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Crime and Regulatory Law

Criminal and Regulatory Law

Matrix offers an unrivalled combination of specialist skills and experience in national and international criminal and regulatory law.

Matrix’ crime and regulatory team possesses pre-eminent practitioners in an exceptionally broad array of discrete practice areas, from corporate fraud through to public protest cases.

From challenging search warrants and production orders, through to asset restraint, to managing investigation cooperation strategies, the team’s multi-faceted specialisms make it uniquely placed to provide comprehensive pre-charge advice to corporate and individual clients to minimise potential criminal exposure. Members of the team have an unparalleled range of supplementary skills to support their criminal expertise including: reputation management; civil actions in tandem with criminal investigations; financial services and other disciplinary sanctions, and mutual legal assistance.

One of the team’s principal strengths lies in mounting effective public law challenges in the criminal law context. The team possesses some of the country’s most renowned practitioners in the field of challenges to police powers.

For cases where trial proceedings are unavoidable, the team offers trial specialists to cater for cases involving the whole range of proceedings, from corporate manslaughter through to terrorism.  Members have developed specialist expertise in specific areas, such as official secrets and gross negligence manslaughter.

The team also specialises in key business crime areas: including corporate criminal liability, insider dealing, cross-border corruption, cartels and fraud of many types.  The team is instructed by a wide range of bodies and persons: multinational corporations, private equity groups, banks, traders, directors, senior business executives, City firms, regulators, prosecuting authorities, professional bodies, government departments and foreign governments.

The team’s innovative intellectual approach to criminal cases also means that members are regularly brought in at appeal stage, to take carriage of points of law before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  A number of members have been involved in litigation relating to miscarriages of justice: CCRC referrals and compensation for wrongful convictions.

The team’s international criminal work has included cases involving diplomatic immunity, state immunity, torture, rendition, genocide and other violations of fundamental human rights; issues relating to individual violations of international criminal laws.

Members also have specific experience of a number of major public inquiries and inquests.

Managed by a ‘highly professional’ and ‘polished’ practice team which is ‘approachable, pragmatic, attentive and efficient’ and ‘thinks outside the box to solve problems’, Matrix’ crime and regulatory team is ‘particularly strong for cases with political or human rights elements’ and is the ‘go-to set for human rights and public law matters’ (Legal 500, 2019). The team ‘offers considerable expertise in the prosecution and defence of the full-range of complex criminal matters’, ‘acts in very high-profile and politically sensitive cases’ and ‘does so much ground-breaking work’ (Chambers & Partners, 2019).

Members are regularly called upon to advise and act in proceedings in international criminal courts and throughout the common law community globally, including Caribbean and Asia, and before the Privy Council, including in pro-bono death-penalty litigation.


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Alex Bailin QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2010
Joanna Buckley
Called: 2011
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Prof. Andrew Choo
Called: 2002
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Anita Davies
Called: 2011
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Danny Friedman QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Nicholas Gibson
Called: 2009, Called: 2020 (Ireland) Solicitor: 2004
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Nichola Higgins
Called: 2005
Jamas Hodivala QC
Called: 1998 Silk 2020
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Florence Iveson
Called: 2012
Jessica Jones
Called: 2013
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Helen Law
Called: 2005
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
Called: 1992
Eleni Mitrophanous QC
Called: 1999 Silk 2020
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Raj Parker
Called: 1983 Solicitor: 1988 Solicitor Advocate: 1994
Vedrana Pehar
Called: 2008
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Jessica Simor QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2013
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
James Stansfeld
Called: 2008
Mark Summers QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2014
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2002
Adrian Waterman QC
Called: 1988 Silk: 2006
Richard Whittam QC
Called: 1983 Silk; 2008