Bar top 30 position: 25
Leading human rights set Matrix Chambers is now in its 13th year and has grown threefold in that time. What started out as a 23-barrister set now boasts 23 QCs and 50 juniors.
Matrix Chambers is a leading international public law set and Thomas Linden QC, chairman of the management committee, is a renowned silk. He and leading junior Thomas Kibling are barristers of note in the set’s employment practice, while chief executive Lindsay Scott has been with Matrix since 2006.
A number of Matrix Chambers’ leading barristers practice in the set’s public law division, including prominent silks Hugh Tomlinson QC, Tim Owen QC and Ben Emmerson QC. Zachary Douglas and Nick Armstrong head up a strong list of juniors practicing public law.
Matrix enjoys a great deal of talent crossover between its public law and human rights practices. Silks Raza Husain QC, Aidan O’Neill QC and new silk Jessica Simor QC exemplify this, while juniors Nick Armstrong and Alison Macdonald are considered outstanding in their fields.
Daniel Friedman QC represented Abu Qatada in his initial appeal against the Home Office’s attempts to extradite him to Jordan where the cleric has been convicted over terrorist plots in absentia.
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Chairman of the management committee: Thomas Linden QC
Chief executive: Lindsay Scott