Head of Chambers
Assistant Coroner (Nottingham & Nottinghamshire)
Assistant Coroner (Leicestershire & Rutland)
President of Nottinghamshire Law Society 2016
Head of Education at Nova Trust
Senior Counsel at Criminal Justice Research Centre (Nottingham University)
Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple)
Vulnerable Witness Facilitator
Bar representative NLS Criminal Law Committee
During this time Michael prosecuting Operation Normality (R v Dawes) for which he was commended by the Chief Constable (one of only three barristers to have even been so).
More recently, he developed an increasingly niche practice both in Regulatory Crime and cases of Homicide. His busy practice in silk has built upon his past success and reputation, with his being sought after on behalf of both prosecution and defence, in cases of Murder, Manslaughter, and which recently led to his being commended (together with James Varley) by the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East Midlands both for his formidable advocacy and impressive level of witness care in the case of R v Ataul Mustafa.
Michael is frequently the first choice in cases of particular complexity or novelty and has a broad spectrum of experience across the entire panoply of criminal cases.
D lured his victim from her family home in Bradford to Derby with the promise of love, but then forced her to submit to wearing traditional Islamic dress to evade his detection for domestic violence. The pathology could not give a specific cause of death and so the case was pieced together from a variety of different sources and was both highly detailed and factually complicated, whilst having considerable cultural sensitivity.
D and two others were convicted of Murder (the victim being D’s husband) at their original trial, represented by other counsel. Michael represented D in Court of Appeal where the conviction was overturned, despite the fresh evidence not relating to the case specifically, and a retrial ordered. D was ultimately acquitted at re-trial (other two convicted).
D murdered her partner in the home they shared when he tried leaving her because of her alcoholism. Issues of Loss of Control and Diminished Responsibility featured. Case featured, as did Michael, in “Women Who Kill” series in USA. (On YouTube, search “Ellisha Allen documentary”).
D shot and killed a member of a rival gang in Birmingham over a drugs dispute. Complicated issues over evidence of background, hearsay (re gang information) and Bad Character arose at trial.
Outside D’s 16th birthday party, Lee Marshall, a longstanding associate of Colin Gunn, was killed by a single stab wound to the buttock. This case involved many covert prison and police bus recordings that included many damaging admissions. D was acquitted after an eight-week trial.
D claimed his partner, who had a long history of psychiatric issues including self-harming, had both injured herself and fallen down the stairs at the home they shared. The case was factually complex involving issues of Loss of Control, causation and intent.
D was a Muslim schoolteacher who had a sexual relationship with a former pupil at the Christian school where he taught. Case involved both sensitive cultural issues and unusual offences under the SOA 2003 based on the former teacher-student relationship.
The victim got off the last bus home, being 20 pence short of the fare. D, who had been involved in violence throughout the evidence, brutally attacked a raped her on the Forest site as she made her way to meet her mother. He pretended to be her saviour and to have happened across her naked body by chance. Science and meticulous investigation disproved his account.
D had sexual intercourse with a woman in a chalet at Skegness, having walked her back with her friends. He claimed he was suffering with sexomnia. Investigation revealed a history of sleeping disorders and other factors present which support this contention. This case considered R v Burgess, still the leading authority on automatism, the distinction between insane and non-insane automatism and has featured in many articles and lectures.
D was Chair of Derby County Football Club and accused of defrauding them of £375,000. Case lasted over 4 months and D was the only one acquitted of that charge.
D was a Fraud officer with HMRC. He was accused of conspiring with two others to defraud his employers. They gave evidence against him. The case concerned a detailed analysis of VAT submissions, receipts and other material.
This concerned the death of a man on the Chatsworth estate when he inadvertently rode his motorcycle into a hidden dip brought about by the horse event course being differently orientated to the usual approach.
Michael has been involved in a number of other cases, for Messrs Browne Jacobson, Mark Croft LLP and others, involving: Natural England, the Fire Service, and various District, City and County councils.
This is a reported case from the Court of Appeal dealing with what should happen in cases where the law has changed since D was convicted and where he may not have been convicted were the law as it had become at the time of his trial, and also whether, in cases where the prosecution were time-barred from adding a count of Having Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a girl aged between 13 and 16 (and case law prevented them from charging Indecent Assault), the jury could return a verdict of Indecent Assault as a statutory alternative to a charge of Rape under the 1956 Act.
Michael represented a successful businessman for sexual offences committed against his daughters, and which had considerable sensitivity as another offender, who was in the public spotlight, took his own life rather than face prosecution.
Michael represented a man who held a very responsible position with the local authority who was said to have evicted a tenant by violent means. His whole reputation and future rested on the outcome. D was acquitted unanimously.
The defendant was alleged to have beaten his mother’s partner savagely and was originally charged with Causing GBH with Intent. He was convicted of a lesser offence after trial.