Head of chambers
Mr James Laddie QC
Matrix is a barristers’ chambers located in London, Geneva and Brussels. We are a collection of lawyers specialising in a wide range of practice areas throughout the UK and internationally. Described as “professional and forward thinking”, we are an approachable set that are proud of our record of innovation. Our core values govern the way we work and outline our commitment to operating within an environment where diversity, accessibility and client care are widely championed.
We have a multi-disciplinary approach with several members recognised as leading practitioners in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Matrix acts for private and public clients and has particular expertise in over 29 international and domestic areas of law including commercial, competition, crime, data protection, defamation, discrimination, education, employment, environmental, extradition, fraud, freedom of information, human rights, immigration, nationality and asylum, international arbitration, local government, public and administrative law, media, mutual assistance, prison, social welfare, and sports law. Matrix has a strong international presence, acting in more than 114 countries for governments, international corporations, legal firms and individuals. We have offices in Geneva and Brussels, and a dedicated brand for our international work, known as ‘Matrix International’.
Matrix welcomes applications from exceptional candidates from all backgrounds. For further details, please see our traineeship brochure on the ‘recruitment’ page of our website.
Matrix offers up to two traineeships, both starting 1 October for 12 months. The 12-month training period is split roughly into quarters. The training committee tends to choose who will supervise in the first quarter while trainees are finding their feet, but trainees are consulted throughout on which areas of law they would be interested in covering. It is expected that trainees will experience the wide range of work covered at Matrix with seats in varied practice areas throughout the year. There is a scheduled programme of training that takes place throughout the year and includes internal and external training, written and advocacy exercises and secondments. Matrix trainees do not generally take on oral advocacy in their own right until the last quarter.
Please check our website for information on how to apply for a traineeship.
We currently do not offer mini-pupillages, but for up-to-date information and details on opportunities available and how to apply please visit the ‘recruitment’ section of our website at www.matrixlaw.co.uk/recruitment.
Matrix offers up to two 12-month training places with an award of £40,000 and an additional £10,000 contribution during the BPTC year for applicants who are yet to undertake Bar finals. Any applicants who have already completed the BPTC year will still be entitled to the additional £10,000 contribution in the year prior to commencing traineeship.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and European law.
Specialist criminal law chambers offer expertise in all areas, including child abuse, human rights, violent crime, and white collar crime.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.