Michelle Clarke

Called in 1988

About Michelle Clarke


Michelle is a criminal barrister with over 30 years’ experience, she has recently spent 5 years as an in house barrister at cartwright king which has added to her understanding of both sides of the profession. Due to her breadth and depth of experience she is highly regarded for her advocacy and skills in all types of trials dealing with a wide range of offences including serious sexual offences; fraud; murder; manslaughter; child cruelty; drug trafficking and has been instructed in such cases as both a junior and lead counsel.

She has a reputation for first class advocacy and instilling confidence in her clients. She has particular expertise in cases involving vulnerable people, either as defendants or complainants.

Memberships and Appointments


Member of the Western Circuit

Member of the CBA

Experience and Instructions


R v AH – Defending as junior counsel the main 18-year-old defendant in a revenge murder.

R v I – Defending Yarlswood detention officer charged with sexually molesting a detainee

R v W – Historic allegation of molesting boys in the woods (high profile case)

R v H – Attempted murder with a knife in a revenge attack between drug dealers

R v W – Sham marriages conspiracy with brides being flown in and out of the UK

R v N – Housing benefit fraud defending the lead applicants partner

R v H – Defending in False Trademark prosecution

R v S – Violent disorderly involving two rival gangs

Practice Areas