a child were primary consideration. Raza Husain QC acted for the respondent. For the case note please see below. Case Note
11/10/13 The International Criminal Court rules that Abdullah al-Senussi can be tried in Libya
The International Criminal Court ("ICC") today ruled that the Libyan Government has won its challenge to the jurisdiction of The Hague based Court in relation to the case of Abdullah Al-Senussi, the former intelligence chief to Muammar Gaddafi. This is a historic decision in international criminal law.Find out more.
10/10/13 Court finds that extradition to face the mandatory death penalty is incompatible with the ECHR
Julian Knowles QC successfully acted for the defendant in the case of the Government of Ghana v Gambrah, in which a judge has ruled that to extradite a person to face the mandatory death penalty is incompatible with Article 3 of the ECHR. Judgment
The Government has requested Frank Gambrah’s extradition for murder. If convicted,Mr Gambrah faces a mandatory sentence of death. In light of the international jurisprudence which has held the mandatory death penalty to be an inhuman and degrading punishment (much of which Julian has been involved in) the judge held that to extradite Mr Gambrah would violate his rights under Article 3 of the ECHR and thus that his extradition is barred by s 87 of the Extradition Act 2003. The judge also held that there was the real risk that Mr Gambrah would be held under sentence of death for many years, and thus that there was a violation of his Article 3 rights on this basis also. For the judgment please see below.
09/10/13 Failure to offer prisoners oral hearings breached common law of duty and fairness
The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the appeals from three prisoners (Osborn, Booth and Reilly) who had been refused release from custody or transfer to open prison conditions in decisions made on the papers by the Parole Board. The court declared that in failing to offer the prisoners oral hearings the Parole Board breached both its common law duty of fairness to them and the ECHR, art 5(4). The court stated that the purpose of the oral hearing is not only to assist with the Board’s decision making, but also to enable the prisoner to participate in a procedure with important implications for them. Hugh Southey QC acted for the appellants Osborn and Booth. For the judgment please click here. For the press summary please click here.
09/10/13 Hugh Southey QC acts for victim of crime suing police for taking too long to arrive
Christopher Sarjantson was and innocent bystander who was attacked by a gang of youths armed with baseball bats who were looking for someone else. He suffered severe head injuries resulting in short and long-term memory loss. Mr Sarjantson says that the police violated his human rights by taking too long to react to the 999 call reporting his attack. Hugh Southey QC is acting for Mr Sarjantson. For more information please click here.
07/10/13 James Crawford AC SC honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2013
Matrix is delighted to announce that Matrix member Professor James Crawford AC SC was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2013 that took place on Thursday 3 October. James is a leading academic and practitioner in the fields of public international law and international arbitration. In his 35 years as a barrister he has advised and appeared on behalf of states from all over the world, before all tribunals. He was made Companion of the Order of Australia [AC] in 2013. For a list of all the winners please click here.
07/10/13 Karon Monaghan QC wins Employment Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2013
Matrix would like to congratulate Karon Monaghan QC on winning the Employment Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2013 held on 3 October. Karon is recommended for her “unparalleled understanding of discrimination law” and her “effective advocacy”. She continues to be instructed in ground-breaking and high profile cases in the employment sphere and she is often retained on appellate cases. For a list of all the winners please click here.
03/10/13 Significant victories in the European Court of Human Rights Helen Mountfield QC and Claire Darwin have won two significant victories in the European Court of Human Rights in the cases of Eremia v The Republic of Moldova and Mudric v The Republic of Moldova. In both cases the court found violations of the right to non-discrimination under Article 14 (and 3) of the Convention because the legislative framework to deal with domestic violence against women was ineffective. Helen Mountfield QC and Claire Darwin were instructed by the Equal Rights Trust in both cases. For the judgment in Eremia please click here and for the judgment in Mudric please click here.
02/10/13 Matrix silk Clare Montgomery QC wins Crime Silk of the Year at The Legal 500 UK Awards
We are delighted to announce that Clare Montgomery QC has won Crime Silk of the Year at the inaugural Legal 500 UK awards for 2013. The awards bring together the best of the best from law firms, barristers’ chambers, in-house lawyers and general counsel. For a full listing of the award winners please click here.
24/09/13 Barrister wins final appeal in interference case
Barrister Philip Wong was accused of trying to dissuade a fellow lawyer from giving evidence in a criminal trial. The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal found Philip Wong might not have been trying to interfere with the trial when he contacted solicitor Fanny Mak Sui-fan. His conviction and six-month sentence was quashed. Clare Montgomery QC acted for Philip Wong. For more information please click here.
18/09/13 11 Silks and 3 Juniors shortlisted for The Chambers 100 UK Bar
Research is underway for The Chambers 100 UK Bar, ranking the top barristers in the UK. The Chambers 100 UK Bar will list the top 100 silks and the top 100 juniors from those ranked in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide.Find out more.
17/09/13 Briefing: Civil Legal Aid and Access to Justice
This briefing addresses the key points of the Transforming Legal Aid and Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform consultations, which concern prisoners; those who cannot show 12 months lawful residence; changes to judicial review; and the “borderline case” test. For any enquiries about this briefing and its contents, please contact Julianne Marriott on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07976 821960; or Nick Armstrong on email@example.com.Briefing - Response to Consultation
09/09/13 Negotiations to begin between Shell and UK lawyers representing the victims of a devastating oil spill in NigeriaNegotiations begin this week in Nigeria between Shell and UK lawyers who are taking action against Shell in the High Court in London on behalf of 15,000 Nigerians who claim their community was devastated by two massive oil spills in the Niger Delta in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 Shell admitted liability for the spills but continues to dispute the amount of oil spilled and the extent of the damaged caused. To date nothing has been paid in compensation and no effective clean-up work has begun. Martyn Day of Leigh Day is representing the claimants. Richard Hermer QC is instructed in the negotiations. For more information please click here.
02/09/13 Matrix shortlisted in the forthcoming Chambers Bar Awards with four nominationsMatrix is delighted to have been shortlisted with four nominations, including Defamation & Privacy Set of the Year; Karon Monaghan QC Employment Silk of the Year; Phillippa Kaufmann QC Human Rights & Public Law Silk of the Year and Daniel Squires Human Rights & Public Law Junior of the Year. Congratulations to everyone shortlisted.
20/08/13 Matrix Members instructed to act for David MirandaMatthew Ryder QC and Edward Craven have been instructed by Kate Goold and Gwendolen Morgan of Bindmans to act for David Miranda in relation to his recent detention under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. David Miranda was held at London’s Heathrow airport for nine hours on Sunday morning while passing through Heathrow on a stopover. David Miranda is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who interviewed Edward Snowdon, the former US spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia.
12/08/13 Cherie Booth QC chairs LCIA India panel Cherie Booth QC and Lucy Reed of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have formed part of the panel in the first publicised case to be concluded at LCIA India, ruling on a family dispute between one of India's largest real-estate developers and his billionaire daughter. The panel was assisted by Rachel Logan. Please click here for more details. (Please note you will need a subscription to access the full report).
20/06/13 Containing Contempt Securing Fair Trials and Freedom of Speech in the Internet Age On Tuesday night Matrix hosted the event ‘Containing Contempt: Securing Fair Trials and Freedom of Speech in the Internet Age’ at the Barbican Centre. The event was chaired by Alex Bailin QC and speakers included Professor David Ormerod QC - Law Commissioner, Dominic Grieve QC – The Attorney General and Lorna Skinner. To see the tweets from the event use #contemptinfo. The recordings of all the speeches given on the night are available to listen now, please see below. Containing Contempt: David Ormerod QCContaining Contempt: Dominic Grieve QC MPContaining Contempt: Lorna Skinner