Matrix Chambers boasts considerable talent across the media and technology sectors and also fields capabilities in counselling public bodies on the use of data. The barristers are routinely retained by claimants and defendants in leading claims spanning data breaches, GDPR compliance and the right to be forgotten. For example, counsel from the set including Antony White KC and Hugh Tomlinson KC appeared on both sides in the landmark case of Lloyd v Google. The set also enjoys a strong track record of involvement in headline-grabbing media cases and often provides go-to counsel for large players in this space including Google and Facebook. Clients say: "Matrix Chambers is unquestionably one of the top sets for privacy and data protection."
"Liz Bousher is excellent. She very much has a can-do attitude, and is responsive and helpful at all times."
"The clerks are quick, responsive and always keen to assist."
Aidan Wills is an up-and-coming barrister with noted expertise in data protection matters. He has recent experience acting against companies and public bodies such as the police, in complex data protection and GDPR breach cases.
"Aidan Willis is knowledgeable and good at applying public law knowledge which is helpful. He's a good communicator and puts things in an understandable and accessible form."
"Aidan's expertise on the use of data by public bodies is exceptional. He is an asset to any data protection claim and is a highly competent junior."
Sara Mansoori KC benefits from a media and information background, and has substantial experience advising on data issues as a member of the Ministry of Justice's human rights and information team. She is especially well versed in subject access requests and the Data Protection Act journalists exemption.
"Sara is practical, empathetic and client-friendly. She's legally astute with boundless energy."
"Sara Mansoori is really well thought of, incredibly hard-working and hugely knowledgeable."
Edward Craven is involved in highly publicised data protection cases, including the first case under the Data Protection Act 2018 to reach the Supreme Court. He represents both individuals and corporations and has notable experience in media and technology-based claims.
"Edward has a good understanding of the law and of the interlinking elements."
"He does really high-quality work at an exceptional rate. He's delightful and utterly brilliant as a lawyer. He's so nice to work with and such a team player too."
Catrin Evans KC is often seen taking a leading role in the definitive cases of the data protection domain, acting for renowned media corporations, online and social media businesses and individual claimants. Her recent work has seen her tackle potential data breach class actions, the right to be forgotten and employment-related proceedings.
"Her advice is very in-depth and high calibre."
"Catrin Evans is fantastically clever, hugely brilliant with detail and fantastic with clients."
"She is exceptional and incredibly smart. She's a very good tactical litigator."
Hugh Tomlinson KC lays claim to an impressive history of data protection disputes involving leading online service providers, and advisory work spanning the UK, the USA and Europe. He is well versed in a comprehensive array of reporting restrictions, privacy and defamation functions, with substantial influence in the shaping of key legislation.
"He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced and a go-to in this area. He has a lot of gravitas and experience behind him."
"Hugh combines superb knowledge and experience with a sound commercial savvy."
Ben Silverstone cultivates a broad practice across several areas, typically handling everything from media, defamation and privacy to data protection, public law and breach of confidence claims. He commands experience as Attorney General's panel counsel, and as an author on subjects such as freedom of expression.
"Ben Silverstone can navigate legal frameworks and complex content with precision and skill."
"Ben is very knowledgeable and provides a client with excellent service, being able to provide detailed advice on short notice."
Ian Helme counsels a client base of high net worth individuals and international corporations on issues ranging from GDPR compliance to data breaches and the right to be forgotten. He demonstrates a critical affinity for crossover matters which combine elements of freedom of speech, data and privacy law.
"Ian is extremely bright and creative. He is a key senior junior for libel and data protection work."
"Ian Helme has got a really good synthesis between having the academic intellectual acumen but also giving really practical, helpful advice."
"He's a very reasoned person and you feel as though you're in good hands with him. He's very calm and you trust his opinion on the legal and strategic sides."
Richard Hermer KC frequently acts for claimants in serious data breach and misuse of data claims, particularly linked to human rights within both the private and public spheres.
"Richard Hermer is direct and no-nonsense, and cuts through the morass to home in on what's important."
"He's a pleasure to work with; he's really straightforward, calm, seemingly unflappable, and he gives a really good overview. He's a great leader who directs the team well too."
Lorna Skinner KC is highly skilled in representing and advising clients on data protection and freedom of information concerns in the wider context of information and media law at large, with a particular flair for GDPR counsel and High Court litigation. Her clients include social networks, trade unions and education institutions, among others.
"She is great to work with, very well liked by judges and she has a very engaging advocacy style."
"Lorna Skinner is incredibly knowledgeable of the subject matter, is responsive and good to work with."
Antony White KC is regularly involved in the most high-profile issues of data protection legislation, with a particular affinity for questions relating to internet intermediaries and journalistic exemption. His impressive client base includes a number of leading national broadcasting organisations grappling with challenging media law concerns.
"Antony is absolutely brilliant to work with and is excellent. He's super for data protection matters and is really highly thought of."
"Antony cannot be faulted in any area. He is a very strong senior counsel across the board in this practice area."