Michael Levy has an almost exclusively criminal defence practice in both serious crime and fraud.
Michael has been instructed in a large number of high profile cases. He is highly regarded and is regularly instructed, often as leading counsel, in some of the most serious cases to come before the courts.
Michael is a very persuasive advocate, he is extremely experienced in all areas of general crime – including murder, manslaughter, major drug cases, robberies and serious sexual offences.
Michael is also regularly instructed in private or non-legally aided cases and offers a personalised and discreet service. He is renown for his client care and is often instructed to advise at the earliest stages of an investigation – both pre and post charge.
Michael is permitted by the Bar Council to accept instructions under the Direct Access scheme.
Throughout his extensive career, Michael has regularly been instructed in some of the most serious cases to come before the courts.
R v Juma
Conspiracy to pervert course of justice. Attempts made to frighten witness, a solicitor. Attempts included shooting at and throwing a live grenade, which exploded, at his front door.
R v Murphy & Others
“The Foxtrot Five” still one of the largest drug importations (cocaine) into this country. Valued in excess of £125million. Secured acquittal of client.
R v Saunders
The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal and quashed the conviction for Assisting an Offender in a murder case. The Court was persuaded that the trial judge had failed to give adequate directions to the jury.
R v Savill
Sex case involving unusual sexual acts and the ability to consent.
R v Cook & Others
Mutiny and riot at Lincoln Prison. Authorities lost control and the inmates took over entire prison.
R v Oliver
Haulage Company involved in large scale conspiracy to alter and falsify tachographs. Largest prosecution of its kind in North East England.
R v Megne
Large scale Eastern European people smuggling.
R v Jeans & Others
Drug importation reported as Van Bokkum and others.
R v Drew
Secured acquittal of Principal Defendant in a large scale escort and prostitution conspiracy.
R v Whitworth
Importation of cigarettes and tobacco.
R v Disney & Others
Large scale drug importation.
R v Thame
Large scale importation.
Michael is regularly instructed in all types of serious and complex fraud – both corporate and personal.
R v Mackay
Fraud by Directors of Derby County Football Club.
R v Ebbrell 1 & 2
Operation Euripus – VAT Fraud involving missing traders (one of largest ever fauds of its kind).
R v MacMakin
Operation Stockade – fraud involving Bonded Warehouses and non-payment of duty (the largest ever single warehouse duty evasion fraud).
R v Williams
Multi-million pound fraud on Network Rail.
R v Roberts
Large scale international money-laundering.
R v Whitworth
Multi-million pound excise duty and VAT fraud.
R v Collins
R v Kerry
R v Khaliq
Nigerian advance fee fraud.
Michael has been instructed in many murder cases.
R v Glen
Contract killing. Murder case in which convicted murderer is released and kills again. First ever murder trial in which the Crown sought to adduce the Defendants previous conviction for murder.
R v Uddin
Leading case on joint enterprise in Murder.
R v Saunders
R v Walsh
R v Didier
R v Correia
Michael has represented many clients involved in a variety of sexual offences including rape and sexual assault – both in relation to recent and historic allegations. He is used to dealing with vulnerable and child witnesses.
Michael is regularly instructed in all types of Regulatory & Disciplinary cases.
He regularly sits as a Legal assessor at the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). He is also appointed to sit as a Legal Assessor at the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
Michael undertakes all cases involving prosecutions by Trading Standards.
R v Campbell & Others
In relation to sale of Alarm Systems.
Michael has recently been instructed to advise pre-inquest in relation to high profile death.
Michael is instructed in every type of motoring case, often on behalf of well-known individuals.
Michael recently advised in relation to criminal offences committed in Ukraine. He has also advised informally in relation to Banking Fraud in Russia.
Michael is approved to conduct cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
R v Serafimowicz
First ever prosecution under the War Crimes Act . Michael was the first barrister to be instructed to defend in a case arising out of World war Two since the Nuremburg Trials.
R v Jelesic
International Court in the Hague in relation to War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia.