Jonathan Metzer

Call: 2016

“His manner with the clients is faultless and he ensures that they are supported throughout the entire process.”

Legal 500 2022

“Jonathan’s performance at inquests is incredibly impressive. He is unwavering on points which are pertinent to the events that took place and this resulted in securing a favourable outcome for the clients.”

Legal 500 2022

Jonathan Metzer has a broad practice spanning all areas of 1 Crown Office Row’s work, with particular expertise in public and human rights law, asylum and immigration, inquests and public inquiries, clinical negligence, personal injury and tax. He has considerable advocacy experience across a wide range of courts and tribunals.

Jonathan is recognised as an up and coming junior by Chambers & Partners and as a rising star by The Legal 500 in several areas of practice.

Jonathan is a member of the UK Human Rights Blog’s editorial team.

In the autumn of 2019, Jonathan undertook a six-week scholarship in the USA as a Pegasus Scholar through the Pegasus Trust and the American Inns of Court, where he experienced a full cross-section of the US legal system at both federal and state level through an extensive programme in Washington DC, California, Virginia, Wyoming, Colorado and Maryland.

In 2018 Jonathan was nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards.

Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan achieved Double First Class Honours in Classics at Oxford University and then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at City University, for which he was awarded several scholarships. He also undertook voluntary work at The Death Penalty Project, Simons, Muirhead & Burton LLP, and 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.

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Legal Expertise

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.

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.

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