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 criminal defence, Claimant civil actions against the police and public authorities and inquests.
Mr Metzer QC, who has been described in Chambers and Partners, where he is listed again in 2017 as a “devastating cross-examiner” is presently listed in the categories of Crime (Band 3 – Silk) and in Police Law – mainly Claimant (Band 2 – Silk). Chambers & Partners notes that Mr Metzer QC frequently acts in claims against the police for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance and assault. He offers particular experience in human rights cases and has been instructed to act against the police and local authorities. His strengths are: “he is very nice on a personal level, always willing to help and is very responsive” and “he has impressive advocacy skills and is excellent with clients.”
Chambers & Partners has also detailed that Mr Metzer QC acted in a claim against the Police of the Metropolis, a claim under Articles 3 and 8 of the Human Rights Act arising out of the disappearance and subsequent suicide of a mentally ill man.
Mr Metzer QC’s expertise has also been recognised by the Legal 500 2017 edition, where Mr Metzer QC is recommended as a Leading Silk in Band 2 in crime as ‘a well-prepared, thorough and engaging advocate – his legal arguments are consistently impressive’ and as a Leading Silk in Band 3 in the civil liberties and human rights category as being “well known in the field, especially in claims against the police.”
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Mr Metzer QC is one of the leading silks in civil actions against the police, with cases appearing in the High Court, County Court and the Court of Appeal. He has also been instructed as leading counsel in two substantial misfeasance claims against police forces.
Mr Metzer QC’s work encompasses claims for Claimants in professional negligence and contractual claims, in particular solicitor’s negligence, and libel and inquests.
Mr Metzer QC was recently instructed as main leading counsel in what is believed to be the UK’s largest civil action against the police: Wayne Pugh & Others v Commissioner of Police of South Wales, which arose from the well-publicised and criticised prosecution of the ‘The Cardiff Three’, following the murder of a prostitute, Lynette White. Mr Metzer QC represented 8 out of 15 Claimants in proceedings, which lasted three months and involved over one million documents.
- Malcolm Boyle v Chief Constable of Hampshire (2016) Winchester County Court: Civil claim for damages for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Three week trial in 2017.
- Pugh & Others v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (2015): Acting as leading counsel with two junior counsels for 8 of 15 Claimants in the UK’s largest action against the police, arising from the collapsed prosecution of the ‘Cardiff Three’.
- Christmas Island, War Pensions Appeal (2015) Supreme Court: Leading counsel in a substantial claim brought against the Ministry of Defence. The veterans were exposed to extremely harmful nuclear testing on Christmas Island during the 1950s; the case involved complex evidence from experts of different fields, including nuclear physics and meteorology.
- M (anonymised) & Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2015): A heavily contested, complex action against the police concerning widespread corruption and police connections with a notorious criminal gang.
- Mr Lea Leighton v Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary (2015) Royal Courts of Justice: Civil action relating to social services records in respect of unproven sexual allegations.
- McDonnell v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2014) Royal Courts of Justice: Considered excessive force by police as invariably “grossly disproportionate”, involving novel Article 3 and 6 ECHR submissions.
- Walker v Commissioner of Police (2014) Central London County Court: Assault and false imprisonment trial. Complex legal issue of what constitutes an unlawful detention. Granted leave to appeal to court of appeal.
- Bailey v Commission of Police for the Metropolis (2012) Central London County Court: Successful recent trial for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
- R v HM Court Service ex parte Hunter (2012) Upper Tier Tribunal: Successful Judicial Review concerning a CICA Claim rejection which had denied a claim as the Claimant was too slow to bring an allegation of rape.
- D v Marriot, Virgin Active, Commission of Police (2012) Central London County Court: A trial for sexual assault and failure to protect the Claimant.
- Buckley v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police & Ollivierre & Ors v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police & Another (2010 / 2011) Oxford County Court; CLCC; Court of Appeal  EWCA Civ 356: Instructed in two of the leading cases in the Court of Appeal determining what constitutes objective reasonable grounds to arrest.
- Ryder-Large v King (2010) Royal Courts of Justice  EWHC 3404: Acted for Claimant in an unprecedented multiple malicious prosecution claims (29 separate allegations).
- Hunt v AB (2009) Royal Courts of Justice  EWHC 2724 [QB];  EWCA Civ 1092 (CA): Successful leading counsel in the High Court for a Defendant in a malicious prosecution claim brought against a woman who claimed to be a rape victim, who was subject to an unprecedented claim by her alleged rapist. The Judgment was upheld in the Court of Appeal. The case had huge potential ramifications for rape victims in the future and received national publicity in the press and media.
- Morton Insurance v Sidhu (2008) Courts of Justice  EWHC 417: Civil claim involving an allegation of insurance fraud by an ex-employee.
Mr Metzer QC is highly distinguished and established silk in criminal defence work with considerable appellate and Privy Council experience. He has a substantial criminal practice, principally in murder and manslaughter, serious offences of a sexual nature and drug offences. He also specialises in fraud and money laundering allegations and has extensive experience in health and safety prosecutions.
Prior to obtaining silk, Mr Metzer QC had been listed as a leading junior in every edition of the Legal 500 since 2007 and is presently listed under the hearings of general crime and criminal fraud.
His criminal practice includes high-profile cases such as the ‘Nigella Lawson Case’, where he successfully represented the first of two sisters charged with defrauding their employers, Ms Lawson and Charles Saatchi.
- R v Beadman (2016) Nottingham Crown Court: Leading counsel in defending the murder, rape and false imprisonment of a school girl. Highly publicised case.
- R v Dalli (2016) Manchester Crown Court: 17-year old boy successfully defended on allegation of conspiracy to murder.
- R v Khan (2016) Manchester Crown Court: Leading counsel defending a husband accused of the murder of his wife.
- R v Jason Podesta (2016) Chichester Crown Court: Allegation of historic rape.
- R v Ledesma (2016) Southwark Crown Court: Leading counsel defending a nurse accused of unlawful killing after she transferred the wrong type of blood to the deceased. Re-trial in November 2016.
- R v Hoyle (2015) Chester Crown Court: Leading counsel defending in a brutal murder trial, known as the ‘Facebook Reunion Murder’, featuring in the BBC documentary, ‘The Prosecutors’.
- R v Jordan Daley (2015) Central Criminal Court: Leading counsel in murder trial.
- R v Purkins & Others (2014) Central Criminal Court: Leading counsel defending in a case involving the death a private gym user after consuming ‘DNP’, a toxic pesticide.
- R v Grillo & Grillo (2013) Isleworth Crown Court: Successfully defending one of two sisters charged with defrauding Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson.
- R v Zinkevicius (2013) Central Criminal Court: Leading counsel in murder trial.
- R v Konigshofer (2012) Wood Green Crown Court: Conspiracy to rape in the Haredi community.
- R v McGrath (2009) Manchester Crown Court: Vast money-laundering allegation. The client was a former Deputy Chairman of Preston Borough Council.
- R v Etchu-Abangma (2009) Wood Green Crown Court: Health and safety prosecution concerning death of vulnerable young person in care home.
- R v Gomulu (2008 / 2009) Central Criminal Court and Court of Appeal: Murder.
Mr Metzer QC was instructed on three major inquests in 2015. One of these inquests became the subject of a BBC Panorama programme, exploring issues including the death of an Asian man where excessive police force was used upon arrest. The other inquests were regarding the tragic death of a 13-year old girl following a high-speed police chase and a suspicious death in Germany possibly involving anti-Semitism which attracted international media attention.
- Ullah (2015): Acting for the family in a highly charged inquest into the death of a man during a routine stop-and-search, which later featured on Panorama.
- Was (2015): Acting for the family of a 13-year-old killed in a collision arising from a high-speed police pursuit.
- Duggan (2015): This high-profile inquest explored the suspicious death of Mr Duggan after attending a conference by the anti-Semitic La Rouche movement.