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Matrix Chambers

Crime

11 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Matrix Chambers is a major public and commercial law set that has a significant criminal offering and expertise in related extradition cases. Its members have particular experience of handling appellate proceedings and, unsurprisingly, are masters of those cases where human rights and criminal law collide. They routinely act in serious cases, including those relating to murder and sexual offences, historic or otherwise, and are often to be seen in major public inquiries and inquests. They also regularly appear before international courts. Sources say: "Matrix has, without doubt, some of the most talented QCs and juniors in the field."

Client service:

Senior practice manager Paul Venables heads the set's crime and regulatory law clerking team. He is noted for being "vastly experienced, fully switched-on, learned and always highly attentive to those he's dealing with."

Strengths:

Adrian Waterman QC
Commended for his "incredible eye for detail and superb judgement," he has an impressive serious crime pedigree. His practice takes in murder, gang-related violence matters and sexual offences cases, among others.
"A phenomenal lawyer who is very accessible, commercial in his approach and someone with a really easy manner that clients appreciate." "His use of technology in the courtroom in cross-examination is very impressive. He consistently performs at an exceptionally high level, and is technically and tactically impressive." "Very strong in terms of his analysis, his mind goes at a mile a minute."
Recent work: Defended a client accused of orchestrating the gangland murder of a member of another gang in a suburban area of Bradford. The case involved the use of media evidence.

Strengths:

Alex Bailin QC
"Quick on his feet, he fights hard, presents well with clients and brings energy, enthusiasm and experience to bear. He has a can-do attitude, is highly responsive and is great with commercial clients in a way few criminal barristers are." "Exuding intelligence and poise, he is always extremely well prepared."

Strengths:

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
"Her knowledge of how international human rights legislation affects criminal trials is impressive. The legal submissions she produces are of great quality and clients just love her."

Strengths:

Clare Montgomery QC
An "immensely respected" barrister with an international reputation for her work on crime and extradition cases. She regularly handles complex matters, and also appears in public law and due process cases, acting both for and against the government.
"She is fantastic to work with and is absolutely on top of her game." "Every word she says has value." "She is absolutely astonishing and immediately gets into the detail of a case before elucidating the issues beautifully."
Recent work: Acted in DPP(NI) v Soldier A, representing a paratrooper charged with a historic murder in Belfast in 1972.

Strengths:

Danny Friedman QC
"Very enthusiastic, highly creative and full of ideas. He has a very good knowledge of the law and is something of a dynamo."

Strengths:

Joanna Buckley
"Thorough in her approach and highly intelligent."

Strengths:

Ken Macdonald QC
A former Director of Public Prosecutions with vast experience of handling domestic and international crime cases, Macdonald attracts praise from interviewees for his formidable advocacy. He frequently assists clients in strategically liaising with prosecution authorities.
"A man who's seen and done it all and is held in the highest esteem."
Recent work: Intervened on behalf of Friends of the Earth in a successful appeal against sentence brought on behalf of three anti-fracking protesters, sentenced to imprisonment for an obstructive but peaceful protest on the highway.

Strengths:

Mark Summers QC
"Great in front of a jury, he is extremely talented and prepared to take difficult and novel legal points."

Strengths:

Matthew Ryder QC
"Super impressive and straight to the point, he turns advices around quickly. He is refreshing to deal with and is a silk who is so approachable."

Strengths:

Richard Whittam QC
Former First Senior Treasury Counsel respected by commentators for his tenacity, work ethic and superior jury advocacy. He is a leading prosecutor who has acted in several significant cases including matters of terrorism and allegations of historic sexual abuse. His experience further includes prosecuting both military cases and fraud matters. Whittam also has particular knowledge of police conduct and inquiry work.
"A fabulous barrister who has an enormous wealth of knowledge of the law and is very practical in his application of it. He is a brilliant advocate." "Richard gives clear advice which is thoroughly thought out and researched."
Recent work:Acted before the Court of Appeal in relation to Peter Tredget, who is considered one of Britain's most notorious serial killers.

Strengths:

Tim Owen QC
"Extremely bright and someone with an astonishing work rate."

Crime Department

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Griffin Building

Gray's Inn

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Greater London

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London (Bar)

Crime


Adrian Waterman QC
Band 2
Alex Bailin QC
Band 3
Clare Montgomery QC
Star Individuals
Danny Friedman QC
Band 4
Ken Macdonald QC
Senior Statespeople
Mark Summers QC
Band 3