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Michael Wolkind QC

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Practice Areas

Crime and regulatory.

Career

Michael Wolkind QC, famously described as 'the distilled essence of the great Jury advocate', is considered by many to be the finest cross-examiner and speech-maker at the Criminal Bar. Independent references describe him as 'a virtuoso performer who lights up any Courtroom' and as 'a star in trials'. He is counsel of choice for the most high profile and notorious cases. He is noted for his performance in murder trials, and has considerable success in appeals. He has achieved successive acquittals in major sex cases. He brings a sharpness and innovative approach to his representation of any defendant, whatever the charge. He has led in more than 200 murder cases, covering gangland, contract killings, domestic, diminished responsibility. He acted for the 'Kingsnorth 6' Greenpeace protesters, a high profile acquittal which made worldwide headlines. Particularly famous cases over the years include acting for the London Nailbomber, Copeland, the killer of the Chelsea millionaire financier, Daniel Hanson, and in the successful appeal for the Norfolk Farmer who shot a burglar, Tony Martin. He acted for the main conspirator in the plot to behead a British Muslim soldier, in the Appeals of the 21/7 conspirators and for the first defendant in the 7/7 conspiracy. He acted for the BNP leader charged with causing explosions (Lecomber) and for one of the 'Stephen Lawrence' defendants (Dobson) at his first trial. He has appeared in Privy Council Capital murder cases and, in fraud, has acted for lawyers, accountants, and bankers. In recent years he has had acquittals across the country in murder, rape and other serious crimes. He successfully acted in the nationally reported acquittal of the girlfriend of the paedophile musician Ian Watkins, the acquittal of the defendant charged with the 'worst offences' in a long sex-ring case. Michael remains as much in demand as ever with major cases here and abroad. Read more about Michael at Michael Wolkind QC, famously described as 'the distilled essence of the great Jury advocate', is considered by many to be the finest cross-examiner and speech-maker at the Criminal Bar. Independent references describe him as 'a virtuoso performer who lights up any Courtroom' and as 'a star in trials'. He is counsel of choice for the most high profile and notorious cases. He is noted for his performance in murder trials, and has considerable success in appeals. He has achieved successive acquittals in major sex cases. He brings a sharpness and innovative approach to his representation of any defendant, whatever the charge. He has led in more than 200 murder cases, covering gangland, contract killings, domestic, diminished responsibility. He acted for the 'Kingsnorth 6' Greenpeace protesters, a high profile acquittal which made worldwide headlines. Particularly famous cases over the years include acting for the London Nailbomber, Copeland, the killer of the Chelsea millionaire financier, Daniel Hanson, and in the successful appeal for the Norfolk Farmer who shot a burglar, Tony Martin. He acted for the main conspirator in the plot to behead a British Muslim soldier, in the Appeals of the 21/7 conspirators and for the first defendant in the 7/7 conspiracy. He acted for the BNP leader charged with causing explosions (Lecomber) and for one of the 'Stephen Lawrence' defendants (Dobson) at his first trial. He has appeared in Privy Council Capital murder cases and, in fraud, has acted for lawyers, accountants, and bankers. In recent years he has had acquittals across the country in murder, rape and other serious crimes. He successfully acted in the nationally reported acquittal of the girlfriend of the paedophile musician Ian Watkins, the acquittal of the defendant charged with the 'worst offences' in a long sex-ring case. Michael remains as much in demand as ever with major cases here and abroad. Read more about Michael at https://www.topcriminalqc.co.uk

Professional Memberships

CBA

Personal

Michael is an unrestrained fan of Barnet Football Club although he can’t always remember why. It wasn't his fault Barnet were relegated last season. He has a strong alibi. He is innocent. However, when they get promoted back to the League this season obviously that will be all credit to him.