Matrix Chambers

Environment Department

London (Bar)
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Matrix Chambers assists clients with domestic and international environmental issues. Its barristers are best known for their work on behalf of claimant groups, challenging the legality of government decisions and bringing claims for environmental damage against companies. The set acts for NGOs, campaign groups and individuals, among other clients.

Client service: "The clerks are good and very friendly and there is a nice atmosphere in chambers." "Matrix is refreshing in so many ways. There's not one ounce of stuffiness, just efficiency and professionalism." Jason Housden is the practice director.

David Wolfe QC
An experienced silk with wide-ranging environmental expertise who has appeared in numerous cases involving EU and ECHR issues. His representation of claimants is particularly respected and has recently been involved on matters concerning fracking and water pollution.
Strengths: "Exceptional." "He combines excellent knowledge of the law with strategy and tactics."
Recent work: Acted for an anti-fracking campaign group in a challenge to the legality of the Secretary of State's decision to include support for fracking in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Edward Craven
Highly praised junior with an expanding environmental practice. He has established an excellent reputation acting for claimants in high-stakes international group actions.
Strengths: "Very much on top of the detail." "Hugely hard-working, very able and passionate about the issues." "He takes things to another level and is very good strategically."
Recent work: Continued to represent the Ogale Community in a claim against Shell regarding oil spills in Ogoniland in Nigeria.

Jamas Hodivala QC  
A talented new silk in the field of environmental law who draws widespread praise for his ability to advise on criminal enforcement actions as well as judicial review proceedings against regulators.
Strengths: "Stands out for his technically savvy advice, client service and accessibility. He has a calm, measured manner which reassures clients faced with pressurised situations."

Kate Cook
An experienced and authoritative junior barrister with extensive knowledge of public law environmental cases. She often represents clients in international cases involving fishing regulations, and she is sought out for advice on climate change issues.
Strengths: "She is versatile and a joy to work with, combining expert opinion with a hugely personable and pragmatic style."

Richard Hermer QC
Praised for his highly impressive international credentials and commitment when tackling high-profile human rights and environmental damage cases. He has extensive experience leading teams and bringing cases on behalf of large groups of claimants in the developing world.
Strengths: "He is very good at identifying key points, exceptional on his feet and performs well under pressure."
"Totally approachable, bright and a good team player."
Recent work: Continued to act for the Bille and Ogale Communities in Nigeria in a claim against Shell regarding damage caused by oil spills.