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Legal Support Service

The Legal Support Service is similar to an information department or paralegal team in a solicitors’ firm.

We provide research support to Matrix’s members – whether by finding legal information (cases, legislation, articles, reports etc), producing bundles of authorities for court, or carrying out more substantial research. We also collate daily current awareness bulletins, covering Matrix’s major areas of practice, manage Matrix’s intranet and extranets and administer the freelance research panel.

The Legal Support Service produce summaries of cases that Matrix members are involved in, which you can find on the Matrix Judgments & Commentary page.

Anthony Fairclough, Head of Legal Support Service
Contact:
anthonyfairclough@matrixlaw.co.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7611 9345

Anthony is responsible for the development of our legal research support, library and online current awareness services, and manages Matrix's Legal Support Service. He joined Matrix in 2005 and was previously a technical writer on Halsbury’s Statutes of England and Wales. Before that, he worked as editor of the Revised Laws of the Falkland Islands and assistant to the Islands' Law Revision Commissioner.

Shams Rahman, Legal Support Manager
Contact:
ShamsRahman@matrixlaw.co.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7404 3447

Before joining Matrix Shams was an Assessor at Parking on Private Land Appeals, where he adjudicated parking law cases. He also worked as a Legal Caseworker at Notting Hill Housing, where he managed litigation for the Trust’s social housing in Kensington and Chelsea and appeared in the County Courts. Shams has a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford and a degree in Law from King’s College London.

Julius Mitala, Legal Support Assistant
Contact:
juliusmitala@matrixlaw.co.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7404 3447

Julius joined Matrix in 2015 as part of the Emergency Panel team and in October became a Legal Support Assistant. He has a law degree from the University of East London. Julius likes to get involved in community voluntary projects and has previously worked at a Community Radio Station hosting a live talk show. He has been a governor on Governing Boards at various schools working actively to build and strengthen communities.

Aoife O'Reilly, Legal Support Assistant
Contact:
aoifeoreilly@matrixlaw.co.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7404 3447

Aoife provides paralegal support to the Legal Support Service and content for our current awareness bulletins. She joined Matrix in 2015. She has a masters in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics, and a degree in Law and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin.