No5 Chambers barrister Michelle Heeley represented  the prosecution of a man who wanted to ‘defend the UK from an attack by Isis’ in a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Roger Smith, 46, stockpiled gunpowder, crossbows, knives and chemicals at his home as well as having a bomb-making ‘cookbook’.

Smith, of Summerwood Lane, Nottingham, denies various charges under the Explosive Substances Act and Terrorism Act.

Miss Heeley told the jury that Smith was not simply an enthusiastic scientist, and that the chemicals included sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid.

Michelle Heeley is a member of the Crime group at No5 Chambers and is set to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in a ceremony at The Palace of Westminster on Monday, February 13.

She read Law and German at University, and while at Nottingham Law School was awarded the Ropewalk Prize for Mooting. She has extensive Crown Court experience conducting trials and mitigations.

Follow the link to read a report of the trial so far on the BBC website: