Jonathan Metzer succeeds in sham marriage appeal - Feb 2018
Jonathan joined chambers as a tenant in September 2017 after completion of 12 months of pupillage. He is developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work, including public law, immigration, clinical negligence, inquests and public inquiries. He accepts instructions on a pro bono basis.
Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan undertook voluntary work at The Death Penalty Project, Simons, Muirhead & Burton LLP. He also worked on a pro bono basis for the School Exclusion Project, acting as lay legal representative for the parents of excluded pupils at hearings in front of school governors and independent review panels.
Jonathan is also commissioning editor for the UK Human Rights Blog.Clinical Negligence
Jonathan has been instructed in relation to clinical negligence claims by both claimants and defendants.
Jonathan appeared on a pro bono basis on behalf of a residents’ association at the 7 day planning inquiry into a proposed development at 68-86 Farringdon Road, London.
Jonathan has been instructed to appear on behalf of appellants at the Asylum and Immigration Chamber of the Upper Tribunal and the First-tier Tribunal.
- Kaziu and Nowak v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018): (Successful appeal against a refusal on the basis of a sham marriage. Praised in the judgment for ‘A thoroughly professional attitude’.)
- Secretary of State for the Home Department v Gandhiraj (2017), Upper Tribunal IA/33279/2015: (appeal brought outside the Immigration Rules on Article 8 grounds. Instructed through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.)
Jonathan is developing a practice in coronial inquests, with particular expertise representing the families of deceased persons.
- Inquest touching upon the death of JW: (The deceased died after a two-week period in hospital in which she did not receive a necessary operation to reattach her gastric feeding tube. The inquest was convened as an Article 2 inquest. The coroner recorded a conclusion which included a finding that the death had been contributed to by neglect on the part of the hospital trust in three separate ways.)
Jonathan has been instructed on behalf of a Core Participant in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Jonathan has undertaken advisory work for several Government departments through the Government Legal Department ‘Junior Junior’ scheme.
Jonathan has been instructed by HMRC for upcoming hearings in the Magistrates’ Court regarding the condemnation of goods on which duty may not have been paid.
Jonathan Metzer and Charlotte Gilmartin appear in significant planning inquiry regarding proposed development - Feb 2018