Michael specialises predominantly in public, regulatory and sports law, public inquiries, and inquests. Prior to joining Chambers, Michael worked as a lawyer at the Government Legal Department, where he undertook a variety of roles as both a litigator and advisory lawyer. His role included a significant posting to HM Treasury advising the department on the development and implementation of financial and counter-terror sanctions, and latterly as a legal advisor to the chair of a major public inquiry, where he is now instructed as Second Junior Counsel.
Michael is active in supporting the profession, in particular the junior Bar. He has been an elected member of Bar Council since 2020 and is the Chair of the Young Bar of England and Wales for 2023. In 2020 he was nominated for ‘Employed Barrister of the Year in the Public Sector’ at the annual Employed Bar Awards.
Administrative & Public Law
Michael’s prior experience in government means he has developed a broad expertise in public law issues, in particular how they relate to the functions of public bodies, policy development and law-making, and is well-versed in providing risk-based legal advice to senior policy officials and ministers on matters of the utmost sensitivity. He also gained substantial experience in both the litigation and risk-management of judicial review claims, and has appeared as counsel in applications for permission to bring such claims.
Michael is therefore well equipped to accept instructions in matters which directly or indirectly engage public law issues, on behalf of individuals, organisations, central or local government.
Regulatory, Professional Discipline & Business Crime
Whilst posted at HM Treasury, Michael advised the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) on many of the operational aspects of financial and counter-terror sanctions. He also advised the department more widely on the policy aspects of sanctions, and assisted in the drafting and progression through Parliament of sanctions legislation, both in the context of implementing EU sanctions obligations and preparing the UK’s autonomous sanctions regimes for implementation post-EU Exit.
Michael accepts instructions on behalf of a variety of regulators, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, where he has a growing practice in fitness to practice proceedings.
Court of Protection
Michael accepts instructions across the full range of Court of Protection proceedings, including adult health and social care, deprivation of liberty applications, mental capacity, medical treatment and best interests applications. He has been instructed by local authorities and the Office of the Public Guardian, as applicant, respondent and interested party.
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