[photo] Michael Chambers (2003)Michael Chambers (2003)

Team

Crime

Education

  • University of Sheffield BA (Honours) Economics
  • College of Law London PgDL
  • BPP BVC

Civil

Michael has a developing civil practice in which he is able to build on his commercial experience in advertising and at the criminal bar.

He accepts instructions from claimants and defendants across all areas of civil and commercial litigation.

Michael has recently advised on areas of Breach of Contract:

  • Successfully represented a claimant in a claim against a local authority for unpaid professional fees
  • Instructed to represent a defendant in the property industry in a breach of contract claim against her more commercially successful supplier.

Defamation, Malicious Falsehood and Harassment

  • Represented  a claimant who runs a financially successful pet breading business which has suffered significant economic damage following statements made by commercial rivals on Facebook and website chatrooms. 
  • Represented T who was accused of making four maliciously defamatory statements when she was recruited as an independent HR consultant to investigate allegations of misconduct by F, a partner in a law firm. In a case in which proceedings started in 2014 an application was made on behalf of T in the High Court for summary judgement. In a two day hearing it was argued that the statements were true, honestly held opinion, made with F's consent, protected by qualified privilege and were not malicious. Because there were concurrent employment proceedings it was also submitted that the defamation action was an abuse of process. The application was successful and F was ordered to pay all of T's costs. 

Property

  • In a fully contested hearing Michael Chambers represented the landlord in a Possession and Money claim against a tenant who said that he had been allowed to live at the property rent free as partial payment of £114,000 owed for work as a builder and self-employed contractor. During the cross examination it was suggested that the tenant was a liar and had produced fraudulent documentation to deliberately mislead the court. The District Judge concluded that the document was false and that the defendant had lied. The possession order was granted alongside a money and costs judgement for the landlord.

Crime

All aspects of criminal defence and prosecution.

Michael has a particular interest in cases in which there is a 'family dynamic' to the proceedings.

Drugs

R v O Prison officer charged with bringing class A drugs into prison for prisoners.

R v M M accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine after surveillance officers intercepted a shipment of drugs at a DHL depot in Croydon.

R v I  Michael acted for the main defendant in a nine defendant conspiracy to supply £3million of cocaine. The case consisted of 85,000 pages of evidence and involved the analysis of 1500 pages of mobile phone evidence, global business assets, covert surveillance transcripts and evidence from the surveillance from the ‘inadvertent recording’ from one of Ds ten mobile phones.

R v L Large-scale cultivation of cannabis which took place in residential housing using high-powered lights etc.

R v T T, who was from West London, was accused of possession with intent to supply after being seen by police officers coming out of a known crack house in Bicester.  T was found not guilty.

Serious Sexual Offences

R v Y  Three counts of stranger rape in which the complainant was a heavily intoxicated 18 year old.

R v S Attempted rape in an incident witnessed by schoolchildren in a public park in which S and the complainant had mental health issues and both were under the influence of drugs and alcohol

R v G G was charged with grooming of a young neighbour and possession of indecent images.

R v K K charged with a late night stranger rape in which the heavily intoxicated complainant was assaulted on her way home whilst walking through a park in Plymouth close to where K lived.

Child Cruelty

R v A A accused of cruelty against his three year old son. The child’s mother was also charged with causing serious life threatening injuries in a further incident ten days later.

R v H  H charged with child neglect against his three week old daughter in which the mother had pleaded guilty to life changing offences which included s18 and s20.

R v S  led by Roger Daniels-Smith in defence of father charged with neglect and cruelty to child, involving terrible internal injuries. 8 doctors gave expert evidence. Successfully established through the experts that timing of injuries and rate of healing proved client could not have inflicted the injuries.

Violence

s18 Wounding by Glassing: Defendant gets her life back. P was accused of assaulting two women whilst waiting for a lift home after a night's clubbing in East London during a fight about one of the complainants promiscuity. One complainant claimed that P smashed a glass bottle across her face, in an incident witnessed by three others who gave evidence during the one week trial. P a 35 year old single mother with a young child said following her acquittal of all charges, ' thanks Michael, I feel like I can now get my life back'.

R v T T and three others accused of involvement in a drive by shooting in South London.

R v K Appealed the imposition of imprisonment for public protection imposed on a young man who pleaded guilty to carrying a gun and ammunition into a college of further education in 2010.

R v P P charged with s18 and possession of an offensive weapon. The incident was witnessed by Ps wife and his children, many of whom had to give evidence during the two week trial.

R v A Instructed on multi handed armed robbery conspiracy.

R v D 4 handed case in which the defendants were charged with an affray in which one of the complainants, an elderly gentleman sustained serious injuries.

R v M M, a man of good character with serious physical health problems was charged with an affray which occurred in his bedroom when police officers were called because M was self-harming.

R v R Represented youth charged with false imprisonment, blackmail, robbery, theft and assault in which the complainants were vulnerable youths.

R v T T, an alleged racist, was accused of attacking his daughter's partner with a samurai sword in a racially motivated assault, followed later that day by more racially motivated behaviour.  In a one week trial the prosecution played recordings of the defendant repeatedly using was described as racially offensive language and the defendant did not give evidence.  Through a successful defence trial strategy J was acquitted of all three offences.

Financial Crime

R v J Confiscation proceedings following a trial in which J was described by the trial judge as a 'compulsive liar'.  The calculation of his benefit from criminal conduct was reduced by more than 81%.  As J's realisable assets were substantially higher than that, the cheque that he had to write was £197,000 lower.

R v M Confiscation proceedings in which the crown sought to identify realisable assets in UK, US and Nigeria in connection with a conspiracy to supply £1MM of cocaine.

R v D D ran a storage and removal company and was charged with offences associated with disposing of £200k+ of his customers property which he put into storage, and continued to take storage payments for a further four years.

R v K 6 handed sophisticated fraud against DWP in which stolen and manipulated cheques and separately acquired debit cards were presented at post offices to defraud £350,000+.

Financial Crime: Benefit Fraud

R v L L failed to notify DWP of a change in circumstances. Case appealed on basis that there were material failures by the prosecution in establishing that Ls failures would have affected benefit entitlement.

R v A A was charged with seven counts of benefit fraud resulting from undeclared loss making business ‘ assets’ funded by loans taken out by her.

R v AW AW was acquitted of benefit fraud in which Southend Council alleged that she had failed to disclose a holiday home in North Wales.  Members of the Council's planning department were successfully cross-examined as to their knowledge of the benefits system.

Southend Borough Council v T Local authority offered no evidence and not guilty verdicts entered on a 10 count indictment alleging Housing Benefit fraud following robust challenge to disclosure failings by counsel.

Road Traffic

Extensive experience across a broad range of driving offences from summary only to serious cases including Death by Dangerous Driving.

Cases have included:-

R v W Dangerous Driving W whilst drunk dangerously overtook three other vehicles on the brow of an overpass in South East London and collided with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. The occupants of that car and Ws car including his brother sustained serious injuries.

R v E Dangerous Driving. E's driving, described by an experienced police pursuit driver as the ‘worst driving I have ever seen’, included prolonged driving on the wrong side of the road, ignoring red traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and give way signs. E drove at speeds up to 60mph on heavily iced roads whilst pursued by two marked police vehicles. The driving ended when E crashed into the front garden of a house whereupon E tried to decamp.

R v M Dangerous Driving - M with three passengers drove at up to 60mph whilst being pursued by three marked police vehicles for three miles along the A23 in Purley. D collided with a van while attempting to turn right, continued driving for a further mile before being rammed by the police.

R v M Seven day trial at Old Bailey in which M was charged with Dangerous Driving causing serious injury involved an incident in which a three litre Range Rover lost control, flipped onto its side and ploughed into a couple who had been out for dinner. They sustained life changing injuries.

Other

Regularly instructed on a consultancy basis to advise and train organisations and professionals in relation to evidence gathering techniques, procedures and courtroom skills.

Clients have included HMRC, Wragge and Company, KPMG (London), London Borough of Wandsworth.

Direct Access

Michael is a qualified direct access barrister and can accept instructions direct from the public.

Membership of organisations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Society of Labour Lawyers