Michael Lavery

Call 1990


"Michael is an extremely competent and charismatic barrister. He puts clients at ease but at the same time gives them realistic and forthright advice, he is well respected by all in the criminal justice system as a highly-experienced, first-class barrister, and he has an impressive court presence and judges really listen to him."

The Legal 500 2024
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Michael has an established, heavyweight and successful criminal practice which involves representing those accused of the most serious of offences including murder, fraud and large scale drug conspiracies.

He is now exclusively instructed for the defence, although in the past has been a Category 4 and specialist rape prosecutor.

He has been instructed in some of the most notorious cases nationally, from the Strangeways riots of the early 90’s, numerous ‘Gunchester’ murder trials, to the infamous serial killer Dale Cregan and he defended Thomas Mair, the killer of the MP, Jo Cox.

In recent years he has become sought after for defending in white collar crime.

He has extensive experience in defending clients charged with fraud and has been instructed in MTIC, eBay, reverse transaction and Ponzi frauds.

Recent instructions include:

  • Defending a corporate financier alleged to be involved in what was alleged to be the largest HMRC prosecution in respect of Tax evasion schemes, trial had been listed for 8 months. The client was discharged after a successful application to dismiss, led by John Charles Rees KC, Tax fraud charges dismissed against Zeus Capital founder (ft.com)

Current instructions include: