Michael Fullerton

Year of Call: 1990

Michael Fullerton was admitted to the Victorian Supreme Court as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1981. He practised as a solicitor until 1986 when he signed the Bar Roll of Victoria and was admitted to the Inner Temple as a Barrister in 1990.

Able and versatile Australian barrister with 35 years’ experience as defence jury advocate and civil practitioner covering an extensive range of both criminal and civil law including a variety of appellate cases in crime, civil, court martials and judicial review.

His civil practice includes advising and litigating on behalf of an array of international clients. His case authorities cover personal injury, common law procedure, commercial law and criminal law.

Regulatory work includes licensing offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) Regulations 2018, Pet Shop licensing, breeding and selling of animals.

He is registered and conducted many cases on Direct Access and is also a Qualified Mediator.

Notable Cases

  • R v A – Reading Crown Court

    Attempted murder – Complex case involving multiple experts on injuries, weapon, glass, CCTV identifying vehicle, cell site and mobile phone evidence.

  • R v O – Peterborough Crown Court

    Historic rapes and ABH. Acquitted on rapes.

  • R v B – Bristol Crown Court

    Leading Ms. Chiara Maddocks. 8-week carbon credit fraud. Six hander, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to convert criminal property. Voluminous commercial, financial and digital evidence, expert evidence and over 50 lay witnesses. Acquitted on both charges.

  • RSPCA v W

    s.8 Animal Welfare Act offences re organised dog fighting.

  • R v C – Hove Crown Court

    Conspiracy to produce cannabis – Cut-throat three-hander. DNA, fingerprint and satellite navigation evidence.

  • R v E – Oxford Crown Court

    s18 GBH. Suspended sentence and compensation order.

  • R v W – East Croydon Crown Court

    Benefit Fraud, Suspended sentence.

  • R v C – Cambridge Crown Court

    Sexual assaults – Acquitted on both charges.

  • R v T – Isleworth Crown Court

    Possessing criminal property. Acquitted.

  • R v S – Luton Crown Court

    Aggravated burglary, false imprisonment and robbery. Firearms, knives. Acquitted on all charges.

  • R v M – Harrow Crown Court

    Theft of BMW removed beyond EU. Trial 1 – hung jury. Trial 2 – Acquitted.

  • R v A – Aylesbury Crown Court

    Affray, Offensive Weapon, Damaging Property. Absent witness, Hearsay evidence successfully excluded. Three hander. Acquitted.

  • R v W – Croydon Crown Court

    Acting in breach of Restraining Order – Acquitted.

  • R v A – Southwark Crown Court

    PWIT – 5 counts of class A and having article with blade – Secured agreement for reduced indictment and sentence.

  • R v H – Harrow Crown Court

    s.18 and s.20 GBH. Secured agreement for ABH & suspended sentence.

  • R v P – Lewes Crown Court

    Arson – Fitness to plead enquiry – capacity to form intent.

  • R v D – St. Albans Crown Court

    Burglary & Theft – secured agreement to Theft only – penalty of fine.

  • R v R – Guildford Crown Court

    Burglary, Damaging Ppty and Theft – Secured agreement to amended indictment re damaging ppty only. Community Order and Restraining Order.

  • R v M – Wood Green Crown Court

    PWIT –Various Class A & B – Community Order and suspension of curfew.

  • R v M – Central Criminal Court

    Making indecent photos of child – Cats A, B & C. Possessing extreme photographs. Expert report obtained and at trial prosecution offer no evidence.

  • R v H – Birmingham Crown Court

    S.18 GBH and ABH. Secured agreement for Affray.

  • R v K – Kingston Crown Court

    Affray – suspended sentence.

  • R v S – Lewes Crown Court

    POCA hearing.

  • R v T – Leicester Crown Court

    Two separate counts of Dangerous Driving – hung jury on one count.

  • R v L – Kingston Crown Court

    ABH and having offensive weapon – Acquitted on both counts.

  • R v T – Leicester Crown Court

    Putting person in fear of violence by harassment, breach of Non-Molestation Order, ABH, Dangerous Driving. Secure agreement to harassment count only.

  • R v K – Guildford Crown Court

    PWIT – Class A. Secure agreement to possession only.

  • R v V – Central Criminal Court

    ABH – Exclusion of hearsay evidence and BWV – Acquitted.

  • Williams v Fisher (1998)

    Kemp & Kemp, The Quantum of Damages Vol. 3 F2-001 (Leading case on whiplash injury);

  • Miles v McGregor (23/1/98)

    EWCA Civ 361; [2001] PIQR Q13 (loss of chance)

  • Langford v Hebran [2001]

    EWCA Civ 361; [2001] PIQR Q13 (loss of chance)

  • Parker v TUI [2009]

    EWCA Civ 1261 (toboggan accident)

  • Systemcare (UK) ltd. v Service Design Technology Ltd. & Sharif [2011]

    EWCA Civ 546 (Costs of company awarded against Director)

  • R v James Gray [2013]

    EWHC 500 (Admin) (Animal Welfare)

  • R v Manh Toan Dang [2014]

    EWCA Crim 348 (Industrial scale production of cannabis)

  • R (on Appn of RSCPA) v Colchester Mags Ct & D. Fuller & P Shelldrake [2015]

    EWHC 1418 (Admin) (unlawful use of warrant)

  • OF – Rolls Court

    Companies Court. Part 7 and Part 8 claims. International Share purchase agreement & cross-application. Application to re-open previous High Court judgment and various costs orders successfully defended against Leading Counsel.
    FPM – Central London County Court – Appeal under s.214 Housing Act 2004 for failing to protect deposit. Secured massive reduction of claimed costs.

  • S – Brighton County Court

    Upper limb work related claim – settled for Claimant.

  • S – Central London County Court

    Resulting and Constructive property claim against family member. Claim succeeds.

  • SA – County Court at Clerkenwell

    Setting aside default judgment.

  • KK & CT – Brentford CC

    Defending Dogbite claim.

  • FPM – Central London County Court

    Appeal under s.214 Housing Act 2004 for failing to protect deposit. Secured massive reduction of claimed costs.

  • DOO – Central London County Court

    Infant settlement including substantial award for gratuitous care by friend of family.

  • AH – Royal Court of Justice

    Family Division – Opposing Local Authority Application for Contempt of Court. Application dismissed with costs.

  • EN – RCJ – Court of Appeal

    Opposing Appeal against Order dismissing claim for defamation. Appeal dismissed.

  • Fraud involving summary judgment against fraudulent accountant, Freezing Orders and Injunction involving firms of solicitors, fraud and restitution concerning national company, Insolvency and bankruptcy.

  • Litigation regarding contractual disputes, building and construction, shareholding and directorships, international drilling contracts.

  • Litigation against multi-national oil companies in Niger delta.

Publications and Lectures

Personal Injury Quantum Reports


Inner Temple

SE Circuit

Sussex Bar Mess




1982: Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1990: Called to the Bar of England and Wales.

PRACTICE; Established practitioner of both crime defence and civil law.

Direct Access: Registered and accepted both criminal and civil cases.

Mediator: Qualified August 2008.

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