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Michael Herford

Solicitor, Consultant

Criminal Defence, Fraud

Michael Herford specialises in criminal law and is dedicated to representing clients on a wide range of the most serious and complex cases, often involving multiple defendants, many of which have been reported in the national press over the years.

More about Michael...

Due to his consistently accurate legal advice, he ensures the majority of investigations he is instructed to defend are discontinued. However, if his clients are charged, Michael will ensure the highest quality of representation where no stone is left unturned to seek an acquittal, or if guilty, that the minimum possible sentence is imposed by the court. As part of his meticulous preparation to present his client’s case, he will hand-pick specialist Counsel to provide the most formidable defence available.

Michael Herford is a ‘stand out practitioner’ and ‘the name to note for fraud cases’ (Legal 500 2021) and ‘a truly excellent solicitor: charismatic, energetic and engaging’ (Legal 500 2020).

Michael has always been fascinated by why things are the way they are. He says “Law is pervasive and affects everything we do. Law is life and my life is law.” He loves how varied the days are, with each new day bringing fresh challenges to tackle. With a passion for resolving issues, Michael allows his clients to move on positively with their lives.


Michael has secured over 80 acquittals for clients in just 10 years

Notable cases

National Crime Agency v R & Others: Operation Venetic (EncroChat)
Is one of the world’s largest-ever international policing operations that resulted in the legal ‘hacking’ of the military-grade encrypted ‘EncroChat’ network by French police and shared to partner agencies around the world, including Europol and the National Crime Agency. The EncroChat encryption technology was allegedly used by the worlds most powerful organised crime networks. Instructed on an alleged international Class A drugs conspiracy involving organised crime networks in Bolivia, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Ongoing.


National Crime Agency v A: Operation Subtlety
Investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the United States of America and the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom. Prosecuted by the International Justice and Organised Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the alleged hacking and blackmail of Apple Inc. by a member of the “Turkish Crime Family” regarding the compromise of 319,000,000 iCloud accounts. Widely reported in the international press. Suspended sentence achieved after comprehensive mitigation submitted to the court.


Homicide Squad v F & others: Operation Semley 2021
Alleged organised crime involvement in a multi-handed murder, attempted kidnap, conspiracy to burgle. This case involves multiple forensic experts. The client was found not guilty.


Homicide Squad v O & Others: Operation Trapani

Multi-handed murder involving alleged members of a notorious gang who were alleged to have stabbed a man to death. This case has received national press coverage. Case dismissed.


R v B: Operation Kauto 2022

Representing a man alleged to have murdered an individual in a shooting in the West Midlands. This is a complex murder case that involves multiple experts ranging from firearms and ballistics experts to cellsite. This matter is ongoing.

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Michael and all the team at Cartwright King are dedicated to helping you. If you need help, contact Michael by email using this form or using the details below:


London Office

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3 Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0HP

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