Ms Sanaz Saifolahi > Chambers of Anthony Metzer QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anthony Metzer QC
Goldsmith Chambers


Immigration (including Business), Human Rights, Asylum


Called to the Bar in 2000.

Sanaz is an established practitioner in immigration, asylum and human rights law, with particular expertise in complex EU immigration. Recent notable cases include Banger (EEA: EFM – Right of Appeal) [2019] UKUT 00194(IAC),  Secretary of State for the Home Department v Banger – C-89/17  at the Court of Justice of the European Union, LS (Article 45 TFEU – derivative rights) [2018] UKUT 00426 (IAC) 

Sanaz is well regarded for her meticulous case preparation, effective advocacy and personable nature.   Her passion for this area of law was cemented during an internship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) after completing her BVC.

Professional clients have said that she is “excellent counsel covering a range of areas in the field of immigration law and practice. Consistently meticulous and conscientious in her work and importantly receives excellent client feed back.” In addition, “very thorough, has empathy for clients and is able to relate to clients in such a way that they feel she makes a big difference to their case.”

Sanaz is an assessor for the Law Society ‘Immigration Law Advanced’ Accreditation Scheme, the highest level of accreditation available within the Law Society Immigration Accreditation Scheme and she is a regular contributor to Butterworths Immigration Law Supplement (European Law Division).

Fully committed to legally aided clients, Sanaz is also instructed by private clients, businesses, OISC organisations and charities.

Sanaz is available to deliver training and seminars for professional clients, businesses (including HR) and charities on all aspects of immigration law. Sanaz is qualified to undertake direct access work.


Farsi (conversational)


BA (hons) Law and Sociology (University of Warwick)

Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

Within: Leading Juniors -

Sanaz Saifolahi

Goldsmith Chambers

She is exceptionally strong in cases involving EU freedom of movement and human rights law.

Goldsmith Chambers provides ‘very organised, competent, and responsive barristers and clerks‘ and ‘is very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of immigration law‘, as well as human rights and EU regulation, according to instructing solicitors. Users of this set appreciate the regularly held immigration training sessions. In one representative instruction, head of chambers Anthony Metzer QC, leading Sanaz Saifolahi, was instructed in a significant appeal against the refusal of a residence card before the Court of Justice of the European Union. The court held that the Surinder Singh principles apply equally to the unmarried partner of a British National as they do to married partners. Alexis Slatter also practices out of Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers.