SGK Solicitors

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Solicitor (Admitted 1999)

Michael Strauss

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Michael started his career specialising in serious fraud cases before joining this firm. He is a key member of the general crime team and specialises in serious crime. Michael has built up a loyal following where his commitment to his clients and "leaving no stone unturned" has quickly gained him a reputation as a lawyer to entrust. Michael also deals with fraud and confiscation proceedings.

He has previously been a ranked lawyer in Chambers and Partners Directory on several occasions:
Michael is well versed in serious crime matters and handles a broad range of high-profile cases. Sources speak of his "fabulous relationship with clients" and describe him as "highly conscientious, thorough, reliable and committed" – Chambers and Partners 2012 and 2015.

Client feedback:

"I engaged SGK following my son being charged with serious drug related offences. Of course this is a time of great worry and stress when clear and coherent advice and guidance is essential. I am happy to say that we got that and more from the professionals at SGK, in particular Michael. They reassured us and made the whole frightening legal process manageable.  I am pleased to report that my son achieved the outcome we were aiming for, ie a non-custodial sentence. I can highly recommend SGK"

"Great advice as well as comfort was given.  Genuine effort and hard work was done to solve the case"

"Michael was very easy to talk to and made everything easy to understand"

His most recent notable cases include:

  • 2020 R v T Central Criminal Court
    Defendant acquitted of murder following a gang related stabbing incident on the Edgware Road. The defendant was the first of six defendants on the indictment.
  • 2020 R v W Chelmsford Crown Court
    Representing an alleged leader of a drug supply organisation who is said to be one of four defendants involved in a murder, attempted grievous bodily harm and county lines drug supply.
  • 2020 R v H Snaresbrook Crown Court
    Representing a defendant accused of murder following an incident in East London.
  • 2020 R v S Snaresbrook Crown Court
    Representing one of nine defendants involved in a large scale county lines drugs supply operation.
  • 2018  R v F  & others  Snaresbrook Crown
    Representing one of nine defendants in a large scale 'county lines' drugs conspiracy.
  • 2018  R v S  Criminal Cases Review Commission (ongoing)
    Instructed to consider a review of a conviction in a high profile murder. Having obtained fresh evidence, Michael is currently in the process of referring the matter to the CCRC.
  • 2016  R v M & B  Lewes Crown Court
    Represented two defendants accused of wounding with intent where the victim had corrosive acid thrown over him resulting in significant injury and permanent disfigurement. The victim is currently campaigning to have the law changed with regard to the sale of such products.
  • 2015  R v J  Harrow Crown Court
    Expert analysis and investigation of Crown's assessment in confiscation proceedings resulted in a reduction in the benefit figure from £375,000 to £67,000.
  • 2014  R v C  Central Criminal Court
    Handling complex police gangland intelligence in a well publicised murder and attempted grievous bodily harm case in East London.
  • 2014  R v W  Isleworth Crown Court
    Defendant acquitted of rape following an accusation by a patron of a West London nightclub where the defendant worked.
  • 2013  R v S Blackfriars Crown Court
    Defendant acquitted of grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident with bouncers in a nightclub. A number of witnesses not spoken to by police were tracked down including one witness in Australia who gave his crucial evidence via video link.
  • 2012  R v M  Southwark Crown Court
    Part of the team involved in the successful defence of the principal defendant in a complex £52 million pension conspiracy to defraud case.

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