Michael Neofytou
  • ‘Lively on his feet.’

    Legal 500 - 2015

  • a shining star in the ascendancy

    Legal 500 - 2011

  • Ranked as a leading Barrister in Chambers and Partners 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • Very user-friendly; he gets matters dealt with quickly.

    Legal 500 - 2016

  • A diligent, conscientious barrister, who prepares his cases meticulously.

    Legal 500 - 2017

  • He is led by leading silks in murder cases.

    Legal 500 - 2018

  • A big personality – judges and juries like him

    Legal 500 - 2019

Called 1999

Michael Neofytou


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. The 2020 edition of the Legal 500 ranks him as a leading barrister describing 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.


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