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Practice Overview

Michael specialises in construction and engineering disputes, insurance, insolvency 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.

During the BPTC, Michael volunteered at the City Law School Legal Advice Clinic, which provides advice to lay clients on a wide array of common law and employment matters. He continues to regularly volunteer at City, both by way of guest lecturing and one-on-one pupillage advice clinics with students.

Michael is similarly involved in the life of Lincoln’s Inn, where he helps young members navigate the transition from law school to practice through various advocacy training, mooting and debating programmes.

Qualifications

  • LL.M. (Distinction, highest mark in year) – City Law School, London
  • Bar Professional Training Course (‘Very Competent’) – City Law School, London
  • BA (with Honours and Commonwealth Scholarship) in Law – Trinity College, Cambridge
  • MSc in Comparative Social Policy – St Cross College, Oxford
  • BA in political science, summa cum laude – University of Pennsylvania

Scholarships

  • 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.  

Publications

Michael is a prolific author, the following a selected list of his academic works:

  • 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)
  • 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’ (London: Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, Winter 2013)
  • ‘The Redemption of Equity: An Examination of Lingering Defects in the Corpus of Chancery Law’ (Cambridge Law Society Review, Per Incuriam, 87th Ed., Michaelmas 2013)

He is also a contributor to Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna (Informa loose-leaf) and Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (LexisNexis).

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Michael was elected one of the youngest-ever Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts for his scholarly contributions to legal reform and philosophy.

Michael regularly enjoys squash, sailing, fencing, and is a classically-trained pianist. He is also proficient in Spanish.