williams

Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 2005


Michael is an accomplished and skilful jury advocate who is instructed in cases across the spectrum of criminal offences including murder, rape, firearms offences, kidnap, blackmail and serious drugs matters. Michael’s approachable manner and insightful advice make him a much sought after advocate.

Michael has gained significant experience as junior alone and led junior in the most serious cases to come before the Crown Court. A hard-working barrister whose thorough case preparation and eye for detail helps to ensure the best outcome for those who instruct him.

Michael is a Grade 4 on the CPS Advocate’s Panel.

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Notable Recent Cases

2017 – ongoing

  • R v B (Warwick CC): attempt murder (junior alone)
  • R v P (Warwick CC): rape & sexual offences on 8 complainants (junior alone)
  • R v B (Wood Green CC): Conspiracy to Breach Immigration (junior alone)
  • R v M (Wolverhampton CC): Murder (led junior)
  • R v H (Central Criminal Court): Attempted Murder (junior alone)
  • R v M (Woolwich CC): Firearm – endanger life (junior alone)
  • R v S (Kingston CC): Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (junior alone)

2016

  • R v K (Central Criminal Court) – Kidnap: junior alone, 4 defendants charged with the kidnap of a 15 year old boy over an offence of money laundering. Interesting points of law arose regarding when the offence of kidnap is complete and joint enterprise where those charged involve themselves after the initial taking
  • R v B (Birmingham Crown Court) – Murder: led junior, 3 defendants (Mother, Father and son) charged with murder of male by strangulation. Difficult case involving complex pathology, intricate cell site and intercepted communication evidence
  • R v W (Woolwich Crown Court) – Firearms with intent to endanger life: junior alone, 3 defendants charged with setting up and running an ammunition factory in South East London. Complex ballistic evidence regarding the re-activation of pistols
  • R v M (Blackfriars Crown Court) – Conspiracy to Possess Criminal Property: led junior, 10 defendants charged with handling millions of pounds’ worth of stolen mobile telephones from across the UK and exporting them to Europe. Arose out of a 3-month covert BTP operation. Pages of evidence ran into the tens of thousands including significant computer evidence. POCA proceedings involved assets overseas and hidden assets
  • R v T (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – section 18: junior alone, Defendant charged with section 18 when repeatedly stabbed victim in the leg causing life-threatening injuries. Complex bad character evidence relating to involvement in gangs and associating with those who carry knives
  • R v K (Central Criminal Court) – Rape: junior alone, Defendant charged with the rape of a waitress in a hotel room. Difficult evidential matters involving DNA and hearsay
  • R v G (Croydon Crown Court) – Rape: junior alone, Defendant charged with rape and sexual assault of granddaughter. Highly vulnerable victim with severe mental health difficulties arising out of the offences

2015

  • R v G (Central Criminal Court) – Conspiracy to defraud: junior alone, Defendants charged with conspiring to rig ATMs with skimming devices and possessing thousands of cloned bank details. Significant covert evidence and complex computer and technical evidence
  • R v P (St Alban’s Crown Court) – Indecent Assault: junior alone, Defendant charged with sex offences dating back 30 years when he was a serving police officer
  • R v A (Central Criminal Court) – Conspiracy to defraud: junior alone, 5 Defendants were all employees of a bank and charged with illegally accessing accounts and transferring funds. Much of the case related to very technical computer evidence
  • Rv F (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Conspriracy to supply Class A drugs: junior alone, 11 Defendants charged with offences of supply including conspiracy. Arose out of a long-running covert test-purchase operation. Lengthy trial with a large volume of evidence. Complex cell site evidence was central to identifying the main defendant

Education

  • BA (Hons) University of Durham
  • BVC Scholarship, Inner Temple

Inn

  • Inner Temple