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Michael Maris
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Very efficient in meeting particularly tight deadlines

Client

Easily approachable and very thorough

Client

Michael is developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile, with an emphasis on commercial dispute resolution, insurance, insolvency, private client and property work. He is also accepts instructions in construction matters.

He has been described by instructing solicitors as an ‘easily approachable’ and ‘very thorough’ advocate who is ‘very efficient in meeting particularly tight deadlines’.

Before joining Hardwicke, Michael worked as an advocate in the County Court, appearing in a variety of general civil, bankruptcy, property, consumer credit and personal injury hearings.

Michael previously studied Mandarin Chinese for a year in Beijing and recently returned to China to refresh his Mandarin skills. He intends to make use of Mandarin in his legal practice.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys riding motorcycles, boxing, diving and languages.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Michael has worked on a range of commercial and insurance matters and welcomes all commercial instructions. He has particular experience in respect of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Recent work has included:

  • Successfully resisting an application to re-instate a contractual claim following strikeout.
  • Drafting various statements of case and advices pursuant to claims engaging the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and associated regulations.
  • Drafting advice in respect of a subrogation claim made by an insurer in an agricultural business context.
  • Drafting advice in respect of a complex costs dispute arising from previous litigation.
  • Assisting in advising in respect of the termination of a franchising agreement with an international dimension.
  • Assisting in drafting the skeleton argument for a misrepresentation claim regarding a house sale and purchase.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Michael has a keen interest in bankruptcy and insolvency matters and has experience in both smaller and high-profile cases.

Recent work includes:

  • Successfully appearing in the Central Family Court on behalf of the Trustees in Bankruptcy pursuant to a jurisdictional dispute.
  • Frequent appearances in the County Court on behalf of petitioning creditors in order to obtain bankruptcy orders.
  • Assisting in advising in respect of a liquidator’s multimillion pound claim against the directors of a complex domestic and offshore umbrella scheme.
  • Producing the first draft of a skeleton argument for a senior member of Chambers in the High Court in respect of a liquidator’s claim pursuant to resignation payments made by an LLP to its former partners.
  • Assisting in advising in respect of claim made by a landlord against its former tenant following the tenant’s entry into a CVA.
  • Producing a Particulars of Claim in a claim made by a liquidator against former directors of a wholesale food company pursuant to an overdrawn director’s loan account.

Private Client

Michael accepts instructions in a range of private client matters, from contentious probate disputes to Court of Protection and social care issues.

Recent work includes:

  • Assisting senior counsel in the successful recovery of care home fees improperly levied against two elderly claimants for early departure from a residential property situated within care home grounds.
  • Assisting in advising an applicant regarding the impact of matrimonial financial relief orders on benefit entitlement.
  • Producing written advice in respect of a capacity/undue influence claim made by P’s deputy against family members who had improperly procured significant inter vivos gifts from P.
  • Producing written advice in respect of a complex trusts dispute between family members.
  • Assisting in advising and drafting statements of case regarding the validity of a Will with a domicile/offshore element.
  • Working alongside direct access counsel in the context of a potential discrimination claim against the NHS pursuant to fertility treatment policies.
  • Producing written advice regarding the recoverability of costs from an insolvent estate.

Property

Michael accepts instructions across the broad spectrum of property law, and is currently involved in a significant chain of commercial lease disputes between a major high street retailer/tenant and its landlords across its UK portfolio. He has particular experience in respect of the impact of COVID-19 on commercial rent arrears liability.

His property work includes:

  • Drafting multiple statements of case/advices pursuant to arrears arising from commercial leases as a consequence of the global pandemic.
  • Appearances in the County Court in respect of mortgage possession and landlord & tenant hearings.
  • Assisting a senior member of Chambers in a two-week trial pursuant to the enforceability of agreements between two directors regarding a significant property portfolio.
  • Drafting an advice regarding a boundary dispute and alleged interference with a right of way.
  • Assisting in advising in respect of a claim against a former commercial tenant which failed to remove its fixtures and fittings following departure from the premises.
  • Producing written advice regarding the effect of various COVID legislation on the insolvency and property regime.

Construction & Engineering

Michael, although junior, already has experience in a variety of construction and engineering disputes including disputes involving insurance coverage.

Recent work includes:

  • Drafting advice  regarding the liability of a crane company following the collapse of a crane during operations on a major high street retailer premises.
  • Drafting pleadings pursuant to a dispute between a contractor and a primary school following the disturbance of asbestos during building works.
  • Assisting in advising on the strategic, procedural and limitation elements of a defects claim made against the mechanical and engineering contractors in a substantial low-rise residential project.
  • Producing written advice in respect of an insurance broker’s liability to its insured following a failure to notify the insurer of the discovery of combustible cladding across multiple projects.
  • Drafting a Defence pursuant to a JCT 2011 Design and Build Sub-Contract payment dispute.

Qualifications

  • BA English Literature, University College London (First Class)
  • MA Medieval Literature, University College London (Merit)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law (Commendation)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law (Very Competent)

Awards

GDL/BPTC:

  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence, University of Law
  • Finalist, University of Law Negotiation Competition

University College London

  • Four Departmental Commendations for outstanding academic performance over three years, voted for by faculty Professors
  • Sports Colours for representing UCL at varsity level on two occasions at cruiserweight (84kg) (Muay Thai Kickboxing)
  • President (2011), Head of Training (2012) and Head of Equipment/Finance (2010) of UCL Muay Thai Kickboxing society

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese – intermediate/advanced (spoken), intermediate (written/read).  Completed HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Chinese Language Level examinations: HSK 1, HSK 3 and HSK 4.
  • French: conversational

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