Matrix’s criminal law team goes from strength to strength


Matrix is delighted to announce that Jamas Hodivala, Florence Iveson, James Stansfeld and Adrian Waterman QC have joined us as members of the criminal team.

The criminal team at Matrix offers an unrivalled combination of specialist skills and experience across the full spectrum of crime-related practice areas from corporate fraud through to public protest cases. With their strong criminal practices and expertise in other areas of law including media & information, public, inquests & inquiries, and human rights, these four recruits strengthen Matrix’s criminal team in many different ways and add to its unique multi-disciplinary offering.

Rachel Holmes, Chief Executive of Matrix, commented:

“We are thrilled to welcome four new members to Matrix. They are a major addition to our successful criminal team. Their varied practices strengthen Matrix’s unique ability to provide expertise on complex legal issues that fall across multiple practice areas on a national and international scale. We are looking forward to working with each of them to continue to develop their individual practices.”

Jamas Hodivala

Jamas joined Matrix from 2 Bedford Row. He has an established practice specialising in complex financial and business crime, judicial review and professional discipline. He is ranked and recommended as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in the areas of Criminal Fraud, Health & Safety, Environmental Law and Professional Discipline.

Jamas has experience in cases that often involve an international element and can also offer specialist advice and advocacy in areas of criminal law that often overlap with public law, such as challenges to the use of investigatory powers by regulatory and prosecutors. He brings a range of specialist knowledge in different areas to help clients achieve the best possible result and is sensitive to the complex non-legal issues that often arise as a result of representing corporate clients.

Florence Iveson

Florence joined Matrix from 36 Bedford Row. Described by Legal 500 as “an exceptional advocate”, her main areas of practice include criminal and public law with a primary interest in extradition.

Florence has a thriving extradition practice, appearing regularly in extradition appeals in the High Court and Divisional Court. She is regularly instructed in complex extradition matters including Part 2 cases, dealing with both technical and human rights issues. Florence also has particular expertise in prison conditions cases, having acted in cases involving Greece, Hungary, Belgium, Lithuania, Portugal, Macedonia and Romania, and is currently acting for the American Government in an extradition request relating to organised crime and drug smuggling.

James Stansfeld

James was previously at Furnival Chambers. He specialises in extradition, human rights and public law, and is described by Chambers & Partners as “a real star of the extradition Bar”. In extradition he is regularly instructed to act for both requested persons and Governments in complex cases, having appeared in courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court.

In public law, James is frequently instructed to act in leading public law cases with national security and/or criminal features. He has appeared for the Government as junior before the Supreme Court, High Court and SIAC.

Adrian Waterman QC

Adrian moved his centre of practice to London 4 years ago, having started practice in the North East in 1994 where he took silk in 2006. He has rapidly developed his London practice, becoming a go to silk in a number of areas. He comes to Matrix highly recommended. For example, he was recently described as “probably the cleverest barrister I’ve ever met” (Chambers & Partners).

Adrian’s practice now principally focuses across the areas of business crime, regulatory, disciplinary, media, inquests and judicial review.