Michael Peters
Consultant Barrister - Crime & Extradition
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Called to the Bar


Firm Trained With

O'Garra's Solicitors

Languages Spoken



I was called to the Bar in 2014 by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn and presently practice as a consultant Barrister at McMillan Williams Solicitors.

In my six years working with a leading national firm prior to qualification, I obtained extensive experience developing my advocacy skills representing prisoners and upholding their rights before the Parole Board and Independent Adjudicator. I then trained and qualified with a top tier firm recognised in the Legal 500 and ranked in UK Chambers and Partners.

I hold higher rights of audience in all courts in England and Wales in both criminal and civil proceedings and my scope of practice includes serious crime and road traffic, fraud/ regulatory and business crime and civil actions against the state.

Serious Crime and Road Traffic

I advise and defend in cases involving the most serious criminal offences. This includes offences such as homicide and all forms of serious and organised crime to matters of less seriousness but of equal importance to those accused. I am a fearless representative for those accused of a crime, whether that be in the police station, in the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court or appeals to the High Court or Court of Appeal.

I have also developed a road traffic practice and I place particular emphasis on exceptional hardship arguments under the totting up provisions and arguments to exclude evidence/ special reasons arguments in relation to drink driving.

I am also a member of the Westminster, Bishopsgate, Tower Bridge, Camberwell Green ,Wimbledon and Croydon Duty Solicitor Schemes.

Recent Cases (as Counsel)

Crown Court

  • R v S – Kingston Crown Court 2017 – Aggravated Burglary/Section 18 GBH - Counsel in a case where it was alleged that the defendant hit the complainant with a broken bottle before forcing entry to the home residence and holding a family hostage who had barricaded themselves in a bathroom.

  • R v L – Croydon Crown Court 2017 – Conspiracy to transfer a firearm/ Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life - Trial Counsel in a Trident and CO19 armed police led operation relating to the stop and recovery of a firearm and ammunition in South London. First on the Indictment.

  • R v R – Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) 2016 – section 20 GBH - Trial Counsel in a case where the complainant sustained life threatening injuries and had to be put into an induced coma by medical professionals following being punched at a house party on New Years Eve.

  • R v B - Croydon Crown Court 2016 – Armed Robbery - Trial Counsel in a multi-handed case involving a Joint Enterprise robbery and stabbing in South London. First on the Indictment.

  • R v T – Croydon Crown Court 2016 – PWITS A - Trial Counsel in a case involving a mother with a new born found in possession of a large quantity of Cocaine.

  • R v G – Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) 2016 – PWITS A - Trial Counsel in a case involving a police stop and recovery of a large quantity of Cocaine in the centre console of a motor vehicle.

  • R v C and others – Croydon Crown Court 2016 – Conspiracy to commit burglary 45 offences (Aggravated) - Counsel in a multi-handed case involving the burglary of properties to obtain keys to Audi motor vehicles. First on the indictment.

  • R v W and others – Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) 2015 – Carjacking with a firearm – Counsel in a multi handed case involving a gunpoint robbery and carjacking in South London.

  • R v F – Blackfriars Crown Court 2015 – Dangerous Driving - Counsel in a case involving a police officer who was run over in the course of preventing a plot to stab a pupil outside a school.

Magistrates’ Court

  • R v A – Croydon Magistrates Court 2016 – Assault by beating

  • Trial Counsel in a case where the defendant was assessed by medical practitioners as having a learning disability similar to that of a 10 year old child. The defendant suffered from Dyspraxia and Autism and required the assistance of an intermediary during trial relating to an allegation of assaulting a manager at McDonald’s in South London.


  • R v H – Court of Appeal 2015 – section 18 GBH - Counsel appearing in an appeal against sentence relating to a case where the complainant was 15 years and was punched on a field sustaining a broken jaw.

Fraud, Regulatory and Business Crime

I also advise and represent in cases involving fraud, regulatory and business crime having trained with a top tier firm in the Legal 500 that are recognised as specialists in this area. I have experience of defending in cases brought by a range of authorities including the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Recent Cases (as Counsel)

Civil Actions Against the State

Invariably there are collateral issues of civil liability that arise when dealing regularly with cases handled by public authorities including the Police, HM Prison Service and the National Probation Service. This has led to me advising and representing across a full range of matters including tort claims and public law challenges by way of judicial review.

Police Law

I am able to provide advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Complaints against the police and representation throughout misconduct proceedings
  • Civil actions for assault and battery, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment
  • Civil actions for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office
  • Human Rights Act 1998 breaches
  • Data Protection Act 1998 breaches

Coronial Law

An Inquest is a legal investigation conducted by a Coroner to establish the circumstances surrounding an individual’s death. I am able to provide advice and representation to bereaved family members throughout this sensitive and understandably difficult process where someone has died in a custodial environment or at the hands of the state. Funding is this area of law is limited and in certain circumstances I am able to provide assistance on a pro bono basis.

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