Legal 500 2021


Chambers is delighted to announce that a number of members of chambers, 11 in total spanning 13 entries, have been successfully ranked in the Legal 500 2020 and that Chambers as a set is ranked again in Immigration.

CRIME – Leading SilkTier 3Anthony Metzer QC, Head of chambers – “A powerful advocate who has great client care skills. Collaborative, helpful and always open to discussions. Quick and incisive judgement calls. An outstanding jury advocate with unmatched cross-examination skills. He comes across as friendly and committed to both clients and jury members, and easily wins their trust. Clients are very happy to be represented by him as they see that he does not let police officers get away with anything.”

Rising starSarah Taylor“Sarah combines an exemplary academic understanding of the law with authoritative and effective advocacy. She is committed to every case and is rigorous in exploring the client’s available options. She is also prepared to think beyond the obvious, and explore complex and novel points of law. In addition, she has an excellent way with clients, including clients with mental health issues and other vulnerabilities. Bringing together these qualities with a sensible understanding of the complexities of life and human behaviour make her a very powerful advocate indeed.”

FRAUD: CRIME – Leading Junior – Tier 4 – Adam Gersch – “A dedicated barrister who spots the best points in a case.”

FRAUD: CRIME – Leading Junior – Tier 4 – Dominic D’Souza – “A stand-out defence advocate. He combines a ferocious intellect with over 20 years experience to provide an exceptional level of service to his clients.

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINARY AND REGULATORY LAW Rising starHeather Beckett“Astute, commercial, detailed, authoritative and responsive.”


“The members of Goldsmith Chambers handle a wide variety of both human rights and asylum, and business and personal immigration cases. They are a ‘top-notch set of chambers that offers comprehensive, professional and remarkable legal support to both professional and lay clients.’ Anthony Metzer QC led Sanaz Saifolahi in SSHD v Banger in the Upper Tribunal, and led Sarah Pinder in Commonwealth Veterans v Ministry of Defence & SSHD. Charlotte Bayati represented the appellant in MM (Malawi) & MV (Sri Lanka) v SSHD in seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the test under Article 3 for removal of foreign nationals in medical cases.”

Leading SilkAnthony Metzer QC“I have not yet met a QC who would present a case with such determination, dedication and robustness.”

Leading Junior – Tier 1 – Charlotte Bayati – “She is very impressive in her drafting and paper work and an excellent advocate.”

Tier 3 – Samina Iqbal“Her exceptional clarity in arguments and attention to subtle details always leads her to shine in her work.”

Tier 3 – Sanaz Saifolahi“Sanaz is a brilliant and confident advocate; her drafting skills are impeccable and knowledge on immigration/public law is second to none.”

Tier 4 – Guy Davison“He is a fearless advocate with excellent drafting skills.”

Tier 4 – Sarah Pinder“Her level of knowledge and practical know-how in immigration matters is unparalleled and she shows a genuine interest in every matter she takes on.”

Tier 4 – Alexis Slatter “A competent, confident, and dauntless advocate who always sets the pace for the arguments, leads the way, and thinks outside the box in critical moments.”

CIVIL LIBERTIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS (INCLUDING ACTIONS AGAINST THE POLICE) – Leading Silk – Tier 3 – Anthony Metzer QC “Highly skilled advocate on immigration and inquest matters.”

FAMILY (INCLUDING DIVORCE AND FINANCIAL REMEDY) – Leading Junior – Tier 4 – Dr Charlotte Proudman“Has built up an excellent practice in family law well beyond her year of call. She is a leading thinker and expert on gender based violence and family law.”


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