Year of call 2006
The Chambers Bar Guide 2020 describes Michael as “easy to work with and commercially minded.” Previous editions have described him as “great in his dealings with clients”, “clear-thinking, responsive, personable and efficient” and “a very confident advocate and always fully prepared.”
Legal 500 2020 describes Michael as “A robust advocate, user-friendly and extremely helpful.”
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. Recent work includes acting for the claimant against a firm of solicitors for negligent advice in connection with a development project, where the loss suffered was in excess of £40million.
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.
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 acting for the appellant in the leading decision on the powers of receivers in mortgagor occupied properties: Menon & Menon v Pask & Goode  2 W.L.R. 43.
He has significant experience of commercial and contractual disputes across a variety of sectors, including financial services, leisure, hospitality and industry.
Michael has extensive experience advising both landlords and tenants in disputes under the Pubs Code 2016.
Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020 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 has developed particular skills in complex possession claims and protesters and he is user-friendly.”
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.
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.