Michael Dougherty

Michael Dougherty

  • Called in 2017


Michael has a natural insight and empathy for commercial client challenges, following a career in a commercial setting. He has acted in claims arising out of breach of contract, including successfully defending a claim brought in relation to a substantial wedding in the Caribbean.

He has experience of and has appeared in the Commercial Court regarding matters arising out of shareholder disputes including Unfair Prejudice Petitions.

Beyond his court practice, Michael also advises Companies and Directors on contractual matters, liability, strategy and tactics.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Attorney General’s Civil Panel Counsel (Junior Juniors Scheme)
  • Advocate (Bar Pro Bono Unit) Volunteer Panel
  • European Circuit of the Bar
  • Gray’s Inn

Education & Qualifications

  • Bar Professional Training Course (2017)
  • LLB (Hons), First Class, University of Central Lancashire (2015)


  • Routledge Prize for Outstanding Performance, Graduate Prize for Meritorious Performance

Previous Employment

Prior to practice at the Bar, Michael’s commercial career included Board roles in private and public companies.

Personal Interests

Michael is married with 3 sons and 1 grand-daughter, and lives in Sevenoaks, Kent.

When not working or travelling back to his native north to see his eldest son and granddaughter his spare time is spent trying – largely unsuccessfully – to maintain parity with his 12 year old’s science knowledge and his 11 year old’s football skills.