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How we can help
Below you can find out who we are, what we do, how we can help and the answers to some frequently asked questions. You can contact us on matrix@matrixlaw.co.uk or call our London office on +44 (0)20 7404 3447.

What can we assist with?

Our lawyers are experts in their fields and will travel anywhere in the world to assist you. Their services include:

  • Advising on legal strategy to guide your actions in legal disputes.
  • Legal advice on the issues in your case, or advice as to the strength of your case as a whole.
  • Representing you in a dispute resolution forum, whether in an arbitration (either acting for you or acting as an arbitrator), a tribunal, a mediation or in court.
  • Carrying out investigations, inquiries and audits of company policies, particularly in regard to corporate social responsibility and checking compliance with human rights obligations.

Lawyers in England & Wales

Our lawyers are either barristers or foreign lawyers. The legal profession in the UK, and many other common law countries, is divided into barristers and solicitors. There are rules governing how they work together and what barristers can do. Our foreign qualified lawyers are subject to the professional rules of their home jurisdiction.

Barristers are specialist advocates and are mainly engaged by other lawyers, whether in a law firm, an in-house department or as part of a government’s legal service, or organisations and individuals directly to help them with presentation of their cases in court. One of the benefits of using barristers is that they are independent and they provide their services personally. They work in offices, known as chambers, in order to share staff and facilities. At Matrix, our barristers also share a commitment to our service standards and core values.

Barristers are governed by the Bar Standards Board’s Code of Conduct. Their work is done under the standard default terms published by the Bar Standards Board. There are rules around what work barristers can do when instructed by individuals outside the UK. They can do the majority of the work you need for your case, but they cannot represent you in an English court unless you have an English solicitor to instruct them or they have done the public access course. More information about this can be found on page 4 of the Bar Council’s summary note of changes to the rules on international practice.

Information about our individual barristers can be found on their dedicated pages, on the ‘Lawyers’ page. The date described as “Called” means the date they became a barrister and it is indication of how many years of experience they have. Some barristers have been recognised as a ‘Queen’s Counsel’, with QC after their name. This denotes that they are recognised as having excellence in advocacy in higher courts. QCs are also known as ‘silks’. Barristers who are not silks are traditionally known as ‘juniors’, although they may have many years’ experience in their field.

Public access

If you are an individual who is not a lawyer, you can still instruct a barrister to help you. This is known as ‘public access’ and our barristers undergo specific training for this. If you are an individual, please contact us to find out which of our barristers you can access directly.

Working on the same case

It is not unusual for two Matrix barristers to work on the same case, but for different sides, because they are self-employed specialists. We have a protocol for dealing with this situation which ensures that conflicts do not arise and confidentiality is ensured. For example, information barriers are put in place on our case management system and access is restricted to designated staff who will deal with the different instructing clients. Separate confidential communication channels are available as necessary.

How much will it cost?

Our fees are dependent on the seniority of the lawyers you have instructed and the nature of the task they are assisting with. Their practice manager can give you an accurate idea of their fee once they have the relevant information from you. We have a dedicated fees team who are experienced in different funding types – including conditional fee agreements (CFAs), third-party funding, legal aid, private funding and fixed fees.

Matrix operates an ethical standards approach to fee negotiating and welcomes open discussions about fees and contractual terms with our clients on a case by case basis. For more information you can contact our practice managers on +(44)20 7404 3447 or through our contact page.

How can I contact you?

If you have found a lawyer you wish to instruct, you can contact their dedicated practice manager who will be happy to assist you. The practice managers are your first point of contact for finding out more about your lawyer. Their contact details can be found on the chosen lawyer’s information page or on our staff page. You can contact them by email or by phone. If you are unsure of who you want to instruct, and just need more information, please call our main switchboard number on +44 (0)20 7404 3447 or email us on matrix@matrixlaw.co.uk.

Our main office is in London and we have offices in Geneva and Brussels.

Complaints

If you have a complaint about our service, you can speak to your solicitor or instructing lawyer, contact Matrix directly through our complaints procedure or contact the independent Legal Ombudsman.

What are directory recommendations?

Throughout this website and on our lawyers’ curriculum vitae you will find reference to directory recommendations. These are provided by two companies, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. They independently assess barristers’ chambers and comment on the work the barristers do and the service clients receive.

Associate, academic and trainee members

On some lawyers’ profiles it is highlighted that they are associate, academic or trainee members. The UK Bar Council requires us to make this clear as these members are (1) partially involved in another profession or occupation, for example a professor at a university or working for an international charity, (2) they are still in the training phase of becoming a barrister, or (3) qualified in a jurisdiction outside the UK. They can still accept instructions from clients, but there may be limits to what work they can carry out or the times they are available.

Matrix Chambers and Matrix International

In the UK we operate as Matrix Chambers and our website can be found at www.matrixlaw.co.uk. Internationally, we advertise ourselves as Matrix International, so we can better explain the role of barristers and the work they do to those who may be unfamiliar with the English legal system.

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