Profile submitted by Michael Drury
Partner specialising in regulatory and business crime, and national security matters. Michael has unique expertise in the fields of interception and surveillance, being responsible in part for the drafting of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and its secondary legislation, and in all subsequent reviews in this field. Deep knowledge of the replacement Investigatory Powers Act 2016 on which he gave evidence to the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee and the 'Bulk Powers' Review. Aside from representing corporates and individuals in major investigations by the SFO, FCA and police, he has wide experience of public inquiries, resisting challenges to Government action in the surveillance field (especially in relation to interception and the collection of communications data), and disclosure in civil and criminal litigation (including asset freezing). He has a particular interest in the Justice and Home Affairs application of EU law and was part of the UK team responsible for negotiating the Lisbon Treaty as it related to JHA and national security. Michael offers a service to both individuals and corporate clients across the full range of BCL’s practice, both where litigation has started and where advice is being sought to minimise litigation and business risk.
Called to the Bar 1982; city tax lawyer; prosecutor for HM Customs & Excise and the Serious Fraud Office; qualified as a solicitor 1996; legal adviser, director of legal affairs, member of main board of directors, GCHQ 1996-2010; partner BCL 2010.
Rowing, sailing, horse racing, art, opera and Oxford United FC.