Michael Caplan

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Michael G Caplan QC (born 1953[1] in Wandsworth, London) is an English solicitor.


Caplan read law at King's College London (LLB, AKC), before undertaking study at The College of Law in London. Articled at Lickfolds Wiley & Powles, he qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and joined Kingsley Napley in 1978, where he is now a partner. Caplan specialises in international criminal law and regulatory work. Taking silk in 2002, he is one of eight solicitors to have been appointed as Queen's Counsel.[2]

One of the first Solicitor Advocates in the United Kingdom in 2002, and the first solicitor from a criminal law background to be made a QC, Caplan was one of those who contended that solicitor advocates should be entitled to wear the same wig and gown in court as barristers.[3]

Caplan has commented on the proposed changes to the UK's Corporate manslaughter laws.[4] He has also contributed to The Times Legal supplement.[5] Caplan sits as a Recorder (judge) in the Crown Court, is a chairman of the police disciplinary appeal tribunal; and used to be chairman of the Solicitors Higher Courts Advocates Association.[5]

High-profile cases[edit]

Caplan's work has included acting for:


  1. ^ Michael Caplan at The Chambers UK Guide Archived 2007-09-29 at Archive.today
  2. ^ Grania Langdon Down Never miss a chance to network The Times - October 18, 2005
  3. ^ a b Clive Coleman Safe pair of hands for McCanns BBC Radio 4's Law in Action - 14 September 2007
  4. ^ http://www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/PDF/FT_Corporate%20Manslaughter_MC_170507.pdf[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Stephanie Condron Extradition lawyer who represented Pinochet The Times - September 10, 2007
  6. ^ Queen arrest claim at Pinochet hearing BBC News - October 26, 1998
  7. ^ McCanns fly home to fight their case The Times - September 10, 2007

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