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Michael Wheater
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his drafting and written legal submissions are second to none.

Legal 500

incredibly bright, tactically excellent, very user-friendly and approachable.

Chambers UK

His written work is first class, as is his advocacy.

Chambers UK

his commercial judgement is excellent and he is tactically brilliant

Chambers UK

A current and rising star

Legal 500

An excellent advocate, who provides robust and commercially astute advice.

Legal 500

Grasps issues quickly and is able to present advice to clients in a very clear, concise way.

Chambers Global

Michael is a respected and sought after senior junior specialising in Construction and Insurance litigation with a particular focus on domestic and international construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence claims and property damage.

A robust advocate and pragmatic advisor, Michael has a busy practice dealing with high-value, technical and complex cases.

Michael is a contributor to Paul Reed QC‘s Construction All Risks Insurance, Second Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, March 2016, Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018 and also Insurance Broking Practice and Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna, Informa, Looseleaf.

Michael is also well placed to advise as to effective and efficient methods of handling e-disclosure and information management. He is the author of the leading textbook on e-disclosure together with Charles Raffin (published by OUP in 2017) and he regularly lectures on the topic.

Michael is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and an ADR Group Accredited Mediator.

Adjudication

Michael is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and regularly handles adjudications both as adjudicator and counsel:

  • Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray & Slaughter Ltd [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC). Leading Junior (leading Michael Levenstein) acting for the successful contractor in the enforcement of £1.2m adjudicator’s decision.  Case considered important issues as to the validity of notices, estoppel by convention, stays of enforcement on Vago and Estura grounds and whether the line of authorities from ISG v Seevic was correctly decided.
  • Rydon Maintenance Ltd v Affinity Sutton Housing Ltd [2015] EWHC 1306 (TCC). Acted for the employer in a series of natural justice challenges.
  • Beck Interiors Ltd v Classic Decorative Finishes Ltd [2012] EWHC 1956 (TCC) – Acting for the main contractor in this case which considers the extent to which equitable set-off can be raised as a defence to enforcement.
  • Beck Interiors Ltd v UK Flooring Contractors Ltd [2012] EWHC 1808 (TCC); [2013] BLR 417; [2012] CILL 3209 – Acting for the main contractor in this case where the court permitted the severance of a dispute that was only part-crystallised.
  • Acting with Paul Reed QC in two linked £2 million adjudications relating to alleged defective dewatering works on a major civil engineering project.
  • Acting with Paul Reed QC, in a £1.8 million adjudication relating to civil engineering works at a water treatment plant.
  • Acting with Nigel Jones QC in a £2m adjudication relating to allegations of historic under-invoicing on a PPM contract.
  • Acting as leading junior (leading Brenna Conroy) in a series of adjudications relating to the refurbishment of a pharmaceutical plant.
  • Acting as leading junior (leading Brenna Conroy) in a final account adjudication involving several hundred of disputed items.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a £1.2 million adjudication arising in relation to waste carriage and muck-away.
  • Acting as sole counsel for the employer in £1 million dispute on a residential development.

Construction Litigation

The mainstay of Michael’s practice encompasses all kinds of domestic and international construction and engineering disputes.

He acts, for contractors, employers, developers, construction professionals, insurers and others working in the construction industry. He is recommended as a leading junior for his construction work by Legal 500Chambers UK and Chambers Global.

Michael also deals with all manner of claims for and against construction professionals. For more information see Michael’s Professional Negligence profile.

Relevant Work:

Construction & Engineering

  • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors –junior counsel to Joanna Smith QC in a c.£10m claim relating to allegations of defective car park ventilation. Resulted in three significant reported cases:
    • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 3546 (TCC), (2014) 156 Con L.R. 202; [2014] 6 Costs LR 1026 is now the leading authority clarifying when the Court will order Costs Management in high value cases worth over £10m.
    • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors (Costs Judgment No. 2) [2015] EWHC 481 (TCC); 158 Con LR 229; [2015] 2 Costs LR 363; [2015] CILL 3641. This was one of the most widely discussed cases of 2015 and was an important decision on costs management. CIP’s costs budget of £9m was held to be “wholly unreasonable” and “wholly disproportionate” and the budget itself was found to be an “entirely unreliable document”.  Coulson J therefore slashed CIP’s costs to £4.2m.
    • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors (No. 3 Amendments) [2015] EWHC 1345 (TCC); (2015) 160 Con. L.R. 73 is an important decision on the principles to be applied when considering whether to let a party amend its claim.  Importantly, Coulson J made a finding that the old approach (that amendments should be allowed if any prejudice could be compensated for in costs) was no longer sound.  He confirmed the proper approach to be applied when considering amendments.
  • R&S Security Services Ltd v Fire Defence Plc [2013] EWHC 4222 (Ch); [2013] BCLC 92; [2013] BLR 500; [2013] B.P.I.R. 1085. The first case to consider the effect of the new payment provisions under the Construction Act as amended in 2009.
  • Junior to Paul Reed QC in $70m USD ICC Arbitration relating to the supply of components for a process plant in Chile.
  • Junior to Joanna Smith QC in a £18m claim relating to defective M&E services at a landmark development in north London.
  • Acting for the designers in a $14m USD LCIA Arbitration concerning allegations of delay to the design of a shipyard in Kazakhstan.
  • Acting for project managers in a £20m claim arising out of the installation of gantry cranes at new factory premises.
  • Advising structural concrete subcontractors in a £16m time/cost claim relating to the 2012 Olympic athletes’ village.
  • Leading junior (leading Katrina Hanstock acting for the tenant in a multi-million pound, multi-party claim against structural engineers and D&B contractors arising out of subsidence damage to a warehouse floor.
  • Leading Junior (leading Catherine Piercy) defending a c. £8m claim against Building Control approved inspectors following the collapse of a swimming pool roof at a landmark hotel.
  • Acting for M&E design and build contractors in a £10m payment dispute relating to a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.
  • Acting for M&E design and build contractors in a £10m claim relating to the valuation and management of multi-disciplinary works at a pharmaceutical production facility.

Construction Arbitration

Michael is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he acts as an advocate or arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and other rules. He is experienced in ad hoc references and with domestic arbitration under CIMAR and other industry rules.

 

  • Acting, together with Paul Reed QC and David Pliener, on behalf of CAR insurers in this US$136m international arbitration, seat Cayman, relating to Hurricane damage to a substantial Caribbean Hotel development.
  • Junior to Paul Reed QC in $70m USD ICC Arbitration relating to the supply of components for a process plant in Chile.
  • Acting for the Claimant in a c. $14m USD LCIA Arbitration, seat London, concerning allegations of delay to the design of a shipyard in Kazakhstan.
  • Acting for the Claimant in a £5m ICC arbitration, seat London, relating to the dismantling and relocation of a coal-fired power plant from Bulgaria to Turkey.
  • Acting for the Respondent in a c.£2m ICC arbitration, seat Zurich, arising out of the supply of components for solar energy generation.
  • Acting for the contractor in a long-running security for costs dispute in a domestic CIMAR arbitration.
  • Acting for the contractor in domestic CIMAR final account dispute.
  • Advising as to challenges to enforcement of ICC Arbitral award.
  • Advising as to enforceability of escalator dispute resolution clauses in arbitration agreement.
  • Advising as to the incorporation and enforceability of numerous arbitration agreements.
  • Acting in numerous s.9 applications.

Property Damage

Michael has a heavyweight practice in domestic and international construction, professional negligence and insurance matters; this background means that Michael’s skillset is ideally suited to handling claims concerning property damage, which combine all of these elements.

Michael has a wealth of experience of claims arising out of fire, floods, storms, explosions and subsidence. Michael’s experience of utilities also gives him a keen understanding of cases involving damage to electricity, gas and water infrastructure.

Relevant Work:

  • Acting with Paul Reed QC for the insured in a US$150m claim following the catastrophic failure of a smelting plant in the middle-east.
  • Acting, together with Paul Reed QC and David Pliener on behalf of CAR insurers in this US$136m international arbitration, seat Cayman, relating to Hurricane damage to a substantial Caribbean Hotel development.
  • Leading junior (leading Catherine Piercy) defending a c. £8m claim against Building Control approved inspectors following the collapse of a swimming pool roof at a landmark hotel.
  • Leading junior (leading Katrina Hanstock acting for the tenant in a multi-million pound, multi-party claim arising out of subsidence damage to a warehouse floor.
  • Acting for M&E Engineers in a multi-million pound, multi-party claim following escapes of water from the LTHW system at a NHS hospital.
  • Acting for structural engineers in a multi-million pound claim following damage to the floor slab and dock levellers at a large distribution centre.
  • Advising Building Services Contractors in relation to an escape of water at Sea Containers House.
  • Advising adjoining owners in relation to fire damage to two listed historic cottages.
  • Advising developers in relation to water damage at 18 properties.
  • Acting for Facilities Managers in relation to an escape of water at DEFRA premises caused by the negligence of cleaning staff.
  • Acting for the developer in a Party Wall Act etc. dispute relating to damage caused by defective underpinning.
  • Acting for the developers in various claims under performance bonds following the insolvency / default of the main contractor.

Plant

Linked to his Insolvency work, Michael has extensive experience of disputes relating to plant hire and, in particular, the recovery of goods, plant and scaffolding from sites where developers or main contractors have entered into insolvency.

 

  • Generation (UK) Ltd v Advance Scaffolding Services Ltd [2012] EWHC 2646 (Ch) – Damages not an adequate remedy for scaffolding hire companies seeking to protect the integrity of their security paint system.
  • Trad Hire & Sales Ltd v Holbrook Investments Ltd & Anor [2010] EWHC 90 (Ch) – Considers the test for orders for interim delivery-up.
  • Advising crane hire contractors in relation to the helicopter collision on the London Southbank.
  • Claims for the recovery of plant and equipment.
  • Claims for hire charges and off-hire charges under CPA Terms.
  • Acting for the Main Contractor in a claim to recover a large quantity of plant stolen from site. Also acting in ancillary claim against security consultants.

Construction Insolvency

Michael has extensive experience of insolvency and restructuring and he has seen a marked increase in construction related insolvency work.

He advises employers, contractors and other interested parties such as bondsmen when construction projects enter financial difficulty.

Michael “is particularly well known for his handling of cases where construction law, insolvency and insurance interconnect.” Chambers UK

Relevant Work:

  • R&S Security Services Ltd v Fire Defence Plc [2013] EWHC 4222 (Ch); [2013] BCLC 92; [2013] BLR 500
    First case to consider the impact of the new payment provisions under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended). Confirmed that absent a valid pay-less notice, sums due under the Act are indisputable for the purposes of insolvency proceedings.
  • Generation (UK) Ltd v S L Dower [2011] EWHC 3547 (Ch)  Appeal confirming the restriction on the court’s power to adjourn a properly presented bankruptcy petition. Also considers the dangers of allowing time for a debtor to trade out of his debt given the risk that transactions will be rendered void.
  • A v B (2011)  Advising the liquidator of a maintenance company in this £500k claim to recover monies wrongfully withheld by a main contractor.
  • Agilo Ltd v William Henry & Anor[2010] EWHC 2717 (Ch); [2011] BPIR 297
    Appeal establishing that an agent had no right to issue a statutory demand absent an express contractual right.
  • Henry v Agilo Ltd [2010] EWHC 2045 (Ch)  Considers the requirement for the Appellant to adduce evidence of inability to pay if seeking a stay of costs orders pending appeal.
  • Nationwide Air Conditioning Ltd v Archer-Hoblin Ltd [2010] ChD  Acting for the contractor in these proceedings based on the absence of withholding notices.
  •  Sarkis v Mirza [2006] BPIR 146, CA  Appeal against committal for contempt of court in respect of failure to comply with Orders for the disclosure of assets in freezing injunctions issued in a £1.2 million debt recovery action.
  • Sullivan v City Electrical Factors Ltd (2005) ChD  Considered the proper approach when admitting new evidence on appeals relating to the setting aside of statutory demands.
  • AMCD Property Services Ltd v G (2004) All ER (D) 125, ChD  Application under the new administration procedure considering the circumstances in which administration orders are appropriate.

Construction - Development

In addition to Michael’s expertise in construction disputes (see above) and professional negligence claims against under-performing members of the design and build teams (see below), he is also well placed to deal with related property and financial issues commonly encountered by property developers.

 

  • Knight v Goulandris [2018] EWCA Civ 237; leading case in relation to the interpretation of the notice provisions of the Party Wall Act.
  • Acting in a Party Wall dispute following the collapse of a retaining wall at a development adjacent to railways.
  • Acting for the developer in relation to rights of light in the construction of new student halls of residence.
  • Acting in a £2m dispute concerning rights to light issues at a substantial east London hotel development.
  • Acting for the developer in a substantial Party Wall / trespass claim relating to defective underpinning of a £40m property.
  • Acting for the developer in relation to alleged nuisance / negligence caused by defective foundation works.

Construction Insurance

Michael acts for insurers and assureds in the construction sector. He is also instructed by loss adjusters to advise on coverage and technical issues of liability.

Michael acts and advises in relation to coverage and avoidance issues, subrogated claims and professional indemnity disputes. He also acts in disputes for and against Lloyd’s underwriters, managing agents and brokers.

  • “His excellent construction offering is bolstered by his significant experience of insurance disputes” Chambers UK 2018.
  • “Well regarded for his efforts in insurance-related construction cases. He is experienced in issues relating to policy coverage and liability.” Chambers UK, 2015

Recent Work:

  • Acting with Paul Reed QC for the insured in relation to coverage under a CAR policy following the catastrophic failure of a smelting plant in the middle-east.
  • Leading Junior (Leading Louis Zvesper) acting for the insured in a coverage dispute under a CAR policy following damage to tiles throughout a prestigious riverside development.
  • Acting for the insured in relation to coverage under a combined PII, PL and CAR policy following the failure of transformers in an off-shore windfarm.
  • Junior Counsel to Mark Simpson QC advising insurers in relation to coverage under PII policy in relation to the alleged defective construction of 300+ properties.
  • Advising insurers in relation to a £2m+ subrogated recovery following the failure of bespoke furniture at a prestigious religious building; involving questions as to notification under a PII policy.
  • Advising insured in relation to coverage under CAR (PL extension) and PII in relation to c.£2m losses following the failure of defective underpinning.
  • Advising insurers as to coverage under PII policy in relation to restitutionary claim against D&B Contractors.
  • Advising insurers as to coverage under PII following flood damage at a major office development and the rejection of cover by PL insurers.
  • Advising Contractors as to waiver of subrogated rights / no fault regime in connection with modified CPA hire terms and All Risks Plant Insurance.

NHBC

  • Advising Developers in relation to negotiations with NHBC following the emergence of project-wide defects
  • Advising Developers in relation to the application of NHBC cover to defects arising in M&E systems outwith the boundaries of the Home.
  • Advising Builders in relation to the application of NHBC cover and the enforceability of NHBC personal indemnities.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Michael has been handling professional indemnity cases for many years, usually in relation to construction projects and property damage cases. His recent cases include:

  • Chalcraft v John Tompkins Associates [2011] EWHC 2079 QB (Merc). Acting with Paul Reed QC in a £1.2m professional indemnity dispute concerning allegations of negligent certification of construction works.
  • Acting in a £20m professional indemnity dispute relating to the construction of gantry cranes.
  • Acting in a £2m professional indemnity dispute concerning rights to light issues at a substantial east London hotel development.
  • Advising loss adjusters/ CAR insurers following the catastrophic failure of the roof of an Irish sports complex.
  • Acting for professional indemnity insurers for M&E engineers in this £400,000 flood damage claim.
  • Acting for professional indemnity insurers for building services engineers in claim for negligent design of HVAC.
  • Acting in subrogated recovery actions following the theft of plant from construction sites.
  • Acting in business interruption claims caused by local authority construction works.

Property Damage (Coverage)

International Incidents

  • Acting with Paul Reed QC in relation to damage and delay in start-up following slag run-out at a large-scale smelting plant. Damage c. $150m USD.
  • Acting, together with Paul Reed QC and David Pliener on behalf of CAR insurers in US$136m international arbitration, relating to Hurricane damage to a substantial Caribbean Hotel development.

Fire

  • Advising insurers as to the scope and applicability of a hot-works exclusion following a catastrophic fire at a well-known hospital.
  • Advising as to the interplay between professional indemnity and public liability insurance following a catastrophic fire at a new-build residential development.
  • Advising adjoining owners in relation to fire damage to two listed historic cottages.

Flooding / Escape of Water

  • Advising as to the interplay between professional indemnity and public liability policies following an escape of water at a major London office block.
  • Advising professional indemnity insurers in relation to an escape of water during the refurbishment of an office block.
  • Advising Professional Indemnity Insurers in relation to an escape of water at Sea Containers House.
  • Advising Public Liability insurers in a flooding claim at an electronics manufacturing plant.
  • Advising developers in relation to water damage at 18 properties.
  • Advising PL insurers in relation to an escape of water at DEFRA premises caused by the negligence of cleaning staff.

Construction Professionals

Michael is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading Junior in Professional Negligence where he is described as “first rate” and “technically excellent”.

Michael is also a leading junior in construction litigation and he has acted for and against architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers and Michael has particular experience of cases relating to building services engineers and project monitors.

Architects/ Contract Administrators

  • Chalcraft & Anor v John Tompkins Associates [2011] EWHC 2079 QB (Merc) – Acting with Paul Reed QC for the Architect in this claim alleging negligent certification. Considered complex issues of authority under the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2001.
  • Acting for the homeowner in a £4m multi-party claim against Architects and Structural Engineers arising out of defects in the construction of a basement in a central London “Grand Designs” property.
  • Acting in a £3.7m claim relating to various alleged defects in substantial residential construction of a country estate.
  • Acting in a £2m claim relating to alleged delays in producing design information, negligent design and buildability.

Project Managers

  • Acting in a £20m claim arising out of negligent specification of gantry cranes in a manufacturing facility.
  • Acting in a £2m claim alleging various failures to deal with rights of light issues.

Engineers

  • Junior to Joanna Smith QC in a £18m claim relating to defective M&E services at a landmark development in north London.
  • Acting for M&E design and build contractors in a £10m claim relating to the management of multi-disciplinary works at a pharmaceutical production facility.
  • Leading junior (leading Katrina Hanstock acting for the tenant in a multi-million pound, multi-party claim against structural engineers and D&B contractors arising out of subsidence damage to a warehouse floor.
  • Acting for structural engineers in a multi-million pound claim following damage to the floor slab and dock levellers at a large Amazon distribution centre.
  • Acting for M&E consultants in a £2m claim relating to alleged defects in a pharmaceutical R&D facility.

D&B Contractors

  • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Orsjunior counsel to Joanna Smith QC in a c.£10m claim relating to allegations of defective car park ventilation.
  • Acting for specialist roofing contractors in relation to design defects in car showroom roof.
  • Advising the employer as to a claim against D&B contractors for negligence in the commissioning of LPHW and domestic cold water systems in an industrial estate.

Building Control Professionals

  • Leading Junior (leading Catherine Piercy) defending a c. £8m claim against Building Control approved inspectors following the collapse of a swimming pool roof at a landmark hotel.

Project Monitoring Surveyors

  • Acting, with Mark Simpson QC, for Monitoring Surveyors in a £8m claim alleging negligence in feasibility studies and negligence in Project Monitoring services.
  • Acting for property valuers in a £4m claim seeking contribution or indemnity from monitoring surveyors following a negligent appraisal / feasibility report.
  • Acting for Monitoring Surveyors in a £1m claim relating to alleged fraudulent overvaluation.
  • Acting for the Lender in a £2m claim against Monitoring Surveyors relating to negligent and fraudulent overvaluation.

Property Professionals

Michael has a significant practice in property-related professional negligence disputes, whether the defendants are solicitors (see legal professionals above), surveyors or other property professionals in relation to both residential and commercial properties.

Recent Work:

  • Acting for the surveyor in a £6m claim involving novel allegations of duty to advise the borrower under a floating facility.
  • Acting for the surveyor in a c.£4m claim alleging negligent valuation of development land.
  • Acting for the surveyor in a c. £1.5m claim alleging negligent valuation of a series of holiday lets.
  • Acting for the valuer in £1m claim alleging negligent valuation of a going concern business.
  • Acting for the surveyor in £750k claim alleging negligent overvaluation of a restaurant premises.
  • Acting for valuers in a £600k claim alleging negligent valuation including “no loss” issues where a subsequent advance cleared the initial facility.
  • Acting for valuers in a £600k claim alleging negligent valuation of agricultural / commercial property in respect of a series of construction/development loans.
  • Acting for valuers in a £500k claim alleging negligent valuation of a rural residential property and failure to note an agricultural tie.

International

Michael is experienced at handling international construction and engineering disputes, including professional negligence claims and property damage.

He has worked in various jurisdictions and has particular expertise in relation to disputes involving the Middle East.

Michael is co-editor of E-disclosure: Law & Practice as well as a contributor to Paul Reed QC‘s Construction All Risks Insurance and Construction Professional Indemnity Insurancein addition to Insurance Broking Practice and Law.

Professional associations

  • TECBAR
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Kings College Construction Law Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • COMBAR
  • BILA
  • Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates

Publications

Qualifications

  • 2001 LLB
  • 2002 LLM (Distinction)
  • 2003 Bar Vocational Course
  • 2011 Tecbar Adjudicator
  • 2011 MSc (Distinction)
  • 2011 Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Prize
  • 2011 Arbitration Club Philip Ranner Prize
  • 2011 MCIArb
  • 2015 ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
  • 2015 SCMA Accredited Mediation Advocate

Notable cases

  • Broom v Paul Archer Design Ltd & Ors (2018) TCC – LTL AC5002384
  • Knight v Goulandris [2018] EWCA Civ 237
  • Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray & Slaughter Ltd [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC); 170 Con. L.R. 40; [2017] CILL 3929
  • Khan v RDK International LLC & Ors [2015] EWHC 3448 (Ch)
  • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors (No. 3 Amendments) [2015] EWHC 1345 (TCC): 160 Con L.R. 73
  • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors (Costs Judgment No. 2) [2015] EWHC 481 (TCC); 158 Con LR 229; [2015] BLR 285; [2015] 2 Costs LR 363; [2015] CILL 3641
  • Rydon Maintenance Ltd v Affinity Sutton Housing Ltd [2015] EWHC 1306 (TCC)
  • CIP Properties (AIPT) Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 3546 (TCC); [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 765; (2014) 156 Con L.R. 202; [2014] 6 Costs LR 1026
  • R&S Security Services Ltd v Fire Defence Plc [2013] EWHC 4222 (Ch); [2013] BCLC 92; [2013] BLR 500, [2013] B.P.I.R. 1085
  • Beck Interiors Ltd v Classic Decorative Finishes Ltd [2012] EWHC 1956 (TCC)
  • Beck Interiors Ltd v UK Flooring Contractors Ltd [2012] EWHC 1808 (TCC); [2012] BLR 417; [2012] CILL 3209
  • Archlane Ltd v Johnson Controls Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC B12 (TCC)
  • Generation (UK) Ltd v Advance Scaffolding Services Ltd [2012] EWHC 2646 (Ch)
  • Chalcraft & Anor v John Tompkins Associates [2011] EWHC 2079 QB (Merc)
  • Generation (UK) Ltd v S L Dower [2011] EWHC 3547 (Ch)
  • Trad Hire & Sales Ltd v Holbrook Investments Ltd & Anor [2010] EWHC 90 (Ch)
  • Agilo Ltd v William Henry & Anor [2010] EWHC 2717 (Ch); [2011] BPIR 297
  • Henry v Agilo Ltd [2010] EWHC 2045 (Ch)
  • Sarkis v Mirza [2006] BPIR 146, CA
  • AMCD Property Services Ltd v G (2004) All ER (D) 125, (Ch)

Directory recommendations

Michael has been recommended as a leading construction junior for many years in Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500.  He is also recommended for his professional negligence work by Legal 500.

  • “He’s incredibly bright, tactically excellent, very user-friendly and approachable. His written work is first class, as is his advocacy.” Chambers UK
  • “He was really responsive and really, really good in helping with the technical side of the case.” Chambers UK
  • “In addition to having a fantastic knowledge of the law, his commercial judgement is excellent and he is tactically brilliant.” Chambers UK
  • “Knowledgeable yet commercial and pragmatic. Quick to respond to queries with sound strategy advice.” Chambers UK
  • “Knows construction law, procedure and technicalities inside out – his drafting and written legal submissions are second to none.” Legal 500
  • “Incredibly bright, but very user friendly and down to earth.” Legal 500
  • An excellent advocate, who provides robust and commercially astute advice.” Legal 500
  • “First rate” Legal 500
  • “Grasps issues quickly and is able to present advice to clients in a very clear, concise way.” Chambers Global
  • “A current and rising star.” Legal 500
  • “Incredibly diligent, hard-working, very good on the law.” Chambers UK
  • “Technically excellent.” Legal 500
  • “A bona fide construction specialist.” Legal 500
  • Commercial, user friendly and helpful.” Chambers UK
  • A highly regarded junior who continues to be instructed on large and important cases.” Chambers Global
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