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Michael Davies

Call: 1979, Middle Temple.

Practice Areas


  • Prosecution & Defence
  • Judicial Review

Areas of Practice

I entered Martins Bank Chambers as a pupil becoming a tenant in 1979. I practiced from those chambers until the merger of Martins Bank and Corn Exchange Chambers to form 7 Harrington Street in 1999.

My first eight years of practice comprised civil, criminal, matrimonial and judicial review/case stated work until I resolved to specialise in crime and related judicial review. The balance of my work in crime is overwhelmingly Defence.

I have extensive experience in defending all areas of criminal law, murder and attempt murder, serious violent and sexual offences, robbery, drug supply, firearms, fraud and money laundering, trading standards and confiscation proceedings.

Since my first murder trial in 1990 I have been instructed in many murder and attempt murder trials several of which have attracted national media coverage.

I have particular expertise in serious sexual offences including rape, historic sexual abuse, multi-victim historic sexual abuse, grooming and child pornography.

The remaining legacy of my former multi-disciplinary practice is my continued interest in judicial review and case stated work.

My first judicial review was over twenty-five years ago. I concentrate these days on judicial review work arising out of criminal proceedings. My experience includes habeous corpus.

I have appeared at all court levels in England and Wales including an appearance, led, in The House of Lords.


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