Who we are
Michael Polak (LLB, BPTC, LLM (Public International Law)
David Swindle (Consultant Independent Reviewer, Crime Expert and Victim Advisor)
David A Walters, MVO
Michael Polak is a barrister at the Bar of England & Wales practicing from Chambers in London. As well as defending in trials for serious criminal offences in the domestic courts Michael also carries out private prosecutions, a unique specialism which allows those who have been the victim of crimes to hold those responsible to account when the authorities fail to act.
Michael’s international practice focusses on international legal assistance, the assistance of foreign nationals and lawyers who get into trouble around the world. In this area Michael has represented clients in Belarus, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Middle East. His expertise includes negotiating with client’s foreign ministries to garner support for them, briefing the media to create interest around a client’s cases, providing advices on the fairness of proceedings and whether clients have had trials which respected due process to be used to lobby for release, making applications to United Nation’s human rights bodies, and submitting applications for clemency and legal submissions.
Michael’s international practice also contains public international law where he represents marginalised groups who have had their human rights infringed upon. He also has experience making applications to remove INTERPOL Red Notices and has written for Westlaw on the law in this area.
Michael’s education includes a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his dissertation on the Jadhav Case between India and Pakistan currently before the International Court of Justice concerning the rights of imprisoned foreign nationals to have access to their consulate was published by Indian Journal of Public International law (available here)
Former Detective Superintendent David Swindle BA worked on hundreds of murders and complex high profile UK wide investigations during his 34 years in the police.
He continues to utilise his impressive and high profile investigative, crime expertise and international networks with his company “ David Swindle Crime Solutions” which specialises in providing multilingual expert international crime advice and independent reviews / investigations of homicides and deaths in the UK and abroad.
David’s work abroad which continues to attract a lot media interest featured in the BBC Killed Abroad Documentary which followed David and his team investigating the 2 high profile cases of Kirsty Maxwell and Craig Mallon in Spain.
David’s extensive experience and determined attitude regarding a victim focussed approach to serious crime investigations and crime case reviews for victims’ families are reflected in his company strapline “the search for the truth” bring an important dimension to his involvement in the innovative “Justice Abroad” concept.
A retired British Diplomat with over thirty years experience having served in over a dozen countries around the world, such as; Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Colombia, USA, Germany, Ukraine, China and New Zealand. Among his many other roles David is a veteran consular officer having provided diplomatic assistance around the globe including being the lead officer on a number of high profile, major consular incidents and disaster management operations. David was a member of the Foreign Office’s Rapid Deployment Team and has taught the subject of consular work as well as having been an FCO instructor in other areas. In 1985 David was personally decorated by HM The Queen with Membership of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in Trinidad. He and his family have been evacuated five times from three different postings, in respect of the Gulf Wars and 9/11. In 2010 David was awarded the Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal in Baghdad.
A family man, married for almost 40 years, David and his wife live in Scotland and have three adult sons. David is a qualified Foreign Office Mandarin speaker and has interests in history, human rights and education.