Broadway House Chambers welcomes back Michelle Colborne QC

Broadway House Chambers welcomes back Michelle Colborne QC

Michelle Colborne QC has returned to Broadway House Chambers after taking a sabbatical in 2019.

During that time, Colborne (pictured) pursued her passion as an open water swimming coach and established Take the Plunge, where she hosted open water swimming and mindfulness sessions.

She will continue to work with Mental Health Swims and will host monthly swims in the Yorkshire Dales.

Abigail Langford, head of the crime team at Broadway House, which has offices in City Square, Leeds, and in Little Germany, Bradford, said: “I am delighted that Michelle is re-joining the criminal team. She has been missed and it is fantastic to see a leading woman in the profession coming back to do what she loves.” 

Colborne was called to the Bar in 1993 and took Silk in 2010. She is known on the North Eastern Circuit for prosecution and defence and has particular specialisms in homicides, baby deaths, and serious sexual offences.

She has a particular interest in representing vulnerable defendants and those charged with offences committed while mentally ill.

Colborne is renowned for her work in the Rotherham child sexual abuse trials, the prosecution of Alexander Smith (gangland murder), the murder acquittal of Trevor Isles, prosecuting one of the first forced marriage cases taking place abroad (Bangladesh) under Section 121 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014, the prosecution of Frank Cochran for sexual assault and coercive or controlling behaviour, and the defence of Adam Grant (murder).

Stephen Wood QC, joint head of chambers at Broadway House, said “We are delighted that Michelle has decided to return to the Bar and that she has ‘come back home’ to Broadway House Chambers.”

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