Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon)


With great sadness Matrix Chambers announces the death of Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon) earlier today.

Sir Paul joined Matrix as an Associate Member in 2015 after a long career in the Government Legal Service commencing in 1979. He was in office as the Treasury Solicitor, the Attorney General’s Permanent Secretary, Head of the Government Legal Service from 2006 to 2014.  Sir Paul was a valued member of Matrix Chambers, in practice he acted as an independent adviser and consultant, specializing in sensitive investigations, inquires, compliance audits and reviews both internationally and in the UK.  He was a Trustee and Board member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law as well as a member of the Ethics Committee at Tate. Sir Paul was currently serving as Treasurer of Middle Temple.

Jason Housden, Interim Chief Executive, commented:

“Our immediate thoughts are with his partner René at this sad time. Admired by all whose life he touched, his death is a huge loss for his family, Matrix and the wider legal community. He was a committed and pioneering lawyer, a great colleague and a simply wonderful friend. He will be missed beyond words. As news of his death sinks in the tears will flow but he leaves behind a lifetime of achievement and a wealth of happy memories for all who knew him.”

Hugh Southey QC, Chair of Matrix’s Management Committee said:

“Paul was loved by all at Matrix. He is a great loss who will be missed by all”.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Jason Housden, Interim Chief Executive, by email or by post to Matrix; these will be passed onto Paul’s family.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available and posted on our web site.