Jonathan Metzer has a broad practice across all areas of chambers’ work, with particular expertise in public and human rights law, asylum and immigration, clinical negligence and inquests. He appears regularly in the Immigration Tribunals, the County Court and the Coroner’s Court, and has also undertaken hearings in the Administrative Court.
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.
Jonathan accepts instruction via Direct Access, with particular interest in immigration, public law, inquests and civil matters.
Jonathan regularly appears on behalf of claimants at the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in asylum, human rights and EEA residency appeals. He is also instructed by claimants for immigration judicial reviews and urgent injunction applications against removal (including out of hours).
Jonathan regularly appears on behalf of families at inquests. He has particular experience in cases of apparent suicide and deaths in the medical context and has experience in making arguments under Article 2 (the right to life) as it applies in an inquest.
Jonathan’s public and human rights law practice includes acting on behalf of long-sentence prisoners who wish to challenge failures to provide them with suitable rehabilitation programmes or delays in the Parole process.
Clinical Negligence / Personal Injury
Jonathan acts for both claimants and defendants and regularly undertakes hearings in court and advises and drafts pleadings in clinical negligence and personal injury claims.