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Domestic and international business crime and regulation.
Partner and head of the business crime team, specialising in domestic and international business crime and regulation. Particular expertise in cartel investigations, extradition, international sanctions, mutual legal assistance and FSA investigations. Has successfully represented many individual and corporate clients facing criminal and regulatory investigations in the UK, the US and other jurisdictions. Headline cases include: representing multiple government figures and companies from various states facing international sanctions; successfully representing two senior British Airways executives in the criminal prosecution brought by the OFT into passenger fuel surcharge price fixing; acting for the first person to be charged with the UK criminal cartel offence; successfully resisting extradition on behalf of the Russian owner of a leading global drinks company; successfully resisting extradition for the owner of Russia's largest mobile phone company; acting for a manager of British Airways Worldwide Cargo (BAWC) in the DoJ, Canadian and Australian cartel investigations into alleged global fuel surcharge price fixing. Has previous experience as a prosecutor of high-profile and complex criminal cases. Author of 'The Law of Criminal Cartels Practice and Procedure' (published September 2009, Oxford University Press), which is the first work to focus exclusively on the UK cartel offence from the practitioner's perspective. Michael has also contributed to 'Criminalising Cartels- Critical Studies of an International Regulatory Movement' (published February 2011, Hart publishing); he is co-author of mutual assistance section of 'Jones and Doobay on Extradition and Mutual Assistance' (Sweet and Maxwell). Lectures and writes widely on his specialist areas (including for the IBA, ABA and the British Institute of International Law). Delivers assistance and training to City law firms on criminal cartel investigations and extradition. Regularly provides legal commentary on television and radio. Consistently highlighted as a Leading Authority in Business Crime in 'Chambers and Partners' and 'The Legal 500' legal directories, Michael has also been nominated as Legal Innovator of The Year in The Financial Times Lawyer Awards 2011.
Pupillage at Criminal Bar 1992-93; Crown Prosecution Service (Greenwich) 1994-99; Crown Prosecution Service (Casework Directorate) 1999-2002; Peters & Peters 2002 to date; partner 2004.
Co-chair of the IBA's Business Crime Committee; member American Bar Association; Competition Lawyers Association.
St Columb's College, Derry; Manchester Metropolitan University (1991); Inns of Court School of Law (1992).
Crime - corporate; EU and competition; Fraud