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Michael
Wheater

“A current and rising star" - Legal 500  

Year of call: 2003

Introduction

Michael is a Commercial and Insurance specialist with a particular focus on construction and engineering disputes and professional negligence claims. A robust advocate and pragmatic advisor, Michael deals 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 presently writing a textbook on e-disclosure together with Charles Raffin (due to be published by OUP in 2017) and he regularly lectures on the topic.

Michael is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and an ADR Group Accredited Mediator.

Directory recommendations

​Michael has been recommended as a leading construction junior for the past 5 years in Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500.  He is also recommended for professional negligence by Legal 500.  Recent comments include:

  • "Very strong knowledge of contractual law and matters relating to the negotiation of financial settlements." Chambers UK 2017
  • "A current and rising star" Legal 500 2016
  • “Incredibly diligent, hard-working, very good on the law” Chambers UK 2015
  • “Grasps issues quickly and is able to present advice to clients in a very clear, concise way.” Chambers Global 2017
  • "Technically excellent" Legal 500 2016
  • "A bona fide construction specialist" Legal 500 2015
  • "Commercial, user friendly and helpful." Chambers UK 2015
  • “A highly regarded junior who continues to be instructed on large and important cases” Chambers Global, 2014

 

Michael's 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
  • Archlane Ltd v Johnson Controls Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC B12 (TCC)
  • Generation (UK) Ltd v Advance Scaffolding Services Ltd [2012] EWHC 2646 (Ch)
  • Generation (UK) Ltd v Dower [2011] EWHC 3547 (Ch)
  • Chalcraft & Anor v John Tompkins Associates Ltd [2011] EWHC 2079 QB (Merc)
  • 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
  • William Henry v Agilo Ltd [2010] EWHC 2045 (Ch)
  • Sarkis v Mirza [2006] BPIR 146 (CA)
  • AMCD Property Services Ltd v G [2004] EWHC 3463 (Ch), [2004] All ER (D) 125

Publications

  • Co-Author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, first edition to be published in 2016 (with Charles Raffin).
  • Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, published in March 2014
  • Contributor to Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, edited by CMS Cameron McKenna, Informa, looseleaf.
  • Lexis PSL – Contributor to Construction Section
  • “Jackson Reforms: the sky is not falling…yet”, (2014) 25 2 Cons.Law 20
  • "Reasonable Settlement Revisited", Const L.J. (2011) Vol.27 No.4 p 259
  • "Robinson Redux: be careful what you wish for", Const L.J. (2011) Vol 27 No.2 p117 (with David Pliener)
  • “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