Cherie Blair QC is to leave Matrix Chambers for legal consultancy firm Omnia Strategy 14 years after co-founding the set.
Blair has left the chambers in order to take up a full-time role at Omnia, which she currently chairs. The move comes months after Omnia launched an office in Washington DC.
Omnia was founded by Blair in 2011 and now has offices in London and Washington as well as having Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) approval for its alternative business structure licence last year.
The consultancy operates project teams including lawyers, experts in business, diplomacy and communications and clains to offer “expertise unrivalled by traditional law firms”.
The organisation has been licensed by the SRA to conduct litigation and has three directors: Blair, dual US/UK-qualified solicitor Julia Yun Hulme, and Washington-based lawyer Roxana Pierce.
Hulme joined Omnia from Latham & Watkins where she was a partner in the firm’s capital markets and cross-border finance practice.
Matrix management committee chair Rhodri Thompson QC said: “We are of course sad to see one of our original leaders leave the organisation that she helped to create.
”Since then, Matrix has established an outstanding reputation both domestically and in an increasingly global legal market – we look forward to watching Cherie’s new venture develop while continuing to build our own unique brand.”
Blair said: “It has been a privilege to be part of the team at Matrix for the last 14 years, and to have been able to develop my practice alongside so many first class, dedicated colleagues.
”But Omnia Strategy was born from a recognition that clients often wanted more than legal solutions to complex problems, and what makes Omnia unique is the holistic and strategic approach that we offer to clients who are facing complex issues where matters of law, business, policy and communications all overlap.”