Mr Michael Magarian QC > Chambers of Karim Khalil QC and Andrew Campbell Tiech QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Karim Khalil QC and Andrew Campbell Tiech QC
Drystone Chambers


London Bar: Crime – Leading silks


Michael Magarian QC has a wealth of experience of acting for the defence in the most serious criminal matters. His most recent success in 2019 was the defence of a man charged with murder by shaking his eight week old child. The trial lasted 5 weeks in front of the Common Serjeant at the Old Bailey and involved complex issues of medical causation and criticisms of interventions by paramedics and allegations of botched intubation at the hospital. The defendant was found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter.

In May 2018 Michael successfully defended in R v Grannum at the Old Bailey. The allegation was of a gang related shooting of an innocent lady in Kilburn. This was said to be a shooting by 2 boys from the ‘Harrow road boys’ gang. The prosecution claimed that the 2 assailants seen on CCTV must have been the defendants. The jury acquitted of murder and manslaughter. These verdicts occurred at a time when the newspapers were full of reports of gang violence being out of control. Michael is a fearless defence advocate who prides himself upon standing shoulder to shoulder with his client. He was counsel in the initial Damilola Taylor murder trial in which his client was acquitted. He took silk on his 1st application in 2011. He has acted in many organised crime cases and has led in many murder trials, both before and after taking silk. The Legal 500 recommends Michael as a leading silk, stating: “He is very intellectual and is greatly respected by judges as a result”. “He gets on easily with clients and solicitors alike”. “He has a long track record of defending in high-profile cases”.

Michael has a proven track record in handling gang related cases. In April-May 2014 he appeared for the 1st defendant in R v Degoze at the Old Bailey. This involved a knowledge of North London gangs especially the North London Somalis and Young Albanian Gunners. The case involved a revenge attack after one of the defendant’s brothers had been attacked. In Jan-Feb 2014 at the same court Michael defended in R v Walczyk, an especially brutal killing of a homeless man. In July-Aug 2014 Michael appeared for a police Superintendent at Preston Crown Court charged with various fraud allegations, it being said that he falsified his CV to gain promotion in various police forces. Michael is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis.


Memberships: Criminal Bar Association Ex committee member of Bar Council Legal Services Committee Liberty

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Michael Magarian QCDrystone ChambersA robust advocate not afraid to give clients a voice that is heard; he will fight tirelessly for his client. He is also a stalwart silk who is great with the most difficult clients.