Michael trained in London and joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 1990. He became a partner in 1997.
He deals with litigation, international arbitration, adjudication and ADR and provides risk management advice for clients in a variety of sectors including manufacturing and distribution, life sciences, construction and engineering, IT, and insurance. Much of his work is international in nature, acting on cross border disputes.
His reported cases include:
- Combined Power -v- European Development Company - acting for a power company in claims under contract for installation of CHP units and energy supply.
- Temple Legal Protection –v- QBE - concerning the meaning of a phrase commonly found in Lloyd’s Non-Marine Binding Authority Agreements and agent’s entitlement to conduct run-off.
- Cable & Wireless -v- IBM and Compass Management Consulting - defending 3rd party benchmarker, following whose report Cable & Wireless sued IBM for approximately £160 million and against whom IBM sought an indemnity.
He is ranked as a “leader in the field” by Chambers UK and as a “Leading individual" by The Legal 500. He is also included in The Legal 500 "Hall of Fame” for "law firm partners at the pinnacle of the profession". He is listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom.
Michael is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the British Insurance Law Association and of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association. He has acted as a court appointed supervising solicitor on the execution of search orders and has taken arbitral appointments. Michael is immediate past Chairman of the South East Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He is the firm’s Litigation Services Partner, responsible for the consistency of litigation services across the firm. He is also on the firm’s Brexit Group.