Michelle Fawcett

A barrister ‘with considerable ability’ who ‘always seems to hit the right nerve at the right time’, according to QCs and senior counsel she has worked with, Michelle Fawcett is also described as ‘a clear, concise and sensitive advocate’. Undertaking both prosecution and defence work, she is regularly instructed in serious criminal cases involving violence, such as murder, manslaughter and sexual offences, as well as mental health issues, the import and supply of drugs, and white collar fraud.

While she was designated counsel for Kent County Constabulary, Michelle was involved in numerous cases under the Police Property Act, as well as firearm appeals and deaths in police custody. A number of her recent successes involving the defence of serious criminal allegations have received high-profile media coverage. These include: defending the girl accused of stalking her best friend and throwing sulphuric acid in her face, prosecuting a multi-handed £25m cocaine ring in London, prosecuting the bank manager accused of a £250,000 insider fraud and defending a case alleging GBH brought against a defendant with serious mental health issues accused of attacking a woman with a hammer at Embankment underground station.

Michelle is a member of the South East Circuit and the Criminal Bar Association.

Notable cases

R v Fraser and De Carvalho
Successful Flying Squad prosecution against 4 men accused of a string of armed robberies on local convenience stores across North London and Hertfordshire. Sentences of 28 years imprisonment imposed after trial.

R v Reidy & others
Successful Central Task Force prosecution of 4 men accused of a £25m drug supply. Sentences of up to 23 years imprisonment imposed after trial.

R v Cox
Allegations of fraud and money laundering against an HSBC Bank Manager and her mother. The Defendants were accused of receiving over £1/4m in false mortgages and bank loans in their friends and families names.

R v Cgjekaj and others
Allegations of rape, kidnapping, blackmail and false imprisonment. The defendant was judicially acquitted following two trials when the Crown was compelled to offer no evidence following defence legal argument, submissions and the presentation of defence investigative work.

R v Duncan
Defended bus driver for offence of causing death by dangerous driving. Case involved the death of a cyclist on Blackfriars Bridge. This case received considerable national press and television coverage. Commended by the Learned Judge for having an honest approach and “immense sensitivity” towards all involved.

R v Hodkinson
Defended in allegation of kidnap, false imprisonment and assault by the defendant upon her lesbian police-officer partner. This case received considerable national press and television coverage. Successful negotiations with the Crown to reduce the charges and a minimum

R v Jackson
Defended in case alleging GBH against a defendant with substantial mental health issues accused of attacking a female with a hammer at Embankment underground station. This case received considerable national press and television coverage. Sensitively handled case under the mental health provisions and was described by the Learned Judge as “admirable, able and of great assistance to the court”.

R v Hill, Horseman and others
Prosecution of an eight-handed violent disorder in Luton. Victims sustained serious head injuries. Successful convictions.

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