Year of call 2006
The Chambers Bar Guide 2019 describes Michael as “commercially minded and great in his dealings with clients.” Previous editions of the directories have described him as “clear-thinking, responsive, personable and efficient” and “a very confident advocate and always fully prepared.”
Michael’s expertise encompasses all aspects of the law of property, commercial and chancery work. He also advises and acts in litigation in connection with the professional liability of property professionals.
He has gained a wealth of experience advising clients on a range of issues in large residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. Recent work includes advising on a multi-million-pound dispute arising out of completion of the sale of a large residential block in the Battersea Nine-Elms development.
He has significant experience of commercial and contractual disputes across a variety of sectors, including financial services, leisure, hospitality and industry.
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2017 praises Michael’s extensive experience and track record of success in seeking urgent injunctions and possession orders where land is being occupied by protesters or other trespassers, saying “he rose to the challenge at short notice and got a fantastic result for our client.”
In a real property context Michael regularly advises 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 frequently advises in difficult mortgage and security related disputes where the lender is seeking to enforce either by itself or through receivers. Recent work includes litigation on the powers of receivers when appointed over mortgagor-occupied property, including whether section 36 of the Administration of Justice Act 1970 applies.
In 2016 Michael was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown on the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel. Accordingly, he is instructed by the Government in difficult and complex cases in property related work. Recent work includes advising on the construction of an overage agreement in respect of land formerly owned by a government department.
Developers and other non-lawyers may instruct Michael under the Bar’s direct public access scheme.
He is also a visiting lecturer in the law of property at King’s College London.
Michael regularly appears before the High Court, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), County Courts and in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in interim applications (including interlocutory injunctions) and trials.
He has extensive experience in the following areas of real property litigation and advice:
Michael has acted in many cases involving allegations of dishonesty, forgery and fraud, both in property and commercial matters. He has particular expertise in mortgage fraud and commercial transactions involving disputed documents and dishonesty.
Michael has extensive experience of commercial disputes including agency, the supply of goods and services, the construction of contractual terms and agreements, sale and purchase of shares and guarantees and indemnities.
Michael has acted for clients in a wide range of company and partnership disputes, including shareholder disputes, the duties of directors, matters relating to the constitution of companies and corporate insolvency.
Michael specialises in property matters relating to the agricultural sector and frequently acts in cases involving farm business tenancies, agricultural holdings and securities over agricultural businesses.
He has extensive experience of commercial leasehold matters, enfranchisement, service charge and long-lease disputes. Michael’s experience in residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters includes:
Michael acts for both claimants and defendants on a wide range of professional liability actions, specifically in relation to solicitors, valuers and other property professionals. He is frequently instructed by some of the UK’s largest professional indemnity insurers to advise and represent their insured clients.