Michael has been instructed on cases at every level of the tribunal and court hierarchy in England and Wales; i.e., from first-tier tribunals to the UK Supreme Court. He has acted in four cases heard by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg. Internationally, he has appeared in cases heard by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, at both CFI and CA levels. He has also been instructed in Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) litigation.
Michael specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and indirect taxation (VAT).
Expanded CVs, setting out Michael’s experience available on request.
He has been instructed on cases at every level of the tribunal and court hierarchy in England and Wales; i.e., from first-tier tribunals to the UK Supreme Court. He has acted in four cases heard by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg. Internationally, he has appeared in cases heard by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, at both CFI and CA levels. He has also been instructed in Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) litigation.
A “hands-on” practitioner, he is instructed in cases requiring detailed legal research and analysis, has an ability to master complex factual situations and relishes getting to grips with a welter of evidence (e.g., acting as sole Counsel instructed in a case involving c. 400,000 pages – 600 lever-arch files – of material, and in which over 40 witnesses were called).
He has spent more than a decade building a strong professional profile in the Gulf, and is now regularly retained to act on behalf of parties in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) jurisdictions, and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.
In arbitrations, he has broad experience both as counsel and as arbitrator. As arbitrator, he has acted as sole arbitrator, panel-Chair, and panel-member. His experience includes arbitrations held under ICC, LCIA/DIFC-LCIA, DIAC and LMAA institutional rules. When acting as counsel, Michael will often be leading a multi-jurisdictional legal team.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), holds a post-graduate diploma (with merit) in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University of London, and is joining the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Through his in-depth knowledge of the Gulf and the MENA region, he has extensive connections with arbitral institutions across the GCC, Egypt and the Levant.
Michael’s specialist expertise in indirect taxation (VAT and excises) has been developed over nearly 20 years of practice. He has argued cases from the first-tier tribunal to the Court of Appeal, and has been counsel in 3 CJEU VAT cases (Optigen/Bond House, Halifax and Bonik EOOD). In Bonik, he appeared jointly with Bulgarian Counsel on a reference made by the Bulgarian Courts.
Michael has a proven successful track-record of leading a multi-national legal team in litigation and arbitration, and is adept at working in civil law, as well as common law environments.
Michael is a CEDR-accredited mediator. He is experienced in using mediation for the successful resolution of commercial disputes, and undertook a CEDR “peer practice” review in early 2017.
Wider professional involvement
Michael is Vice-Chair of the Bar Council International Committee with particular responsibility for the Gulf and MENA regions. He has sat on the Bar Council International Committee for over 10 years, and has been a long-time member of several international law organisations, including the International Bar Association (IBA). As a result of his wide-ranging international professional commitments, Michael has contacts with lawyers in some 100 jurisdictions worldwide.
He is a member of the Scientific Board of the MENA Business Law Review, and was invited to be the Consulting Editor for a Special Edition of the MENA Business Law Review on VAT in the Gulf, which was published in October 2017.
He is a sought-after speaker at international conferences. He has spoken recently at an international conference on The Rise of International Commercial Courts, and will be a lead presenter at the European Law Academy Summer School on European Tax Law in Trier in July 2018.
DIFC, Registered Practitioner (Part II)
COMBAR (previously served two terms on Executive Committee)
Strategy International (British Expertise International, Middle East Access Group)