Pro Bono QC of the Year

14th November 2019

News, Alumni news

Wadham alumnus Anthony Metzer QC, has been named as Pro Bono QC of the Year by the Bar’s national charity Advocate.

  • Anthony Metzer QC (centre) receives his award. Photo: CPG Photography

Anthony Metzer QC (Jurisprudence, 1982), Head of Goldsmith Chambers, was recognised for the landmark case of Secretary of State for the Home Department v Banger.  The case, involved the unmarried partner of a British national who moved from the UK to the Netherlands but was refused access to return to the UK. The case resulted in amendments to the law, including a change in regulations for unmarried partners of British citizens.

Anthony has a growing reputation as leading Counsel in Immigration cases and a letter in support of his nomination for this award stated: "I have no hesitation in recommending that Mr Metzer QC should be awarded in this category for his pro bono work. He is truly making a positive difference to society and improving the lives of those in need of justice."

Commenting on his achievement, Anthony said: “I am delighted and honoured by this award, recognising my work and that of my junior to this case where justice, including changes to the law, was finally achieved first in Europe and then in England and Wales. I am excited and proud of my and Goldsmith Chambers’ commitment over many years and continuing, to a significant amount of pro bono work which I regard as vitally important to ensuring access to justice for those who would not otherwise have representation.”

Lord Goldsmith QC, chairman of the judging panel and founder and president of the charity Advocate, which runs the awards, said: “The bar particularly continues to do impressive work at the coal face of pro bono – supporting the most vulnerable in our communities and across the globe. I am continually reminded of how proud I am to be part of a profession that does such important work.”

The award was conferred at a ceremony hosted by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, at Child & Co on London's Fleet Street.

Advocate is the Bar’s national charity that makes it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community.  Advocate matches members of the public needing help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.