Michael primarily practises in criminal law and extradition. Michael appears most frequently in the Crown Court, where he both defends and prosecutes. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, where he successfully overturned a conviction on the grounds that the trial judge’s conduct deprived the defendant of a fair trial (R v Myers  EWCA Crim 2191). Michael has represented defendants in extradition proceedings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the High Court.
Michael has been instructed in several cases raising human rights issues. He was recently successful in a High Court terrorism-related case (Re M, 2019). The Court was asked to determine whether the Article 6 ECHR right not to self-incriminate should bar disclosure of confidential material from family law proceedings to the police.
Michael aims to promote the legal norms that underpin sustainable development. He is affiliated with Protimos, an NGO that works to build the rule of law across Africa. Protimos conducts litigation on behalf of indigenous communities displaced from their land or deprived of their rights under domestic and international law. It also works proactively with private industry and investors. Michael has made written and oral representations to the World Bank on behalf of communities in Lesotho comprising over 10,000 people. The World Bank is a major funder of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Michael currently acts as a consultant for Protimos. He also consults on domestic human rights issues. He was recently consulted on the 10 Point Action Plan for Romani and Traveller Rights, which was delivered to the UK Government in May 2019.
R v Myers  EWCA Crim 2191
Michael appeared on behalf of the appellant (Ms Myers). He argued that Ms Myers had not received a fair trial due to the judge’s conduct at trial. The judge adversely commented throughout proceedings (including in the presence of the jury), remanded Ms Myers in custody prior to her evidence, and threatened to send Ms Myers’ 14-year-old daughter to the cells. The Court of Appeal held that Ms Myers had not received a fair trial. Her convictions were quashed and no re-trial was ordered. The trial and appeal were conducted when Michael was a pupil at 3 Raymond Buildings.
BPP University, London – Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)
Columbia University, New York – LLM (Stone Scholar)
City University, London – GDL (Distinction)
Oxford University – Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2.1)
Prizes and Awards
Major Scholar (Inner Temple)
Advocacy Exhibitioner (BPP University)
Awarded first prize for written brief in the Americas Round of the International Criminal Court Mooting Competition 2015