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UK Bar 2022
London (Bar) Administrative & Public Law
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23 Ranked Lawyers

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Matrix Chambers has exceptional pedigree in public and human rights law. The set is strongly committed to representing individual claimants and NGOs in judicial review, but members are also instructed by government departments. The barristers are extremely well versed in a broad array of issues including welfare provision, immigration, civil liberties and policing, criminal law and many others. Recent highlights have included successfully defeating a challenge to England's coronavirus lockdown restrictions, and a number of high-profile cases concerning the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Chambers can also offer strong capability for business claimants in regulatory judicial review.

Client service

Practice Team X leader Elizabeth Bousher is "someone that can pick up the phone and sort issues out very quickly. She is incredibly helpful." "The clerks are exceptional, extremely efficient and have a can-do attitude." Matrix Chambers demonstrates its commitment to continuous improvement through its client listening project.

Phillippa Kaufmann KC
Phillippa Kaufmann KC is pre-eminent at the Bar for public law challenges which arise in the context of the criminal justice system, and is well versed in all manner of judicial reviews which invoke human rights law. In recent years, she has been at the forefront of challenging the government's legal aid reforms as well as its approach to immigration and asylum.
"An incredibly tenacious and brilliant advocate. She has tremendous reputation and stature in court." "She grasps the law as well as articulating the human element, which is what the case is all about."

Acted for End Violence Against Women in a judicial review challenging the DPP in relation to the prosecution of rape.

Nicholas Armstrong
Nicholas Armstrong routinely handles significant challenges involving data protection and the right to privacy. His broad administrative and public law practice also includes a notable emphasis on immigration and social welfare. He has experience representing claimants and interveners before the appellate and European courts.
"He is an excellent barrister who is knowledgeable on human rights law." "A really good fighter for his clients - very impressive."

Represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission as intervener before the Court of Appeal in a high-profile challenge to the government’s right to rent scheme.

Clare Montgomery KC
Clare Montgomery KC is a renowned advocate whose public law work spans a number of areas, including challenges to the scope and legality of criminal and regulatory law. She has a particular emphasis on administrative and public law claims which rely on human rights grounds. Recent mandates include cases concerning inquests and criminal prosecution.
"She has a giant intellect and such good judgement and clarity of thought." "She is a forensic and impressive advocate who can completely decimate in cross-examination."

Acted for the claimant in a combined judicial review and discharge of unexplained wealth orders and interim freezing orders which had been granted in respect of three London properties on an ex parte application by the National Crime Agency.

Helen Mountfield KC
Helen Mountfield KC brings her considerable expertise in equality law to public and administrative law cases before domestic and European courts. She predominantly represents claimants in judicial reviews where public policy is under scrutiny for being discriminatory. Her recent mandates include constitutional law, workers' rights and social security.
"Really outstanding to work with. A go-to public law silk."

Acted for the Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands in a Privy Council hearing concerning the interaction of public, private and constitutional law rights in the context of an intended development in a national park.

Tim Owen KC
Tim Owen KC regularly appears in domestic and international public law proceedings. His expertise encompasses judicial reviews challenging police practice and other claims in the criminal context. He also accepts instructions in commercial and regulatory judicial reviews.
"He's very well regarded, well prepared, and knows his brief." "At the top of his game and an expert in public law. He's also efficient in his work and a pleasure to work with."

Acted for the Independent Office for Police Conduct before the Court of Appeal in a challenge to its decision to pursue gross misconduct disciplinary charges against the Met Police firearms officer who shot dead Jermaine Baker during a firearms operation in December 2015.

Richard Hermer KC
Richard Hermer KC predominantly acts for individuals and groups of claimants seeking to challenge legislation and public body decision making. He has considerable experience of human rights claims, particularly in national security, detention and immigration cases. He is also well versed in judicial reviews arising in a commercial context.
"He knows how to pitch arguments and grasps the politics, the bigger picture and the strategy of the case." "He is a delight to work with and has very good judgement."

Acted in Maha Elgizouli's challenge to the Home Secretary's decision to give mutual legal assistance to the USA in its prosecution of Shafee El Sheikh, without seeking death penalty assurance.

Raza Husain KC
Raza Husain KC is a pre-eminent silk whose administrative and public law experience is predominantly in the area of immigration and asylum. He represents claimants seeking to challenge decisions of the Home Secretary and other public bodies. He is well versed in arguments relying on EU freedom of movement and human rights law.
"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of immigration law and is enthusiastic and determined in his approach." "An incredibly impressive advocate who is more often than not on the winning side."

Acted for Every Child Protected Against Human Trafficking in the first appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court on the issue of human trafficking and legality of delegation of the statutory appeal function to an executive body.

Zoe Leventhal KC
Zoe Leventhal is involved in substantial public law challenges surrounding welfare reform and social justice. She is adept at representing claimants, interveners and defendants in judicial review, and is skilled across a wide range of subjects within public law. She has handled challenges involving social security, healthcare and environmental law.
"She is a really excellent barrister to lead a case: she is attuned to the strengths of her team and has a really good strategic vision." "She works hard and advocates effectively for her clients."

Acted for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care before the High Court and Court of Appeal in a major challenge to the government's pandemic restrictions.

Karon Monaghan KC
Karon Monaghan KC is noted for her expertise in public and administrative law cases pursued on the grounds of equality and human rights law. She has considerable experience of challenging welfare reform on behalf of marginalised claimants. Other recent cases have concerned immigration, legal aid availability and Article 8 rights.
"She has very good instincts for where the real pinch points in a case are." "She is eminently approachable and goes above and beyond in her dedication."

Acted for three claimants challenging the criminalisation of their actions and the recording and retention of information concerning their convictions in the 1980s and 1990s for loitering and/or soliciting for the purpose of prostitution.

Hugh Southey KC
Hugh Southey KC leads significant challenges to government policy, particularly in the areas of crime, extradition and immigration. He is especially proficient at challenging police conduct through judicial review. He also frequently handles public law claims concerning national security, immigration and asylum.
"He's very creative and fearless, and will fight relentlessly for his clients." "The most approachable and down-to-earth silk you will come across."

Acted for Margaret McQuillan before the Supreme Court in a challenge to the role of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the investigation of a killing during the Troubles.

Daniel Squires KC
Daniel Squires KC acts in domestic and international public law proceedings, often where there is a significant human rights overlap. He is particularly strong in cases arising in the context of national security and criminal justice. He is typically instructed by claimants and NGOs bringing challenges to legislation and public policy.
"He really grasps complex issues and the details in very innovative and novel arguments." "He has excellent judgement about what a court will or won't accept."

Acted as lead counsel for Edward Bridges in a challenge to the use of automated facial recognition technology by South Wales Police.

Alex Bailin KC
Alex Bailin KC is adept at the application of public and administrative law in the criminal justice and commercial spheres. He routinely appears in domestic and international public law and human rights proceedings. He has also been involved in judicial reviews arising out of public inquiries.
"He is really knowledgeable, practical and great to deal with." "He's thorough, remarkably responsive and just really helpful counsel."

Edward Craven
Edward Craven is sought after to represent claimants in complex judicial reviews relating to human rights. His recent cases involve high-profile challenges involving issues of immigration, refugees' rights, extradition and professional privilege.
"He is utterly brilliant and a genuine pleasure to work with. He is also really creative and strategic." "I would recommend him as a real standout junior barrister."

Represented Mohammed Bang and Saifullah in judicial review proceedings contending that the investigation by the Royal Military Police into the killing of their relatives was seriously flawed and violated rights under Article 2.

Jessica Simor KC
Jessica Simor KC enjoys a busy administrative and public law practice which includes experience in commercial judicial reviews and human rights claims. Her experience in challenges to the scope and application of taxation laws is of particular note.
"Her written work is particularly impressive and she is a very passionate advocate." "She is an extremely able, precise and focused barrister."

Successfully acted for the Bloomsbury Institute in a challenge to the refusal of the new Office for Students to register the claimant to provide academic courses for which students can obtain student loans.

David Wolfe KC
David Wolfe KC represents individual claimants and NGOs seeking to challenge decisions of local authorities, government departments and other public bodies. He is well known for his work challenging cuts to public services, including community care and policing.
"He's always happy to make himself available to clients. He has the expertise and knowledge as well as the dedication." "He takes politically challenging cases and completely understands how to run them."

Acted for local health campaigners challenging the lack of consultation on proposals for £350 million new hospital provision in Hertfordshire.

Raj Desai
Raj Desai is highly valued by NGOs and individual claimants for his mastery of public and human rights law. He is experienced in a diverse array of related cases, including those on environmental law and welfare provision.
"A very strong barrister in immigration law."

Acted for Somerset County Council in a judicial review of a decision to allow a maintained local school to become an Academy.

Danny Friedman KC
Danny Friedman KC frequently appears in domestic and international public law proceedings, especially where there is an overlap with human rights and criminal law. Of particular note is his expertise in cases that consider the UK government's duties in the context of international conflict. Other recent matters have included cases concerning SIAC appeals and proceedings involving the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act.
"His academic ability and the respect that judges have for him are phenomenal." "A forceful advocate."

Acted for Jennifer McNern in a High Court challenge to the delay in bringing into effect the Troubles Pension Scheme.

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones is lauded in the market for her handling of high-profile judicial review challenges on behalf of claimants. She is known for applying her criminal law background to highly contentious public law cases in the contexts of equality and discrimination, social security, national security and criminal justice.
"Incredibly sharp, wise beyond her years and an absolute joy to work with." "She comes with innovative thinking and creative arguments."

Acted for Shamima Begum in her appeal and judicial review against the decision to deprive her of her British citizenship and the refusal to permit her to enter the UK to prosecute her appeal.

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh is a notable claimant-side barrister who is experienced in public law claims against central government, the police and other organisations. She has a strong command of human rights law and is a superb resource for any case involving protest rights and restrictions.
"She's a compelling oral advocate and writes incredibly well too." "You can rely on her to go the extra mile for clients and her work is always superb quality."

Aidan Wills
A popular barrister with instructing solicitors, Aidan Wills possesses a broad base of expertise in public law and human rights matters, including those concerning policing. He ably assists clients with advisory work and judicial review challenges, primarily on the claimant side.
"He is willing to go above and beyond and is incredibly empathetic with clients." "He is incredibly bright, hard-working, and his writing is excellent."

Acted for Edward Bridges in a challenge to the use of live facial recognition technology by South Wales Police.

Chris Buttler KC
Chris Buttler KC is a renowned counsel with a strong track record of appearing in high-profile judicial reviews. He has considerable experience challenging government departments' and other public bodies' decisions. He is particularly proficient at claims that rely on equality and human rights law.
"He's very pragmatic and clear in his advice and is able to support it with strong legal analysis." "He can take complex issues and break them down, which works very well with the judges."

Successfully acted for the claimant in a challenge which established that the legislative rules for claiming the childcare costs element of Universal Credit were irrational and indirectly discriminatory on the grounds of sex.

Sarah Hannett KC
Sarah Hannett KC is instructed in judicial reviews by claimants, interveners and defendants. She is particularly proficient at public law claims which involve human rights law and is an excellent choice for matters concerning gender-related issues. Recently, she has appeared in several high-profile public law disputes involving equality law, healthcare and the criminal justice system.
"She's calm, measured and really knows public law inside out." "She has the gravitas of an experienced silk despite only being appointed recently."

Acted for the government in a claim brought by a trans man who wished to be listed as the father on his child's birth certificate.

Jesse Nicholls
Jesse Nicholls is a strong performer in judicial review challenges concerning access to justice. He chiefly acts for claimants in cases involving policing and prisons, inquests and inquiries as well as immigration detention.
"Jesse Nicholls has a first-rate mind, he is incredibly quick and he is a strategic thinker." "He is a meticulous, strategic and uncompromising barrister, and really listens to his clients and solicitors."

Acted for the claimant in a challenge to the DWP's safeguarding policy to protect vulnerable benefits claimants, following the death of Errol Graham after the withdrawal of his benefits.

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