Matrix goes global with Geneva launch

Gray’s Inn set Matrix has set out plans for expansion overseas after launching its first international office in Geneva.

Matrix chief executive Lindsay Scott said the move marked the first stage of an international strategy aimed at consolidating the set’s offering overseas and will be launched officially under the new sister-brand Matrix International in the Autumn.

“Geneva is a good European base as we do a lot of work with the UN, a lot in Zurich and at the European Court of Arbitration from Sport,” she said. 

”We do a lot of human rights, crime and sports work but we are not looking to specialise in one area, there is also a lot of commercial arbitration and we’re seeing more business human rights work in Geneva. We have two members based there at the moment but there is the opportunity to take other members and trainees as well” she added.

The Geneva-based barristers are Professor Zachary Douglas, a specialist in public international law and arbitration, and Professor Andrew Clapham, an international human rights specialist, both academic members of the set.

A number of sets are looking for growth in the international markets as an alternative revenue source. At least five sets have established bases in Singapore in response to the launch of Maxwell Chambers there.  

Essex Court and 20 Essex Street were first on the scene in Singapore launching bases there in 2009 (19 October 2009 ). They were followed last year by One Essex Court and 39 Essex Street (26 June 2012 ) and in March by Stone Chambers (4 March 2013 ).

Matrix launched in 2000, with clerks renamed practice directors and founding members wanting to present themselves as an alternative to the traditional sets (31 May 2010 ).