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Practice Team T

Team T, led by Paul Venables, provide administrative support and assistance to members working in a number of areas.

Team T look after the following areas:

Team T are your first point of contact if you need to instruct, or get in touch with, one of our members in these areas. They are able to assist with the management of members’ diaries, availability enquiries, questions about ongoing cases, court listings, arbitration and mediation facilities, meeting and client conference bookings, and updating our client relationship management system.

You can contact Team T through the following email address:

Paul Venables, Senior Practice Manager
+44 (0)20 7611 9405

Paul manages the barristers in Matrix’s criminal and international law teams. Alongside Matrix’s other practice managers, he aims to build and maintain excellent working relationships with our clients wherever they are in the world, whether they are law firms, corporations, financial institutions, Governments or individuals. He is knowledgeable about what Matrix’s barristers do, and is especially adept at building the right barrister team to best deal with the complex, multi-disciplinary cases that Matrix excel at. He travels widely to meet clients to tell them what Matrix can offer.

To see Paul's profile in full, please see here.

Rhian Hiscocks, Practice Manager
+44 (0)20 7611 9325

Rhian joined Matrix in January 2019, having previously managed the commercial law team at Hardwicke Chambers.

Rhian is responsible for the management and development of the practices of Matrix’s members specialising in international arbitration, financial crime, extradition and public international law.

She has a degree in Performing Arts and when not at Matrix, enjoys playing the Harp and visiting family in Wales.

Samantha Blake, Practice Manager
+44 (0)20 7611 7975

Sam re-joined Matrix in January 2021, having worked with us previously from 2009-2012 on Practice Team X. Before her return to Matrix, Sam was part of the clerking teams at Fountain Court and Essex Court Chambers respectively.

Sam works alongside Rhian and Venetia, assisting Paul with managing the practices of those members on Team T. This includes day-to-day dairy management, dealing with incoming enquiries and working on practice development projects within the criminal and international law teams.

Outside of work, Sam’s favourite hobby is to visit new restaurants, and she is also a keen reader. She has a particular affiliation with the British Heart Foundation and enjoys volunteering at their events from time to time

Matt Leitch
Matt Leitch, Practice Manager

Matt is currently on adoption leave, for all work enquiries please contact another member of the team.


Matt re-joined Matrix in June 2017, having worked with us previously from 2006-2014 on Practice Team M.

During his time away from Matrix, Matt worked for a high-profile family. This varied role included managing the practice of a QC practising independently in international arbitration and mediation – as well as handling business and philanthropic relationships, and extensive overseas travel.

Matt has now returned to Team T to assist our Senior Practice Manager with the running of the team; his role includes diary management, business development, dealing with incoming enquiries from clients, and fee negotiations.

Outside of Matrix, Matt spends his time travelling, keeping fit and enjoying a good box set!

Venetia Tate, Assistant Practice Manager
+44 (0)20 7611 9403

Venetia joined Matrix in January 2020 having previously worked in the art world. Venetia assists Paul, Rhian and Matt with the daily management of Team T barristers who specialise in international arbitration, financial crime, extradition and public international law.

In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor running and trips to the theatre.