Michelle joined Edmonds Marshall McMahon in June 2018. Michelle was called to the Bar in 1993 and practised as a barrister within recognised top-level criminal law chambers in London until 2017.
Michelle is a highly experienced prosecutor, specialising in serious and violent crime, fraud and confiscation. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s List of Prosecuting Counsel in 1995 and she is a currently Grade 4 (highest grade) prosecutor with the CPS. Michelle has been responsible for prosecuting some of their most serious cases of late. She has significant experience in asset restraint and confiscation, and combines her experience as a prosecutor with her extensive legal knowledge to provide clients with high quality, practical advice. She is able to demonstrate considerable ability when drafting legal briefs and opinions, as well as demonstrating a talent in assimilating complex arguments in a short space of time.
At Edmonds Marshall McMahon Michelle undertakes work in the following areas:
- Counterfeit Prosecutions
- Fraud Prosecution
- General Crime
- Investigation & Confiscation
- Perverting the Course of Justice
Michelle has been described as “someone with considerable ability, an instinctive character who remarkably always seems to hit the right nerve at the right time” and “a clear, concise and sensitive advocate”, Legal 500, (2017). While she was appointed counsel for Kent County Constabulary, Michelle was involved in numerous cases under the Police Property Act, as well as firearm appeals and deaths in police custody.
A number of her recent successes involving serious criminal allegations have received high-profile media coverage. Examples such as:
- http://www.itv.com/news/2017- 10-18/security-guards-jailed- for-role-in-7-million- heathrow-airport-heist/
Resulting in the following Formal Judicial Commendation by HHJ Stephen John:
“All those involved in the police service at whatever level, together with those in the Crown Prosecution Service responsible for advising, marshalling and presenting the evidence, are also to be commended for the part that have each played in bringing this case to such a successful conclusion. The Court would also like to commend the diligence and attention to detail of Counsel who prepared and presented this case, Miss Michelle Fawcett. I would be grateful if these remarks could be transmitted to the Commander of the Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Unit (Flying Squad), Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher for his consideration.”
- https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/dutchman-who-tried- to-smuggle-handgun-in-jigsaw- puzzle-jailed-a3389226.html
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174482/Bank-manager-fleeced-friends- family-200-000-buy-way-happy-life-jailed.html
(now officially reported at EWCA Crim 1408)
Michelle is a member of the Southern Eastern Circuit and the Criminal Bar Association.