Michael is a very experienced criminal practitioner. He works for both prosecution and defence and practises mainly in the Crown Court. He is experienced in dealing with cases in the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.
Michael is frequently instructed in very serious and complex cases, including murder, grave violent and sexual offences, drug trafficking offences and frauds. His practice also includes police disciplinary and health and safety cases.
Michael has extensive experience of dealing with sensitive material and public interest applications. He gives careful attention to detail and maintains a sound grasp of the issues.
“Michael is a brilliant barrister." "He pays attention to detail and is very meticulous.“
Chambers UK 2023
“Michael was excellent on technical detail in a case involving expert evidence. He was measured and yet powerful, and endeared himself to the judge, his opponent and the jury.”
Legal 500 2022
Ranked as Band 1 leading silk in Crime
Chambers UK 2022
"Brilliant at prosecuting multi-handed cases. He is just very clever and methodical." "He has a real gravitas in court and is a go-to for top-level cases."
Chambers UK 2021
"Highly intelligent, with a particular strength in cases involving technical expert evidence."
Legal 500 2021
“He is always calm under pressure and is never ruffled.” “A thorough, very persuasive advocate. He is entirely decent, charming and phenomenal in court.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Experienced in a wide range of serious criminal cases.”
Legal 500 2020
Recorder - 1997
MA Queens’ College Cambridge