Michael commenced his first six pupillage with Nicholas Michael on 1st April 2019 and completed his pupillage initially with Lynne Shirley and later Mike Sheehan. Upon the successful completion of his pupillage Michael was invited to become a member of Chambers in April 2020, following the pandemic-delayed issue by the BSB of his full practising certificate. He accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ areas of work, and is happy to consider suitable cases on a CFA basis. Michael is direct access qualified as of June 2020.
During pupillage Michael gained experience in a variety of civil disputes including personal injury, professional negligence, negligence, conversion, consumer protection, commercial contracts, debt recovery, trusts, boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements, financial services, insolvency, and employment. Michael assisted Amrik Wahiwala in the later stages of the High Court case of Scarle v Scarle  EWHC 2224 (Ch) in respect of the presumption of the order of death where the circumstances remained uncertain. He has been actively involved at all stages of cases, from preparing initial advices on prospects and quantum to drafting pleadings, preparing submissions for a variety of interim applications, and handling trials.
Michael frequently represents clients in domestic violence cases, and private children hearings, including FHDRAs, DRAs and final hearings. He has experience of acting on behalf of parents and children’s guardians in care proceedings. He has developed a particular interest in matters involving allegations of non-accidental injury.
Michael has prosecuted and defended in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, and dealt with both trials and interim matters for a variety of offences. He has represented two clients in Parole Board hearings, including one particularly difficult matter involving a prisoner who had been convicted some 21 years’ prior for attempted murder.
Michael came to Chambers with prior civil and family advocacy experience. He has also worked as a compliance assistant for a boutique investment and asset management firm in London; as a Teaching Fellow (in Contract, Tort and Family law), lecturer (in Tort law) and internal examiner (in Contract, Tort and Family law) on the undergraduate law degree course at SOAS, University of London; and as a paralegal in the clinical negligence department of a leading firm of solicitors, with offices in London and Leeds.
Outside of work, Michael is a fan of tennis and has historically been found in the Wimbledon area during the end of June and the beginning of July. Through travelling, Michael has also developed an interest for all things related to Italy.
LLB (Hons) – First Class – Keele University – 2011
LLM – Merit – University College London – 2012
BPTC – Very Competent – City University London – 2014
Princess Royal Scholarship awarded by the Inner Temple in March 2013
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)