Michael defends and prosecutes in magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court. 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). He also represents defendants in extradition proceedings.
Michael does not exclusively practise in crime. He has appeared in committal hearings in the County Court and has some experience of judicial review and immigration law.
Michael is a qualified civil mediator.
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