Michael is a leading specialist criminal defence advocate and adviser with over 19 years’ experience of representing defendants in high-level serious and complex crime, with particular experience in homicide, complex fraud and large-scale drug supply cases. He appears in some of the largest and most serious cases in the UK.
Michael has an impressive practice exclusively in criminal defence. Ranked in tier 1 as a leading barrister in the 2021 edition of Legal 500 , describing him as ‘A superb advocate who is always thinking one step ahead; a silk in the making. He is very bright and hard working. As a solicitor, he is a pleasure to work with. He is very attentive to a solicitor’s needs and responds in detail to case papers and instructions immediately after he is sent them. The 2020 edition described him as “A big personality-judges and juries like him”. Michael is known for his straightforward and client friendly approach. He has consistently featured in the rankings of both the Legal 500 and Chambers publications and has variously been described in the Legal 500 as a “a shining star in the ascendancy” (Legal 500 2011), “well-regarded” (Legal 500 2014), "lively on his feet" (Legal 500 2015), “Very user-friendly; he gets matters dealt with quickly” (Legal 500 2016) and "A diligent, conscientious barrister, who prepares his cases meticulously" (2017).
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 is well versed in the reputational management of all of his clients.
He accepts instructions on both a private and legally aided basis and in limited cases will consider direct access from members of the public.
Michael is a registered Advocacy Trainer for the Inner Temple, and is also a mentor for the Inner Temple. Further, Michael is a registered Pupil Supervisor.
Michael is a member of Chambers' Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- The Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
- British Association of Sports Lawyers (BASL)