Jonathan Metzer succeeds in Sri Lanka asylum appeal - Jun 2018
Jonathan Metzer is developing a broad practice across all areas of chambers’ work, including public law, immigration, clinical negligence and inquests. He appears regularly in the county court, the coroner’s court and the immigration tribunal.
He accepts instructions on a pro bono basis.
Jonathan joined chambers as a tenant in September 2017 after completion of 12 months of pupillage.
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 regularly appears on behalf of appellants at the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in both immigration and asylum appeals. He has also appeared before the Upper Tribunal in immigration judicial review and undertakes work preparing grounds of appeal and grounds for judicial review.
- XP v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018): Successful asylum appeal on the basis of fear of persecution by Sri Lankan government for perceived support for Tamil Tigers. Applicant had also been sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment in the UK.
- FN v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018): Out of hours application to the Administrative Court for an urgent injunction against the applicant’s removal to Afghanistan pending resolution of his claim for judicial review. Prepared grounds and undertook hearing.
- Pem v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018): Successful appeal before the FTT on the basis of family life under Article 8 outside the Immigration Rules.
- TR v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018): Successful appeal before the FTT on the basis of private life under Article 8 outside the Immigration Rules. Instructed through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
- Kaziu and Nowak v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018): Successful appeal against a refusal on the basis of a 'marriage of convenience'. Praised in the judgment for ‘A thoroughly professional attitude’.
- Secretary of State for the Home Department v Gandhiraj (2017): Appeal before Upper Tribunal brought under Article 8 outside the Immigration Rules. 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 appeared before the Upper Tribunal in immigration judicial review and also undertakes work preparing grounds of claim. He has also appeared in an out of hours application for an injunction against removal in the Administrative Court.
He has also 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 succeeds in sham marriage appeal - Feb 2018
Jonathan Metzer and Charlotte Gilmartin appear in significant planning inquiry regarding proposed development - Feb 2018