Matrix grows to 60-barrister outfit

Matrix Chambers has passed the 60-barrister mark with the hire of four new members as the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald QC returns to the set.

The new members include Farrer & Co competition ­specialist Christopher Brown and Furnival Chambers’ Mark Summers, who practises in serious crime, anti-terrorism and extradition.

The trio is joined by 12 King’s Bench Walk’s Claire Darwin and Laura Prince of Clarendon Chambers, who will ramp up Matrix’s employment team.

Matrix chief executive Lindsay Scott said the new hires are in addition to five new members recruited in October and are in ­accordance with the set’s ­policy of controlled growth.

Meanwhile, Fountain Court Chambers has ramped up its clerking team, poaching Hardwicke Building’s first junior clerk Paul Martenstyn and Sian Huckett of Keating Chambers.