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Michael Levenstein
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‘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.’

Senior Associate, Legal 500 Top Tier Firm

‘Michael is amongst the brightest, most charismatic and most thorough barristers I have worked with. He has a natural ability to articulate himself to the lay client in a style which is both effective and captivating. On every case, Michael has been a trustworthy, commercially astute and exceptionally hardworking team member, providing leadership and support in equal measure.’

Partner, Legal 500 Leading Firm

'He is a superb litigator and possesses all the precision and tenacity which leaves opponents tied up in knots.'

Partner, Legal 500 Leading Firm

Michael is a TECBAR and ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator, and acts both as mediator and counsel in mediations.

His recent experience includes successful settlements in a partnership dispute involving renewal of a business tenancy and proceedings which concerned the alleged breach of an introduction agency agreement relating to a substantial residential property development in Hertfordshire.


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)

As Editor

  • Construction Contractual Handbook, with John Bradley and Simon Kerry (British Constructional Steelwork Association and Construction Industry Publications, 2019)

As Contributor

  • Construction All Risks Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell, 2021)
  • Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (Informa loose-leaf), 2015-present

Articles & seminars


  • ‘Justice delayed might be justice denied—but for which side? A look at Nigeria v Process & Industrial Developments’, Practical Law Arbitration, 12 October 2020
  • ‘Back to square one? Statutory interpretation versus commercial futility after Bresco v Lonsdale’, Practical Law Construction, 1 July 2020
  • State Bank of India and Others v Mallya [2020] EWHC 96 (Ch): A Case Analysis’, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Vol 13, Issue 3 (June 2020)
  • Burnden Holdings v Fielding: A Case Analysis’, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Vol 12, Issue 5 (1 October 2019)
  • ‘Nothing to Speak Of: When Silence is Golden after Woodward v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution’, Practical Law Construction, 19 August 2019
  • Montgold Capital LLP v Agnieska Ilska and Others: A Case Analysis’, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Vol 11, Issue 6 (December 2018)
  • Loson v Stack and Newlyn plc [2018] 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 [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC)’, Lexology, 7 February 2017
  • Bailey v Angroves Pty [2016] 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:

  • ‘JCT Provisions and COVID: Force Majeure, Relevant Events and Relevant Matters’ (Hardwicke, February 2021)
  • ‘That Was the Year That Was: Adjudications and Enforcement in a COVID World’ (Hardwicke, January 2021)
  • ‘Construction Contracts in the Age of COVID: A Look at Frustration and Force Majeure’ (UK Construction & Projects Knowledge Management Association, December 2020)
  • ‘Construction Professionals, COVID and the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010’ (Hardwicke, November 2020)
  • ‘Damages for Loss of Chance in Commercial Claims’ (Hardwicke, September 2020)
  • ‘Closed for Business: COVID-19 and its Impact on Commercial Contracts’ (Lewis Nedas, June 2020)
  • ‘Business as Usual? Adjudication amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic’ (Hardwicke, June 2020)
  • ‘Challenges to Adjudication Enforcement’ (Hardwicke, March 2020)
  • ‘Construction Law Update’ (Norton Rose Fulbright, October 2019) ‘Practical Completion after Mears v Costplan’ (Hardwicke, July 2019)
  • ‘Was Grove Developments v S&T Right?’ (Panel Debate, Hardwicke, July 2019)   ‘Loss of Chance in Professional Negligence’ (Reynolds Colman Bradley, May 2019)
  • ‘Limitations of Liability and Unreasonable Terms in Standard Form Construction Contracts’ (Squire Patton Boggs, November 2018)
  • ‘From the Ground Up: Construction Basics for Insolvency Practitioners’ (Hardwicke, November 2018)
  • ‘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)

Professional associations

  • Society of Construction Law
  • TECBAR (Executive Committee)
  • 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
  • MA (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 and Lincoln’s Inn, where he regularly volunteers as an advocacy tutor and pupillage mentor.