He is a superb litigator and possesses all the precision and tenacity which leaves opponents tied up in knots
Michael specialises in construction and engineering disputes, insurance, company law and general commercial litigation. He accepts advisory and court instructions in these and other areas of Hardwicke’s work.
Michael is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.
In addition to his practice, Michael is Visiting Lecturer at The City Law School, University of London, and actively involved in the life of Lincoln’s Inn, where he regularly volunteers by way of guest lecturing, moot judging and pupillage interview clinics.
He is also a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Outside of work, Michael was elected one of the youngest-ever Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts for his scholarly contributions to legal reform and philosophy. He also regularly enjoys squash, sailing and fencing, and is a classically-trained pianist.
Banking & Finance
Civil Fraud & Asset Tracing
Companies, Joint Ventures & Partnerships
Financial Professionals, Insolvency Professionals, Directors & Officers
Leasehold & Leasehold Management
Real Property & Mortgages
Contentious Probate & Inheritance Act Claims
“From the first phone call with Michael, I could tell immediately that I was in safe hands. Even in a difficult case, he has a knack of cutting through the noise and drilling down on the key issues. This makes clients feel at ease and confident in the direction and conduct of the litigation.” – Instructing Solicitor
“Michael is able to get up to speed with even a long and drawn-out case quickly and successfully turn it around overnight. He is an effective and forceful cross-examiner with even the most difficult witnesses and his attention to detail is outstanding.” – Client
“Michael’s excellent attention to detail means that he finds angles to provide that all important fighting chance. Michael is reassuring in his approach but pragmatic, which is very helpful as an insurer client. He has my complete trust in dealing with matters.” – Instructing Solicitor
“His attention towards the guidance and support of his client along with the simultaneous control of negotiations is remarkable…an extremely competent cross-examiner.” – Client
“Michael’s charm, pragmatism and commerciality has the ability to put clients at ease. His depth of knowledge and ability to think on his feet make him a highly effective trial counsel.” – Instructing Solicitor
As Sole Author
- Maxims of Equity: A Juridical Critique of the Ethics of Chancery Law (New York: Algora, 2014)
- The End of Knowledge: A Discourse on the Unification of Philosophy (New York: Algora, 2013)
- Contractual Handbook for Steelwork Contractors and other Specialist Contractors (with John Bradley and Simon Kerry, due to be published by the British Steelwork Constructional Association later this year)
- Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell, 2018)
- Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna (Informa loose-leaf), 2015-present
Articles & seminars
- Loson v Stack and Newlyn plc  EWCA Civ 803: A Case Analysis’, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Vol 11, Issue 3 (June 2018)
- ‘What’s the Damage? Revisiting the Correct Measure of Loss in Negligent Surveyor Cases’, Practical Law Construction, 1 August 2018
- ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread: The Limits of Good Faith in Commercial Contracts’, Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Vol 32, Issue 9 (October 2017)
- ‘A Commentary on Kersfield Developments v Bray and Slaughter  EWHC 15 (TCC)’, Lexology, 7 February 2017
- ‘Bailey v Angrove’s Pty  UKSC 47: A Case Analysis’, Lexology, 28 October 2016
- ‘Going Nuclear: Britain’s Big Bet on Hinkley Point’, Practical Law Construction, 7 October 2016
- ‘From Student to Pupil: How to Sell Yourself to Chambers’, The Times, 16 October 2014
- ‘The End of Ethics? A Quest for Moral Clarity and Consolidation’, Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, Winter 2013
- ‘The Redemption of Equity: An Examination of Lingering Defects in the Corpus of Chancery Law’, Per Incuriam (Cambridge Law Society Review), 87th Ed., Michaelmas 2013
He is also a regular contributor to Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (LexisNexis).
In addition to his role as Visiting Lecturer at The City Law School, University of London, Michael frequently hosts and participates in talks relating to academic topics and legal practice, a selection appearing below:
- ‘Defects and Final Account Claims’ (Hardwicke, September 2018)
- ‘Recoverable Losses in Property Damage Cases’ (Hardwicke, April 2018)
- ‘Tactical and Practical Considerations in Legal Analysis’ (The City Law School, November 2017)
- ‘Challenging Jurisdiction in Adjudication’ (Hardwicke, October 2017)
- ‘Payment Provisions in Construction Contracts’ (Hardwicke, March 2017)
- ‘Reinterpreting the Doctrine of Necessity: When Should it be Legal to Break the Law?’ (University of Oxford, Hilary Term 2017, based on forthcoming monograph)
- ‘Recovery of Cost of Reinstatement in Property Damage Insurance Policies’ (Hardwicke, January 2017)
- ‘Strike Out and Summary Judgment: Tactical Considerations in Civil Litigation’ (Hardwicke, November 2016)
- ‘Tackling the Practicalities of Advising Commercial Clients’ (The City Law School, November 2016)
- ‘Issues of Enforcement and Insolvency arising from Construction Adjudication’ (Hardwicke, November 2016)
- ‘Addressing the Practical Issues of a Legal Problem’ (The City Law School, June 2016)
- ‘Estoppel by Convention: A shield, a sword, or a little bit of both? A Brief Look at the Mears v Shoreline Trilogy’ (Hardwicke, October 2015)
- Society of Construction Law
- British Insurance Law Association
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
- LL.M. (Distinction, highest mark in year) – The City Law School, London
- Bar Professional Training Course (‘Very Competent’) – The City Law School, London
- BA (with Honours and Commonwealth Scholarship) in Law – Trinity College, Cambridge (graduated in two years)
- MSc in Comparative Social Policy – St Cross College, Oxford
- BA in political science, summa cum laude – University of Pennsylvania (graduated two years early)
- Wolfson Scholarship
- Cassel Scholarship
- Scholar, Denning Society
- Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship
Whilst a BPTC student, Michael was one-half of the team which won the national Inter-Provider Moot Competition, hosted by Lincoln’s Inn and which took place across four rounds. The topic of the final round was disgorgement of profits and loss of amenity in contractual breach claims. He similarly was one-half of the winning team awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Debating Shield for 2015.
Michael is an active member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.