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.
"Very analytical, hard-working and fights his corner well." "He is very down to earth and approachable."
Chambers UK 2019
‘A very user-friendly silk.’
Legal 500 2019
"He is one of the best silks in the Midlands.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017
"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
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)
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