"Commercially minded and great in his dealings with clients - he's very personable and good at putting people at ease." Chambers Bar Guide 2019
"Easy to work with and gets straight to the point." Chambers Bar Guide 2019
"Impressive on his feet and tenacious for the client." Legal 500 2018
"Clear-thinking, responsive, personable and efficient. He offers practical advice and he is good on his feet." Chambers & Partners 2018
"He is bright and quick-thinking, and a pleasure to work with." Legal 500 2017
"A very confident advocate and always fully prepared." Legal 500 2016
Michael’s practice encompasses all aspects of the law of property, with a particular emphasis on development and mortgages work.
He has significant experience of commercial and contractual disputes across a variety of sectors, including financial services, leisure, hospitality and industry.
In 2016 he was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown on the B Panel.
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2017 praises Michael's extensive experience of seeking urgent injunctions and possession orders in high profile cases, saying "he rose to the challenge at short notice and got a fantastic result for our client."
He has significant experience of acting for developers of land in relation to restrictive covenants, easements, land registration, securities and matters relating to mixed-use developments. He has advised developers both before and after acquisition of land on the enforceability of anti-competitive restrictive covenants.
Michael also frequently deals with cases where valuable commercial and residential land is being occupied by protesters or trespassers ahead of being redeveloped. He regularly obtains urgent possession orders in the High Court against protesters and other trespassers, who are occupying valuable or high profile land.
Developers who are not qualified lawyers may instruct Michael under the Bar’s direct public access scheme.
Michael also specialises in real property disputes and continues to act for some of the UK's largest lenders in claims involving undue influence, mortgage fraud, priority of interests and subrogation.
Michael is the co-editor of the 9th edition of Megarry’s Manual of the Law of Real Property and is currently working on the first edition of The Law of Mortgages of Real Property.
He is also a visiting lecturer in the law of property at King’s College London.