Michael Goodwin QC is highly regarded as an expert in business and financial crime, and serious crime cases. Michael is available to be instructed on a Direct Access basis. This means that members of the public, professional individuals (including directors and senior managers) and corporate clients are able to instruct Michael to provide legal advice and representation without having to first instruct a solicitor. 

The Legal 500 describes Michael as: "… first class. He is an obvious choice when dealing with high profile and complex fraud cases. He is exceptionally clever, and is very compelling both on his feet and in his written submissions.”

Chambers UK (2022) refer to Michael as being: "…extremely clever and takes a pragmatic approach. He has a great reputation with the prosecution agencies and the court." 

"He is a great court advocate who charms juries and judges. He is also very technically skilled." 

"He is extremely hard-working and is an outstanding advocate."

Michael has extensive experience defending and prosecuting in high profile and complex criminal litigation. He provides strategic advice during the investigative stages of a case, and court representation throughout the life of a case. He conducts cases fearlessly and with tactical precision. He is a meticulous and extremely persuasive advocate.

Michael also has particular expertise of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, and represents professional clients in concurrent criminal and non-criminal proceedings if required.

Michael can be consulted and provides Direct Access legal services in relation to the following types of cases: 

Allegations of criminal wrongdoing. 

Advice and representation before the criminal courts.

Regulatory cases including professional disciplinary proceedings.

Appeals against conviction and sentence in criminal cases.

Advising on internal investigations and regulation.

Advising on compliance issues.

Advising on money laundering and POCA 2002 compliance.

Representing interested parties at inquests and inquiries.

Private prosecutions. 


For further information on instructing Michael please contact his clerks on: or call 0207 520 6000.

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