Michael Goodwin QC is highly regarded as an expert in business and financial crime, and serious crime cases. Michael is available to be instructed on a Direct Access basis.

The Legal 500 describes Michael as: “… first class. He is an obvious choice when dealing with high profile and complex fraud cases. He is exceptionally clever, and is very compelling both on his feet and in his written submissions.”

Chambers UK (2022) refer to Michael as being: “…extremely clever and takes a pragmatic approach. He has a great reputation with the prosecution agencies and the court."
"He is a great court advocate who charms juries and judges. He is also very technically skilled"..."He is extremely hard-working and is an outstanding advocate."

Michael has extensive experience defending and prosecuting in high profile and complex criminal litigation. He provides strategic advice during the investigative stages of a case, and court representation throughout the life of a case. He conducts cases fearlessly and with tactical precision. He is a meticulous and extremely persuasive advocate. he acts for members of the public, professional individuals (including directors and senior managers) and corporate clients.

Michael also has particular expertise of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, and represents professional clients in concurrent criminal and non-criminal proceedings if required.

For further information on instructing Michael please contact his clerks

Area of Law


Michael Goodwin QC’s practice includes the full range of business and financial crime, and white-collar criminal cases. Michael is ranked as a Leading Barrister in Financial Crime by Chambers UK and by the Legal 500. He provides strategic advice to individuals (including directors and company officers) and corporate clients, from an early stage of any investigation.

Michael defends and prosecutes the most serious and complex high-profile business and financial crime cases. He has been instructed in some of the largest serious fraud litigation to be investigated and brought before the Courts. Michael prosecutes regularly for the Serious Fraud Office, and has been appointed to the SFO QC Panel (2020 to date). He was recently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to prosecute two former senior managers of Serco Ltd. In 2019 he was instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement, approved by Mr Justice William Davis on 4th July 2019: SFO v Serco Geografix Ltd.

Michael conducts and advises clients wishing to bring and defending private prosecutions. He advises companies on compliance issues, and internal investigations.

Michael has particular expertise in tax related criminal proceedings and represents company directors and corporates before

Professional Discipline

Michael Goodwin QC is ranked as a Leading Barrister by Legal 500 in Business & Regulatory Crime (including Global Investigations). He has particular expertise representing clients in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, and provides representation in concurrent criminal and non-criminal proceedings if required. Michael was instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement, approved by Mr Justice William Davis on 4th July 2019: [SFO v Serco Geografix Ltd] . Michael has recently been appointed by the President of the Council of the Inns of Court to sit as a Chairman on disciplinary tribunals and other panels including fitness to practice hearings conducted by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS).

Michael provides strategic advice and legal representation for professional clients facing investigation by Regulators and Law Enforcement Authorities. Michael represents clients before the General Medical Council (including its Fitness to Practise Panel), the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Police Disciplinary Tribunal in complex cases of misconduct.
Michael provides cross-jurisdictional representation for company directors, individuals and companies, and advises and represents clients before the First Tier Tax Tribunal (Tax Chamber) in HMRC related litigation and tax disputes.

What sort of work do I do?

Michael can be consulted and provides Direct Access legal services in relation to the following types of cases:

Allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

Advice and representation before the criminal courts.

Regulatory cases including professional disciplinary proceedings.

Appeals against conviction and sentence in criminal cases.

Advising on internal investigations and regulation.

Advising on compliance issues.

Advising on money laundering and POCA 2002 compliance.

Representing interested parties at inquests and inquiries.

Private prosecutions.

Who do I work for?

Corporations, organisations, private individuals, government departments and local councils.

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