Former UK Treasury solicitor Sir Paul Jenkins joins law firm

By on 10/12/2015
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Former Treasury solicitor and head of the government legal service (GLS) Sir Paul Jenkins has joined a multi-national law firm as associate member.

Jenkins, who left the UK civil service in March 2014 after eight years as Treasury solicitor, has been recruited to Matrix Chambers, which has offices in London and Geneva.

At The Treasury Solicitor’s office (TSol), Jenkins’s biggest task was the unification of much of the GLS within a single management structure.

Under his watch, TSol absorbed the legal teams of several government departments meaning that by the summer of 2014, TSol’s workforce of lawyers had grown from 700 to more than 1,700.

Jenkins was also civil service diversity champion and one of few openly-gay people in the most senior ranks of the civil service.

Since leaving government, Jenkins has been working as an independent consultant, advising governments around the world on government relations, good governance, professional services delivery and development and crisis management.

Lord Ken Macdonald QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions and member of Matrix, said: “Paul will be a great addition to our investigations and audit team, bringing a vast amount of experience to our well-established expertise. He and I were colleagues in Whitehall and I am really delighted to see him join Matrix.”

Sir Anthony Hooper, former Court of Criminal Appeal judge and member of Matrix, said “Paul is an excellent and highly experienced lawyer and I am very grateful to him for joining us.

“His arrival here demonstrates again the continued success of Matrix.”

Lindsay Scott, chief executive of Matrix, said: “We are delighted to have Paul join our busy investigations team and look forward to benefiting from his insight and leadership from his time as the Treasury Solicitor.”

Jenkins will join the firm’s investigations and audits team, which advises governments and businesses on inquiries, audits and reviews.

Matrix has grown significantly over the last five years with the number of QCs currently at 30, compared to 17 in 2010.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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