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Mr Anthony Metzer
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;  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)  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
London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)Within: Leading Silks -
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.