09/02/16 High Court rules Saudi billionaire applied to become diplomat to avoid ex-wife's financial claim
A High Court Judge has ruled that Sheikh Walid Juffali applied to become a diplomat to acquire diplomatic immunity so as to avoid any financial claim bought against him in the UK by his ex-wife, Christina Estrada. His appointment as a permanent representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by the Caribbean island of St Lucia in April 2014 was declared by the judge as “the sole intention of defeating Ms Estrada’s claims consequent of the breakdown of their marriage”. Ms Estrada is seeking an appropriate and fair financial settlement for herself and for the parties’ shared daughter after 13 years of marriage to Dr Juffali. Her legal team argued that as Dr Juffali is a permanent resident of the UK with strong and enduring ties to the country including those of his ex-wife and daughter and of his multiple properties in London and Devon, his immunity was limited to his official, diplomatic functions and did not extend to the family court proceedings. Although Dr Juffali and his team argued that he did not permanently reside in the UK and had substantial property outside of the UK, the judge rejected Dr Juffali’s arguments. Tim Owen QC was instructed by Hughes Fowler Carruthers Solicitors for Ms Estrada.
08/02/16 Claire Darwin writes on the legal implications of remaining within the EU
Plus ça change? Claire Darwin writes for Practical Law and the EUtopia Law blog on the legal implications of remaining within the EU.
27/01/16 Court of Appeal rules that the 'bedroom tax' was unlawful in two cases
The Court of Appeal has held that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions acted unlawfully in removing part of the means-tested housing benefit in respect of the appellants’ public sector housing, under the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, Regulation B13. Regulation B13, popularly known as the ‘bedroom tax’, has the effect of reducing housing benefit, where the accommodation in which a person lives has more bedrooms that is deemed necessary, as defined by a formula. Particular classes of person are permitted to have an additional bedroom. The appellants successfully argued that they ought to have been part of this defined class.Find out more.Judgment
26/01/16 Inquest into Ann Maguire's death resumes
The inquest into the death of Ann Maguire has been resumed. Representing Ann Maguire’s husband and other family members is Nick Armstrong who has been instructed by Nancy Collins of Irwin Mitchell. For further news coverage please see here and here.
25/01/16 Richard Hermer QC featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 2016
Matrix is pleased to announce that Richard Hermer QC has been featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2016.
The list, published by The Lawyer, is a result of months of extensive research into candidates’ client work and contribution to their firms, companies and the profession over the past twelve months.
Richard’s practice spans public and private law litigation within both the domestic and international spheres. He has been instructed in many of the most high profile cases heard by the English Courts over the past decade. Richard was called to the Bar in 1993 and took silk in 2009. He is recognised in the major legal directories as a leading practitioner in all his practice areas. For the full article, please see here.
22/01/16 Criminal record checks victory
The High Court has today found that part of the new arrangements for criminal records check are unlawful. Despite changes that were made following the T v Chief Constable of Manchester litigation in 2013 and 2014, the Court (McCombe LJ and Carr J) found that the changes still required too much disclosure.
Find out more.
22/01/16 Inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko
An inquiry into the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 has found that his death was ‘probably’ approved by President Vladimir Putin. The report revealed that Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun deliberately poisoned Mr Litvinenko by placing the radioactive substance polonium-210 in his drink at a hotel. Ben Emmerson QC of Matrix Chambers was counsel for Marina and Anatoly Litvinenko, and Alex Bailin QC and Lorna Skinner represented the UK print and broadcast media at the Inquiry.
21/01/16 Attorney General Panel Appointments
We are delighted to announce that in the latest appointment round Ben Silverstone and Edward Craven were successful in their applications to join the Attorney General C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. Their appointment commences on 29th February 2016. Find out more.
20/01/16 Jean McConville: family clears first High Court battle
The family of Jean McConville have cleared the first stage in a High Court battle to gain access to the findings of a police investigation. Danny Friedman QC of Matrix Chambers, acts for members of the McConville family. See here for the article in full.
20/01/16 Matrix featured in top 20 cases of 2016Matrix members are featured six times in the top 20 cases of 2016 compiled by The Lawyer. Find out more.
20/01/16 R (David Miranda) v Home Secretary and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service
In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal has partly allowed an appeal against the use of controversial police powers to stop, detain, search and question travellers at airports under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. In August 2013 police officers at Heathrow Airport used suspicion-less powers under Schedule 7 to seize journalistic material from David Miranda, the spouse of the the award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was publishing articles about Edward Snowden's mass surveillance revelations. Find out more.
18/01/16 Inquest finds multiple failings contributed to Abbi McAllister's death
The inquest into the death of Abbi McAllister has found that failures in the mental health services were so severe they amounted to neglect. The 23 year-old woman took her own life after absconding from her carers. Abbi McAllister was under the care of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS foundation trust and despite having a history of mental health problems, including attempts to take her own life, she was allowed to get into a taxi by herself and abscond. Staff failed to report her missing immediately and did not take the required actions to ensure her safety. McAllister’s father now hopes that the Trust makes the necessary changes to ensure that future patients remain safe whilst in their care. Kirsten Sjovoll from Matrix Chambers and Gus Silverman of Irwin Mitchell represented the family in this inquest.
15/01/16 Andrew Smith quoted in LawInSport article
Andrew Smith has been quoted in the LawInSport article ‘What are the top sports law issues to watch in 2016?’. See here for the article in full.
14/01/16 Andrews Smith quoted in 'Key sports law cases and legal developments of 2015'Andrew Smith, editorial board member of LawInSport, quoted in the article 'Key sports law cases and legal developments of 2015'. See here for the article in full.
12/01/16 Coroner questions claims officers did not know of 'beasting' that led to soldier's death
Danny Friedman QC acted for the family of Gavin Williams in an inquest that held that the deceased was killed after being subjected to an unofficial punishment that was part of a system of punishments knowingly being operated within the two Royal Welsh regiment in 2006. The Coroner returned the following narrative verdict.Find out more.Factual findings
11/01/16 Daniel Squires and Guy Vassall-Adams to be appointed Queen's Counsel
Congratulations to Daniel Squires and Guy Vassall-Adams who have been successful in their applications to be appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel. Dan specialises in public law and human rights. He represents claimants, public authorities and non-governmental organizations and has been involved in leading cases on national security, terrorism, prison law, social security benefits, discrimination and privacy. Guy is a leading practitioner in Media and Information Law. He has appeared in many high profile cases across all areas of media law including privacy, data protection, defamation, open justice, contempt of court and freedom of information. The Silk Ceremony will take place on Monday 22 February.
06/01/16 Andrew Smith explores how Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini may seek to challenge the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee
Andrew Smith has written an article for LawInSport.com which explores what may happen next in the Blatter and Platini case, following the recent decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee to impose eight year bans and substantial fines. In particular, the article examines their rights of appeal and other actions they may choose to pursue following the announcement of their intention to challenge the Committee’s decision. To read the article in full, please click here.
05/01/16 Julian Knowles QC secures clemency for British death row prisoner in Egypt
Julian Knowles QC has assisted the human rights charity, Reprieve, to secure clemency for a British man under sentence of death in Egypt. In November 2014 Julian advised and assisted the charity on the drafting of a clemency application on behalf of Charles Ferndale, aged 75, who was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court in June 2013 for attempting to smuggle three tons of cannabis into Egypt.
As a result of this application, Mr Ferndale has had his death sentence commuted by the Egyptian President, as have his three co-defendants from The Seychelles. All four men are now seeking transfers back to their home countries, and it is hoped that Mr Ferndale will return to the UK in the first half of this year.
Julian is one of the UK’s leading experts on death penalty issues. He has appeared in many capital constitutional cases in the Privy Council and was formerly the Death Penalty Director of Reprieve. He is a Director of the Death Penalty Project, and the author of The Abolition of the Death Penalty in the United Kingdom: How it Happened and Why it Still Matters (2015).
04/01/16 Helen Mountfield QC quoted in Guardian article, 'Women of 2015: where are the cracks in the glass ceiling?'
The Guardian have published an article exploring women’s achievements in the UK and its global industries, and the barriers still holding them back within law and politics to film and music. Helen Mountfield QC comments. Please click here for the full article.
18/12/15 Matrix members find UK Government is in breach of national, EU and international law and policy
The UK Government is in breach of national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the context of its military intervention and bombing campaign of Yemen according to analysis of eminent international law experts commissioned by Amnesty International and Saferworld, both members of the Control Arms campaign.Find out more.
The lawyers, Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor Andrew Clapham and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh of Matrix Chambers, in their comprehensive legal opinion, have concluded, on the basis of the information available, that the UK Government is in breach of its obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty, the EU Common Position on Arms Exports and the UK’s Consolidated Criteria on arms exports.
18/12/15 Matrix members publish new guide to UK competition regime
Matrix is thrilled to announce the publication of UK Competition Law: The New Framework, edited by Christopher Brown and Rhodri Thompson QC of Matrix and Ros Kellaway of Eversheds and published by Oxford University Press. Find out more.
18/12/15 Supreme Court hands down judgment in R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Anor
The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Mrs Roberts’ appeal, holding that the safeguards attending the use of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, s 60, power, in particular the requirements to give reasons both for the authorisation and for the stop and search, make it possible to judge whether the power has been exercised lawfully. Find out more.Judgment
17/12/15 Nicholas Gibson selected as one of the GCR 40 under 40
Matrix is pleased to announce that competition specialist Nicholas Gibson has been selected as one of the Global Competition Review’s 40 under 40.
GCR’s 40 under 40 survey periodically profiles leading antitrust specialists worldwide, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most respected in the competition law community. This year’s selected candidates included individuals from 19 different countries and 34 different practices, demonstrating the breadth of the survey and the high standard of entrants.
Nicholas joined Matrix from the market leading antitrust practice at Freshfields just over six years ago and has been widely recognised since as a rising star in his fields of expertise as a commercial and regulatory practitioner, including selection by Legal Week in 2014 as one of ten ‘Stars at the Bar’. For the full article (subscription required), please see here.
09/12/15 State of Freedom in Europe
On Tuesday 24 November, Matrix and LSE held a discussion on the issues raised in ‘The State of Freedom in Europe’, an article written by Professor Conor Gearty (Matrix and LSE) which has been published in the European Law Journal. Conor Gearty spoke on the topic with short replies from Jessica Simor QC (Matrix), Dr Michael Wilkinson (LSE) and Agustín Menendez (European Law Journal). A recording of this discussion is now available here.
08/12/15 Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon) Joins Matrix Chambers
Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon), the former Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Department, has joined Matrix Chambers as an associate member from his independent consultancy service. He will be working in our investigations and audits team, assisting governments and commercial organisations with reviews, investigations, audits and inquiries across a broad spectrum. He will also work on issues concerning government relations, good governance and crisis management.Find out more.
07/12/15 Angeline Welsh Joins Matrix Chambers
Angeline Welsh has joined Matrix Chambers from the International Arbitration Group at Allen and Overy LLP.
Angeline specialises in international arbitration, public international law and public law. She has acted as counsel in investment treaty arbitrations and commercial arbitration under a range of arbitral rules. Angeline has also advised on a wide range of public law issues, including judicial review proceedings and constitutional challenges at all levels of appeal before the English courts and other Commonwealth courts.
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.Find out more.Further information
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.Find out more.Judgment
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.Find out more.
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.Find out more.
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.Find out more.
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.Find out more.
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.
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.
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. LawInSport.com 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  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).
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.Judgment
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.
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.