Details of the latest Matrix news.
26/11/15 High Court hands down judgment in Hurley and others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
The High Court today ruled that the application of the Benefit Cap to those who provide full time and unpaid care to those who are severely disabled is unlawful. Mr Justice Collins held that the Cap constituted discrimination against those with disabilities who were cared for by family members. As a consequence of the Cap the level of care provided by carers would be affected and the disabled persons would lose to a greater or lesser extent the care they receive from a family member or relation who they trust. That impact was not considered by the Secretary of State when the Cap was brought in and he could not establish that it was justified. Dan Squires represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission which intervened in the claim.

24/11/15 Philippe Sands QC article 'Seventy years after Nuremberg, global justice is still a work in progress' published in The Guardian

‘Seventy years after Nuremberg, global justice is still a work in progress’ is an article written by Philippe Sands QC for The Guardian. To read the full piece, please click here.

16/11/15 Three former City Link Directors acquitted of breaching labour relations law Three former City Link Directors have been acquitted of breaching labour relations law by allegedly failing to notify the Secretary of State for Business of more than 2,356 redundancies before the Coventry firm’s collapse on 31 Dec 2014.
When dismissing the charge against all three men, Deputy District Judge David Goodman said: "A director cannot be expected to put a crystal ball on his or her desk at a time of huge shock and turmoil, and predict the likely consequences of an action, unless a consequence is either the only foreseeable one or is the only consequence that can be reasonably envisaged.
"The defendants each gave evidence that they genuinely believed a sale in administration was not only possible but quite probable."
Andrew Bodnar acted for the accused managing director, Mr David Smith. For further news coverage please see the BBC and Guardian websites.
02/11/15 Julian Knowles QC to appear on Law in Action

Julian Knowles QC will appear on Law in Action on Radio 4 on Tuesday 3 November.  He will be talking about the abolition of the death penalty in the UK, the 50th anniversary of which falls on Monday 9 November. Julian's monograph on the subject, 'The Abolition of the Death Penalty in the United Kingdom: How it Happened and Why it Still Matters' will be published on the same day.

Julian has successfully represented numerous death row prisoners in appeals to the Privy Council. He is one of the most acclaimed and successful barristers of his generation. More details about his practice can be found here.

28/10/15 Matrix wins three awards at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards 2015

Matrix are delighted to have won three awards at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards last night. Hugh Tomlinson QC won Defamation Silk of the Year and Matrix won both Defamation Set of the Year and Human Rights & Public Law Set of the Year. Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s awards.

27/10/15 Inquest finds hospital's neglect and lack of observation contributed to young woman's death

An inquest into the death of a young woman who was admitted to a psychiatric unit as a suicide risk, has found that the hospital’s neglect and lack of continuous observation contributed to her death.

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23/10/15 Professional Conduct proceedings against "Trojan Horse" teachers have started in Coventry this week

A Professional Conduct Panel in Coventry has commenced hearing the case brought by the National College for Teaching and Leadership against five of the teachers who taught at the so-called “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham. The proceedings are expected to last until December 2015. Examples of media coverage can be found here. Claire Darwin is representing Razwan Faraz, instructed by Edward Cooper of Slater & Gordon.

20/10/15 Inquest launched and full public inquiry called for into the death of Ann Maguire

Nick Armstrong has been instructed in the inquest into Ann Maguire’s death and in respect of the call for a full public inquiry into the circumstances into her death. He has been instructed by the family of murdered Ann Maguire and by Yogi Amin and Nancy Collins of Irwin Mitchell. For more details read the article here.

19/10/15 Ministry of Justice ordered to pay 52,500 GBP for failure to protect prisoner from attack by other prisoners

The Ministry of Justice has been ordered to pay £52,500 in damages to a vulnerable, high-profile prisoner for negligently failing to prevent three other prisoners from holding him down and cutting his throat, leaving him with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

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13/10/15 Call from the Legal Community for Urgent Action on the Refugee Crisis

Over 40 former judges, QCs, professors and junior barristers from Matrix Chambers have signed a statement calling for an urgent, humane and effective governmental response to the refugee crisis. Over 300 lawyers including former law lords and retired judges have signed up to this statement which calls for the UK to take a fair and proportionate share of refugees, to provide safe and legal routes to the UK and within the EU and for there to fair and thorough procedures to determine eligibility for international protection. For the full statement and the list of signatories please click here.

06/10/15 Nicholas Randall QC and Claire Darwin successful in Court of Appeal Pension Rights Appeal

The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the appeal in Walker v Innospec. Mr Walker argued that Directive 2000/78/EC, which establishes a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation in the European Union, applied to pension rights accrued before 5 December 2005, the date when the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force. The Court of Appeal held that it did not, and as such, Mr Walker’s same-sex partner (now husband) did not have any entitlement to a survivor’s pension. Nicholas Randall QC and Claire Darwin acted for Innospec Limited instructed by Peter Norbury at Eversheds. Examples of media coverage can be found here and here.

05/10/15 Matrix welcomes two new members

Matrix are delighted to welcome Ayesha Christie and Darryl Hutcheon as full members on completion of their traineeship.

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02/10/15 High Court finds TSG officers racially abused, assaulted and falsely imprisoned teenagers

After a three-week civil trial in the High Court, and eight years after the relevant events, Mr Justice Gilbart has held that two Territorial Support Group (‘TSG’) Metropolitan police officers racially abused, assaulted and falsely imprisoned two teenagers of Arab-origin, and lied to cover up their actions, making awards of basic and aggravated damages in the successful claimants’ favour.

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01/10/15 Matrix attending the IBA Annual Conference in Vienna 2015

Our Chief Executive, Lindsay Scott, our Senior Practice Manager, Jason Housden, and our Practice Manager, Paul Venables, will be attending the International Bar Association annual conference next week. This year’s conference will be held in Vienna, Austria from Sunday 4 to Friday 9 October. Please do get in touch if you would like to meet with Lindsay, Jason or Paul next week. You can find out more about the conference on the IBA website, please click here.

01/10/15 Matrix members to publish guide to new UK competition regime

The amendments to the Competition Act 1998 introducing a new form of collective proceedings in competition cases enters into force today, completing the changes to the UK competition regime that have taken place over the past two years.

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30/09/15 Matrix wins three awards at The Legal 500 Awards 2015

Matrix are delighted to have won three awards at The Legal 500 UK 2015 Awards. Aidan O'Neill has won EU and Competition Silk of the Year, Hugh Tomlinson QC has won IP, IT and Media Silk of the Year and Matrix has won Employment Set of the Year. For a full list of the winners please click here. Congratulations to all winners in this year's awards.

23/09/15 Matrix nominated for 14 awards at Legal 500 Awards 2015

Matrix are delighted to have received eight individual nominations and six set nominations for the Legal 500 Awards 2015.

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21/09/15 Matrix nominated for six awards at 2015 Chambers UK Bar AwardsMatrix are delighted to have been nominated for six awards in the upcoming Chambers UK Bar Awards being held on 27 October 2015. Nominations have been received in the following categories:

Congratulations to all nominated in this year’s awards.

21/09/15 Tim Owen QC, Clare Montgomery QC and Julian B. Knowles QC recognised in the Whos Who Legal Business Crime Analysis 2015Clare Montgomery QC, Tim Owen QC and Julian B. Knowles QC have been recognised as leaders in business crime defence law in this year's Business Crime Analysis by Who's Who Legal. Clare is described as a "pre-eminent" barrister who is "head and shoulders above the competition"; Tim is ranked as a "star individual" and a "leading authority" in the sector; Julian is described as a "heavyweight silk" with "remarkable depth of experience". For the full analysis please click here
03/09/15 Paul Nicholls QC joins Matrix Chambers

Matrix is pleased to announce that Paul Nicholls QC has joined us from 11KBW with effect from Thursday 3 September 2015. We have recruited him because of his strong commercial reputation and practice in employment law cases with a commercial element and related commercial law work. His cases include restraint of trade, confidential information, unlawful competition, contract disputes and directors’ duties cases, LLP disputes and general commercial matters. He also practises in public and procurement law. The aim is to build on the links between his and our practices, expanding in particular our practice in commercial law.

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27/08/15 Sir John Chilcot facing legal action from bereaved families regarding the publication delay of the Final Iraq Inquiry Report

The families of the British victims that were killed during the Second Iraq war have threatened legal action against Sir John Chilcot in regards to the delay of the release of the Final Iraq Inquiry report. Chilcot has again defied calls to set a publication date and has defended the controversial Maxwellisation process which has been blamed for the delay. This process allows those who face criticism a chance to respond by reviewing and responding to details prior to publication. The families have been threatening a judicial review to force Chilcot to publish and will now be taking legal action where necessary and appropriate. Lord Daniel Brennan QC and Sarah Hannett are involved in this case.

25/08/15 Police and Crime Commissioner and senior police officers call for Police Chief Nick Gargan to resign after misconduct charges

A group of senior police officers at the Avon and Somerset force have called for Police Chief Nick Gargan to resign. This follows the call by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Sue Mountstevens for Mr Gargan to resign at a sanctions hearing on 19 August 2015 where Mr Gargan received eight final written warnings for misconduct. That day the IPCC published its report into the investigation that led to the disciplinary hearings. Jonathan Glasson QC acted for the IPCC. Please click here for the IPCC’s final report and here for the press release.

24/08/15 Matrix Professor Christian J. Tams appointed Visiting Professor at University of Vienna School of Law for 2015-2016

Professor Christian J. Tams, Matrix member and International Law Chair at the University of Glasgow, has been appointed a Visiting Professor at University of Vienna School of Law for the academic year 2015/2016. As part of his Visiting Professorship, Christian will teach seminars on international litigation. Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe. The Law School is renowned globally for its International Law department, which has an outstanding reputation, notably in investment law.

Professor Tams teaches, writes and practices in the fields of public international law and international arbitration. His particular specialisms are inter-State litigation, State responsibility, State immunity, investment treaty disputes, and international sports law. Christian has acted in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal as well as in investment disputes. A qualified German lawyer, he is also a member of the German Court of Arbitration for Sport.

19/08/15 Andrew Smith's article featured in 'Top 50 Football Law Articles you should read this season' published by Law In Sport

Andrew Smith's comprehensive step-by-step guide, 'A Guide to Training Compensation and Solidarity Payments in Football', has featured in the Law In Sport’s list of essential football law articles. The ‘Top 50 Football Law Articles to read this season’ compiles those that focus on the key legal, regulatory and commercial issues that national associations, leagues, clubs, agents and players may need to consider. For the full guide and access to Andrew’s article, please click here.

13/08/15 Rwandan intelligence chief, Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake, will not be extradited to Spain after UK court rejects case

A UK court has rejected an extradition case against Rwandan intelligence chief, Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake, allowing him to return home. Upon his departure from Heathrow in June, the General was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain over alleged war crimes in Rwanda. It was ruled, however, that Spain's allegations did not amount to offences capable of prosecution under UK law. For extradition, the conduct alleged must amount to a crime in both the executing and requesting countries. The Spanish authorities conceded that the General had committed no offence that could be prosecuted in England. Mark Summers QC represented the General alongside a legal team from Omnia Strategy LLP headed by Cherie Blair CBE, QC. Aaron Watkins represented Spain.

11/08/15 Andrew Smith quoted in Jake Cohen's article: 'A guide to the key legal issues in the football transfer window'

In an article produced by Jake Cohen for LawInSport, Andrew Smith provides an insight into some of the legal considerations surrounding the football transfer window. In particular, Andrew looks at issues regarding the training and compensation and solidarity payments regimes. Questioning a number of football’s top lawyers and agents, Jake has created a useful guide for both professionals and fans looking to learn more about the business and legalities of transfer-related matters. To read the article in full, please click here.

10/08/15 Sir Anthony Hooper's independent whistleblowers review leads to General Medical Council action plan

A review on independent whistleblowers by Sir Anthony Hooper has resulted in the General Medical Council (GMC) creating and publishing an action plan in response. The GMC is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK. They commissioned Sir Anthony Hooper to consider how it deals with doctors who have raised concerns in the public interest. In his review, he proposed a series of recommendations for GMC investigations to make sure that such whistleblowers are treated fairly. The action plan concentrates on how the GMC will handle cases involving whistleblowers, the action that has been identified in response and indicative timeframes for completing this work. For more information, please click here.

07/08/15 The Lawyer highlights Matrix as a set with the highest number of female barristers

Reviewing results from last year, The Lawyer have studied the top 30 chambers and Matrix has been highlighted as an innovative, commercial and ambitious set. Out of the Bar Top 30 Matrix has the highest percentage of female barristers standing at just below 50%. Lindsay Scott, Chief Executive, said “We are very proud of our achievements with gender balance, a key target of Matrix from the outset”.

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31/07/15 Court of Appeal hands down landmark judgment in Mohammed and others v Secretary of State for Defence, Rahmatullah v MoD

The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment in Serdar Mohammed v Ministry of Defence and Rahmatullah & the Iraqi Civilian Claimants v Ministry of Defence & Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2015] EWCA Crim 843.

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31/07/15 QBD Master awards damages of over 15 million US dollars to Catalyst Managerial Services

The QBD Master on a summary judgment application has ruled in a commercial action that the defence provided by the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP) challenging a case brought against it by Catalyst Managerial Services (CMS) was “fanciful”. It awarded CMS damages of over $15 million plus interest. This judgment forms part of a wider claim by CMS against LAP for unpaid project fees, expenses and damages relating to a five year services contract that was commenced in Tripoli in 2009. In the current hearing Master Kay QC held that LAP had no evidential basis for its defence and therefore it was not necessary to proceed to a full hearing since LAP had no real prospect of defending the claim on any factual basis. Lord Daniel Brennan QC was involved in this case.

31/07/15 Supreme Court rules that the segregation of two prisoners for six months was unlawful

The Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal regarding the decisions to place and/or keep the appellant prisoners in segregation for substantial periods of time, and granted a declaration in each case that the appellant’s segregation beyond the initial period of 72 hours was not authorised and was therefore unlawful.

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30/07/15 Former Libyan officials, including Abdullah Al-Senussi and Saif Gaddafi, sentenced to death by Libyan Court

Several Gaddafi-era Libyan officials, including Abdullah Al-Senussi, former head of intelligence, Col Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and former PM Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi have been sentenced to death following a trial in Libya. In total over 30 associates of Col Gaddafi were tried in Tripoli’s Court of Assize with nine sentenced to death and 23 to prison terms ranging from five years to life imprisonment. Accused of incitement to murder and suppressing peaceful protests during the 2011 uprising which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Libyan civilians, they have the right to appeal within 60 days. There has however been controversy regarding the fairness of Libya’s judicial system from human rights agencies who have said that “deserved justice for the victims can only be delivered through fair and transparent proceedings”. Philippe Sands QC and Michelle Butler acted for the Government of Libya. Ben Emmerson QC acted for Mr Al-Senussi in proceedings for the ICC.

29/07/15 Supreme Court upholds appeal in challenge to discriminatory student loan eligibility criteria

The Supreme Court has today in R(Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills [2015] UKSC 57 held by a 3:2 majority that the blanket requirement that all applicants for a student loan have “indefinite leave to remain” is discriminatory and must be amended by the Government.

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28/07/15 Court of Arbitration of Sport delivers judgment in Dutee Chand v IAAF

"Dutee Chand v IAAF - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended the “IAAF Regulation Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Women’s Competition” (the “Hyperandrogenism Regulations”). The CAS Panel held that, on the evidence presented to it, it was unable to conclude that female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone benefit from such a significant performance advantage that it is necessary to exclude them from participating in female athletics events. The CAS Panel granted the IAAF a maximum of two years to adduce further evidence concerning the quantitative relationship between enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance in hyperandrogenic athletes. Should the IAAF not file any scientific evidence within that period, the Hyperandrogenism Regulations will be declared void. Edward Craven served as ad hoc clerk to the CAS Panel. For the judgment please click here.

27/07/15 Andrew Smith's 'A Guide to Training Compensation and Solidarity Payments in Football', published by LawInSport

Andrew Smith has written a comprehensive step-by-step guide on the topic of training compensation and solidarity payments in football. is a leading online international sports law publication, providing expert commentary and analysis on the latest issues and legal developments in the world of sport. To read Andrew’s guide, please click here.

24/07/15 Supreme Court delivers judgment in Beghal v Director of Public ProsecutionsThe Supreme Court has delivered judgment in Beghal v Director of Public Prosecutions [2015] UKSC 49. A majority of the Court held that the suspicionless powers to stop, detain, search and question under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 are compatible with Articles 5, 6 and 8 of the ECHR. The majority added, however, that detention beyond what is necessary to complete the process of questioning and search must be justified by objectively demonstrated suspicion. The majority also suggested that retention of electronic data for more than a reasonable period for initial inspection  would also need to be based on objective suspicion. Lord Kerr gave a dissenting judgment in which he concluded that Schedule 7 powers are incompatible with Articles 5, 6 and 8 and breach the common law privilege against self-incrimination. Matthew Ryder QC and Edward Craven represented the Appellant. Alex Bailin QC represented Liberty (intervening). Dan Squires represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission (intervening).
20/07/15 Right-to-die judgment in the High Court

A man with locked-in syndrome who wants to end his life is seeking to appeal after losing a challenge to General Medical Council guidance discouraging doctors from providing assistance.

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17/07/15 High Court declares that key parts of data retention legislation breaches EU law

The High Court has declared that key parts of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Act 2014  breach EU law and must be dissapplied. The DRIP Act empowered the Home Secretary to require communications providers to retain everyone’s communications metadata for up to one year. The court’s judgment made it clear that the DRIP Act failed to include sufficient protections against disproportionate access to that data by public authorities. The effect of the judgment has been suspended until 31 March 2016 to allow the government time to enact compliant replacement legislation. Jessica Simor QC acted for the interveners in this case Open Rights Group and Privacy International, instructed by Deighton Pierce Glynn. Please see below for the judgment.

16/07/15 Court finds Legal Aid Agency's operation of the Exceptional Case Funding scheme is unlawful

The High Court has today handed down a judgment in a test case which will have profound implications for access to justice.

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16/07/15 Matrix members involved in over half of the cases listed in 50 Human Rights Cases that Transformed Britain

Matrix members have been privileged to have worked with several outstanding law firms and solicitors in over half (27) of the cases included in a list of ’50 Human Rights Case that Transformed Britain’. The list is a journey through 50 extraordinary human rights cases. The list was published by RightsInfo and was put together by barrister Adam Wagner. RightsInfo use social media to find new ways to talk about and deliver human rights stories and information. Cases that Matrix members have been involved in include issues surrounding the right to die, not imprisoning people without charge, employers respecting religious beliefs, protecting people’s right to protest and prisoner voting rights. For the full list of cases please click here.

14/07/15 Equal Justices Initiative raises concern regarding the Garrick Club's decision to uphold its men only membership

The Equal Justices Initiative (EJI) has expressed concern about the decision by the Garrick Club to continue with its men only stance on membership. The Garrick Club is a private gentleman’s club founded in 1831, where it is estimated that 25 per cent of the senior judiciary and a number of senior legal practitioners hold membership. Members here can socialise and network to support their own professional aspirations, an opportunity that women are denied. In a profession that struggles with equality and diversity, the EJI has called upon any lawyers who are members to commit publicly to bringing about equality and diversity at all levels of the legal profession, and to push these aims forward in the Garrick Club or to distance themselves from the message sent by the vote last week by renouncing their membership until the position changes.  Karon Monaghan QC is a member of the executive committee of the EJI.

13/07/15 Matrix members welcome CBA decision to ballot

The members of the criminal team at Matrix Chambers support solicitors in their opposition to the 8.75% cut to solicitors’ litigator fees implemented on 1 July 2015. The team welcomes the decision of the Criminal Bar Association to ballot its members on taking further action. Members will carefully consider their position, in coordination with our solicitor colleagues, following publication of the results of the ballot, which will close on 14 July 2015.  Pending the ballot and further consultation, each member of the criminal team has considered his/her individual stance and informed the practice staff that they will not be accepting instructions with a representation order dated from 1 July 2015.

09/07/15 Coventry City FC owners Sisu win permission to appeal

The owners of Coventry City FC have obtained permission from the Court of Appeal to argue that a long term loan of £14.4m from Coventry City Council to the operator of their home ground in January 2013 was a notifiable State aid measure that was made unlawfully and caused them loss. This is a long running dispute between the Club and Coventry City Council that led the Club to move to Northampton for the 2013/14 season and to now share their home ground with Wasps RFC. Rhodri Thompson QC, Nicholas Gibson and Christopher Brown are instructed by Brown Rudnick LLP to represent the owners in this matter and in a related challenge to a 200 year lease extension granted by the Council in the context of the new contractual arrangements with Wasps.

08/07/15 Ken Macdonald QC to head prestigious prize for political writing

The Orwell Prize has announced that Ken Macdonald QC, Matrix member and Warden of Wadham College, has become Chair of its governing body, the Council of the Orwell Prize.  The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Each year they award prizes for work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’. Ken Macdonald said: “The Orwell Prize is prestigious, it is rigorous, and it means a lot to the writers who win it. It is an extraordinarily good thing to have a prize which recognizes the best political writing, and the Orwell Prize is an important part of the writing landscape and tradition of political writing in the UK.” For further information about Ken’s appointment and The Orwell Prize please click here.

08/07/15 Supreme Court allows appeal and determines residence of young man with learning disabilities

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a majority of 4-1 and determined the ordinary residence of a young man with learning disabilities ‘PH’ at the relevant time was to be Wiltshire.

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03/07/15 Judgment given by Commercial Court on application to dismiss Tchenguiz claims

Vincent Tchenguiz and other claimants alleged that the individual defendants in this case had pursued a malicious prosecution of them, had conspired to injure them by unlawful means and maliciously procured arrest and search warrants and execution of the same against them. Two of the defendants (Kaupthing Bank HF & Jóhannes Rúnar Jóhannsson) brought an application pursuant to CPR 11 seeking dismissal or a stay of the proceedings brought against them on two independent grounds of insolvency and jurisdiction. The court ruled that the claim against Kaupthing Bank could not continue in England due to Icelandic law. However the claims against Jóhannes Jóhannsson, a member of Kaupthing’s winding-up committee; accountants Grant Thornton and two of its partners - Stephen Akers and Hossein Hamedani - can continue in Britain, the court ruled. Samantha Knights was involved in this case.

01/07/15 Matrix shortlisted in two categories for the Halsbury Legal Awards 2015

Matrix is delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories for the Halsbury Legal Awards 2015 in a ceremony to be held on 16 September. We appear in the Award for Business Development and Award for Diversity and Inclusion categories. Matrix has previously won the 'Chambers of the Year' at the 2014 Awards, and currently holds 'Chambers of the Year' at The Lawyer Awards 2015, the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2014, the Modern Law Awards 2014  and the BSN Diversity Legal Awards 2014. The full shortlist for all categories can be found on the Halsbury Legal Awards website.

26/06/15 Karon Monaghan QC celebrated as a legal hero for Pride in London

The annual Pride Parade in London, which sees hundreds of thousands of people celebrate LGBT diversity, takes place on Saturday 27 June. Legal professionals including representatives from the Law Society, the Bar Council, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), the Bar Lesbian and Gay Group and the Interlaw Diversity Forum will march under the 'Equality under the law' banner. The legal march will be led by Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon. This year as part of the Pride celebrations the Law Society is highlighting members of the profession who are working or have worked extremely hard on promoting LGBT rights and seeking justice for LGBT people including Karon Monaghan QC. For further information and the full list of nominees please click here.

26/06/15 Mathew Purchase appointed to the A panel and Claire Darwin to the B panel of the Attorney General's Panels of Junior Counsel

Matrix is delighted to announce that, effective from 1 September 2015, Mathew Purchase will move from the B panel to the A panel and Claire Darwin will move from the C panel to the B panel of the Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown. The appointments will last for a period of five years.

26/06/15 Rwandan intelligence chief, Karenzi Karake, fights extradition to Spain

Rwandan intelligence chief, Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, was arrested at Heathrow last weekend under an European arrest warrant following a six-day visit to London. He will now fight an extradition request from Spain over allegations of genocide and terrorism. Karake is among 40 people sought on the orders of a Spanish judge in respect of the events that followed the 1991-1994 Rwandan genocide, and by which the RPF government of Rwanda is alleged to be a 'terrorist organisation'. Karake was granted bail on Thursday pending a full extradition hearing. Mark Summers QC is representing Gen. Karake. Aaron Watkins is representing the Spanish government. For coverage from The Guardian please click here.

24/06/15 Ecotricity settles with Tesla out of court in electric vehicle chargers dispute

Rhodri Thompson QC and Nicholas Gibson have been acting as specialist competition counsel for the claimants in Ecotricity Group Ltd & The Electric Highway Company Ltd v Tesla Motors Inc & Tesla Motors Netherlands BV.  Green energy supplier Ecotricity filed for an injunction against Tesla at the High Court in May 2014, alleging that Tesla was seeking to procure that operators of motorway service stations break their exclusive contracts with Ecotricity to supply charging services for electric vehicles.  In its counterclaim, Tesla challenged on competition law grounds the exclusivity of Ecotricity’s electric vehicle charging network at motorway service stations. The case was set to apply competition law to exclusive agreements for the use of land with important implications for the growing market for electric vehicles as well, and was highlighted by The Lawyer as one of the ‘Top 20 cases of 2015’.  An out of court settlement has now been reached between the parties, the terms of which are confidential.

24/06/15 Matrix wins Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2015

Last night Matrix was awarded ‘Chambers of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2015 in London. The Lawyer Awards, now in their 21st year, are established as the leading awards initiative within the legal industry. Judges said Matrix “stands out, over and above its competitors”, praising it’s phenomenal list of cases and stellar cast of silk appointments.  Matrix currently holds the title of ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2014,  Halsbury’s Legal Awards 2014, The Modern Law Awards 2014  and the BSN Diversity Legal Awards 2014.

22/06/15 Supreme Court to hear test case on immigrants who are ineligible for student loan

This Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear a test case over the rules that exclude persons with limited leave to remain in the UK from eligibility for a student loan, even if they have been in the UK since childhood and are irremovable due to their Article 8 private life rights. The test case could change the rules for hundreds of schoolchildren who sit A-levels and expect to go to University with their peers only to find that they are not entitled to a university loan due to their immigration status. Helen Mountfield QC and Raj Desai, instructed by Public Interest Lawyers, are acting for the Appellant and Karon Monaghan QC, Sarah Hannett and Nick Armstrong are acting for Just for Kids Law.

15/06/15 Renowned Public International Lawyers Professor Sean D. Murphy and Professor Christian J. Tams join Matrix

Matrix is pleased to announce that Professor Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and Professor Christian J. Tams, International Law Chair at the University of Glasgow will join us as associate members with immediate effect.

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12/06/15 De Menezes Legal Battle is taken to the European Court of Human Rights

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes took their case to the European Court of Human Rights. Mr de Menezes was mistaken for a terror suspect and shot dead by Metropolitan Police officers at Stockwell tube station. Mr de Menezes’ family challenged a decision not to prosecute any individual for murder. They argued that the assessment used to make this decision was incompatible with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which covers the right to life. Hugh Southey QC was instructed by Marcia Willis Stewart at Birnberg Peirce on behalf of the family of Mr de Menezes. Clare Montgomery QC acted for the British Government. Alex Bailin QC acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

05/06/15 Karon Monaghan QC appointed to executive committee of the Equal Justices Initiative

Matrix are pleased to announce that Karon Monaghan QC will be joining the executive committee of The Equal Justices Initiative (EJI). The EJI serves as a forum for bringing together academics, practitioners, judges and policy-makers to work towards gender parity on the bench. Their main aim is to promote the equal participation of men and women in the judiciary in England and Wales by 2015. For further information about the EJI please click here.

04/06/15 Hooded men win first stage of legal battle to have torture case investigated

A group of men that say they were tortured in Northern Ireland have been granted leave to seek judicial review at the High Court in Belfast today. Fourteen men said that they were interned and subject to torture techniques after being held in Northern Ireland without trial in 1971. The men are calling on the chief constable, the secretary of state and the Department of Justice to account for alleged failures to order a full inquiry. Hugh Southey QC and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh have been involved in this case. For coverage from the BBC please click here.

27/05/15 Shortlist announced for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2015

The shortlist of this year’s finalists in this year’s Legal Aid Practitioners Group ‘Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year Awards’ has been announced.  Matrix Legal Aid Link is delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 1 July 2015. For more information about LAPG and the awards please click here.  For a full list of the finalists please click here.

20/05/15 Supreme Court overturns injunction to prevent publication of autobiography

The Supreme Court has unanimously overturned an injunction that prevented a well-known musician, James Rhodes, from publishing an autobiography describing his experience as a victim of serious childhood sexual abuse.  The Court of Appeal had banned the publication under the obscure “Wilkinson v Downton tort” on the basis that “vividly descriptive” passages within the book were likely to cause the author’s son psychological harm if he came across them online.  The Supreme Court ruled that this approach was wrong in principle. The Supreme Court held that the right to publish true autobiographical information was justification in itself, and that an injunction restraining “graphic description” rather than specific information was unsustainable.  Hugh Tomlinson QC, Sara Mansoori and Edward Craven represented the Appellant, James Rhodes. Antony White QC represented the publisher of the book, Canongate Books Ltd.

12/05/15 Court of Appeal holds public law issues not for Court of Protection

The appellant suffered from profound disabilities and lacked the capacity to make relevant decisions for himself. When he turned 19 a clinical commissioning group (ACCG) took over responsibility from the local authority for the funding of the appellant’s care. The appellant’s parents contended that ACCG ought to facilitate contact with the appellant in their home. The Court of Protection held that it was not possible to facilitate contact in the parents’ home and that the Court ought not to embark upon a best-interests analysis of contact at the parents’ home as a hypothetical possibility. The parents appealed and the Court of Appeal held that the Court of Protection did not have the power to obtain resources or facilities from a third party and it ought not to embark on an analysis on a hypothetical possibility. Hugh Southey QC was involved in this case. For the judgment please click here.

06/05/15 New guidelines published for reporting restrictions in the criminal courts

A fourth updated set of guidelines on open justice and reporting restrictions in the criminal courts is published today by the Judicial College, News Media Association (NMA), Society of Editors and the Media Lawyers Association. The new edition covers the new reporting restrictions applying to under 18 year olds, which came into force earlier this month, the Female Genital Mutilation anonymity provisions which come into force next month and other changes relevant to reporting the work of the criminal courts. The joint guidelines have been revised by a specialist media barrister, Guy Vassall-Adams, following previous  discussions between the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, the Society of Editors, the News Media Association and the Media Lawyers Association and is available on their websites at, and

06/02/15 Professor James Crawford AC SC appointed as Judge to the International Court of JusticeMatrix is delighted to announce that former Matrix member, James Crawford AC SC, was appointed Judge to the International Court of Justice in a ceremony that took place at the Peace Palace in The Hague this morning. This marks the beginning of a nine-year term for Professor Crawford as one of 15 judges to the court.