Michael specialises in high profile fraud, business crime and serious crime cases, often with an international dimension.
Ranked by Legal 500 (2019) as a Tier 1 Leading Silk in Criminal Fraud, Michael tackles cases fearlessly with tactical precision. He has a meticulous, analytical and highly persuasive approach. He provides exceptional client focused representation at all times.
Michael was recently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement, approved by Mr Justice William Davis on 4th July 2019.
With extensive experience of the most complex cases, Michael offers strategic advice throughout the life of a case.
He represents both private individuals and companies, catering to their business and personal requirements.
Michael defends and prosecutes the most serious and complex high profile financial crime cases.
Michael is available to advise individual and corporate clients from an early stage of an investigation. Many of his clients are company directors and officers.
He has been instructed in some of the largest serious fraud litigation to be investigated and brought before the Courts. He has particular experience of bribery, corruption, tax evasion , false accounting, money laundering, misconduct in public office and accounting fraud cases.
Michael is available to advise from an early stage of an investigation. He conducts private client cases and appeals and is available to work nationally and abroad.
He provides advice and support for compliance matters, all aspects of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and money laundering regulations.
Michael represents clients before the General Medical Council (including its Fitness to Practise Panel), the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Police Disciplinary Tribunal in complex cases of misconduct.
He provides cross-jurisdictional representation for individuals and companies in linked regulatory and criminal litigation.
Michael advises and represents clients (including companies) before the First Tier Tax Tribunal (Tax Chamber) in HMRC related litigation and tax disputes. He has considerable experience of multimillion pound VAT appeals involving Missing Trader Intra-Community Fraud investigations. He also conducts HMRC and excise related litigation before the Tax Tribunal and criminal courts.
Michael represents individual and corporate clients in Health and Safety prosecutions, including serious fatality at work cases.
Michael represents public officials charged with misconduct in public office. The cases often involve concurrent internal/disciplinary investigations and criminal proceedings.
Michael represents interested parties at inquests and in public enquiries.
Legal 500: Tier 1 QC
Co-author: RPC report on the topical issue of whether it is now time for a failure to prevent fraud offence to be introduced – Is the law on corporate criminal liability about to take a new turn [LAW GAZETTE] [Download PDF]
COMBAR: Legal profession Brexit Working Group paper on Criminal Law (2017)
Brexit & Money Laundering Regulation (2017)
University of Leeds
University of London
Inns of Court School of Law
South Eastern Circuit
Financial Services Lawyers Association
Proceeds of Crime Association of Lawyers
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyer
Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association
Deputy District Judge
Serious Fraud Office Panel A Counsel (2013, 2017)
CPS Grade 4 (Highest Grade) (2013 to date)
CPS Specialist Fraud Panel (2013 to date)
CPS Serious Crime Panel (2013 to date)
Former appointment: Attorney General B Panel
Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple).
Ethics Trainer (Inner Temple)
Criminal Bar Association Social Mobility Committee Member (since 2017)
South Eastern Circuit Committee Member (since 2017)
Barrister Mentor (Inner Temple).
Direct Access Accredited
Independent Reviewer for the Surrey Police Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund (2013 – 2016).
Regional Coordinator for the National Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial Competition (2011 – 2019).