Michael graduated from Oxford with a first in jurisprudence and a first on the BCL. He has 20 years' experience as a barrister, including over 5 years as silk.
He was delighted to be named "International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2016" by Chambers & Partners.
He has also twice been nominated as "Shipping Silk of the Year" (in 2014 and 2016) by Chambers & Partners.
He is recommended as a leading silk in the Legal 500 UK, the Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) and Chambers & Partners in the following areas:
- International Arbitration
Recent quotes in the leading directories about him include:
- "A superb advocate, and very thorough”
- “An outstanding lawyer and advocate; he works extremely hard and clients love him"
- "He has a very clear, succinct way of putting the case in a way that's understated but extremely powerful"
- "He is a brain on legs who has a very succinct way of putting things."
- "A highly intelligent and consistently excellent advocate with a superb grasp of detail."
- "Respected for his knowledge of civil fraud issues."
- "Devastatingly good."
Michael specialises in advocacy and advisory work in a wide range of general commercial law disputes. The majority of his work falls within four main areas: general commercial litigation/arbitration (including share and asset sales and mortgage securities); energy (including oil, gas and renewables); shipping and ship/off-shore construction (including shipbuilding and ship sale disputes) and commodities; and insurance/reinsurance. He has been, and continues to be, involved in many cases that involve civil fraud. He has excellent experience in relation to jurisdictional disputes and injunctive relief, including freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and quia timet relief.
Michael appears regularly in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. He also has a wide range of experience preparing and presenting cases before, and on appeal from, various arbitration tribunals in various jurisdictions (including Singapore, Hong Kong and New York).
Michael considers himself a 'team player' and very much enjoys working as part of a large team with other counsel and solicitors. He has considerable experience leading large teams of counsel in very heavy cases, including a recent arbitration in which he led a team including four other barristers in a five weeks hearing, and working as co-counsel with lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions (most recently New York).
Michael has significant experience of mediation processes and is regularly involved in assisting with the preparation of position statements for use in mediation.
Michael enjoys sitting as an arbitrator, either alone or as part of a panel. He is happy to accept appointments as an arbitrator both in London and abroad. From time to time, he acts as an expert on English law in foreign proceedings.