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Year of Call:  1988

Year of Silk:  2011

Position:  Leader of the Midland Circuit

Michael Duck QC Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law CV

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Michael Duck QC - Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law

Top Ranked Band1, Criminal Silk – Midland Circuit, Leaders in their Field, Chambers and Partners UK 2017

Shortlisted for Regional Silk of the Year in the LEGAL 500 2015/6 awards

Finalist the in Birmingham Law Society “Barrister of the Year 2015/6 

Recorder on the Northern Circuit (2015)

Chairman of the International Committee of the Criminal Bar Association  (August 2013- January 2017)

Member of the International Bar Association

Serious Fraud Office QC Panel (2013)

Cayman Islands Bar (2013, July and Nov 2015)

Michael Duck QC Chambers Logo 2017


"He is one of the best silks in the Midlands.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017

Michael is widely recognised as one of the best criminal silks in the Midlands, being only one of four criminal silks to be given Band 1 ranking by Chambers and Partners UK guide 2017 on the Midland Circuit and only one of two in Birmingham

2015/6 was a particularly successful period for Michael and reflects his established reputation as a leading "silk". He was shortlisted for Legal 500's Regional Silk of the Year, he was appointed a Recorder on the Northern Circuit and was a finalist in the Birmingham Law Society's "Barrister of the Year" awards 2016.

Since taking “silk” in 2011 Michael has been instructed in a number of high profile police disciplinary cases and inquests

Inquest in the matter of Stefan Boswell – PC Gallagher- Oct 2015

Instructed by West Mercia Police Federation on behalf of an officer accused of causing the death of a teenager during a high speed pursuit on the “wrong” side of a dual carriageway. The pursuit culminated in the young man’s vehicle leaving the road and causing his death.

The investigation had sought to suggest that the officer was at fault but the jury recorded an unequivocal verdict of accidental death which exonerated the officer concerned   

Inquest:- West Midlands Police- Kevin Burris April 2014.

Instructed by West Midlands Police to represent the interests of the force in an alleged “police pursuit” death. The case attracted significant publicity due to the allegations made against the police by the interested parties. The jury recorded a verdict of accidental verdict which entirely exonerated the West Midlands police as a result of a detailed analysis of the CCTV and accident reconstruction evidence  


"He's a very keen prosecutor and he's excellent at defence too." "He is one of the best silks in the Midlands. He is hard-working, jury-friendly and he attracts the immediate trust of the most demanding of defendants – a genuine pleasure to work with."
Chambers UK, 2017


‘Specialises in cases involving serious organised crime and fraud.’
Legal 500 2016

"A natural, with a really good jury manner." 
Chambers UK, 2016


‘A superb choice of silk – he possesses the legal and advocacy finesse required of the title.’
Legal 500, 2015

"His empathy with the client is brilliant, as is his ability to grasp complex and unusual areas of law." 
Chambers UK 2015

'He is solidly grounded and has a common-sense approach.'
Legal 500 2014

"He has an eye for detail, prepares his work meticulously and is good with the clients."
Chambers UK 2014

The ‘excellent’ Michael Duck QC, who has a ‘well-deserved reputation’
Legal 500 2014

Michael Duck QC has a healthy appellate practice, and undertakes both publicly and privately funded work. 
Chambers UK 2014

Michael Duck QC is a ‘highly skilled and effective advocate’ with a ‘wealth of experience’;
Legal500 2012

'Highly skilled and effective advocate with a wealth of experience' 
Legal 500 2012

'Approachable and highly effective' Michael Duck.
Legal 500 2009