Matrix Chambers

About The Set

One of the biggest name sets at the bar, Matrix is never far from the news thanks to its leading human rights practice and roster of big name silks. Within the legal profession, Matrix is famous for its progressive approach - note that it refrains from using traditional bar terminology such as 'pupillage', opting instead for the more easily understood 'traineeship', and lists its barristers in alphabetical order rather than by number of years' qualified. Although you need to be academically excellent to train here, Matrix actively encourages applications from students from a wide-range of backgrounds and universities.

While best known for human rights, Matrix has a wide range of expertise within chambers, including in commercial, employment and EU law. Currently the set is using its expertise in the former area to put itself at the forefront of the discussion around the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. To this end it has recently launched a Brexit Hub featuring a host of articles by its barristers about the implications of the vote.

Deadlines

Work experience

Year-round

Applications open: Ongoing
Applications close: Ongoing

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Key Info

Juniors 53
QCs 35
Pupillages 2
Oxbridge-educated new tenants* 3/5

*Figure is for the five most junior members of chambers; does not include postgraduate studies

Money

Pupillage award £50,000
BPTC advance drawdown £10,000

Gender Diversity

Female juniors 51%
Female QCs 17%