Matrix Chambers

Community Care Department

London (Bar)
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Matrix Chambers is recognised as a leading set for community care and human rights matters. It houses a strong bench of barristers at both senior and junior level who are experienced in the handling of complex cases at the intersection of community care, immigration, education and prison law, and are regularly involved in the leading cases in the field. Standout recent cases handled by the set's tenants include TP, AR & SXC v SSWP, a high-profile appeal heard in the Court of Appeal concerning whether the Universal Credit scheme discriminates against severely disabled people. Members act for a diverse client base including local authorities, care providers, charities and central government, as well as individual claimants.

Client service: "The clerks are responsive and effective." Elizabeth Bousher is the senior practice manager.

Chris Buttler

A top choice for claimants, well known for his work for disabled adults, children and mentally ill people. He has a broad range of experience, and is often involved in judicial reviews and cases brought under the ECHR. 
Strengths: "Clients have confidence in his judgement and he's an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a challenge to the Secretary of State's policy that victims of human trafficking who claim asylum will not have their application for leave determined until after their asylum cases have been considered.

David Wolfe QC

Noted community care silk who is particularly active in judicial review challenges to decisions made by health bodies and local authorities. These decisions concern such issues as service delivery, care planning, equality and capacity. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, organisations and groups. 
Strengths: "A strong advocate with a very good intellect." "Very determined and energetic."
Recent work: Represented a group of disabled adults challenging the legality of Birmingham City Council's new policy which would lead to the closure of adult day centres in the area.

Nicholas Armstrong

Pre-eminent junior who has a broad public law practice and is particularly experienced in cases with issues of immigration, detention and social welfare. He is praised in the market as one of the leading juniors for claimant work and has acted in a significant number of Court of Protection cases.
Strengths: "He is clear in his advocacy and very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed in Mazhar v Lord Chancellor, a case concerning whether or not the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court can be used to detain a person with mental capacity.

Helen Mountfield QC

Particularly well known for her work representing claimants in a range of community care matters. She regularly handles complex and high-profile cases, and has often appeared in the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "She fights hard for her clients but is a lovely opponent."

Sarah Hannett

Has a broad community care practice and is particularly active in cases with elements of education law. She is noted for her work for both claimants and local authorities. 
Strengths: "Tactically really strong, great with clients and very clever." "Excellent both on her feet and on paper."
Recent work: Instructed in R (TT) v Registrar General, a case concerning whether a trans man, who gave birth to a child after receiving a gender recognition certificate meaning he was legally male, should be named on the child's birth certificate as the child's father or mother.

Zoe Leventhal

Acts in a wide range of community care cases, and is particularly strong on immigration, healthcare and welfare benefits issues. She is frequently involved in high-profile litigation, and is noted for her crossover human rights expertise. 
Strengths: "She cuts straight to the point very easily and is a precise and economical lawyer - she doesn't waste time." "Excellent communication skills and analytical abilities." "She's down to earth and highly approachable, and has excellent public law knowledge. She's also an impressive advocate and is very robust when she needs to be, delivering great results for her clients."
Recent work: Instructed in Agoe and Others v NHS England, a judicial review concerning the termination of a GP's contract for breach of patient safety.