Matrix welcomes two new members of the private international law team

Matrix is ​​delighted to welcome two new members to the private international law team: Kate Boakes and Toby Fisher.

Matrix has been at the forefront of the development of private international law, providing access to justice for tens of thousands of litigants in the courts of England and Wales. In the past few years alone, members have acted in cases from Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Africa South, Tanzania, Thailand and Zambia.

Rachel Holmes, Managing Director of Matrix, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Kate Boakes and Toby Fisher to the private international law team. Matrix offers an unparalleled range of practice areas, each of which overlaps, creating a unique multidisciplinary offering. The addition of Kate and Toby allows us to further strengthen our private international law offering and we look forward to working with each of them to continue to develop their individual practices..”

by Kate Private international law work generally concerns environmental damage or human rights violations committed abroad. Many of her cases relate to business and human rights and she also acts in international law cases against the UK government. The pending investigations include complaints by Rohingya genocide survivors against Facebook, by two Nigerian communities against Shell for oil pollution and by Malawian women against an English tea company for sexual violence in the workplace. She also acts in national cases, typically in complex or large-scale claims involving serious injury or illness. She is currently acting in litigation arising from the Grenfell Tower fire and the Manchester Arena bombing.

Toby practices in all areas of public and international law, with particular expertise in environmental and human rights law. He returned to practice in May 2022 after three and a half years as Deputy Director of International Law for the New Zealand government. Toby advises and represents states, corporations, public bodies, NGOs and individuals in complex litigation. He is adept at leading multi-disciplinary teams to achieve successful litigation results.

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