Details of practice

Michael Bromley-Martin’s criminal practice sees him defending at the top end of serious crime, in particular murder, fraud and drugs. His expertise in fraud includes Tax, Mortgage, Investment and Commercial Fraud. He has been highly ranked in the leading directories for many years, both as a junior and in silk.

His licensing expertise and experience spans thirty years, in particular in relation to gambling, music festivals, entertainment, liquor and taxi licensing. He has consistently been highly ranked in all the directories in this field.

He has undertaken both prosecutions and defences and has considerable experience in the Regulatory field, in particular in relation to the General Medical Council, the General Optical Council, the Broadcasting Standards Authority (now Ofcom), the Police Complaints Authority (now IPCC), Coroner’s Inquests and in the fields of Trade Marks, Trade Descriptions, Food Safety and Health and Safety.

He has for many years practised in the representation of the police and police officers in both criminal and disciplinary proceedings, as well as inquests and judicial review proceedings in relation to crime, discipline and employment.

Directory recommendations

‘Receives emphatic praise for his courtroom advocacy and particularly his cross-examination skills’. “He is absolutely courageous in his ways and his thoughts, and he puts over arguments without a fault.  The way he runs a case is second to none.”  “He is very polished and a very strong cross-examiner.”  Chambers UK 2016: Crime

“He is a highly regarded and accomplished advocate who is also very personable.” “He is the one you’d want to have defending you if you got in trouble …”  Chambers UK 2016: Licensing

A tenacious, fearless and supremely effective trial advocate.’ The Legal 500 2015: Crime

A truly knowledgeable and experienced barrister.’ The Legal 500 2015: Licensing

‘He is a fine and engaging barrister who is able to put defendants at their ease and draw out the information he requires with compassion and understanding.’ ‘It gives you great confidence just being near him’. Chambers UK 2015: Crime

‘He knows his stuff very well indeed and is an excellent operator.’ ‘He’s a brilliant cross-examiner.’ Chambers UK 2015: Licensing

‘An outstanding trial lawyer.’ The Legal 500 2014: Crime

‘Quick to identify the issues and always able to find the right solution.’
The Legal 500 2014: Licensing

‘Fearsome cross-examiner’ Michael Bromley-Martin QC ‘puts his heart and soul into cases’.
The Legal 500 2013 (Crime)

… ‘a brilliant advocate, and the best cross-examiner for this area’.
The Legal 500 2013 (Licensing)

“excellent all round”Chambers UK 2013

‘a masterful tactician, a consummate professional and most importantly one who fights for his client every inch of the case’The Legal 500 2012

“On his day, unbeatable.” Chambers UK 2010

“A doyen of the [Licensing] scene … he shows dogged determination when faced with tricky cases.” Chambers UK 2009

“Best known to the market for his robust and formidable advocacy skills … with terrific skills in cross examination.” Chambers UK 2008

“Exceptional, … one of the most persuasive advocates at the Bar. “
The Legal 500 2008

Education/professional qualifications

1976      B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) Soton

1979      Called to the Bar of England and Wales



1989:                Appointed an Inspector for the Department of Trade
and Industry under the Financial Services Act in relation
to Talbex PLC

1990:               Appointed an Inspector for the Department of Trade and
Industry under the Financial Services Act in relation to
John Michael Design PLC

1996-2002:   Advisor to the Police Complaints Authority

2002:              Recorder of the Crown Court

2002:              Queen’s Counsel