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 has been instructed in Police Disciplinary matters over a period of twenty five years During that period Michael has represented many police officers at Crown Court trials and before internal disciplinary tribunals. He has developed an in-depth understanding of the Police Regulations and a familiarity with the specific demands of representation before a professional tribunal.
Michael has developed in a niche practice in Farming and Agricultural cases including the ground breaking case of Kent Trading Standards v Lomas and Channel Livestock Ltd and was instructed to represent the lead defendant accused of breaches of legislation in respect of the trading of horsemeat. Both of the cases had a significant impact upon the farming trade within the UK and Europe.
Michael receives instructions from Police Federations around the UK so travel presents no problems. In addition to representing officers at first instance Michael has experience of pursuing matters to Chief Constable’s review and Police Appeal Tribunals.
Michael is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers’ directory.
“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
The following cases are examples of those which have been dealt with in recent years:
West Mercia Police v S
the officer admitted that he had lied to his promotion board during an interview for a senior rank. He was allowed to remain within the constabulary.
Cleveland Police v K
allegations of domestic violence and commercial impropriety over a period of more than a decade.
West Mercia Police v H
a case which is presently being utilised to standardise the application of Annex N (drink driving sentencing guidelines) nationally.
West Midlands Police v H
a two week hearing in respect of allegations of violence towards members of the public and subsequent suggestions of “covering up” the behaviour. Case not proven.
West Midlands Police v M
allegations of use of force towards an arrestee and “covering up” the behaviour between a number of accused officers – case dismissed at the conclusion of the presenting side’s case. The case involved the settling of a complicated “abuse of process” argument in respect of the delay involved in pursuing the proceedings.
West Midlands Police v L
officer accepted the use of abusive words at an England football match – he was allowed to remain in post.
West Midlands Police v W
allegation of police officer attempting to claim overtime to which she was not entitled.
West Midlands Police v B
allegation of officer becoming involved in drunken violence during two separate nights out in a city centre.
West Midlands Police v S
allegation of a senior police sergeant crashing his vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
West Midlands Police v L, B and E
drink driving cases which ultimately gave significance guidance to police tribunals upon the proper application of the provisions of Annex N.
West Midlands Police v I
allegation of indecency upon a civilian member of staff whilst on duty.
Leicestershire Police v H
allegation of police officer staging a road accident in order to persuade senior officers that the damage caused to his police vehicle was sustained within his area.
Leicestershire Police v J
allegation of a police officer using excessive force upon arrest. Officer was re-instated upon appeal to the Police Appeals tribunal.
Staffordshire Police v R
allegation of police officers being involved in a road traffic accident and subsequently providing an untruthful account of the circumstances.
R v S
Crown Court trial of allegation of violence outside a nightclub by a police officer.
R v J
Crown Court trial of allegation of excessive force towards a member of the public during the course of an arrest.
R v G
Crown Court trial of allegation of perverting the course of justice by approaching members of the jury during the course of a trial and informing them of material to which they were not entitled.
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 Band 1, 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
Shortlisted in Birmingham Law Society Barrister of the Year 2015/6
Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers
Criminal Bar Association
Midland and South East Circuits