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Michael Field

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Michael is a specialist trial advocate. He has been in legal practice since 1997, initially as a solicitor, an presently as a barrister. He heads the in-house advocacy team and is joint-head of department. Michael has appeared in the Crown Court since 2002. He provides training courses for senior solicitors. He has an outstanding reputation for his advocacy. His instructions as Junior alone have included complex financial crime, serious sexual offences, including against children, and murder. He has an enviable record of getting outstanding results for clients. He has a strong track record of dealing with serious and high-profile cases. The wide range of advocacy experience obtained includes cases of burglary, armed robbery, sexual assault on children, high-value fraud through to serious and high-level drug supply, rape and murder. He has also successfully appeared as advocate in the Court of Appeal (criminal division).

His notable advocacy includes:

  • R v Collins & ors – represented defendant where proceedings arose out of an enormous enquiry into drug trafficking and the prosecution case centred on allegations made by a so-called ‘Supergrass’. (Led junior);
  • R v Pyleav & ors – a six week trial in which his client was alleged to have planned a major disturbance at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, resulting in over £5m of damage;
  • R v P and ors – lead defendant in multi-handed conspiracy to traffic women for sexual exploitation case. (Led junior);
  • R v Hewitt – undercover sting operation by Metropolitan police paedophile unit against 27 year old male;
  • R v De Oliveira & ors – large scale conspiracy to manufacture passports and other false documents case;
  • R v Chambers S.18 OAPA 1861 (GBH) where defendant alleged to have bitten off complainant’s ear;
  • R v Parks – s.18 OAPA 1861 (GBH) where significant mental health issues;
  • R v Islam & ors – undercover police operation involving test purchases from Class A street drug dealers (ten defendants). Said to have uncovered the most significant drug dealing operation seen in the East End of London for years;
  • R v Obafemi Martins – well-known international premiership footballer who faced motoring charges;
  • R v Ksenovets and others – Represented Defendant in 67 day trial charged following seizure by customs officers of twelve and a half tonnes of Cannabis resin – described as one of the biggest seizures of cannabis in British Criminal History. (Led Junior);
  • R v Matthews and others – SFO Prosecution. £2m investment fraud alleged to have targeted ex-patriots. VHCC, (Junior led by QC);
  • R v F – represented mother accused of child cruelty against her own twin babies who were less than a month old (junior alone);
  • R v Patel and others – kidnap trial conducted throughout in absence of defendant;
  • R v Woolf and others – Lead Defendant and main Director of safety deposit box company prosecuted as part of ‘Operation Rize’ said to be one of the largest operations in Metropolitan police history (led junior);
  • R v Burt – attempted murder where represented defendant with significant learning disability, requiring assistance of registered intermediary (junior led by QC);
  • R v M and others – gang rape of 16 year old girl. (Junior alone);
  • R v Bailey – murder case where defendant highly vulnerable with long history of mental illness;
  • R v Mills – murder case where very complex contested psychiatric evidence (led by QC);
  • R v Leitch – appointed by very well respected Crown Court Judge to represent interests of unfit defendant on s18 (wounding with intent) trial pursuant to s4(a)(2) of the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964;
  • R v S – trial involving allegations of rape and other sexual offences against daughter and separate rape of long term partner (all historic), as well as child cruelty against all four children.


Enfield Grammar School; London Guildhall University.(UEL (LLB (Hons) 2:1


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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Freemans Solicitors ‘often goes well beyond the call of duty’. The firm deals with a broad range of general crime matters including serious fraud, extradition, sexual assault, violent crime and murder. Michael Field jointly heads the team with Kishoree Kotecha-Pau who has ‘great depth of experience and knowledge of the criminal justice process’ and ‘combines professionalism with humanity, charm, warmth and hard graft’.

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