Michael accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, and particularly in the fields of public, commercial, employment, education and information law. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Court of Protection, County Court, Employment Tribunal (including in Scotland) and First-Tier Tribunal.
Michael has experience in:
- Acting for and advising claimants and respondents in statutory employment law claims, including claims of discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and equal pay.
- Acting (led) in High Court commercial employment proceedings concerning team moves, breach of confidence and restrictive covenants.
- Acting (led) both for and against central government and government agencies in judicial review claims brought on public-law and human-rights grounds.
- Acting for the Information Commissioner’s Office on data protection matters, and advising a range of clients in respect of bringing and defending proceedings under the GDPR / DPA and in respect of non-contentious data protection matters.
- Acting for and advising individuals, local authorities, companies and other organisations on a range of other matters including commercial disputes, community care funding, internal disciplinary proceedings, educational disputes and equality law.
Before coming to the Bar, Michael was a trainee for six months in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration team in Paris, assisting mostly on English-law commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes. He also worked on death-penalty appeals in New Orleans, and for a year in the Legal Office of the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, on contractual, constitutional and international-law matters.
2018: Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University (Outstanding)
2015: BA Jurisprudence, Oxford University (First Class)
Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
Sally Ball European Law Prize (Trinity College, Oxford)