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Michael Crystal QC

QC 1984, Called to the Bar 1970
+44 (0)20 7696 9900
Michael Crystal QC
QC 1984, Called to the Bar 1970

Michael Crystal QC is one of the leading advocates at the English Bar.

He has been involved as counsel, adviser or expert witness in most of the best known international insolvencies and restructurings in the UK and overseas in the last four decades.  

Michael has represented or advised on an ad hoc basis most of the major international financial services institutions, funds and accountancy firms operating in the mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and restructuring fields.

He receives instructions from leading law firms in London, New York and in many offshore jurisdictions including the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In addition to his well-recognised advocacy skills, Michael is particularly in demand for his strategic overview and experience in cases involving international litigation, cross border bankruptcy, and restructuring.

Many of Michael's instructions remain confidential. His publicly reported cases in the UK and elsewhere run to over 100 and include all Appellate levels and trial courts in the UK and many overseas jurisdictions.


Insolvency and Restructuring

Banking and Finance

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration


Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery

International and Offshore


Professional Negligence

Trusts and Property


1996 Hon Fellow Queen Mary, University of London
1997 Hon Fellow, Society for Advanced Legal Studies
2006 International Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy


Comments in recent legal directories include the following:  

"An absolute whizz on complex schemes of arrangement."
"A potent performer in court."
"Able to cross-examine someone to death."
"An excellent litigator with brilliant courtroom craft."
"Regularly receives instructions in the biggest offshore insolvency cases."


1970 Called to the Bar, Middle Temple
1972 In practice as junior barrister
1984 Appointed Queen’s Counsel
1993 Elected Master of the Bench, Middle Temple
1995 Deputy Judge, Chancery Division, High Court of Justice
2012 Autumn Reader, Middle Temple


Admitted to the Bars of the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and the Isle of Man ad hoc. Called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands in 1991


1988-1989 Department of Trade and Industry Inspector into County Nat West Limited and County Nat West Securities Limited
1992 Department of Trade and Industry Inspector into National Westminster Bank
1993-1998 Chairman, Banking Appeal Tribunal
1996 Chairman, Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal
2002 Visiting Professor, Department of Laws, University College London
2004 FA (soccer) Premier League Panel for Insolvency Matters


Insolvency Rules Advisory Committee (1993-1997)
Financial Law Panel (1996-2002)
The International Arbitration Institute, Paris (2002-)
Fellow, Royal Institution of Great Britain (2004-)
Member, International Insolvency Institute (2005-)
Member, Board of Directors of International Insolvency Institute (2010-2014)


1969 Queen Mary College, University of London, LLB Hons
1971 Magdalen College, Oxford University, BCL

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