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Human Rights and Civil Liberties


Our foundation is in human rights and civil liberties law and this informs almost all of our other practice areas. Many of Matrix’s lawyers are experts in the field, with specialist areas including immigration, public law, miscarriages of justice, unlawful detention, and the application of the European Convention on Human Rights. We have acted for both claimants and defendants, and from individuals, to companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions and charities, including the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission. This is related to our work in equality and discrimination. Our team brings together expertise from several other areas, including criminal law, commercial law and employment law.

Our team has experience with advocacy in several different dispute resolution forums, including the Privy Council in many Caribbean states in relation to death penalty cases, the European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, in Washington DC. We have appeared before international criminal courts and tribunals in cases that involve human rights violations, including the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.


Phillippa Kaufmann QC discusses her role in the Mau Mau case in her Matrix International interview. She represented a group of Kenyan nationals in their claim against the current British government for the torture carried out during the colonisation of Kenya in the 1950s.

Our lawyers in this area

  • Nick Armstrong Nick Armstrong
    Called: 2001
  • Alex Bailin QC Alex Bailin QC
    Called: 1995 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Lord Dan Brennan QC Lord Daniel Brennan QC
    Called: 1967 Silk: 1985
  • Joanna Buckley Joanna Buckley
    Called: 2011
  • Michelle Butler Michelle Butler
    Called: 2007
  • Chris Buttler Chris Buttler
    Called: 2004
  • Professor Christine Chinkin Prof Christine Chinkin
    Called: 2003
  • Ayesha Christie Ayesha Christie
    Called: 2014
  • Prof Andrew Clapham Prof Andrew Clapham
    Called: 1985 CV
  • Kate Cook Kate Cook
    Called: 1990
  • Edward Craven
    Called: 2007 CV
  • Claire Darwin Claire Darwin
    Called: 2005
  • Anita Davies Anita Davies
    Called: 2011
  • Raj Desai Raj Desai
    Called: 2010
  • Professor Zachary Douglas Prof Zachary Douglas QC
    Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
  • Catrin Evans QC
    Called: 1994 Silk: 2016
  • Friedman_D_2017 Danny Friedman QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
  • Professor Conor Gearty Prof Conor Gearty
    Called: 1995 CV
  • Nicholas Gibson Nicholas Gibson
    Called: 2009 CV
  • Jonathan Glasson QC Jonathan Glasson QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2013 CV
  • Richard Hermer QC Richard Hermer QC
    Called: 1993 Silk: 2009
  • Sir Anthony Hooper Sir Anthony Hooper
    Called: 1965
  • Anthony Hudson QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2015
  • Raza Husain QC Raza Husain QC
    Called: 1993 Silk: 2010
  • Tamara Jaber
    Called: 2013
  • Jessica Jones Jessica Jones
    Called: 2013
  • Phillippa Kaufmann QC Phillippa Kaufmann QC
    Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
  • Janet Kentridge Janet Kentridge
    Called: 1999
  • Thomas Kibling Thomas Kibling
    Called: 1990
  • Samantha Knights Samantha Knights QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2018 CV
  • James Laddie QC James Laddie QC
    Called: 1997 Silk: 2012
  • Helen Law
    Called: 2005
  • Thomas Linden Thomas Linden QC
    Called: 1989 Silk: 2006
  • Alison Macdonald Alison Macdonald QC
    Called: 2000 Silk: 2017 CV
  • Lord Ken Macdonald QC Lord Ken Macdonald QC
    Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
  • Sara Mansoori
    Called: 1997
  • Eleni Mitrophanous Eleni Mitrophanous
    Called: 1999
  • Karon Monaghan QC Karon Monaghan QC
    Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
  • Claire Montgomery QC Clare Montgomery QC
    Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 CV
  • Helen Mountfield QC Helen Mountfield QC
    Called: 1991 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Blinne Ni Ghralaigh Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
    Called: 2005 (England & Wales) 2013 (Belfast) 2017 (Ireland) CV
  • Tim Owen QC Tim Owen QC
    Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
  • Laura Prince
    Called: 2003 CV
  • Matthew Ryder QC Matthew Ryder QC
    Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
  • Professor Philippe Sands QC Prof Philippe Sands QC
    Called: 1985 Silk: 2003 CV
  • Jessica Simor QC Jessica Simor QC
    Called: 1992 Silk: 2013 CV
  • Lorna Skinner
    Called: 1997
  • Hugh Southey QC Hugh Southey QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Dan Squires Daniel Squires QC
    Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
  • Mark Summers QC Mark Summers QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2014 CV
  • Hugh Tomlinson QC Hugh Tomlinson QC
    Called: 1983 Silk: 2002
  • Professor Takis Tridimas Prof Takis Tridimas
    Called: 2000
  • Antony White QC Antony White QC
    Called: 1983 (England & Wales) Silk: 2001 Called: 2016 (Northern Ireland)
  • David Wolfe QC
    Barrister since: 1992
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