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Michael Wood QC

Michael is a well-respected, primary defence QC, who commonly appears in complex frauds, murders and inquests. He has been QC at the Public Defender Service since 2014.

Michael Wood, QC
Michael Wood QC

Career highlights

Call: 1976
Silk: 1999

Prior to taking Silk, as a Junior and Leading Junior, Michael undertook the full range of criminal work with an emphasis on both prosecuting and defending fraud cases. He was instructed to prosecute the second case undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office and, thereafter, appeared regularly for the SFO until 2004. In 2011 he became a Bencher at the Middle Temple and in 2015 he was appointed to the Panel of Acting Grand Court Judges in the Cayman Islands.

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Michael Wood QC CV
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Specialist areas


Michael has extensive experience in cases involving fraud. His cases have included MTIC (Missing Trade Intra-Community) fraud, boiler room fraud, advance fee fraud and fraudulent trading.


Michael’s murder cases have included gang-related cases, and cases involving firearms and other weapons, which have involved cell site, low copy number DNA, firearms discharge residue, blood spatter, wound track and causation.


Michael appeared in a 6-month fraud and various murders case in the Cayman Islands. He appeared pro bono for the Leader of the Opposition in Malawi when it was still a one-party state. He was also conducted training on expert witnesses in Malaysia.


Michael has represented solicitors and barristers at hearings before the Law Society and Bar Council. He also represented the presenting officer in proceedings arising out of the death of Victoria Climbie.

Notable cases

R v CF (2014-2015) (Fraud)

VHCC case centred on fraudulent trading where the jury bundle was presented digitally on iPads.

R v N (Murder)

Multi-handed murder case. The main witness had entered into SOCPA (Serious Organised Crime and Police Act) agreement. The defendant was acquitted at retrial.

R v South Coast Shipping (Manslaughter)

Junior Counsel for defence in private prosecution arising out of Marchioness Tragedy.

R v H (Police corruption)

Police officers alleged to have shared the recovered proceeds of an armed robbery with others based at Rigg Approach.