Michael is developing a broad practice in the main areas of Chambers’ work, in particular Clinical Negligence, Inquests, Public Law, Professional Discipline, Employment, Costs, and Personal Injury. During his time in Chambers, in addition to a broad range of clinical negligence work, Michael has:
- Represented the family of a construction worker killed during the construction of the Francis Crick Institute in Central London, in a week-long jury inquest;
- Represented an NHS Trust at an inquest, which remains on-going;
- Conducted several road traffic incident trials;
- Advised on employment law claims;
- Been instructed in a range of other matters, including costs, housing and bankruptcy matters.
Michael has also developed a practice in criminal prosecution, regularly prosecuting a range of matters in the Magistrates Court.
Michael has worked on a range of matters across chambers’ main practice areas by assisting both senior and junior members of chambers. These include experience in a range of public law and immigration matters whilst assisting members of chambers on the Attorney-General’s A-Panel; a large clinical negligence claim in respect of a child catastrophically injured during birth; a Human Rights Act damages claim brought against a psychiatric hospital; claims brought against the Ministry of Defence in respect of injuries sustained during training exercises; and a costs appeal before the High Court relating to the interpretation of CPR Part 36.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Michael worked as a prosecutor, as a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court and as a litigation solicitor, as described further below.
Further relevant experience
Following his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law, Michael gained significant trial advocacy experience by training as a prosecutor in Scotland. He conducted trials on behalf of the crown regularly over a period of one year in cases in which the maximum applicable sentence was 12 months’ imprisonment. He therefore possesses advocacy experience beyond his level of call, and has continued to build on that experience within chambers’ areas of expertise.
Michael was selected for the role of judicial assistant at the Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for the legal year 2012/13. He worked closely with Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Lord Reed and Lord Toulson on cases of significant public importance, including:
- Woodland v Essex County Council (review of the law relating to non-delegable duty),
- R (Sturnham) v Parole Board for England and Wales (award of damages to prisoners for delayed consideration of their eligibility for parole);
- Bank Mellatt v HM Treasury (the Supreme Court’s power to adopt closed material procedures; assessment of proportionality and procedural fairness relating to the imposition of financial sanctions on an Iranian bank).
Michael also has experience as a litigation solicitor, having worked as an associate within the commercial disputes resolution group of a prominent city law firm prior to commencing pupillage. In this role, he gained particular experience of high value professional negligence claims and high-value contractual disputes.
Michael obtained a First Class LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Glasgow, having attained first class grades in all senior honours subjects. He also obtained an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, focusing on human rights law.
University of Glasgow: Law: LL.B. (Honours), 2008
Glasgow Graduate School of Law: Law: Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 2009
University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College): Law: LL.M., 2010
Admission as solicitor (Scotland), 2012
Bar Transfer Test, 2014