Michael has lived in Reading since 1989 and attended Reading School. He studied Law at Nottingham University and went on to study for the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2004, whilst working for Mark Williams Associates in Guildford.
Michael moved to Criminal Law Advocates in 2006 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in the same year. Michael became a partner in 2008. In 2009 he was called to Bar, having obtained Higher Rights for all courts. In 2011 he became a consultant in 2011 to Andrew Storch Solicitors.
As an experienced trial advocate, Michael regularly appears before the Crown Court. He has successfully appeared before the High Court and Court of Appeal. A number of these judgments have been reported in the legal press.
Michael has been involved in a number of high profile criminal and Human Rights cases.
Michael has spoken about his cases on Radio 4 (Law In Action), Radio Live 5 and many regional radio stations.
R v Ben Harris – Old Bailey 2015
The client faced serious allegations contrary to the Terrorism Act and Explosives Act. Following evidence obtained by the defence, and strong representations to the Crown, the Crown (following consultation with the Secretary of State) agree to plea bargain, which ultimately resulted in the client receiving a suspended sentence.
R v P – Birmingham Magistrates Court 2015
Client was a Dr who pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of indecent images. He received a community order.
R v JB – Crawley Youth Court 2015
The client (14) faced an allegation of sexual assault against a 3 year old. Following cross-examination of the complainant, the client was acquitted.
R v Mohammed Ashraf – Reading Crown Court 2015
The client faced multiple allegations of historic sexual assault and attempted rape. The client acquitted of all allegations.
Lemming v Lemming and Lemming – Aylesbury Crown Court 2015
Private prosecution on behalf of Mr. G Leeming against his son and daughter in law. The son had stolen a boat from his father. The police initially declined to prosecute the matter. The client however was granted a summons to commence the case, and successfully resisted an application to dismiss at the crown court, the CPS then decided to prosecute the matter (now believing there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the case).
R v P and P – Reading Crown Court 2014
The clients faced allegations of possession of indecent images of children and images of an extreme nature. Following committal to the Crown Court, the CPS dropped all the charges against both clients.
R v EH – Reading Crown Court 2014
The client pleaded guilty to a number of allegations of voyeurism and observation of a person doing a private act. He had in his possession over 30,000 images. He received a suspended sentence and surprisingly he did not receive a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
R v William Law – Southwark Crown Court 2014
Represented the defendant who faced two multi-handed trials. The first set of allegations arose out of the defendant’s obtaining and attempting to obtain a number of mortgages fraudulently (total value £1.5 m). The second allegation arose from a fraudulent property transaction. The client received a very lenient sentence for the first allegation and the sentence received for the second allegation resulted in a concurrent (no extra time) sentence.
R v Mark Bawden – Reading Crown Court 2013
The client faced a charge of supply of class A drugs. Very surprisingly he received a suspended prison sentence.
R v Martin Howells – Ipswich Crown Court 2013
The client was accused of assisting with the production of cannabis. Following the submission of expert evidence in support of the client’s case, the CPS agreed to a plea bargain with the defence. The client received a suspended sentence and the Crown agreed not pursue Proceeds of Crime Proceedings.
R v Assad Ullah – Bristol Crown Court 2013
The client was accused of sexual assault on a 16-year old, who had been previously unknown to him. He was acquitted of all charges.
R v Bellini – Reading Crown Court 2013
Despite being in possession of nearly 3,000 indecent images (including level A and B images), the client received a suspended sentence and did not receive a SOPO.
R v NR – Aylesbury Crown Court 2013
The client faced an allegation of voyeurism, and gross indecency made by a number of complainants. Following extensive trial preparation, the client was acquitted of all charges. Very unusually the jury wrote a letters following the trial expressing their dismay concerning the prosecution.
R v Zoe Joseph – Lewes Crown Court 2012
The client was accused of hacking into her employer’s computer system and deleting a large number of sensitive emails. She received a suspended prison sentence.
R v Anne Marie Waldron – Bristol Crown Court 2012
The client faced allegations of child cruelty and assault arising out of her use of corporal punishment of her children. The CPS discontinued the case.
R v MT – Bradford Crown Court 2012
The client faced allegations of historic sexual assault. The CPS discontinued the case against the client.
R v Sister Ruth Augustus – Harrow Crown Court 2012
The client faced offences under the Terrorism Act having sent white powder to a number of politicians including Nick Clegg (the then Deputy Prime Minister). The client received a suspended sentence.
R v Satlick – Reading Crown Court 2012
The defendant and his family faced allegations of false imprisonment and assault. The client received a community order (the other defendants went to prison).
R v Andrew Richardson – Reading Crown Court 2012
The defendant faced allegations of benefit and insurance fraud arising from a failure to disclose a change in circumstances, having obtained in excess of £70,000 from an insurance company. The client received a suspended sentence following the mitigation that was advanced.
R v Stephenson – Brighton Magistrates Court 2012
The client faced allegations arising out of his group’s display of abortion images outside an abortion clinic. Following legal submissions and a 4-day trial, the client was acquitted of all charges.
R v Mehmet Akkus – Reading Crown Court 2011
The client pleaded guilty to an offence of assault occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm arising from events in a nightclub. He received a suspended sentence.
R v Daniel Burt – Oxford Crown Court 2011
The defendant was an RAF sergeant faced historic allegations that concerned giving a 13-year-old girl alcopops and sexually assaulted her at an Oxfordshire airbase. The defendant was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years.
R v Susan Gilmer – Reading Crown Court 2009
Despite stealing nearly £600,000 from her former employers (Pepsi), the client received a lenient sentence of 3 years 9 months.
R v Chris Constantine – St Albans Crown Court 2008
A former market stallholder who made thousands of pounds selling illegal copies of films was given a suspended prison sentence.
R v A – Reading Crown Court 2008
The client faced an allegation of benefit fraud amounting to tens of thousands of pounds. She had attended the police station interview by herself and made a number of admissions in interview, however she was adamant that she was not guilty of the offence. Matter proceeded to trial at the Crown Court, the first jury were unable to reach a verdict despite her admissions interview. Eventually the prosecutor discontinued proceedings.
Paul Bruere v Northampton County Council – Corby Magistrates Court 2015
The client had his taxi licence revoked for a number of allegedly very serious incidents. After a 2-day trial at the magistrates court (which was fully and strongly contested by the council) the court overturned the revocation and imposed a short suspension instead. In addition the court did not award costs against the client (as they normally do).
West Berks Council v Ali – Reading Magistrates Court 2013
The client who faced an allegation that he plying for hire. Representations were made to the council that they had failed to disclose documentation. Having considered the representations, the council dropped the case.
Lap dancing club – Maidstone Town Council 2012
The clients successfully resisted the application for an application of a Sex Entertainment Venue Licence.
DVLA licence appeals against medical revocation
R. (on the application of Georgina Hitchen) v Oxford Magistrates Court  EWHC 271 (Admin)
Successful challenge to the decision of the DVLA to revoke the claimant’s licence. Although the Magistrates Court upheld the DVLA’s decision, the High Court overturned the decision, and she had her licence returned to her. The client had her licence revoked on the basis that she was a danger either because of her COPD (a respiratory condition) or because of cognitive decline. Strong evidence was gathered to refute the DVLA’s case and eventually won the case in the High Court. The matter reported on in the Daily Telegraph and The Times. [Acted as solicitor].
Shane Rae – 2015
The client had his licence revoked on the basis that the DVLA had destroyed the papers to confirm his entitlement to drive from Canada, as had the Canadian authorities. Following our assistance, his licence was restored.
Joel Lipschitz v DVLA – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court 2015
The client suffered from uveitis and had his Group 2 licence revoked. Having commenced court proceedings and following submission of an expert report from an ophthalmologist, his licence was returned to him.
Steve Brazier v DVLA – Wolverhapton Magistrates Court 2015
Following a serious accident involving the client’s lorry because of a hypoglycemic episode, the client had both licences revoked. Having obtained strong evidence from our endocrinologist, the DVLA agreed to the return of his group one licence. This report also assisted in the subsequent prosecution by the CPS for dangerous driving. The CPS agreed to reduce the charge to driving without due care and attention.
R v Sam Egby – Reading Magistrates Court 2015
The client pleaded guilty to drink driving and had a very high reading (125 micro-grams) and after mitigation received a non-custodial sentence.
R v Martin Howells – Ipswich Magistrates Court 2015
The client pleaded guilty to one offence of driving without insurance but pleaded special reasons, that being that his wife was charged with obtaining insurance but did not. She then inadvertently misled him into believing that he had insurance. The court accepted the evidence and he did not receive any penalty points for the offence.
R v Maria Dykes Allen – Reading Crown Court 2015
The client pleaded guilty to drink drive and pleaded special reasons. She won her appeal at the crown court, the court having accepted that there was a genuine emergency and therefore she was not disqualified from driving.
R v Lee Tyler – Guildford Crown Court 2014
The client was a self-employed property developer/builder who won his appeal at the Crown Court, the court finding that should he be banned from driving he would suffer exceptional hardship. The court also agreed that some of his legal fees should be met from public funds.
R v Joanna Monckton – Carlisle Crown Court 2013
The client had represented herself before the magistrates court and had been convicted of an allegation of provide information of a driver contrary to section 172 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act. She won her appeal.
R v Robert O’Connell – Reading Crown Court 2013
The client had driven at a number of police officers whilst over the drink drive limit. He therefore fell to be sentenced for allegations of dangerous driving and criminal damage. Medical reports dealing with his mental health difficulties were obtained and served on the CPS and the Court. He was given a suspended sentence.
Appellate and Reported Cases
R v Malcolm Tucker – Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) 2015
A successful appeal to the Court of Appeal reducing the client’s prison sentence from 2 years and 3 months to 12 months; the client having pleading guilty to one offence of incitement of a minor (he sent text messages to his step daughter). [Acted as junior counsel].
R. (on the application of Georgina Hitchen) v Oxford Magistrates Court  EWHC 271 (Admin)
See above details.
R v Philip Barlow [unreported] 26 April 2013.
Successful appeal against conviction from Bristol Crown Court for offences of sexual assault. The judge failed to allow the admission of evidence relevant to an alleged confession by the defendant’s wife. [Acted as junior Counsel].
R. (on the application of Monckton) v Carlisle Crown Court  EWHC 304 (Admin);
Judicial Review of a Crown Court’s wrong application of the test for costs, following a successful appeal. [Acted as Counsel].
R. (on the application of Gibson) v Environment Agency  EWHC 886 (Admin).
Judicial Review of magistrates’ decision to award £4,000 costs against G. [Acted as Counsel].
R. (on the application of Ahmed) v Parole Board for England and Wales  EWHC 3111 (Admin).
Successful Judicial Review of Parole Board decision concerning the failure to admit evidence probative to the board’s considerations. The was matter remitted for a fresh hearing before a different board. [Acted as solicitor].
R. (on the application of Green) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 2785 (Admin).
Judicial Review of District Judge’s decision not to refuse to issue summons against Director General of the BBC concerning the BBC decision to broadcast Jerry Springer the Opera. [Acted as solicitor]
Defazio v DPP  EWHC 3530 (Admin).
Appeal allowed against decision of Magistrates Court as there was insufficient evidence to entitle the magistrates to draw an inference that D was acting dishonestly and that he was guilty of receiving stolen goods. The conviction was therefore unsafe. [Acted as Counsel].
LA v M – 2015
Represented parents of two boys who had been taken into care following allegations of excessive use of corporal punishment. Matter presently on appeal to the Court of Appeal, leave having been granted.
M v M – Oxford County Court 2014
Represented the father in private law proceedings. We successfully resisted contempt of court proceedings and helped him to gain contact access to his children.
L v O – Reading County Court 2013
Represented mother in private law proceedings, who successfully obtained a prohibited steps and residence order in her favour.
A v A – Reading County Court 2013
Represented the father. At the start of custody proceedings did not have custody of any of his four children and only had contact with one of his children. At the end of proceedings, he had sole custody of all of three of his children and joint custody of the youngest.
A v A – Reading County Court 2015
The client was sued for damages for a horse that died whilst in her care. Out of court settlement reached between the parties.
A v B – Exeter County Court 2015
The client was sued for non-payment of an invoice, and he counter claimed for defective building works. Strong expert evidence was gathered in the client’s favour and an out of court settlement was reached between the parties.
Health and Safety Prosecutions
Reading Borough Council v Kebbabish – Reading Magistrates Court 2014
The clients faced serious allegations concerning events over a significant period of time. Having agreed a plea bargain with the Council in advance of sentencing, the clients were fined £6,000.
Asked to comment on Radio 5 Live on Rolf Harris’ early release on licence.
Invited to appear on BBC one’s ‘the Big Questions’.
Spoke on BBC radio concerning the Olive Jones case.
Spoke on Radio 4 ‘Law in Action’ programme.
Asked to comment on the Baltic Arts Centre Case on BBC radio
Asked to comment on Law Society Gazette Article – Faith Under Fire http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/analysis/faith-under-fire/2340.fullarticle
Part-time chairman for the Football Association Anti Discrimination Panel.
Advisory Panel for the Christian Legal Centre – legal adviser to director.
Barrister? of the Inner Temple
Higher Rights of Audience
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
Nottingham Law School – LPC
Nottingham University – LLB (Hons)