Michael Bowes QC

Practising barrister, Queen’s Counsel

Outer Temple Chambers

Michael Bowes QC is highly regarded as an expert in civil and criminal “cross-over” work. He is described as “…one of the go-to barristers in England for a corporate crisis. He has a very practical approach to solving some of the more complicated problems.” “A great crossover practitioner from the Criminal Bar.” Financial Services, Chambers and Partners 2020. Michael is a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division), a Recorder and is a joint head of Outer Temple Chambers. He was elected as a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2007. As an advocacy trainer, he teaches newly qualified barristers at Middle Temple.

Michael specialises in business crime, civil fraud, financial services and international sanctions. He acts for corporate clients and senior managers in global investigations and for the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority.

He is listed as a leading silk in the fields of Financial Services, Financial Crime (Corporates) and Financial Crime (London) in Chambers & Partners and in Banking & Finance, Business and Regulatory Crime and Fraud in the Legal 500 which notes that he is “A top-drawer barrister; he combines an approachable demeanour with a strong intellect.”  He is listed as an expert in Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2019.

He is registered in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Courts. He is a trustee of Transparency International UK and a co-chair of the UK Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a co-author of the Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (GIR, 3rd ed.2019).