Matrix are delighted to welcome three new members. Sir Nicholas Blake QC and Murray Hunt re-join Matrix Chambers as associate members and Zoe McCallum joins as a full member on completion of her traineeship.
Nicholas was appointed a QC in 1994, specialising in immigration, asylum and free movement and human rights law. He was a founding member of Matrix 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 was a British representative of the International Association of Judges.
Murray was also a founding member of Matrix in 2000. In 2004 he was appointed Legal Adviser to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights. In June 2017, Murray was appointed by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law as the Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law which exists to advance the rule of law both in the UK and across the world. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and Legal Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law.
Zoe’s main areas of practice include media and information law, public law, competition law, commercial law, crime, immigration and employment law. Prior to coming to the Bar, Zoe spent five years conducting legal policy research and political advocacy in relation to reform of human rights and media law, in India and the UK. From 2013-2016, she worked in the cross-party parliamentary office of Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, where she was involved in issues including the application of the Human Rights Act to residential care arranged by local authorities; policy change relating to the funding of safe abortions for rape victims in armed conflict; protection for the BBC’s independence in charter renegotiations; and reform of investigatory powers and defamation law in England and Wales.