Michael Neofytou
  • ‘Lively on his feet.’

    Legal 500 - 2015

  • Awarded Business Crime Defence Barrister of the Year 2013 by the Acquisition International Legal Awards.

  • a shining star in the ascendancy
  • very user friendly
  • well regarded
  • Very user-friendly; he gets matters dealt with quickly.

    Legal 500


Called 1999

Michael Neofytou


Michael has 17 years experience of representing defendants in high-level, serious and complex crime, with a particular experience in homicide, large-scale drug supply and high value fraud cases. He appears in some of the largest and most serious cases in the U.K.

Michael is regularly instructed as both leading and junior counsel and has an impressive national practice exclusively in criminal defence. Michael is known for his straightforward and client friendly approach. He has consistently featured in the rankings of both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners publications. Michael is ranked in the leading juniors section of the Legal 500 which has variously described him as a “a shining star in the ascendancy”, “well-regarded” , "lively on his feet" and “Very user-friendly; he gets matters dealt with quickly”.

Michael regularly represents those in the public eye, particularly those in the field of sports, media and the Arts and many of these cases attract a high level of media interest.

He accepts instructions on both a private and legally aided basis and is will accept instructions directly from the public in appropriate cases.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South- Eastern Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • The Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • British Association of Sports Lawyers (BASL)