Michael Forster


BSB Barristers’ Register

Mike is a highly experienced junior Counsel who frequently leads in the Crown Court. He has a particular expertise in complex commercial fraud and has been instructed in cases involving income tax fraud, VAT fraud and many other conspiracies to defraud as well as corruption.

Mike has a strong background as an advocate in respect of all other forms of serious crime that includes murder, attempted murder, gross negligence manslaughter, major drugs conspiracies and cases involving serious sexual assault.

He was the prosecution junior to Nicholas Haggan Q.C. in the murder trial of the first Indian national to be extradited to the UK. He received a commendation from the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary for ‘outstanding professionalism, dedication and personal commitment’ for his work on the trial.

As Leading Junior, Mike has prosecuted several long jury trials including a 26 handed conspiracy and money laundering case which resulted in two trials that took four months to complete.

Regulatory and Local Government

Mike is a highly regarded expert in all areas of Regulatory work and has prosecuted many complex cases for local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive. One of his key areas of expertise is handling health and safety cases.

He has represented a number of major high street retailers in respect of a wide range of criminal matters including major health and safety offences, trade descriptions, misleading price indications, under-age alcohol sales, food hygiene, breach of advertising regulations and water pollution offences.

Mike has also advised and represented retailers in relation to appeals against the issue of prohibition notices by the Health and Safety Executive.