Matrix expands public law team


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Matrix is thrilled to welcome two new members to the public law team: Jesse Nicholls and Sarah Sackman. Sarah joined Matrix on Monday 6th September. Jesse will officially join Matrix in late-October and is currently on paternity leave until the end of January 2022.

Matrix’s expertise in public law is wide-ranging with members regularly instructed in high profile and complex judicial reviews and public law considerations in other cases. Described by Chambers & Partners as “outstanding”, our team of barristers have an exceptional reputation in all areas of public law. Due to Matrix’s diverse range of practice areas, barristers draw upon expertise in several different areas, including human rights, immigration, commercial law, EU law, criminal law and environmental law. This means we are uniquely positioned to deal with complex legal issues, particularly where they overlap multiple areas of law.

Rachel Holmes, Chief Executive of Matrix, commented:

“The arrival of Jesse and Sarah at Matrix follows on from our recent public law recruitment round where we also welcomed Ifeanyi Odogwu and James Robottom to the team. Matrix’s public law team cover a full range of public law matters and the addition of these new members enables us to further strengthen our junior public law offering. We are looking forward to working with each of them as they continue to develop their practices.”

Jesse Nicholls

Jesse joins Matrix from Doughty Street. He specialises in judicial review, inquests and inquiries, civil claims against public authorities, human rights, equality and discrimination law, and media and open justice. Jesse’s expertise encompasses public and private law claims involving complex points of law, as well as evidence-heavy and contentious inquests, public inquiries and civil trials. He has acted in some of the most high-profile cases in recent years, including the Hillsborough Inquests, the Deepcut Inquests, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Brook House Inquiry, and the Fishmongers’ Hall Inquests, and has appeared in a number of recent, important cases in the higher courts.

Jesse is recognised in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in his areas of practice, including Administrative and Public Law, Inquests and Public Inquiries, Police Law, and Civil Liberties and Human Rights. He has previously been shortlisted as Legal Aid Barrister of the Year by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG).

Sarah Sackman

Sarah joins Matrix from Francis Taylor Building. She has a wide-ranging and successful public law practice which encompasses planning, environmental, education, local government, welfare, election and discrimination law. Her experience covers the appellate courts at all levels including the Supreme Court. She also regularly appears at planning and enforcement inquiries.

Sarah is recognised in the major legal directories; in Legal 500 Sarah is ranked as a leading junior in Admin & Public law, Local Government, Planning and Environment law and in Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in Election, Rating, Planning and Local Government Law.