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Chambers of Anthony Metzer QC
Goldsmith Chambers


Immigration, Crime, Civil


Anthony Metzer QC, Head of Chambers, is a highly regarded silk known for his committed and forensically-detailed approach to his practice.  He specialises in crime; immigration; Claimant civil actions against the police and other civil work including defamation and inquests.  Anthony has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge for England and Wales and sits in the Administrative Court hearing Judicial Review applications and in the Upper Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal having previously sat as a First Tier Judge in the IAT since 2002. He has also been appointed to the War Pensions and Armed Forces Tribunal as a First Tier Judge.

In the Legal 500 2020 edition, Anthony is ranked in Immigration (Band 2 – Leading Silks) “A razor-sharp silk that has leading knowledge in immigration and nationality matters.; is again ranked in Crime (Band 3 – Leading Silks) “Excellent with witness cross-examination”; and Civil Liberties and Human Rights (Band 3 – Leading Silks) “‘Great insight into the criminal justice process which brings added depth to his skill and expertise when taking on the police in civil claims.”  Anthony is known for his skill in building a successful rapport with Claimants and is also distinguished by his ability to achieve substantial settlements on a regular basis.

Anthony’s growing reputation as leading Counsel in Immigration cases is reflected in the landmark case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v Banger – C-89/17; [2019] UKUT 00194(IAC). The CJEU found, for the first time, that the Surinder Singh rationale applies to the unmarried partner of a British national. In this case the Court found that Article 21 TFEU applies to extended family members by analogy. The Court found that a refusal of a residence card must follow as a result of an extensive examination of the applicant’s personal circumstances and must be justified by reasons. Finally, on the issue of appeal rights, the Court determined that the redress procedure must enable a full assessment of the facts and involve an extensive examination of the applicant’s personal circumstances. The case before the Upper Tribunal resumed on 20 March 2019 and concluded successfully. It has now been reported as Banger (EEA: EFM – Right of Appeal) [2019] UKUT 00194(IAC).

Anthony is also listed as a leading silk once more in Legal 500 2020 in the areas of immigration (Band 2);  crime (general) (Band 3) and civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police (Band 3).


  • Civil Actions Against The Police Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the Council of the Institute of Law and Ethics at Tomsk State University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Anthony Metzer QCGoldsmith ChambersI have not yet met a QC who would present a case with such determination, dedication and robustness.

The members of Goldsmith Chambers handle a wide variety of both human rights and asylum, and business and personal immigration cases. They are a ‘top-notch set of chambers that offers comprehensive, professional and remarkable legal support to both professional and lay clients.’ Anthony Metzer QC led Sanaz Saifolahi in SSHD v Banger in the Upper Tribunal, and led Sarah Pinder in Commonwealth Veterans v Ministry of Defence & SSHD. Charlotte Bayati represented the appellant in MM (Malawi) & MV (Sri Lanka) v SSHD in seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the test under Article 3 for removal of foreign nationals in medical cases.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Anthony Metzer QCGoldsmith ChambersHighly skilled advocate on immigration and inquest matters.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Anthony Metzer QCGoldsmith ChambersA powerful advocate who has great client care skills. Collaborative, helpful and always open to discussions. Quick and incisive judgement calls. An outstanding jury advocate with unmatched cross-examination skills. He comes across as friendly and committed to both clients and jury members, and easily wins their trust. Clients are very happy to be represented by him as they see that he does not let police officers get away with anything.