Before he trained as a barrister Michael Lane had been an officer in the Royal Navy, worked in commerce and industry and been a University teacher and researcher specialising in how organisations functioned. After many years in chambers he has now retired from active practice.
In his practice as a lawyer Michael worked on cases where he could offer clients added value by being able to apply the skills and knowledge he acquired in those roles alongside his legal expertise.
In particular, he specialised in the various problems faced by organisations. These included the full range of employment matters, from discrimination to restraint of trade; partnership disagreements and contract disputes of all kinds. Many of the organisations in question are commercial businesses but not, by any means, all.
He has considerable experience of representing both employers and employees in domestic tribunals, including medical professionals and public services; his cases having involved both local and national government and a wide range of non-profit bodies such as charities and educational institutions.
For many years he has had a strong, active interest in both natural and man-made environmental matters and this informed his concern with real property issues, including neighbour disputes, easements, footpaths and highways and planning matters.
Carcianiga v British Leprosy Relief Association  UKEAT/0071/07 - Statutory dispute resolution procedures, striking out, dismissal
Harlow District Council v O’Mahony  UKEAT /0144/07 - Agency workers
Braintree District Council v Thompson  EWCA Civ 178 - Liability to repay Housing Benefit, powers of Commissioner on appeal
Plume School v Lewis  UKEAT/0101/04 - Unlawful deduction from wages
Plume School v Langshaw & Thomas  UKEAT/676/01 - Construction of Teacher’s Pay Order
Cardinal Packaging Ltd v Atkinson & ors  EWCA Civ 89 - Breach of employment contract, inducing breach of employment contract
Marlton v Turner  3 EGLR 185 - Hedgerows and fencing obligations arising from private Inclosure Awards
London Branch of the Nigerian Universities Commission v Bastiaans  ICR 358 - State immunity, submission to jurisdiction, Notice of Appearance
Rowell v Hubbard Group Services Ltd  IRLR 195 - The meaning of consultation
BA (Cantab) Dip Soc (Kent) Dip Law (City)