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Michael
Wheater

“A current and rising star" - Legal 500  

Year of call: 2003

Introduction

Michael is a senior and well respected Commercial and Insurance specialist 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 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 Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and an ADR Group Accredited Mediator.

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 professional negligence by Legal 500.  Recent comments include:

  • "In addition to having a fantastic knowledge of the law, his commercial judgement is excellent and he is tactically brilliant." Chambers UK 2018
  • "Knowledgeable yet commercial and pragmatic. Quick to respond to queries with sound strategy advice." Chambers UK 2018
  • An excellent advocate, who provides robust and commercially astute advice.” Legal 500 2017
  • “First rate” Legal 500 2017
  • “Grasps issues quickly and is able to present advice to clients in a very clear, concise way.” Chambers Global 2017
  • "A current and rising star" Legal 500 2016
  • “Incredibly diligent, hard-working, very good on the law” Chambers UK 2016
  • "Technically excellent" Legal 500 2016
  • "A bona fide construction specialist" Legal 500 2015

 

Michael's recent cases

  • Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray & Slaughter Ltd [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC)
  • 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

Publications

In addition to writing for Practical Law, LexisNexis and other publications, Michael is also:

  • Co-Author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, 2017 (with Charles Raffin).
  • Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, published in March 2014, second Edtion in 2017.
  • Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, first edition to be published early 2018.
  • Contributor to Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna, Informa, looseleaf.
  • “In Defence of Defences”, Adj Soc Newsletter, July 2011

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

Professional associations

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