Michael is an experienced senior junior who has conducted a broad common law practice from chambers in Birmingham since 1985. His work in recent years has focused particularly on dispute resolution and the use of ADR, leading him to obtain further professional qualifications.
Michael is a qualified mediator who has conducted numerous successful mediations covering, in particular, construction, professional negligence, property and business disputes. He abides by the European Code of Conduct for mediators.
Michael is also an experienced arbitrator, familiar with both domestic and international rules. He is a member of a number of panels and has spoken frequently on arbitration topics, both in the UK and at international events.
With his interest and expertise in construction law, Michael is well placed to act as an adjudicator under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. He also has considerable experience in the preparation of notices of adjudication and referral notices.
Michael is able to accept instructions direct from the public to provide advice, draft documents or act as advocate and is happy to do so in all of his areas of practice.
International Lawyer of the Year, Birmingham Law Society 2015
Middle Temple (Blackstone Exhibitioner, Bencher)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (President 2014, member of Mediation Panel)
Bar Council ADR Committee
TECBAR (member of Arbitration, Mediation and Adjudication Panels)
Adjudication Society (member of Adjudicator Panel)
Society of Construction Law
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
British Association for Sport and Law
British Irish Commercial Bar Association
Fellow, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Malaysia Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Panel of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Panel of foreign arbitrators, CIETAC
Panel of Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
Fellow, Association of Forensic & Advanced Valuation Executives
Various on arbitration and ADR for institute or in-house journals
Recorder (Crown Court, County Court and Technology and Construction Court)
Tribunal Judge (First-tier, Social Entitlement Chamber; Valuation Tribunal)
BA (Hons), FCIArb
Public access trained
Qualified Dispute Resolver, accredited by the Academy of Experts
Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland
Registered practitioner with rights of audience in the DIFC Courts, Dubai