Michael is an experienced Barrister and was called to the Bar in 2002. Prior to joining DAC Beachcroft LLP, he practised at the Bar for 12 years specialising in criminal and regulatory advocacy. Michael is an associate in our Healthcare Regulatory and Public Law Team and also a member of the firm's SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) Team.
His practice encompassed serious crime such as murder, manslaughter and fraud, as well as the prosecution and defence of high profile financial, medical and healthcare related crime and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending a range of professionals including financial advisors, accountants and doctors in Crown Court trials, as well as representing the latter at inquests. He also specialised in the sector of business and financial crime, with a particular emphasis on fraud, money laundering and the proceeds of crime.
Michael has significant advocacy experience of lengthy and complex jury trials in the Crown Court, as well as regularly appearing in the Magistrates' Court, Administrative Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.
In addition, he has both prosecution and defence experience in cases involving a wide variety of regulatory offences, and was formerly one of only a limited number of Counsel to be appointed to the Attorney General's Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates.
His significant advocacy experience includes cases involving: the HSE, SFO, DWP, HMRC, RCPO, Financial Conduct Authority, Environment Agency, FSA, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and prosecutions brought directly on behalf of both the NHS and MHRA (Medicines).
Michael regularly advises upon, and attends inquests on behalf of, a wide variety of individuals and organisations including private healthcare providers and NHS Trusts. He has an in-depth knowledge relating to inquest law and procedure, matters relating to disclosure as well as the application of Article 2 ECHR to inquest proceedings. He has significant experience of jury inquests, inquests involving deaths in custody and those involving suicide and the provision of care by mental health treatment providers. He is also specifically instructed to appear and advise in inquests involving complex and concurrent allegations of clinical negligence.