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About Michael Wolkind QC

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Michael Wolkind QC is one of the UK’s leading criminal trial and defence barristers. In addition to his career, Michael is passionate about man’s best friend: dogs. For most of his early life, Michael was very wary (even scared!) of dogs. Like most fathers, though,  Michael was soon to be swayed by his children. Upon hearing the disappointment in one of his children’s voices that they couldn’t have a dog due to his caution, he decided it was time for a change. 

The family soon adopted a flat-coated retriever and named it Cato. In the first months, Michael still stayed as a healthy way from te dog! He seemed to favor remaining on the second floor of the house where the dog could not roam. One day, Michael and the dog crossed paths. He tentatively petted the dog and the moment he did his fear slid away, replaced by a love for the animal that would last a lifetime. 

Cato has, unfortunately, since passed, but Michael Wolkind’s love for dogs has not subsided. Since conquering his fear, Michael has had two more dogs—a Cocker Spaniel named Dylan and his current dog, a Cockapoo named Milo. He and Milo enjoy taking long walks where they discuss life and law and the pup (now 10!) often accompanies Michael during his days in chambers. 

In between his walks with Milo, Michael is a prominent criminal trial and defence barrister with over 40 years of experience. He began his career in 1976, not focusing on criminal law and defence work, but soon found his way to the niche after experiencing the challenge such cases presented. In 1999, Michael Wolkind became a QC.

In his time in Silk, Michael has travelled all to many other countries to appear as Leading Counsel. He has appeared in many high profile cases, such as the trials of Tony Martin and the only trial where a defendent changed his plea to “Guilty” but a jury insistantly returned a verdict of “Not Guilty.” One of his secrets for success is his quick wit and his willingness to break traditional courtroom conventions, favouring innovative methods that leave a lasting impression. For example, to make a point, he once gave his entire closing speech in Danish. 

In 2016, Michael Wolkind was invited to speak to the Oxford University Bar Society about his then 40-year long career in criminal law and defence work. His insight into criminal defence has been sought after by television shows, online videos, and documentaries. To this day, nothing gives him as much satisfaction as defeating injustice—though long walks on a nice day with Milo sure do come close.

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