Year of Call: 2010
University of Bristol, History (BA Hons) (First Class, placed first in year overall) Gardenhurst Prize, Graham Robertson Scholarship City University, Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) BPP Law School, Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) Inner Temple Exhibition Award and Poland Prize
Michael is developing a broad practice across the full range of family law. He has a particular specialism in cases with an international element, including child abduction, leave to remove and cases under the Brussels II revised regulation and 1996 Hague Convention.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Michael worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
Michael appears regularly in the High Court and has been led in the Court of Appeal in a number of cases, including:
A (Children)  EWCA Civ 1278 - Michael appeared, with Alison Grief, on behalf of the Local Authority, who successfully resisted a father's appeal against a finding that he had been responsible for the death of his two-week old baby.
Re C  EWCA Civ 1230 - Successful appeal against six month prison sentence imposed on a mother involved in care proceedings
Re C  EWCA Civ 1774 - Appeal against 91(14) order made against a mother
Michael was part of the team which represented Reunite in the recent Court of Appeal case, DL v EL  EWCA Civ 865, which is likely to have far reaching consequences for the operation of the 1980 Hague Convention. Michael also assisted Henry Setright QC and David Williams QC in the case of Mercredi v Chaffe EWCA  Civ 272, the first family law case to be referred by the English courts to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Michael is the author of the Family Law Week update on the Court of Protection and has written articles on forced marriage, surrogacy and child abduction.
Before pupillage, Michael worked for a leading London-based family law firm. He worked as legal assistant Juliet Oury, who chairs the London panel of lawyers who represent prisoners in the Caribbean in their final appeal to the Privy Council. He also worked at the Islington Legal Advice Center, a weekly drop-in service which provides free legal advice to members of the local community.
Michael enjoys cycling and playing cricket.
Family Law Bar Association
A Local Authority v DB & Others 
 EWHC 4066 (Fam)
Re KL (A Child) 
 UKSC 75
Re LC (Children) (2013)
 EWCA Civ 1058
NN v ZZ & Ors 
 EWHC 2261 (Fam)
DL (Appellant) v EL (Respondent) & (1) Reunite International Child Abduction Centre (2) Centre for family law and practice (Interveners) (2013)
 EWCA Civ 865
C (Care: Contact)
 2 FCR 325;  EWCA Civ 1774
Re C (Children) (2011)
 EWCA Civ 1230