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Year of Call:  1988

Year of Silk:  2011

Position:  Leader of the Midland Circuit

Michael Duck QC International Arbitration and Trade CV

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Michael Duck QC - International Arbitration & Trade

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 in the Birmingham Law Society “Barrister of the Year  “ Awards 2016

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)


"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 shortlisted finalist in the  Birmingham Law Society's "Barrister of the Year" awards 2016."

 Michael attended “An Introduction to the International Criminal Court Bar Association- The New Voice for the Legal Profession.” by invitation in The Hague (November 2016.

In October 2015 Michael represented a well known Caymanian businessman before the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal upon an allegation of defrauding insurance customers – the case was privately funded

In September 2015 Michael presented a lecture to a group of international lawyers in Dubrovnik on the topic of international cybercrime. The lecture was presented at the invitation of an Australian based law firm

In July 2015 Michael represented a Caymanian national accused of an “execution” of a member of an opposing gang. The prosecution elected not to proceed with the murder allegation after detailed disclosure representations

Michael travelled to Azerbaijan in November 2014 at the request of a major international oil company to advise them upon potential fraud/libel allegations.

Michael was a guest speaker on the Hi-Tech business panel at the Turkish and British Chamber of Commerce and Industry seminar in Istanbul in September 2014 - he was one of the six expert panellists who provided the audience with guidance upon the implications of technology for businesses in both jurisdictions and internationally. Michael was invited to provide expertise upon the risks of criminal security breaches and international cybercrime

Michael has recognised the growing influence of cybercrime and is regarded as an expert in the field both nationally and internationally.

In March 2014 Michael was a speaker at Birmingham Law Society Seminar on ‘Eliminating the risk of doing business abroad’ concerning International Cross Border fraud and the compliance implications for business

He has represented defendants in the Caymans Islands both in court and in advisory work. During recent years he has successfully defended a man at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands charged with attempted murder - the defendant was acquitted at the conclusion of the prosecution's case (2013).

 Michael has helped to develop a training programme for those wishing to become Higher Court Advocates in Hong Kong alongside a large UK based university.

Michael advised  a Caymanian national upon a potential appeal against the imposition of a "whole life order" contrary to the ECtHR ruling in Vintner et al v UK 2013

In addition to the above matters Michael has been instructed to advise defendants upon the compliance of police behaviour with their constitutional rights.

Michael was appointed to the Serious Fraud Office’s specialist panel of independent counsel authorised to prosecute on its behalf (April 2013). The appointment reflects Michael's expertise in the field of fraud and complex crime. The list of those appointed to the specialist panel demonstrates the Serious Fraud Office's commitment to working with the country's top QCs in the prosecution of the most serious and complex crime. The SFO only appointed 64 QCs nationally. Michael's inclusion recognises his successful involvement in the litigation of high profile, multiple defendant trials over a number of years.

In October 2013 Michael was invited to be one of the International speakers at the 9th Annual Global Compliance, Financial Fraud and Anti-Money Laundering conference in the Cayman Islands - he delivered a presentation upon the investigation of Serious Organised Crime and the International compliance/money laundering regulations. 


"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

Michael Duck QC Chambers Logo 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. He recently appeared for the prosecution in R v Khan and others, a drugs supply case involving complicated issues of disclosure and admissibility against 14 defendants.
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 was instructed in the M40 Hells Angels shooting.
Legal 500 2009