Michael is building his practice across all areas of chambers’ areas of work. Michael is able to be instructed across England and Wales, and is open to discussing instructions further afield.
Before joining East Anglian Chambers, Michael worked as a paralegal in a specialist clinical negligence department of a large firm of solicitors (where he assisted in the running of complex, high value claims in the High Court); and as a teaching fellow and guest lecturer in contract, tort and family law at SOAS, University of London.
Michael is able to accept matters on a direct access basis, and will happily consider suitable civil matters from solicitors on a CFA basis. Michael is currently a panel barrister for Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), and is also available to be instructed by HM Government under the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme.
Michael has a busy civil practice across a wide array of matters. He is regularly instructed in small claim and fast track trials, disposal hearings (including MOJ Stage 3 hearings), possession hearings, TOLATA claims, enforcement proceedings, and interim applications. Michael is starting to gain experience dealing with multi track claims, and his most recent matters include:
- representing a claimant in a dispute under the Partnership Act 1890 relating to the share of profits between partners and the recoupment of expenses;
- representing a claimant in a franchising case against two guarantors;
- representing a claimant in an ongoing mid-five figure contract dispute relating to the hire of a venue for a community networking event;
- advising in a prospective clinical negligence claim relating to negligent cosmetic surgery;
- advising and drafting a defendant on a large data protection claim against a medical practitioner; and
- advising and drafting a claimant on an unjust enrichment claim relating to the production of a Bollywood movie.
Michael frequently represents clients in private and public law children cases, including FHDRAs, DRAs, fact finding hearings, and final hearings. He has experience of acting on behalf of parents, extended family members, and Children’s Guardians. Since joining chambers, Michael has been instructed on a wide array of matters, including cases involving issues of capacity, parental alienation, international relocation, and sexual abuse involving and also between children, and has been instructed in matters up to and including the High Court. Michael is also keenly building a financial remedy practice, and is instructed by local solicitors in FDAs, FDRs, and final hearings.
Michael has prosecuted and defended in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, and has dealt with both trials and interim matters for a variety of offences, together with appeals in the Crown Court. He has represented several clients in Parole Board hearings, including one particularly difficult client who had been convicted for numerous sexual offences some 35 years prior, and another for manslaughter some 21 years prior. Michael is a Grade 1 prosecutor for the CPS.
Outside of work, Michael is a fan of tennis and enjoys watching the Wimbledon Championships live at the All England Club in London. Michael enjoys travelling (which has unfortunately been hampered by the pandemic), and over the years has also developed an interest for all things related to Italy and Poland.
LLB (Hons) – First Class Honours – Keele University
LLM – Merit – University College London
BPTC – Very Competent – City University London
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)
Princess Royal Scholarship – Inner Temple
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
SEC Representative, Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee
“I have instructed Michael on several civil cases, and found that he has a very measured approach in complex civil and commercial litigation. He has good advisory skills on paper, but also when speaking with the client. I would describe him as eloquent, but with a down to earth approach with clients. In my experience, he is robust in court and able to hold his own against more senior barristers.”
Martin Fraiel, Markel Law
“I instruct Michael Allin on a regular basis in family proceedings. I find he is very knowledgeable in all aspects of family law. Michael is very approachable and I have found he is a favourite of clients who have described him as down to earth when speaking to them but also very forceful in court putting their position forward.”
Charlotte Fedarb, BTMK