“Clear in his advice, well-organised and inspires confidence in his clients and is appropriately assertive in his advocacy.”
Legal 500 2020 – Employment
“A pleasure to work with. He is extremely responsive and always very thorough and diligent. He has an excellent manner with clients and communicates well with instructing solicitors.”
Chambers and Partners 2019 – Employment
“He quickly builds a rapport with clients and puts them at ease.”
Legal 500 2018
“Extremely responsive and thorough. His work is always fantastic. He is very down-to-earth and easy to work with and, importantly, he builds a strong rapport with clients very quickly.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
“he is very user-friendly, very easy to deal with and he makes you feel like you are his only client”
Chambers and Partners 2017
“he is an excellent and experienced Employment Tribunal advocate”
Chambers and Partners 2017
“He is technically very able and extremely user-friendly”
Legal 500 2017
“It would be difficult to find a more helpful and responsive barrister”
Chambers and Partners 2016
“always gets the job done and is able to deal with full range of employment matters, however complex.”
Legal 500 2016
“incredibly easy to work with, amazingly organised and good at building a strong rapport with clients very quickly”
Legal 500 2015
“clients like his down-to-earth and commercial approach”
Legal 500 2014
Michael specialises in pure employment law and associated areas. His flexible and user friendly approach is complemented by his qualification as a mediator and has been instructed in numerous mediations, both commercial and judicial.
Michael is qualified to accept instructions direct from members of the public.
Michael has passed the Briefed Data Protection Quality Mark scheme.
Media & sport
Building on his judicial experience and considerable understanding of various regulatory systems and law, as well as his extensive conduct of discrimination claims, Michael’s sports law practice focuses on the regulatory side.
He sits as an arbitrator and for Sports Resolutions, the independent dispute resolution body for sports, on its Integrity and Discipline and Employment and Discrimination panels, and has advised athletes on selection disputes.
Michael is appointed to sit, part-time, as a Fee-Paid Employment Judge in the South West region at the Southampton hearing centre and is one of four Deputy Chairmen of the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal.
Michael appears in Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Courts, the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal. He has also appeared in employment tribunals in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Michael covers all elements of employment law and has a wealth of experience in discrimination litigation, TUPE and related matters as well as unfair/wrongful dismissal and claims under the Working Time Regulations. Michael represents a diverse range of clients, from individuals to multi-national companies. He is also instructed by a number of local authorities, public sector employers and Trade Unions.
Owing to the sensitive nature of many of Michael’s cases Michael is vetted to undertake claims involving national security issues. For such cases Michael has a secure email address, details of which can be obtained from him or his clerks.
Instructing Solicitors state that Michael:
“…is fantastic to work with – incredibly responsive, thorough and helpful. When his technical legal skills are combined with his down-to-earth and commercial approach, he is an invaluable asset on any matter.” LS 2017
“… is amongst the most capable barristers, in any field, that I work with. He is user-friendly, extremely knowledgeable and pro-active. If he is instructed you know that he will be perfectly prepared and will arrive with skeleton arguments, case summaries…. He is much respected by lay clients too and his easy-going but thorough style is appreciated by the judges he appears before…. His… accessibility by phone and email makes it so easy to work with him. A thoroughly excellent barrister” PG 2017
Public & regulatory
Building on his strong history of instructions before regulatory tribunals and panels, Michael was appointed as one of the country’s first Legally Qualified Chairs of Police Disciplinary Tribunals for five police forces; has sat on the Bar Standards Board panels and is an independent Disciplinary Assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
He has acted for and advised Appropriate Authorities in Police Disciplinary matters and teachers, nurses and midwives all facing disciplinary proceedings.
Bar Standards Board Independent Decision-Making Body member (2019-)
Sports Resolutions: Discipline and Integrity and Discrimination and Equality Panels Adjudicator (2018-)
Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee member (2018-2019)
Examiner of the Court (2017-)
Deputy Chair of the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal (2017-)
Legally Qualified Chair of Police Disciplinary Tribunals (2015-)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants: Disciplinary Assessor (2015-)
Fee Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunals (2013-)
University of Law (London and Birmingham): External examiner for Bar Professional Training Course modules Civil Litigation, Drafting and International Commercial Practice (2013-2016)
Employment Law Appeal Advice Scheme member (2013-)
Visiting Fellow University of Bedfordshire (2011-)
Council of the Inns of Court (2009-2012) Barrister member of disciplinary panels
City Law School: External examiner for Bar Vocational Course for Drafting and Employment Law courses (2008-2012)
Pupil Supervisor (2008-)
Inner Temple Student Mentor (2007-)
Kings College London: visiting lecturer in Evidence (2005)
Employment Lawyers Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Public Access Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Council of Employment Judges
National Association of Legally Qualified Chairs: member and regional representative
Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, ACIArb