RISING STAR LAWYERS
‘It’s interesting from the point of view of the intersection of law and personalities, as in each one of these cases you’ve always got an interesting array of characters,’ Matrix’s stellar protégé says of his role.
Craven’s career in reputation law started when he joined Matrix Chambers five years ago, a time when he thought the phone-hacking litigation was nearing an end. ‘But the tail end of it lasted the best part of half a decade,’ he says, having represented more than 50 affected claimants, from sportsmen and musicians (he represented pianist James Rhodes in his appeal to lift an injunction on his autobiography) to HNWs and politicians.
A self-professed geek and a former lecturer at Oxford, Craven is drawn to the creative aspect of the law, whereby he combines innovation with practical solutions that have clients’ best interests at heart.
Such discretion is what separates the great from the good, the affable and engaging barrister says — it’s about ‘having the confidence of running novel arguments, but the judgement about when it’s appropriate to do that’.
Having served as a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, he says sticking one’s neck out without anticipating the judge’s reaction is never a smart move.