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Five Matrix members to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

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Congratulations to Chris Buttler, Sarah Hannett, Mathew Purchase and Lorna Skinner who have been successful in their application to be appointed Queen’s Counsel and to Professor Conor Gearty who has been appointed Honorary Queen’s Counsel. The title of Honorary QC is awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts.

The ceremony at which newly appointed QC’s make the declaration before the Lord Chancellor would usually take place in March 2021, but due to the global pandemic this will take place at a later date. However those receiving a title will be able to use it from the time the ceremony would normally have taken place.

Chris Buttler

Chris acts for individuals and companies challenging Government decisions in all areas of public law in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions. He has been ranked as a leading public and human rights law junior for many years. Chambers & Partners 2021 records: “He’s head and shoulders above everyone else …his drafting is impeccable, he’s ferocious in court, and he turns cases around with his advocacy”.

Professor Conor Gearty

Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he has also been Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights (2002-2009) and Director of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) (2013-2017). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a bencher of Middle Temple, an Honorary Bencher of the King’s Inn, and has honorary degrees from University College Dublin, Sacred Heart University (USA), and Brunel and Roehampton Universities in London.

Sarah Hannett

Sarah practises in all areas of public law, equality law and human rights. She is ranked in Chambers & Partners in six practice areas (four in band 1), and in Legal 500 in four practice areas (two in band 1). In 2019 Sarah was shortlisted for the Public Law Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 UK Awards. In 2020 Sarah was shortlisted for the Human Rights and Public Law junior of the year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Sarah was appointed to the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Counsel in 2017 (having been on the B and C Panel since 2007), and to the A-Panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel in April 2019.

Mathew Purchase

Mathew’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, discrimination law, public law and human rights and civil liberties. He is on the Attorney General’s A Panel and is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and ELAAS. Mathew has broad experience in public law and human rights, including community care, education, housing and election law, from early advisory work to judicial review. Mathew has a strong interest in all aspects of education law and acts for parents/children, local authorities and schools at all levels.

Lorna Skinner

Lorna’s specialist area of practice is media and information law. This encompasses defamation, breach of confidence, misuse of private information, privacy, freedom of expression, data protection, freedom of information, Article 8 and Article 10 related human rights law, contempt, harassment, open justice and  reporting restrictions. She has developed particular specialities in defamation and privacy cases involving the internet and harassment and in online data protection.