Formerly an advanced associate lawyer at the Financial Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Authority), Michael specialises in financial services litigation including criminal and regulatory investigations. He provides advice to firms and senior individuals regarding engagement with the regulator, potential mis-selling of financial products and systems, illegal trades, fraud and general breaches of regulatory requirements. Michael also provides advice on mitigating the risks to corporates through the creation and implementation of effective compliance programmes.
Prior to joining Pinsent Masons Michael spent almost six years at the FCA, working on numerous financial services regulatory projects, investigations and proceedings across a broad range of financial institutions including asset and fund managers, insurance businesses and banks. Michael also has significant experience of working with other UK and overseas regulators and prosecuting agencies, including their use of intelligence and information sharing powers.
Michael is also an experienced criminal defence solicitor. Prior to joining the FCA, he spent six years defending individuals during interviews under caution and conducting advocacy in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts on a daily basis. His clients included individuals accused of matters including theft, fraud, serious sexual offences and murder. Michael has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the criminal justice system, the approach of various criminal prosecuting agencies and how to ensure those accused have a robust defence.
Michael was also part of the FCA Enforcement team responsible for training its investigators on interviewing techniques.