Practice Team M
Team M, led by our Senior Practice Manager Alison Scanes, provide administrative support and assistance to members working in a number of key areas.
Team M are your first point of contact if you need to instruct, or get in touch with, one of our members in the following areas:
- Discrimination & equality law,
- Inquests & inquiries,
- Media & information law, and
- Sports law.
They are able to assist with the management of members’ diaries, availability enquiries, questions about ongoing cases, court listings, arbitration and mediation facilities, events, meeting and client conference bookings, and updating our client relationship management system.
You can contact Team M through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alison Scanes is one of our Senior Practice Managers, she joined Matrix in 2015 and has been working in barristers’ chambers since 1992. She assists with the management of our practice staff and manages the members who work in employment, media and information, sports, and discrimination and equality law. Alison’s role incorporates the management, administration, business development and strategic direction of the team, she is a regular attendee at national and international industry conferences and events.
To view Alison's profile in full, please see here.
Chris Beard is ‘friendly and responsive’ (Legal 500, 2019) and ‘very knowledgeable on the details of individual cases which installs instructing solicitors with the confidence he has the ability to match counsel to suitable cases’ (Legal 500, 2018).
Chris joined Matrix in 2016 having worked in barristers’ chambers since beginning his career in 1997. He assists our Senior Practice Manager ensuring the smooth running of our diverse team. His role includes diary management, dealing with enquiries from clients, and fee negotiations. Chris also plays a pivotal role in the business development of Matrix members, primarily those on Team M.
Chris has two young sons that occupy a lot of his time away from Matrix but otherwise he tries to keep himself fit and, having already run the London Marathon in 2015, completed the course again in April this year raising in excess £7,500 for charity over the two races.
George came to Matrix as a Practice Manager in April 2018, and began his career in 2011. Before Matrix, George worked at Fountain Court Chambers, 5 Stone Buildings and Littleton Chambers.
George assists our Senior Practice Manager with the management and development of all aspects of member’s practices in Team M. This includes dealing with incoming enquiries, diary management, fee negotiation, having an important role in business development, and managing client relationships.
Outside of work, George enjoys travelling, socialising with family and friends, and is a keen (but awful) fisherman.
Ben joined Matrix in July 2019. Previously he has worked at Erskine Chambers and Brick Court Chambers.
Outside of work Ben is a keen Arsenal fan and follows Formula 1, tennis and boxing and enjoys socialising with his friends and family.
In 2018 Ben completed his IBC BTEC Award in Clerking and Administration.