Lincolns Inn 1993
- LLB (Hons) University of Leeds
Michael is a senior member of the Chambers Financial Remedy team. He is regularly instructed in high net worth cases by Leading Solicitors. As well as ancillary relief, Michael also has considerable experience in property disputes arising out of the relationships of cohabiting couples and claims for provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
It is important to give realistic and pragmatic advice at the earliest opportunity and Michael is able to bring 20 years of experience in family law in providing this advice in a sympathetic manner. He is able to achieve fair settlements through creative and imaginative thinking, but is a tenacious advocate when a settlement cannot be reached.
As an approved direct access family barrister he also accepts instructions from the public.
Legal 500 2016 - ‘Experienced in international cases.’
Legal 500 2015 - 'A financial remedy specialist who also deals with issues arising from cohabitees' disputes.'
Legal 500 2014 - ‘Recognised for his expertise in financial remedy and property disputes involving cohabitees.'
Legal 500 2013 - 'has a well-developed niche in abduction cases'
Areas of Practice
Financial Relief upon Relationship Breakdown
Child Abduction/Jurisdictional disputes
Court of Protection
In Care Proceedings, Michael is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, Parents and Children up to Court of Appeal level as both single and leading Junior in complex cases of substantial length. He is particularly regarded for his experience in fact finding hearings involving disputed medical evidence.
Michael leads the International Family Law team. He is regularly instructed in Hague Convention cases for both the ‘left behind’ parent and the abductor. This is an area which requires a detailed knowledge of the applicable law and an ability to impart clear advice speedily and decisively. Michael is happy to provide ‘emergency’ advice to Solicitors if required. Michael is also known for his experience in representing clients in jurisdictional disputes, most commonly, Brussels II Revised.
Michael has a developing interest in this area and has experience representing all parties including Primary Care Trusts.
Recent Notable Cases
X v Y & Ors (Child Abduction: Grave Risk) EWHC 2838 (Fam)
VC v CG (Jurisdiction: Brussels II Revised Art 12)  EWCA 1246 (Fam)
Re: B-M (Care orders: Risk)  EWCA Civ205
Re: P (Care Proceedings: Disclosure)  E11WC 2197 (FAM)
Re: K (Non- Accidental Injuries: Perpetrator: New Evidence)  EWCA Civ 1181;  1 FLR 285
Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council v London Borough of Brent  2 FLR 800
Appointments & Professional Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
North Eastern Circuit