Mr Michael Lavery > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Criminal; Regulatory


Michael is an experienced criminal and regulatory practitioner, with over 20 years’ experience in major heavyweight criminal cases. He is an expert in cases where fraudulent activity is alleged, and he has been instructed on MTIC, eBay, reverse transaction and Ponzi fraud.

In recent years Michael’s practice has gravitated to regulatory private client and defendant insured basis work. His practice encompasses Food Safety, Health and Safety (Defence and Prosecutions), Police and Prison Officer disciplinary hearings and the defence of Healthcare professionals.

Michael also has a busy Inquests practice, particularly in regards to representing the interested persons in inquests arising out of deaths in the workplace and deaths in custody.


Called 1990


  • Criminal Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Lavery – Exchange Chambers ‘Michael is at the top of his game and is always instructed on the best cases on the circuit. He is highly sought after, a real fighter, and a true jury advocate, as he really excels in the courtroom where his advocacy skills are highlighted and he stands head and shoulders above his peers; he is a really polished performer.’

Exchange Chambers has members with expertise across a wide range of cases, including prosecutions by the CPS, Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and DWP. Michael Lavery successfully represented the defendant in R v Emmett, a case concerning a Serious Fraud Office prosecution of a solicitor for litigation funding. Ian Whitehurst is another name of note – he acted for a defendant who was accused of allowing his employee to sustain an accident at work when he fell through a lift shaft, causing injuries rendering him a paraplegic.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Michael Lavery – Exchange Chambers ‘Michael is an extremely competent and charismatic barrister. He puts clients at ease but at the same time gives them realistic and forthright advice, he is well respected by all in the criminal justice system as a highly-experienced, first-class barrister, and he has an impressive court presence and judges really listen to him.’