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Former Members

Professor James Crawford AC SC

Professor Crawford was a founder member of Matrix Chambers and was promoted to the judiciary of the International Court of Justice in February 2015. He was a leader in the legal development of several areas of international law before the ICJ, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as investor-state arbitral tribunals composed under the ICSID Convention or ad-hoc under the UNCITRAL rules. He was also Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge. You can see him speaking on his involvement in Australia v Japan in his Matrix International interview.

Lord Justice David Bean

Sir David Bean was a founding member of Matrix, specialising in employment, discrimination, education and public law. He was appointed silk in 1997 and was Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales in 2002. He was a Recorder of the Crown Court between 1996-2004 and appointed as a High Court judge in 2004. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in October 2014.

The Hon Mr Justice Blake

Sir Nicholas Blake was appointed a QC in 1994, specialising in immigration, asylum and free movement and human rights law. He was a founding member of Matrix Chambers and first chair of its management committee. In 2000, he was made a Recorder of the Crown Court and became a Deputy High Court judge in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court and awarded a knighthood. From 2010 to 2013 he was President of the newly established Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber. He is currently a British representative of the International Association of Judges.

The Hon Mr Justice Singh

Sir Rabinder Singh was a founding member of Matrix when we were established in 2000. Before becoming a QC in 2002, he was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel. He was acknowledged as a leading silk in constitutional and public law, as well as human rights and civil liberties. In 2003, Rabinder was appointed a deputy High Court judge and, in 2004, a Recorder of the Crown Court. In 2011, he was appointed a Justice of the High Court and assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. Since 2013, he has been a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit. While he was in practice at the Bar he was in many significant and high profile cases. He was a Visiting Professor at the LSE from 2002 to 2009 and is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham.