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Michael is an experienced leading junior who has a strong practice in heavyweight criminal defence. He also accepts instructions in divorce work, property litigation and general common law. He is a persuasive and versatile advocate
Background and expertise
Michael regularly defends in major criminal trials. He has defended in cases of homicide (both led and alone), major fraud, serious violence, serious sexual offending, and all manner of criminal cases. He has considerable experience of dealing with issues of mental health as they relate to criminal cases.
In criminal cases he has successfully run the defence of duress on numerous occasions; has defended in a case of double cut throat between defendants where both were acquitted; and has cross examined in rape cases to the extent that the complainant admitted that the the defendant had not committed the offence.
He has represented and advised on all elements of confiscation and forfeiture proceedings in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
He has represented clients in the High Court and County Courts for a range of civil matters. He has litigated multi-million pound divorce cases. He has represented in civil fraud cases and has a general common law and commercial practice. He has advised in planning cases where there has been a Human Rights element- successfully obtaining retrospective planning permission based on the right to life.
Michael has taught advocacy at university level and is regularly asked to judge the National Criminal Advocacy Competition Finals. He has even appeared (albeit very briefly) in a Radio 4 programme when he was judging at the University of Law.
Michael is qualified to receive instruction directly from the public.
Faith healer fraud at Leicester Crown Court A large confidence fraud that attracted national and international media interest. The defendant was a faith healer who faced trial for defrauding a large number of people out of significant sums of money on the promise that they would go on to win the jackpot in the Euromillions lottery. This case led to Michael having his first court artist sketch by the BBC.
Multi million pound divorce case (acting for wife) in Central Family Court involving multiple business interests and properties
Leading junior in six-handed people trafficking and multiple rape trial.
'Operation Tobin' leading junior in nine-handed immigration fraud.
'Operation Dosterville' led junior in six-handed drug related murder trial at the Old Bailey.
Junior alone in attempted murder trial.
Fraud and money laundering
Lead junior in major fraud by carer on elderly clients.
'Operation Boyne' junior alone £3.5 million bureau de change money laundering conspiracy.
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Life insurance fraud (fake death) attracting international media attention.
'Operation Bluejay' leading junior in multi-million pound bureau de change money laundering conspiracy, leading to withdrawal of 500 euro note.
'Operation Birkaheim' leading junior in largest ever fraud on a single NHS trust.
£250,000 banking fraud and money laundering where defendant successfully ran duress
Election fraud (Liberal Democrat councillor).
Election fraud and possession of indecent images by a Bristol City Councillor.
Employee theft from city solicitors firm.
Tobacco smuggling of a shipping container load of cigarettes.
Regional drug supply in Wales Operation Tilgate- DHL importation of cocaine Operation Tarvin- regional drug supply in NE England
£250,000 cocaine importation into Gatwick from Jamaica. The defendant was acquitted on the defence of duress.
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Conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Supply of around 100 kgs of cocaine to North West England from the South East.
Successful defence of a 12 year old boy accused of anally raping a 6 year old boy.
15 year old boy accused of oral rape of stranger.
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Rrape of 5-year old boy by 15-year old defendant.
Multiple rape over 4-month period.
Familial sexual abuse.
Historic sexual abuse and rape.
Series of robberies of mobile phone shops by law students.
Firearms case with successful defence of duress.
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Robbery, kidnap, false imprisonment.
Successful defence of duress of circumstances / necessity.
Successful defence of bus driver accused of causing death by careless driving (Old Bailey).
Death by dangerous driving.
Death by dangerous driving.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Successful submission of insufficient evidence where proceedings were brought following the death of a patient in the nurse's care.
Advising international banker on employment rights
Advising on pre-litigation issues relating to advice given on a failed investment scheme
Representing future Olympic rowier Sean Corrigall in criminal proceedings for an alleged assault on an associate solicitor from Clifford Chance in Mahiki nightclub (national media attention)
Representation in the Court of Appeal (Civil division) of interested party in confiscation enforcement proceedings.
Appellate and reported cases
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Other activities and interests
- A keen cyclist and aspiring comedy writer
PROFILE: Michael Stradling
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Inquests / public inquiries
Regulatory / Disciplinary
Financial and Corporate law
020 7489 2727
MA Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
CPE College of Law
BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
Criminal Bar Association