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Matrix Chambers is a set of barristers' chambers in Gray’s Inn, London and Geneva, Switzerland.[1] It was founded in April 2000 by 22 barristers from 7 different chambers.

Matrix Chambers
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HeadquartersGray's Inn, London
No. of lawyers90 practitioners
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Date founded2000 (2000)

It was the first concrete spin-off to come from the new legislation and broke new ground in being a specialist set, focusing on criminal law, constitutional law and human rights, with an international perspective.[2]


Matrix was founded shortly before the implementation of the Human Rights Act in October 2000. It caused mild controversy when it was leaked that "a new chambers was being set up with many of the leading and most high-profile barristers in the area of human rights - who had all been headhunted."[3]

Members include: Lord Brennan QC, Professor Conor Gearty, Lord Ken Macdonald QC, Clare Montgomery QC, Tim Owen QC, Philippe Sands QC, Hugh Tomlinson QC, Ben Silverstone, and Helen Mountfield QC.[4]

Former members include: Cherie Booth QC[5] and James Crawford SC.[6]


  1. ^ "Another round at the Bar | Ben Rigby | CDR Magazine". Another round at the Bar | Ben Rigby | CDR Magazine. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  2. ^ The Lawyer, Jan 2000
  3. ^ The Independent, May 2000
  4. ^ "Members - Matrix Chambers". Matrix Chambers. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  5. ^ "Cherie Booth quits chambers to join consultancy". The Independent. 2014-09-26. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  6. ^ "Professor James Crawford AC SC appointed as Judge to the International Court of Justice - Matrix International". Matrix International. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2017-05-24.