Michael has spent his whole career working in criminal law, having dealt with criminal matters since 2003. Originally starting in the post room of a busy practice in Liverpool, Michael has established himself as one of the leading caseworkers in the country.
Having an adept eye for detail, his meticulous preparation will often be a deciding factor in a case being dropped or a client being acquitted. Michael specialises in both serious and complex fraud and drug trafficking matters, whether county lines drug supply, Encrochat drug matters or importation. Key to Michael’s success is consideration of computer evidence, cell site analysis, telephone material and instructing his network of leading experts from around the country.
His consideration of this kind evidence has resulted in numerous cases being discontinued from the police station stage, court stage or acquittals after trial.
Michael acts for individuals nationwide, both privately for HNWI’s and when publicly funded.
Having dealt with heavyweight cases since his early 20’s at other leading practices in Liverpool, he has gained significant experience across the criminal law spectrum. He is assisted by a strong team in the criminal department which he joined in 2021. In that time, the department has gone from to strength and his work has assisted the department to remain highly ranked with both the Legal 500 (Tier 1) and Chambers and Partners (Band 2).
Legal 500 – https://www.legal500.com/firms/4175-msb-solicitors-ltd/6991-liverpool-england/
Chambers and Partners – https://chambers.com/department/msb-solicitors-crime-uk-1:347:17138:1:5065
Michael was recently recognised by Chambers and Partners as a ‘Band 1 Lawyer’, the only individual credited with the accolade for crime in Liverpool and one of just 13 in the North West. He is one of only 54 ‘Band 1’ crime lawyers recognised nationwide. (link https://chambers.com/lawyer/michael-mckeown-uk-1:26488300)
“Michael McKeown is really quite tenacious and quite fearless. He is a very safe pair of hands who instils confidence.” – Chambers and Partners 2024
“Michael McKeown offers extensive experience in criminal law matters. He is noted for acting in serious crime cases and has knowledge of those related to drug offences and organised crime groups, among many others.” – Chambers and Partners 2024
“‘Michael McKeown gets the big cases, which is a mark of his reputation and popularity with clients, all of whom like and trust him. He is extremely efficient and gets things done promptly and properly.” – Legal 500 2024