Michael Stradling

Introduction

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.

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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.

Notable cases

R v H & others, 2016 - 2017
Three month fraud at Southwark Crown Court Involved SRA intervention in a civil solicitor’s practice where around £1 million was stolen from the client account, and consideration of three commercial transactions that spanned the course of several years. Michael had to consider the course of the civil litigation as it related to offences under the Fraud Act.
R v Ashrafi, 2015

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.

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R v L, 2015
Led junior in a mulit-million pound money laundering conspiracy that centred on money exchange bureaux.
R v P & others, 2015
Portsmouth Crown Court Defence of one of 14 alleged cocaine suppliers in an 8 week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
A v S

Multi million pound divorce case (acting for wife) in Central Family Court involving multiple business interests and properties

R v B

Leading junior in six-handed people trafficking and multiple rape trial.

R v H

'Operation Tobin' leading junior in nine-handed immigration fraud.

R v K

'Operation Dosterville' led junior in six-handed drug related murder trial at the Old Bailey.

R v T

Junior alone in attempted murder trial.

Fraud and money laundering

R v A

Lead junior in major fraud by carer on elderly clients.

R v T

'Operation Boyne' junior alone £3.5 million bureau de change money laundering conspiracy.

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R v Sanchez

Life insurance fraud (fake death) attracting international media attention.

R v H

'Operation Bluejay' leading junior in multi-million pound bureau de change money laundering conspiracy, leading to withdrawal of 500 euro note.

R v O

'Operation Birkaheim' leading junior in largest ever fraud on a single NHS trust.

R v K

£250,000 banking fraud and money laundering where defendant successfully ran duress

R v E

Election fraud (Liberal Democrat councillor).

R v A

Election fraud and possession of indecent images by a Bristol City Councillor.

R v F

Employee theft from city solicitors firm.

R v K

Tobacco smuggling of a shipping container load of cigarettes.

Drugs

R v S

Regional drug supply in Wales Operation Tilgate- DHL importation of cocaine Operation Tarvin- regional drug supply in NE England

R v A

£250,000 cocaine importation into Gatwick from Jamaica. The defendant was acquitted on the defence of duress.

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R v T

Conspiracy to supply cocaine.

R v J

Supply of around 100 kgs of cocaine to North West England from the South East.

Sexual crime

R v W

Successful defence of a 12 year old boy accused of anally raping a 6 year old boy.

R v W

15 year old boy accused of oral rape of stranger.

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R v O

Rape.

R v P

Rape.

R v M

Rrape of 5-year old boy by 15-year old defendant.

R v B

Multiple rape over 4-month period.

R v P

Familial sexual abuse.

R v I

Rape.

R v C

Historic sexual abuse and rape.

General crime

R v T

Series of robberies of mobile phone shops by law students.

R v Hussain

Firearms case with successful defence of duress.

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R v Bello

Robbery, kidnap, false imprisonment.

R v Rafiq

Successful defence of duress of circumstances / necessity.

R v B

Successful defence of bus driver accused of causing death by careless driving (Old Bailey).

R v O

Death by dangerous driving.

R v P

Death by dangerous driving.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nurse B

Successful submission of insufficient evidence where proceedings were brought following the death of a patient in the nurse's care.

Direct access

Various

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

R. (on the application of Heron) v Serious Organised Crime Agency, 2013
Court of Appeal (Civil Division), EWCA Civ 1106 Instructed under the direct access scheme for interested party in confiscation enforcement proceedings.
R. v Flack, 2013
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 16 January 2013 [2013] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 56, [2013] Crim. L. R. 521

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R v Degg, 2008
Demkowski v Poland, 2012
EWHC 2589 (Admin); [2012] A.C.D. 116 Extradition case on extension of time limits.
R v Payton, 2006
EWCA Crim 1226; [2006] Crim LR 997; (2006) 150 S.J. 741, CA Concurrent civil and criminal proceedings and good character direction. Conviction overturned.
R v Ahmati, 2006
EWCA Crim 818 Successful appeal against recommendation for deportation which also led to the Court of Appeal ordering wasted costs against the Home Office.

Other activities and interests

  • A keen cyclist and aspiring comedy writer
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PROFILE: Michael Stradling

Year called

1998

Specialisms

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Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Cybercrime

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Military

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Prison Law

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Road traffic

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

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Disciplinary

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Licensing

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

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International

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Immigration

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International

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Financial and Corporate law

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Civil Fraud

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Corporate Offences

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VAT Tribunals

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Mediation

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

MA Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

CPE College of Law

BVC, Inns of Court School of Law

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

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