Matrix Chambers

Local Government Department

London (Bar)
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The barristers at Matrix Chambers are experienced in the handling of a wide range of local government matters, and the team is regularly called upon to act for local authorities, as well as individual claimants, companies and care homes. Areas of expertise for the members include matters relating to education, data protection, planning and community care, as well as complex environmental challenges. Owing to its outstanding reputation in administrative and public law, the set is frequently instructed in high-profile and leading cases, and recent work handled by the tenants includes a challenge to the legality of the Mayor of London's decision to close several police stations in London.

Client service: Elizabeth Bousher is the senior practice manager.

David Wolfe QC

Outstanding local government silk with a wealth of experience. He predominantly advises claimants, including individuals and various organisations involved in high-profile actions against local authorities. He is regularly instructed in cases involving access to public services, equality and the environment.
Strengths: "He's very intelligent and is able to quickly think on his feet. He's courageous and takes points others would be too reticent to take on." "He's dogged, determined and prepared to take on difficult cases."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Paul Kohler in a challenge to the legality of the Mayor of London's decision to close 37 police stations in London without lawful consultation.

Helen Mountfield QC

A highly accomplished silk taking on a range of high-stakes administrative and public law matters, including local authority disputes. She deals with cases involving various aspects of equality, regulatory and education law. She regularly appears in test cases at the highest levels of the UK courts, as well as in European courts and other jurisdictions. She acts for both local authorities and those affected by their decisions.
Strengths: "A good advocate who is known for being involved in high-profile matters - she uses her broad experience to bring a different perspective to cases." "She's intelligent, committed, hard-working and very good with clients."

Sarah Hannett

Highly active in major local authority disputes, including matters involving human rights and education issues. She has recently acted for both government departments and public bodies in cases concerning local authority functions and issues of individual special education needs. She was appointed to the Attorney General's A Panel of Counsel in 2017.
Strengths: "She's thorough in her preparation and very good in court." "An impressive barrister who is excellent on paper."
Recent work: Acted for NHS Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group in a case concerning when an NHS trust may intervene in a special educational needs tribunal.