Called to the Bar in 1997
Practice Area: Crime
Michael is a specialist criminal defence barrister.
Over the last 22 years Michael has successfully represented defendants in relation to every major offence in the criminal law.
Michael is also adept at dealing with defendants who are mentally disordered or violent. He has great experience in dealing with young defendants of either sex.
His practice includes cases of murder and manslaughter variously involving firearms and knives, together with other serious and gang related violence across London.
Michael has experience of defending in many cases investigated by the Metropolitan Police Operation Trident unit and by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Michael also undertakes work in the areas of Organised Crime Groups, people trafficking, armed robbery, the importation and supply of drugs (including numerous County Lines cases), serious sexual offences, fraud and money laundering, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, arson and the possession of firearms and ammunition amongst others.
Michael has gained a justified reputation for skilfully dealing with the most demanding and sensitive cases and has an outstanding record of securing acquittals in the most difficult circumstances
Selected notable cases:
R v Alexander & others: murder by stabbing involving many young defendants on Chiswick High Road representing former actor from The Bill (Central Criminal Court);
R v Quirke & others: manslaughter of naked man pushed into lake at Lakeside Shopping Centre referred to in The Sun as ‘Happy Slap Killing’;
R v Faley & others: murder by shooting in Mill Hill tried at the Old Bailey: Mr Faley acquitted of murder;
R v ML: Trident case involving sub machine gun described in ‘Metro’ as ‘the most dangerous weapon ever seized on the streets of London’;
R v Szypusz: Tottenham ‘Hit Man’ trial at Central Criminal Court, later subject of BBC ‘Murder Blues’ documentary;
R v Rafael Fernandez & others: Southwark Crown Court: Mr F charged with harbouring 107 kilograms of cocaine: F the only defendant acquitted of 7 standing trial;
R v Michael Nelson & others: Central Criminal Court: Trident case of triple shooting outside Too Sweet restaurant in Hackney;
R v AE: Isleworth Crown Court: successful defence of an Emirates air steward accused of the rape of an air stewardess at Heathrow; reported extensively in The Sun and The Mirror;
R v Griffiths & others: Central Criminal Court: represented main defendant in conspiracy where ex Flying Squad officer led a team of armed robbers who entered various businesses disguised as firemen, attracted national news coverage;
R v E-C: Guildford Crown Court: causing death by dangerous driving: obtained non custodial sentence for E-C;
R v Mansoor: Inner London Crown Court: defendant had a kilogram of heroin delivered to his address in his name: acquitted;
R v Azad & others: Inner London Crown Court: multi handed kidnapping case where victim’s blood was found in the boot of A’s BMW: acquitted;
R v Tesfay & 12 others: Wood Green Crown Court: case arising from the Tottenham aspect of the London Riots in 2011. T was the only defendant acquitted after Michael successfully challenged three police identifications from CCTV of T as a ringleader.
Degree: LLB (Hons)
Inns of Court School of Law (BVC)
Criminal Bar Association
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