Michael Bowes QC > Chambers of Andrew Spink QC, Michael Bowes QC and Sarah Crowther QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Spink QC, Michael Bowes QC and Sarah Crowther QC
Outer Temple Chambers

Living Wage


Michael specialises in complex financial services work, financial crime and civil fraud, both in the UK and abroad. He acts for corporate and individual clients in major international and UK investigations and for the SFO, FCA, OFT and Lloyd’s of London. He successfully prosecuted the FSA’s first insider dealing case, and has prosecuted several insider dealing cases subsequently. He is instructed in the current LIBOR and FOREX investigations on behalf of a major financial institution and in several substantial cross-border corruption investigations. He receives instructions to advise overseas financial regulators and is instructed in overseas cases as an expert in English law. He has a very strong reputation for successfully leading large case teams.


Called 1980; silk 2001; deputy High Court judge; recorder; bencher (Middle Temple); joint Head of Chambers; trustee Transparency International UK. Michael is asked to speak at seminars on all topics relating to financial crime and financial services. He is a contributing author to ‘Lisack and Horlick on Bribery’ (2nd edition 2014) and was contributing author to the Lexis Nexis financial services book ‘Financial Services Law & Regulation’.Michael is a co-author of the Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (GIR, 3rd ed.2019). He is a member of the editorial board of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice.


  • Co-chair of the UK Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.
  • Trustee of Transparency International UK (2015)
  • Law Fellow, Goodenough College, London (2014)
  • Deputy High Court Judge (2010)
  • Bencher of Middle Temple (2007)
  • Recorder (2000)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Middle Temple
  • Western Circuit

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Bowes QCOuter Temple ChambersHe is very knowledgeable as you would expect, he is very approachable, he has fantastic client bedside manner as well as a terrific work ethic.

Outer Temple Chambers has ‘strength and depth across the gamut of financial services‘ and is ‘generous in offering insights and education and training programmes‘. Members are experienced across a range of areas, including regulatory enforcement proceedings, both for and against regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Silks such as Michael Bowes QC also offer strong support on the overlap between criminal, regulatory and civil issues. James Counsell QC is also highly experienced and was involved in The Council of Lloyd’s v Equity Syndicate Management Company Limited and Others.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Bowes QCOuter Temple ChambersA highly sophisticated silk.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Michael Bowes QCOuter Temple ChambersKnows his stuff inside out, backwards and forwards.