The newspaper recently published a list of the 1,000 Most Influential People in London. Michael was the only defence barrister to feature. It must have been a great thrill for alleged celebrities like Boris Johnson, Sir Richard Branson and Victoria Beckham to be in Michael’s company.
Earlier this year Michael left his murders, terrorism, and drug cases to win a famous Freedom of Speech trial, recognized in the full entry on the list which read as follows “Top-class criminal defence QC who has pulled off eye-catching victories, including representing plumber Ian Puddick – who won a spectacular right-to-free-speech case over his philandering wife. Has been described by a veteran legal journalist as “the man I would choose to defend me if I ever fell foul of the law”.
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