JUSTICE Director of Human Rights Policy joins Monckton

03 Oct 2011

Eric Metcalfe joins Monckton Chambers from JUSTICE, one of the leading organisations on law reform and human rights where he was the director of human rights policy.

During this time Eric was involved in many key cases concerning national security in the UK, including Ahmed and others v HM Treasury (asset freezing by way of Order in Council), A and others (No 2) (admissibility of torture evidence), MB v Secretary of State for the Home Department (use of secret evidence in control order appeals), and Corner House v Serious Fraud Office (halting of the BAE fraud investigation on national security grounds). Eric has substantial expertise in constitutional law; immigration; data protection and privacy; equality and non-discrimination; freedom of information and judicial review having been involved in many of the leading cases in these fields over the last decade. These include 17 cases before the House of Lords, 7 before the UK Supreme Court, and 7 before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

Having worked both as a government lawyer and as policy director for a leading human rights organisation, Eric is well-placed to advise both public and private bodies on a wide range of public law and human rights issues.

Eric’s arrival reinforces our reputation as one of the leading sets in the fields of public law and human rights law. The past decade has seen an enormous growth in human rights litigation, both in our domestic courts and in other European courts, as well as before the Court of First Instance, European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights and international tribunals. Eric joins members of Monckton Chambers who have been at the heart of this expansion.

Eric comments:

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Monckton Chambers. With the EU about to accede to the

European Convention on Human Rights, and with the growing importance of the EU Charter in its own right, Monckton is the ideal place for me to develop my practice in public law, human rights and EU law.”

David Hockney, Senior Clerk:

I am delighted that Eric has accepted our offer of tenancy. His very considerable experience and profile as Policy Director of Justice will further strengthen our collective expertise within our EU and Public Law group and provide genuine value added to the whole range of our clients.”

Paul Lasok QC, Head of Chambers:

“Eric’s recruitment strengthens an already strong position that Monckton Chambers has in the areas of public law, EU law and human rights, to the benefit of our clients.”

On 19 October, Eric Metcalfe will chair the Judicial Review session of the 13th annual Human Rights Law Conference, organised jointly between Sweet & Maxwell and JUSTICE. The conference’s afternoon keynote speaker will be Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.