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Michelle Nelson

Call: 1994

020 7520 6000

Michelle Nelson was appointed in March 2009 to the Treasury Counsel team, based at the Central Criminal Court. Treasury Counsel prosecute, usually at the Central Criminal Court, some of the most serious and difficult cases in the country. The team of around sixteen Counsel is appointed by the Attorney General. Before her appointment, Michelle defended in cases from theft to child cruelty and prosecuted in trials concerning violence, drug supply and importation. She has long been on the Attorney General’s List and has been instructed to prosecute in large frauds and large-scale money laundering cases. 

She has also prosecuted for the Serious Fraud office, including acting for them in relation to a Microsoft copyright fraud. Her work includes dealing with restraint and confiscation and she has worked at the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office advising on and pursuing restraint and forfeiture. In 2004, Michelle spent three months in Jamaica defending in capital murder cases. She advises the Attorney General on, and has represented the Attorney General in the Court of Appeal in, unduly lenient sentence appeals. Other work includes advising on behalf of appellants in Privy Council appeals and advising and drafting restraint applications in the High Court and Crown Court.



R v David West - Murder of father by son in circumstances of agreed historic bullying by father. Shortly before the murder, the defendant had sent text messages indicating he would do something extreme. He took a knife from his flat and walked the short distance to his father’s home and seeing his father, drunk on the floor, stabbed him through the throat. There were injuries consistent with “toying” with the knife. Issue was loss of control. Media Link: BBC

R v Lukelo –Mami & Ors- Murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.  Group stabbing where evidence showed victim had possession of a knife. Victim sustained a fatal wound to one leg and 4 non-contributory wounds to other leg. D1 ran self-defence in relation to the fatal wound. The effect of which, if accepted, was that no other defendant could be found guilty. Case involved anonymous witnesses, child witnesses and a cell confession evidence.  Media Link: BBC

R v Olisa and others - Murder, alleged joint enterprise stabbing. Evidence put three defendants in the hallway where stabbing took place, while two others remained outside and the door was closed. The case was the first at the Central Criminal Court to be impacted by the Supreme Court decision in R v Jogee.



R v Tareena Shakil - First prosecution of female for taking child and going to live in Syria. Media Link: BBC

R v Alamgir, & Ors - Prosecution for encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, ISIS by giving speeches in private gatherings. Legal issues on parameters of law vs EHCR Articles 9 and 10 and admissibility of mindset material.  Undercover officer evidence relied on. D2 ran as a defence a relationship with the Security Services before and during the time of the alleged offending. Media Link: BBC

Legal Appointments

1994 Called to the Bar, Middle Temple


Bar Council - Race Relations Committee In 2002, with two other members of the UK Bar, she presented a forum at the American Bar Association in Washington D.C

Bar Council - Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee [2002-2008]

Member of the Board of the Prison Reform Trust (PRT). In this capacity she works with the PRT to encourage reform of the prison system, whether by reducing the prison population or better providing for those in custody.
Board Member of children’s charity - Scene & Heard

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