Leader of the Midland Circuit.
Recorder of the Crown Court
Bencher of Gray’s Inn
Serious crime, cybercrime, fraud, regulatory work and inquests both in the UK and Commonwealth. A member of the Serious Fraud Office’s QC trial panel (April 2013 - April 2017). Appeared in some of the countries’ most well known cases throughout his career including the appeal of Jeremy Bamber ; the prosecution of gang members for the killing of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare (the “New Year's Day Shootings”); representation of one of the “M40 Bikers” for murder; representation of a man accused of murder during the Birmingham riots and of a man accused of abduction and murder of a policeman’s daughter involving a nationwide manhunt. Michael has been involved in further infamous cases such as representing the world-renowned surgeon accused of “signing” his patients’ livers during surgery (R v Bramhall - 2017).
Excellent track record in successful murder prosecutions :- body in the flat murder (R v Barnes – 2019); murder of a homeless man by beating and kicking (R v Olczyk - 2019) ; 3 handed knife murder and robbery of two young victims - complex CCTV and cell site investigation (R v Innis et al (August 2019).
Defence acquittals including:- a young man accused of murder in a multi- handed drive-by, gang-related, shooting - the defendant was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter- two of the co-defendants were convicted of the murder (R v Gray July 2019); fatal petrol station stabbing in Coventry (R v Vastaki - Barsby - Dec 2017) ; the Shepherds Bush murder trial (R v Yousef Mohamud - Aug 2017) and of an accountant accused of a large scale £5 million HMRC gateway/tax website fraud (2017).
Vulnerable witness cases:- representation of the first defendant in a multi-handed historic trafficking trial (R v Dhaliwal 2018) involving cross-examination of all vulnerable witnesses on behalf of all defendants.
Murder trials involving young offenders :- prosecution of a young offender (17) and another jointly charged with murder of a 16 year old stabbed outside Sutton Coldfield McDonalds, both were convicted (R v Ingram and Hussain - Nov 18) ; representation of a young offender who was jointly accused of stabbing a man to death in a fight along with four others (R v W April 2019).
Recent instructions:- R v Moore et al (awaiting relisting) – ten-handed conspiracy to possess firearms and large scale supply of drugs; R v Tampwo et al ( Oct 2020) four-handed fatal stabbing in May 2018 involving a 15-year-old victim and four young defendants; R v Mohammed (Jan 2021) representing a man accused of conspiracy to murder, R v Shaw (September 2021) - representing a financial adviser accused of involvement in a "Ponzi" type financial services scheme; R v Malocheb et al ( date TBC) – large scale cigarette importation
Particular expertise in cell site, CCTV and technical evidence
Called to the Cayman Island Bar to successfully represent defendants accused of gang-related murders in two separate trials. Presented training in the prosecution of digital evidence to prosecutors and law enforcement officers across the Eastern Caribbean (July 2020)
Direct access accredited.
Called 1988; QC 2011; Recorder Northern Circuit 2015; Leader of the Midland Circuit (October 2017 - current)
Chair of the International Committee of the Criminal Bar Association 2013 - 2017; Gray’s Inn; Midlands Fraud Forum
DPP guidelines for the Prosecution of Organised and Gang Crime; Lecturer in the Cayman Islands at an International Financial Crime and Regulatory Compliance Seminar.