Michael Grey

Year Of Call: 
1975

Career background

Practised for a number of years at no. 2 Fountain Court, and was one of the founder members of Coleridge Chambers.

Practice details

Crime

Instructed by both prosecution and defence in the full range of serious criminal cases, including homicide, serious non-fatal violence and firearms offences, fraud of various types, offences involving drugs, allegations of dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving, and allegations of sexual offences against adults and children.

Notable homicide cases include defence of mother alleged to be suffering from Munchausen's syndrome, accused of murdering children by salt poisoning  :  cross-examined professors who were then pre-eminent in their field.

Defence instructions regularly include the following types of work -

  • Insurance fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Defendants charged with DWP offences
  • Employee breach of trust cases
  • Mortgage frauds
  • Insolvency Act prosecutions

Recent instructions have included :

  • represented a defendant in connection with allegations of corruption perpetrated on the Learning Skills Council for the provision of teaching services.  Successful appeal against the imposition of 2 years imprisonment, in which the Court of Appeal passed comment on the amount of credit that should be given to a defendant for assistance to SFO under section 73 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. Appeal reported : R -v- FORD [2011] 2 Cr. App. Rep. (S) 64
  • represented one of a number of defendants indicted with conspiracy to defraud finance companies by the arrangement of bogus mortgage transactions and the creation of false identities of vendors
  • represented a woman indicted with dishonestly obtaining money from persons who purchased holiday apartments in Turkey when she falsely claimed to be the owner of the apartments.  Issues connected with Turkish property law and the sale of real property in Turkey
  • represented one of many defendants charged in a wide ranging conspiracy to defraud insurance companies by staging bogus road traffic accidents
  • represented one of two defendants indicted with conspiracy to defraud HM Government.  After invasion of Afghanistan by allies, UK government set up a unit in Kabul to give CSI assistance to Afghan police. Two defendants, one of whom was an ex-CID officer selected by NPIA to head the unit, formed a UK company to fraudulently procure and supply material and services to the unit

Regulatory

Recent instructions have included :

  • represented a defendant company and the managing director, in respect of two prosecutions from separate local authority areas :  allegations of 'cold calling' and supplying building services at inflated cost, to elderly and vulnerable people
  • represented central heating engineers (allegedly without appropriate qualifications) charged in respect of the provision and alleged defective fitting of gas fires in dwelling houses
  • represented motor dealers charged with various trading standards offences