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Kirsten joined Matrix in October 2012, following the successful completion of her traineeship. She practices predominantly in media, inquests and inquiries and human rights law. She was ranked as a Leading Junior in Defamation and Privacy in the Legal 500 and in Band 3 for Inquests and Inquiries in Chambers and Partners 2020.

Media and Information Law

Kirsten practices in media and information law and is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500. She is currently the editorial complaints officer for the Scott Trust’s Independent Review Panel which is the independent complaints adjudicator for The Guardian and Observer, which is not a member of IPSO. Kirsten acts for both claimants and defendants and has particular expertise in the areas of open justice, privacy, including privacy injunctions and libel law. Notable recent cases include:

  • Fridman & Ors v Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd Led by Hugh Tomlinson QC acting for three claimants alleging their personal data was unlawfully processed by publication in the so-called “Trump Dossier” prepared by Christopher Steele. Please see here for the judgment.
  • Ashraf v Dunya News (2019) Acted for the Defendant, an Urdu language news channel in a libel action brought by a former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Successfully argued for a much lower “Chase Level” meaning as well as striking out part of the Claimant’s case at a complex trial of meaning as a preliminary issue before Mr Justice Jay.
  • Flannels Department Stores and Ors v Persons Unknown – led by Hugh Tomlinson QC successfully obtained an interim injunction preventing unlawful protests outside the flagship Flannels department store on Oxford Street.
  • Construction Industry Blacklisting Litigation (II) Acting with Anthony Hudson QC and Ben Silverstone for various claimants who were blacklisted by the construction industry. This case settled successfully in June 2019
  • CBD v Persons Unknown Acted for the Claimant, a large corporation, in securing a permanent injunction in a blackmail case.

Inquests and Inquiries and related civil claims

Kirsten is ranked as a Tier 3 Junior in Chambers & Partners for Inquests & Inquiries. She acts almost exclusively for bereaved families, often in complex Article 2 inquests. She has particular expertise in deaths in secure mental health settings. Kirsten is currently instructed as junior counsel on behalf of over 250 Scottish Infected and Affected Core Participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry led by Aidan O’Neill QC.

Kirsten  regularly acts on behalf of claimants in civil claims alleging breaches of Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention, often following the inquests. She acted as sole counsel for the Claimants in Daniel v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2016] 4 WLR 32 and successfully argued for the applicability of the Article 2 operational duty to healthcare professionals delivering life-saving treatment in a detention setting. The case also expands the notion of “victim” status in Article 2 claims brought by those without a formal legal relationship to the deceased.

More recently, Kirsten acted as junior counsel in the case of Seddon v Thames Valley Police (unreported) which was the first time the English courts considered whether the operational duty to protect life under Article 2 extended to the victim of a fatal accident following a police pursuit. After a 5 day trial, the Court held that Article 2 was engaged and that the officers involved had failed to take all reasonable steps to protect Matthew Seddon’s life. A copy of the Judgment may be found here.

Election Law

Notable cases include:

  • Ireland v Dorries [2016] 1 W.L.R. 571
    Led by Anthony Hudson QC acting for the petitioner presenting an election petition seeking a determination that the respondent’s (Nadine Dorries MP) election as a Member of Parliament was void as a result of conduct during the election campaign.
  • Ian Jones v The Labour Party [2016] EWHC 866 (QB)
    Led by Helen Mountfield QC. Successfully obtained an order for urgent interim relief brought ex parte on notice, to lift the claimant Mr Jones’ suspension from holding office in or representing the Labour Party.

Education and Qualifications

LLM (International Legal Studies) Georgetown University (2008) (highest mark in year)
LLB (hons) Durham University (2007)

Professional Memberships

INQUEST

Articles and Downloads

Privacy Notice

Kirsten is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to her clients, including advice and representation services, Kirsten needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes her client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which she is instructed. To read Kirsten’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


Kirsten is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instruction under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT THEY SAY:

“Very competent” – Legal 500

“She’s willing to go above and beyond and spend time with clients in difficult situations. She has good advocacy skills and is able to successfully articulate tricky legal points.”

“Kirsten has shown commitment to the case and managed well with the complexities it presented. She provided helpful and insightful advice to the clients and her advocacy was thorough.”

“She’s excellent with clients as she has a human approach. She’s also really good at cutting through the detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“An incredible advocate who is very, very good with clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018