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London Bridge Attack – 29th November 2019

Chambers was deeply sorry to learn of the terrible events on 29th November 2019 and wishes to express its deepest condolences and support to all those affected. We echo the sentiment so well expressed by Mr Merritt, the father of Jack Merritt, who tragically lost his life, in today’s Guardian: “Jack believed in the inherent […]

Inquest to consider Police omissions

Dr Anton van Dellen is instructed to represent the partner of Daniel Whitworth in an inquest investigating the linked deaths of four young men in East London.  At the Old Bailey, Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC sitting as an Assistant Coroner ordered that that there was reason to suspect that omissions of Police officers caused or contributed […]

Coroner issues a Preventing Future Death report

Following submissions from Dr Anton van Dellen, the Coroner hearing the inquest investigating the death of 3-year old Francesca Sio decided to issue a Preventing Future Death report.  The report concerns the mixing of child and adult patients at Greenbrook Urgent Care Centre (UCC).  The Coroner decided that this creates a risk of children quietly […]

Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019

Last night, 6th November 2019, at the Advocate Pro Bono Awards, Head of Chambers Anthony Metzer QC was awarded Pro Bono QC of the year. Sanaz Saifolahi, of the immigration team, was recognised as ‘highly commended’ in the Junior Pro Bono barrister of the year category. Both Anthony and Sanaz were recognised for their extensive […]

In Memoriam – Jessica Holmes

It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Jessica “Jess” Holmes, who passed away at the end of September aged just 40. Jess had been a tenant at Argent Chambers, specialising predominantly in criminal law.  Before the merger with Goldsmith Chambers, she decided to leave the independent Bar, and spent […]

Heather Beckett has article published in The Expert Witness

Heather Beckett has had a commissioned article – ‘What not to do as an Expert Witness from a Barrister’s point of view’ published in the Autumn 2019 ( Volume 1 Issue 29) edition of The Expert Witness.  The article can be read here.

Law Friends Society Criminal Law Conference – 25th October 2019

Two members of Chambers’ crime team joined the Law Friends Society Crime Conference in London as trainers on 25th October 2019. Oliver Newman spoke on the recent important changes to the PACE Codes of Practice, an essential area for high-street criminal legal aid firms. The lecture covered the inclusion of body worn video cameras now […]

Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019

Anthony Metzer QC, Head of Chambers, and Sanaz Saifolahi of Chambers’ immigration team have been nominated for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019, sponsored by Lexis Nexis. Both nominations follow Anthony’s and Sanaz’ pro bono work in the case of Banger, heard in the Court of Justice of the EU in 2018 and in the […]