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A leading set specialising in commercial, construction, insurance and property law

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.

In addition to his practice, Michael is actively involved in the life of Lincoln’s Inn and The City Law School, 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.

Memberships

  • Society of Construction Law
  • TECBAR
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

Qualifications

  • 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
  • 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.