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Year of Call:  2001

Year of Silk:  2017

Michelle Heeley Crime CV

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Michelle Heeley QC - Crime

Michelle read Law and German at University, studying not only English law but also German and European legislation. Whilst at Nottingham Law School, Michelle was awarded the Ropewalk Prize for Mooting.

Michelle has extensive experience in the Crown Court conducting trials and mitigations. She has dealt with a panoply of cases as both a prosecutor and defender ranging from Murder to rape to large scale drug smuggling and VAT fraud. 

Michelle undertakes private Magistrates court work and specialises in careless driving cases that have resulted in death or serious injury.

Michelle is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and is also on the Attorney General’s prosecuting list. She is regularly instructed by the Complex Casework Unit and prosecuting division for the Serious Organised Crime Agency to prosecute large scale, multi handed cases involving complex legal issues. Michelle is the Junior of choice for many senior members of chambers and is renowned for her team player attitude, taking responsibility for the case as a whole when required.

Michelle has dealt with many confiscation hearings for both Prosecution and defence, often in cases involving multi million pound claims. She is experienced at drafting skeleton arguments and researching new areas of law in order to achieve the best outcome for her clients. 

Michelle is also instructed in cases defending Police officers charged with criminal offences. She is renowned for her client care skills and ability to relate to people from all walks of life.

Michelle often deals with inquests from which criminal proceedings could or do arise. She is well versed in the best manner to protect clients from potential criminal liability.


LLB (Europe) (Hons)


- Criminal Bar Association
- Health and Safety Lawyers Association
- Member of Midlands Circuit


Recorder - North Eastern Circuit


Acts on cases pertaining to the most serious categories of offences that a person can be charged with, from murder and rape to major drug smuggling cases. She is renowned as an expert in rape cases, and often provides pre-charge advice to the CPS on particularly grave and sensitive cases.
Chambers UK, 2016


‘She is not afraid to confront an issue if and when required.’
Legal 500, 2015

Defends and prosecutes in both the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. As a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor, she takes on complex frauds, cases of sexual abuse and large drugs supply cases. 
"She is very bright, extremely enthusiastic and clearly dedicated to getting a good result for the client."
Chambers UK 2015

'Has an increasingly busy practice across all areas of the criminal law. Her practice encompasses drug supply and fraud-related cases.'
Chambers UK 2014

As a Grade 4 prosecutor, Michelle Heeley has worked for the Complex Casework Unit in the prosecution of a multimillion-pound drug supply ring, involving complex surveillance evidence and consequent PII (public interest immunity) applications. Market sources comment that "her technical ability and paper practice are excellent. She is extremely conscientious about keeping instructing solicitors updated." 

Chambers UK 2013


Operation Kata/3365
Linked cases involving a corrupt police officer accessing police databases to obtain intelligence about his drug dealing friends. He subsequently fed his friends the information which enabled them to avoid detection for a significant period. Officer pleaded guilty, his associates were jailed for 10 years for drug dealing.

Operation Quaver
Multimillion pound car ringing case involving an OCG operating nationally, stealing high value cars to order then using their parts to give Cat D write off cars a new identity. Involved surveillance, sell site and CMP material. 

R v Tom Wells
Junior for Home Affairs correspondent for the Sun charged as part of the Operation Elveden enquiry into Phone hacking. Trial is still ongoing

R v Nicola Coleman
Defence Junior for woman charged with murder of her partner. Case raised issues of fitness to plead/diminished responsibility/manslaughter by provocation. 

Operation 1026
Prosecution of 30 members of a linked OCG supplying guns and drugs into the West Midlands are. Case involved under cover operatives and difficult disclosure issues.  

R v Karl Hansford
Successful prosecution of a rape involving the defendant’s step daughter. Case involved numerous child witnesses and special measures applications. Case also involved successful cross examination of three purported alibi witnesses all of whom were proven to have lied.

R v Aaron Josephs
Led junior in the prosecution of a gang related shooting. The case involved reluctant witnesses as well as technical ballistics evidence.

R v Terry Gardner and others (Operation Variation)
Led Junior in the successful prosecution of twenty defendants involved in a countrywide conspiracy to supply cannabis and cocaine. The case involved covert surveillance and undercover officers. The case also led to multi million pound POCA applications

R v Dominic Stone
Successful prosecution of a vicar charged with downloading images of child pornography. The case generated nationwide media coverage and also involved the presentation of complex technical evidence to a lay jury.

R v Jason King Jones
Successful defence of an historical rape charge dealing with numerous vulnerable witnesses. The case also involved defence expert evidence as to expected medical repercussions of such an allegation

R v W
Successful prosecution of historical abuse against the defendant’s adopted daughter. The allegations dated back over twenty years. The case also involved sensitive photographs that had to be dealt with in an appropriate manner so as to protect the dignity of the complainant whilst achieving maximum impact before the jury. 

R v Westwood
Led Junior for the protaganist in the second largest prison riot in English history. A 3month cases involving difficult issues of disclosure and identification evidence.

R v Patel
A large scale people smuggling operation that involved analysis of American law and its application under a conspiracy in this jurisdiction. A particularly vulnerable client who required careful handling. 
Dealt with the subsequent multi million pound confiscation hearing reducing a Prosecution claim of £3.2 million to £75,000.

R v Webster
Successful defence of an alleged cannabis smuggler. This was a SOCA prosecution involving Dutch intercept evidence and large scale probe material. A 3 month case resulting from a 2 year operation.

R v Collett et al
Single handed prosecution of a three handed kidnapping case resulting from a drugs debt. The victims were known drug users and therefore potentially unreliable before a jury however the case resulted in successful convictions of all defendants with the main defendant receiving an IPP.

R v Ali
Reported case from the Court of Appeal involving submissions of an unsafe conviction for armed robbery. The Court of Appeal not only quashed the conviction but also ordered that there should be no re trial.

R v Carty
Led Junior for the successful prosecution of the leader of the Johnston Crew for attempted murder. The victim was a University student who was shot 3 times yet survived. The case involved witnesses from all over the world which required careful planning and preparation and ultimately led to a minimum 14 year IPP

R v Hussain et al
Led Junior in the prosecution of a family dispute which led to charges of arson and attempted murder. The case was particularly difficult due to the victims of the attempted murder also being in the dock for the same offences. All five defendants were successfully prosecuted leading to 14 year terms of imprisonment. 

R v Robinson
Defence of a woman of good character charged with £500,000 money laundering offences. The case required detailed analysis of many accounts and financial documentation. An in depth knowledge of money laundering law was also required, ultimately the case was successful.

R v Dad and Others
Led Junior in Operation Segmen, one of SOCA’s most important operations designed to snare the main drug dealers in Bristol. Regular security briefings were necessary and the Home Secretary received weekly updates. All of the main defendants were successfully convicted after a 2 month trial.

R v Roger Smith
Successful prosecution of a self proclaimed survivalist for offences under the Explosive Act and the Terrorism Act. The case involved detailed expert evidence about potential usage of chemicals.

Operation Camper
Leading Junior in the prosecution of 42 defendants for wide scale Class A drug dealing in Birmingham. The case involved complex telephone attribution evidence, multiple events and evidence from an undercover drugs officer.
Operation Springtime
Prosecution of 21 defendants for industrial scale class A dealing and production of Cannabis. The case dealt with a particular drug line in Birmingham that was utilised by an Organised Crime Group. 
Operation Fry
Led Junior in the prosecution of a conspiracy to commit murder. This involved a dispute between two notorious Birmingham gangs with 8 shootings forming the basis of the prosecution. The main defendant was sentenced to a total of 27 years.
R v Mark Hodge
Prosecution of a solicitor for raping a vulnerable 18 year old. The case made headlines due to the defendant being a Partner in a Commercial law firm
R v Peter Shuker
Prosecution of a farmer for historical sexual offences committed against a number of young me. The allegations dated back 40 years and involved a lengthy and complicated indictment
Re Yafai
Represented a Police Officer during a jury inquest investigating a death in custody