Chambers & Partners 2021

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Chambers is delighted to announce that a number of members of chambers have been ranked in Chambers & Partners 2021 edition.

Anthony Metzer QC – Police Law (Mainly Claimant) – Silks – Band 2
Well versed in actions against the police, including claims for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and assault. He is noted for his skills in advocacy and client care.
Strengths: “He comes across as friendly and committed to both clients and jury members, and easily wins their trust. Clients are happy to be represented by him as they see that he does not let police officers get away with wrongdoing.” “He is a committed, dedicated lawyer who supports vulnerable clients when they need it most. He responds quickly and is on hand for any issues as and when they crop up.”
Recent work: Acted in Hashim v Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis, a claim concerning false identification and malicious prosecution related to a bank robbery charge.

Anthony Metzer QC – Crime – Silks – Band 3
Strengths: “A very committed and dedicated lawyer who supports vulnerable clients when they need it most. Tony responds very quickly to the instructing solicitor and is on hand for any issues as and when they crop up. He provides detailed written opinions and has a very good rapport with clients.”

Anthony Metzer QC – Immigration – Silks – Band 3
Has an impressive immigration practice focusing on asylum, and issues including the rights of EU nationals and their families. He is routinely sought after for his experience in complex judicial reviews. He also sits in both the Upper Tribunal and the Administrative Court.
Strengths: “He is fantastic; incredibly clever and personable and really commands the court.”
Recent work: Acted for Rozanne Banger in her Upper Tribunal appeal, which followed a CJEU preliminary hearing ruling in relation to the rights of unmarried partners of EU nationals, and the rights of appeal for extended family members.

Samina Iqbal – Immigration – Leading Junior – Band 4
A seasoned immigration practitioner with strong expertise in EU law, nationality law and human rights. She is particularly adept at handling complex judicial reviews that challenge Home Office decisions and immigration policy. She represents a wide range of clients including vulnerable women and unaccompanied minors.
Strengths: “She is truly experienced in Article 8 and immigration appeals and adopts a soft approach to extremely vulnerable clients. She has a strong legal mind and is mesmerising in court.” “She is extremely easy to work with and exceptionally knowledgeable.”
Recent work: Successfully obtained permission on behalf of HMH, to challenge the Home Secretary’s assessment of his prospects of reintegration and family life in his home country, on the grounds that it failed to exercise the ‘most anxious scrutiny’.

Sanaz Saifolahi – Immigration – Leading Junior – Band 4
A renowned immigration advocate with considerable experience in the rights of EU nationals and their families. She has deep expertise in all aspects of human rights law and acts for a range of clients, including highly vulnerable individuals.
Strengths: “She is extremely straightforward in her legal arguments and she delivers the result any client or law practitioner is looking for. A real pleasure to work with.” “She marshals complex arguments into compelling skeletons. Highly regarded by the judiciary.”
Recent work: Acted for Rozanne Banger in her Upper Tribunal appeal, which followed a CJEU preliminary hearing ruling in relation to the rights of unmarried partners of EU nationals, and the rights of appeal for extended family members.

Jonathan Crystal  – Sport – Leading Junior – Band 3
A vastly experienced barrister who enjoys a longstanding reputation in the sports law arena, with particular knowledge of boxing and football matters. He is knowledgeable of both contractual and regulatory issues in sport.
Strengths: “A terrific operator.”

Paul Mylvaganam – Crime (International Criminal Law) – Spotlight Table
A junior who is highly regarded for his expertise in ICL and white-collar crime matters. He is praised by market sources for his sensitive and warm approach to clients.
Strengths: “He gets on well with clients, and has a very varied practice with a wide reach.”

One of our newest recruits is also ranked as a Junior in Band 3 in Employment Law (Scotland Bar): Kenneth McGuire – An advocate with experience across the whole range of employment law, with particular strengths in discrimination and equal pay issues. He regularly represents clients in employment tribunals and the Court of Session. 
Strengths: “Personable, and good with clients and witnesses.”