Michael has a natural insight and empathy for challenges facing commercial clients, derived from a commercial career spanning two decades. He was responsible for contract drafting and settlement negotiations in a broad range of commercial situations, and worked with Counsel in litigation on a number of occasions.
During pupillage, Michael undertook work with Andrew Peebles on an application for a Freezing Injunction in the High Court, and accompanied his supervisor Changez Khan on commercial cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Michael is keen to develop this area of his practice. Outside of his court practice, Michael utilises his blend of commercial acumen and legal experience to advise Companies and Directors on contractual matters, strategy and tactics.View full profile >>
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Prior to being called to the Bar, Michael enjoyed a successful commercial career. With particular skill and experience in the fields of sales and marketing, he progressed from junior sales roles to senior management and Board positions, with responsibilities including negotiating and managing contractual relationships on many high-profile consumer promotions involving mobile networks including o2, EE and 3.
Michael’s operational experience included an elected role on the Executive Committee of a UK Trade Body where he supported the response of the retail industry to a Law Commission consultation on prepayments made by consumers. He also gained inspiration for his future career by working alongside Counsel in pursuit of remedy to contractual breaches by clients, including a successful application for a Freezing Injunction and consequent award of damages.
For the final 7 years of Michael’s commercial career he read law and undertook the BPTC while simultaneously fulfilling a senior board role in a stock market listed technology company, and managing his own consultancy business.
Michael is married with three sons, and lives in Sevenoaks, Kent.
In his spare time he enjoys drinking good wine with his wife and eldest son, and trying – largely unsuccessfully – to maintain parity with his 10 year old’s science knowledge, and his 9 year old’s football skills.