Senior Associate (Admitted 1999)
Michael started his career specialising in serious fraud cases before joining this firm. He is a key member of the general crime team and specialises in serious crime.
Michael has built up a loyal following where his commitment to his clients and "leaving no stone unturned" has quickly gained him a reputation as a lawyer to entrust. Michael also deals with fraud and confiscation proceedings.
He has previously been a ranked lawyer in Chambers and Partners Directory on several occasions:
Michael is well versed in serious crime matters and handles a broad range of high-profile cases. Sources speak of his "fabulous relationship with clients" and describe him as "highly conscientious, thorough, reliable and committed" Chambers and Partners 2012 and 2015.
"I engaged SGK following my son being charged with serious drug related offences. Of course this is a time of great worry and stress when clear and coherent advice and guidance is essential. I am happy to say that we got that and more from the professionals at SGK, in particular Michael. They reassured us and made the whole frightening legal process manageable. I am pleased to report that my son achieved the outcome we were aiming for, ie a non-custodial sentence. I can highly recommend SGK"
"Great advice as well as comfort was given. Genuine effort and hard work was done to solve the case"
"Michael was very easy to talk to and made everything easy to understand"
2022 Inner London Crown Court
Defendant acquitted in a large scale drugs supply operation in London and the surrounding areas.
2021 Snaresbrook Crown Court
Defendant acquitted in a large scale county lines drug supply conspiracy.
2020 Central Criminal Court
Defendant acquitted of murder following a gang related stabbing incident on the Edgware Road. The defendant was the first of six defendants on the indictment.
2020 Chelmsford Crown Court
Representing an alleged leader of a drug supply organisation who is said to be one of four defendants involved in a murder, attempted grievous bodily harm and county lines drug supply.
2020 Snaresbrook Crown Court
Representing a defendant accused of murder following an incident in East London.
2020 Snaresbrook Crown Court
Representing one of nine defendants involved in a large scale county lines drugs supply operation.
2018 Snaresbrook Crown
Representing one of nine defendants in a large scale 'county lines' drugs conspiracy.
2018 Criminal Cases Review Commission (ongoing)
Instructed to consider a review of a conviction in a high profile murder. Having obtained fresh evidence, Michael is currently in the process of referring the matter to the CCRC.
2016 Lewes Crown Court
Represented two defendants accused of wounding with intent where the victim had corrosive acid thrown over him resulting in significant injury and permanent disfigurement. The victim is currently campaigning to have the law changed with regard to the sale of such products.
2015 Harrow Crown Court
Expert analysis and investigation of Crown's assessment in confiscation proceedings resulted in a reduction in the benefit figure from £375,000 to £67,000.
2014 Central Criminal Court
Handling complex police gangland intelligence in a well publicised murder and attempted grievous bodily harm case in East London.
2014 Isleworth Crown Court
Defendant acquitted of rape following an accusation by a patron of a West London nightclub where the defendant worked.
2013 Blackfriars Crown Court
Defendant acquitted of grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident with bouncers in a nightclub. A number of witnesses not spoken to by police were tracked down including one witness in Australia who gave his crucial evidence via video link.
2012 Southwark Crown Court
Part of the team involved in the successful defence of the principal defendant in a complex £52 million pension conspiracy to defraud case.