Michael Devlin

Criminal Law

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Michael Devlin

Solicitor Advocate

Michael has 20 years’ experience in criminal law. He is a Solicitor Advocate, Duty Solicitor and leads our Crime team.

Criminal Law

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
St James House, 28 Park Place

Michael leads the criminal defence team and has a particular interest in representing mentally disordered offenders. He is also a former member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Mental Health Review Tribunal panel and has extensive experience in this specialist area.

Michael is an experienced police station and court duty solicitor meaning he has represented clients from police station interview to the Royal Courts of Justice. As a solicitor advocate, Michael is able to represent his clients in all courts, from the Magistrates to the Court of Appeal.

Michael has extensive experience in defending clients including:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Fraud
  • Assault
  • Motoring offences
  • Sexual offences
  • Theft and burglary
  • Terrorism
  • Violence
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Drug misuse
  • Possession of prohibited weapons


Michael’s approach is to provide clients with the kind of honest advice he would hope to receive if he were in their position, and identify the best arguments to achieve the best results.


  • Successfully defended a client who was alleged to have intentionally strangled their partner
  • Gained a youth rehabilitation order for a client who had stabbed another youth with a knife
  • Successfully defended a client charged with drink driving so they were not disqualified from driving


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