His Honour Judge Michael Hopmeier is a Circuit Judge at Southwark Crown Court, England
Michael was called to the Bar 1974, Middle Temple. He is a Master of the Bench at Middle Temple, a visiting Professor at City University, London, an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and Judicial member of the International Committee of the Judicial College. Since 2008 Michael has been a lecturer and tutor at the Judicial College and continues training Judges in confiscation. In 2017 he was appointed Director of the Long and Complex Trials Course for Judges in England and Wales.
Before his full-time appointment, Michael had been a barrister for over 30 years acting for the Prosecution and the Defence, specialising latterly in economic crime related cases. He also advised and acted in civil commercial cases, including drafting commercial agreements for financial institutions.
In 1990 Michael sat as a Part-time Judge (as Assistant Recorder and then Recorder), sitting on South-Eastern Circuit, England on civil, criminal and family cases. In 2009 Michael was appointed as a full-time Circuit Judge sitting on serious criminal cases including serious economic crime cases; he deals also with international requests for mutual assistance/disclosure. In 2011 he was appointed Diversity and Community Relations Judge, in Surrey.
In 2015 he was appointed to a restricted expert group on Improving Mutual Recognition of freezing and confiscation orders, EU Brussels.
Michael travels extensively giving Seminars and training Judges abroad and in the UK on issues relating to confiscation and fighting economic crime. In 2016 and 2017 has conducted seminars and training in: China, Germany (x 4), Brussels, Jamaica (x2), Sicily, Romania (x 2), Nigeria, Namibia (x2), Spain, Brazil (x 3), Montenegro and Rome, as well as numerous seminars in the UK.
Michael is a joint Editor of Millington and Sutherland Williams on “The Proceeds of Crime” (4th Edition) published by OUP. The 5th Edition will be published in January 2018. He is author of a “Guide to Restraint and Confiscation” published by the Judicial College, UK in February 2017. He is a Committee member of the Wadham College (Oxford) Law Society and a Committee member European Criminal Law Association (ECLA UK). He is a joint Editor of the Journal of Law, Governance and Society published by the University of the West Indies.