Legal 500 Leading SetMichael Brompton QC

1973 (QC 2003)

"An outstanding lawyer, who has miraculous ability to master large and complex briefs"

- Legal 500 (2014)

Michael Brompton prosecutes and defends in serious and complex crime. His specialist areas include:

  • Revenue fraud
  • Commercial and other serious fraud including insider trading and investment fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Drug trafficking
  • Confiscation and asset forfeiture

Formerly Standing Counsel to H.M. Customs and Excise (1994 – 2003), he is prominent in the field of VAT fraud and has appeared in many of the major cases of the past decade.

His recent and pending cases include: a £130 million MTIC fraud (HMRC Operation Inertia); the prosecution of a management consultant for insider trading (instructed by the FSA); an £80 million carousel fraud (HMRC Operation Vex); a major investment fraud (instructed by the FCA); a multi- million pound mobile phone highjacking fraud; a £70 million bureau de change money laundering prosecution.

He is a member of the Serious Fraud Office Panel of Queen's Counsel and a Recorder of the Crown Court

He is recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. Comments include the following:

"Demonstrates excellent tactical and legal ability and is always very well prepared" and "His style and delivery in court are smooth, yet extremely powerful".

Notable Cases


  • Knights & Maguire ­– House of Lords decision on confiscation procedures
  • Saunders & Ors – MTIC/ Carousel fraud
  • Uddin & Ors – Underworld banker prosecuted for money-laundering
  • Kelly – Court of Appeal decision on Gaming Act meaning of ‘game of chance’
  • Krestin & Macpherson – solicitor and accountant prosecuted for money laundering


  • Chambers – Drugs
  • Harris – Knife killing
  • Waters – Sexual killing
  • Stacey - Teenage baby killing
  • Qureshi - Drugs


  • BBC v CAFCASS Legal & Ors – Right of BBC to broadcast a documentary about care proceedings.

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Michael Brompton QC
Michael Brompton QC

Specialist Areas

  • Customs and Excise Offences
  • Computer and Hi-Tech Crime
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • General Crime



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