Michael Vere-Hodge QC

Michael Vere-Hodge QC

Call 1970
Silk 1993

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Sports Law

Michael Vere-Hodge is a hugely experienced senior Silk with a reputation for combining a mastery of the detail with effective cross-examination. Over the years he has appeared in a wide variety of challenging cases acting both for the prosecution and defence. He is also a Silk accredited to undertake Public Access work.

Michael is an experience clay pigeon shot who has represented Great Britain as an individual and as a GBR team member on many occasions over 30 years. He has won several International medals across three disciplines and in 2015 he won his first individual World Championship.

Michael has advised on various Sports National Governing Bodies’ compliance with their Selection Criteria for Great Britain Teams and Olympic nominations. Also advisory work on their governance including disciplinary action to be taken following allegations of bad behaviour by members of GBR teams abroad.

Notable Cases

2016 Represented a ‘whistleblower’ accused of misconduct by his member Association. Interpretation of Company Articles, Disciplinary Code and Human Rights Act. Direct Access.

Advisory work on behalf of an athlete who wished to appeal against their non-selection for the 2012 Olympic Games. Appeal successful.


October 27 2015:

Michael Vere-Hodge QC & Oliver Powell instructed in high profile MCA Prosecution  ...read more

December 12 2014:

Nigel Lickley QC prosecutes in high profile “body parts killer” trial ...read more

April 17 2012:

£26 million MTIC Fraud Decision ...read more

... more news

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Recorder authorised to try serious sexual offences
  • Bencher of Gray’s Inn
  • Legal Assessor to General Dental Council (until 2016)
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (until 2016)

Professional Bodies

  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Member of the Western Circuit Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association