My week at Matrix has been very enjoyable, busy, and insightful. On the first day, I was given various tasks and introductions by the range of departments in the Chambers, moving from the practice teams, to the fees department, to facilities, ensuring that there was no moment of lost time and that I was always kept engaged in some form of activity.
For the second and third day, I experienced an intense case at the Supreme Court concerning the European Convention on Human Rights, and it was amazing to see Phillippa Kaufmann QC argue in front of the five justices, who appeared initially to be rather hostile to her case, interjecting with questions frequently. The back and forth nature of the court proceedings provided a particularly interesting watch as debate on the meaning of just one line of the convention formed the core of the case.
On Thursday, I went to the Old Bailey to view a terrorism case and then after a murder trial. The cross examination of one of the key witnesses in the murder case brought some humour when he proceeded to answer every other question with ‘probably’, as he attempted to recall the 4 second-long view he had of two people talking while cycling some 30 odd years ago.
The week was fantastically organised by Alison Scanes and the unique Amy Crittenden who were both great. It was interesting to see the wide and diverse practice that Matrix covered, as well as to get answers to any questions I had from all of the friendly team across the Chambers, who I couldn’t be more grateful to for the week.