Michael has a broad common law practice. He accepts instructions in criminal, civil, family and extradition law.
Michael graduated from the University of Exeter with First Class Honours in Law, the Dean’s Commendation for outstanding final examinations results, and the Paul Heim Prize for the top finalist going to the Bar. He completed the BPTC at Kaplan Law School where he was an Advocacy Scholar.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Michael was employed by leading city boutique law firm, Peters & Peters, where he worked in the Business Crime and Commercial Litigation departments, focusing on high profile cases of bribery and corruption. He also completed a three-month legal policy internship at Fair Trials International, a human rights charity, campaigning for fairer criminal justice systems.
Michael has developed a strong Crown Court practice. He both prosecutes and defends, and has experience across a range of serious criminal offences, including violence, sexual offences, fraud and matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He is a Grade 1 CPS prosecutor.
He has experience of large-scale fraud investigations having recently undertaken secondments with a leading US law firm and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
Recent cases include:
• R v S (Old Bailey) – Successful defence of client charged with GBH, where accepted injuries included four lost teeth, a fractured jaw and complex lip laceration.
• R v G – (Croydon Crown Court) Successful defence of an 18-year-old client of good character changed with knifepoint robbery. Case involved cross-examination of an 11-year-old child and four police officers.
• R v W (Winchester Crown Court) Successful defence of client charged with outraging public decency.
• R v A (Dorchester Crown Court) Successful defence of client charged with dangerous driving. Involved cross-examination of four independent prosecution witnesses all of whom described the manner of driving as exceptionally dangerous.
Michael also has experience of the full range of extradition proceedings in Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He recently appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, on behalf of the respondent in an appeal brought by the Polish Judicial Authority, after successfully resisting extradition at first instance on the grounds of Article 8 ECHR.
Michael frequently appears in the County Courts. He is instructed by a number of the country’s leading insurers, landlords and private individuals in a range of negligence, contractual and personal injury claims. He appears at both interim hearings and at trial across all three tracks.
He has extensive experience of personal injury claims, arising from both road traffic accidents and under the Occupiers’ Liability Acts. He provides advice on both liability and quantum, as well as drafting pleadings. He is particularly interested in cases involving technical arguments relating to low velocity impact, and allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty. He is willing to consider such cases on a CFA where appropriate.
Acting in equal measure for both claimants and defendants, Michael has developed particular experience in cases involving credit hire and is fully fluent in the full range of legal arguments that arise in such cases.
He has a strong grasp of contract and consumer law, and receives repeat instructions to defend claims brought against a leading global telecommunications company. He has also acted successfully in a claim brought against an international airline.
Michael’s experience in criminal and civil law means he is well placed to act in regulatory matters.
Having completed a secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Michael is instructed as a case presenter both at interim and substantive hearings. He has successfully presented a number of multi-day cases, alleging serious and dangerous misconduct.
He also appears in the criminal courts, on behalf of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to prosecute limited companies and company directors for failures to comply with their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Michael has a broad family practice acting in public and private law children proceedings, as well as family finance.
He frequently acts in financial remedies cases at all stages. He was recently able to negotiate a final clean break order at first appointment, successfully ring-fencing a number of pre-marital assets. He has experience of applications for interim remedies and enforcement.
He regularly represents parents in private law children disputes, from first appointments through to final hearings. He has experience of allegations of serious abuse.
Michael is also developing a public law practice and has experience of acting for both Local Authorities and parents. He has recently acted in a five-day final hearing, involving allegations of long-term neglect.