Michael Wall

Junior Counsel

A capable lawyer and passionate advocate with a mixed practice and a background as a solicitor advocate in crime, public and regulatory law. Michael Wall transferred to the Bar and joined the civil team at Bank House in April 2020. He deals with general civil work, protective orders in the family and magistrates’ courts, and other criminal matters such as motoring offences. He also has significant experience of dealing with regulatory and public law matters, particularly in a policing context, and is keen to build his practice in these areas.

Michael Wall transferred to the Bar and joined the civil team at Bank House in April 2020. He deals with general civil work, protective orders in the family and magistrates’ courts, and other criminal matters such as motoring offences. He also has significant experience of dealing with regulatory and public law matters, particularly in a policing context, and is keen to build his practice in these areas.

 

Michael started his legal career as a paralegal with Howells Solicitors in 2008, initially advising on welfare benefits appeals. He later joined the civil liberties team, where he dealt with complaints, civil claims and judicial reviews against the police and other public authorities and developed a strong interest in public law.

 

Qualifying as a solicitor in April 2013, Michael acquired his Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Proceedings) upon qualification. He practised as a duty solicitor and Crown Court advocate until joining the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) (now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)) as an in-house solicitor in November 2014. He later became the IOPC’s senior lawyer for the North East and obtained his Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings) in September 2017.  In that role, he was responsible for leading a small team of lawyers and advising clients on complex, sensitive and high-profile matters. He also represented the IOPC at police misconduct hearings and at inquests and defended claims for judicial review in the High Court.

 

In addition to legal representation, Michael can be engaged to provide bespoke legal training. He has experience of developing and delivering legal training for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, on topics including the police complaints and disciplinary proceedings, coronial law, giving evidence and judicial review.