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Human Rights

Human Rights

Matrix has been at the forefront of human rights law. We have been involved in the most ground-breaking and important cases since our establishment in 2000. Our extensive expertise in all aspects of human rights law means this can inform the practice of almost all our other practice areas, including the development of our corporate social responsibility and human rights compliance consultancy service. Our leading fields in relation to human rights law are immigration, police powers, terrorism, social welfare, the extra-territorial application of the ECHR, and unlawful detention cases. We are recommended in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners and Tier 1 in The Legal 500 in this area.

We have acted for both claimants and defendants, who range from individuals, to companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions and charities, including the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. This is related to our work in equality and discrimination. Our team brings together expertise from several other areas, including criminal law, commercial law and employment law.

International experience

In addition to extensive experience of domestic litigation, members have represented clients before regional and international human rights tribunals, including the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the American Commission and Court of Human Rights. Several members appear regularly before the Privy Council in constitutional appeals arising in death penalty cases from the Caribbean.


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Nick Armstrong
Called: 2001 Solicitor: 1998
Alex Bailin QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2010
Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Called: 1967 Silk: 1985
Joanna Buckley
Called: 2011
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Chris Buttler QC
Called: 2004 Silk: 2021
Prof. Christine Chinkin
Called: 2003
Prof. Andrew Choo
Called: 2002
Ayesha Christie
Called: 2014
Kate Cook
Called: 1990
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Claire Darwin
Called: 2005 Called: 2018 (Ireland)
Anita Davies
Called: 2011
Raj Desai
Called: 2010 Solicitor: 2007
Prof. Zachary Douglas QC
Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
Catrin Evans QC
Called: 1994 Silk: 2016
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Danny Friedman QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Prof. Conor Gearty QC (Hon)
Called: 1995 Silk: 2021
Nicholas Gibson
Called: 2009, Called: 2020 (Ireland) Solicitor: 2004
Tom Gillie
Called: 2013
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Mark Greaves
Called: 2016
Sarah Hannett QC
Called: 2003 Silk: 2021
Ian Helme
Called: 2005
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Raza Husain QC
Called: 1993 Silk: 2010
Darryl Hutcheon
Called: 2014
Tamara Jaber
Called: 2013
Jessica Jones
Called: 2013
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
Janet Kentridge
Called: 1999
Thomas Kibling
Called: 1990
Samantha Knights QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2018
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Helen Law
Called: 2005
Zoë Leventhal
Called: 2002
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Sara Mansoori
Called: 1997
Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
Called: 1992
Zoe McCallum
Called: 2016
Gavin Millar QC
Called: 1981 Silk: 2000 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Eleni Mitrophanous QC
Called: 1999 Silk 2020
Karon Monaghan QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 Called: 2001 (Northern Ireland)
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot) QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 1999
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Laura Prince
Called: 2003
Mathew Purchase QC
Called: 2002 Silk: 2021
Nathan Roberts
Called: 2014
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Called: 1985 Silk: 2003
Ben Silverstone
Called: 2009
Jessica Simor QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2013
Paul Skinner
Called: 2010
Lorna Skinner QC
Called: 1997 Silk: 2021
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
James Stansfeld
Called: 2008
Mark Summers QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2014
Rhodri Thompson QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2002
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2002
Prof. Takis Tridimas
Called: 2000
Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Called: 2000 Silk: 2016
Antony White QC
Called: 1983 (England & Wales) Silk: 2001 Called: 2016 (Northern Ireland)
Aidan Wills
Called: 2015
David Wolfe QC
Barrister since: 1992