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Barrister Michael Conlon comes from a Human Rights and Common Law background but has focused in more recent years on road traffic law, heavy crime, family law disputes relating to children, employment law, cross border insolvency and civil litigation.
Called to the Bar in 1984, at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple by David Tudor Price, the then Common Sergeant of London. Michael then practiced in London and the Midlands before becoming one of the founder members of St. Albans Chambers in 1998.
Since then he has worked as a consultant to one of those rare firms listed on the VHCC panel by the LSC and registered to BarristerWeb.com in 2009.
Michael is happy to be instructed on behalf of defendants and prosecuting authorities. He has appeared in a wide range of complex matters including child abuse, serious fraud litigated by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, money laundering, breach of copyright, drug trafficking and those involving sexual and dangerously violent offenders such as rape and attempted murder trials.
Careful preparation and thorough presentation of the legal and factual matrices are of the essence to his approach to advocacy. Michael is by consensus “a safe pair of hands”. In January 2007, he represented an Appellant who had sacked his legal team, against a mandatory life sentence with a minimum term of twenty-seven years for murder with a firearm.
A six month snap shot up to march 2008 shows that in the Crown Court at Leicester, Michael successfully defended one of eight defendants, a Cameroonian gangster, in an alleged conspiracy to defraud, to the value of £47,000,000. This was followed by a much-needed holiday after which he represented a defendant in the Crown Court at Nottingham, gaining acquittals after a trial of attempted murder and armed robbery.
Robust cross examination and close scrutiny of the facts with a thorough knowledge of how to apply forensic analysis are hallmarks of his practice.
He has in the past, gained invaluable civil litigation experience including disability rights/benefits with the Free Representation Unit (as a pupil), licensing, civil actions against the police, landlord and tenant, domestic violence injunctions, matrimonial property, fully contested divorce, building contract disputes and employment law, appearing before a wide range of tribunals and courts up to the Administrative Court, Chancery Division and Court of Appeal.
As CEO of a CMC regulated by the MOJ, he fully realizes the importance of the criminal law in underpinning all regulatory law regimes including employment protection rules for employees and business owners. Corporate manslaughter has given rise to the need for enterprises to grasp the nettle of what can happen when there is a convergence between compliance regulation and the criminal law.