Ms Michelle Nelson QC > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers
Red Lion Chambers


Michelle Nelson defends and prosecutes across the criminal spectrum.  She has a strong background in prosecuting and has prosecuted in some of the most serious, difficult and high profile criminal cases. As Treasury Counsel she has been involved in the prosecution of a large number of high profile murder and manslaughter cases.  She has also prosecuted fraud and large scale money laundering on behalf of the SFO, RCPO and DBIURR.  Her defence work includes general crime, fraud and murder. Her work includes dealing with restraint and confiscation and she has worked at the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the RCPO advising on and pursuing restraint and forfeiture.

She has advised on and represented the Attorney General in the Court of Appeal on unduly lenient sentence appeals. Other work includes advising appellants in Privy Council appeals.

Michelle appeared as prosecution junior, led by Max Hill QC, in Channel 4’s The Trial (2017) in which real juries, together with actual barristers and judges, tried a fictional murder case in order to explore the workings of the jury system.  She has also appeared as a panellist on Radio 4’s Unreliable Evidence on Sentencing (2017)  alongside Treacy LJ, the Attorney-General  and the Legal Director of the Howard League.


Inn: Middle Temple; Call to the Bar, 1994; Silk 2019.
Treasury Counsel [2009]; Trustee -Prison Reform Trust. [Current]. Trustee- Scene & Heard- [Current] a children’s charity. Chair of Board – Ekaya HA– [Current] Race Relations Committee. In 2002, on behalf of the RRC presented at the American Bar Association in Washington D.C Bar Council – Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee [2002-2008] Memberships held: CBA, Member of Bar Council group formed to draft a response to the Government White Paper on proposed changes to the law of bribery. [2009-10].


Middle Temple

Criminal Bar Association 

South Eastern Circuit 

Bar Coucil Race Relations Committee (RRC)

Bar Coucil Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee (2002-2008)

Prison Reform Trust

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Michelle Nelson QCRed Lion ChambersA top-class silk who sees the bigger picture and the fine detail, and has complete, calm command of both. Excellent drafting skills and highly persuasive in their written submissions. Hard working, proactive and pragmatic.