‘We would like to say thank you, for all your expertise, hard work and the professionalism you put into the conduct of this demanding and involved case and in achieving the successful outcome. Your confidence and calmness has been reassuring and you have been a pleasure to work with.’
Local Authority, Senior Solicitor
Year of Call: 2010
University of Bristol, History (BA Hons) (First Class, placed first in year overall)
Awarded the Gardenhurst Prize, Graham Robertson Scholarship
City University, GDL (Distinction)
BPP Law School, BVC (Very Competent)
Exhibition Award and Poland Prize (Inner Temple)
Michael has a broad practice across the full range of family law. He has appeared in a number of high profile cases in international child abduction, financial remedies, care proceedings and private law. He appears regularly in the High Court and has been led in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Michael 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.
He has appeared in a number of reported cases including:
Re KL (A Child)   UKSC 75
Supreme Court, representing Reunite with Teertha Gupta QC in their intervention in the Supreme Court.
Re KP (A Child) (2014)  EWCA Civ 554
Court of Appeal, representing the child with Teertha Gupta QC. The Court gave guidance on the circumstances in which a judge should meet with the child in child abduction proceedings.
NN v ZZ & Ors   EWHC 2261 (Fam)
High Court, Peter Jackson J, Michael represented the paternal aunt and uncle in a 5-day fact finding hearing within ‘stranded spouse’ proceedings.
AB v TB (Temporary Removal to Jordan)  EWHC 4663 (Fam)
Michael successfully represented the father in his application to take his two children on holiday to Jordan, against the respondent’s objections.
Michael is developing a strong financial remedies practice, covering the full range of applications including Schedule 1, TOLATA and all applications under the MCA 1973.
In 2014, he was led by Charles Hale QC in a long-running, complex financial remedies case involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy.
Michael has been instructed on a number of cases involving the death of a child:
A (Death of a Baby), Re  EWHC 2754 (Fam)
Led by Alison Grief for the local authority in a three-week fact finding hearing before Peter Jackson J. The court made all of the findings sought by the Local Authority, including that the father was responsible for the death of his two-week old son. Michael represented the authority in the father’s unsuccessful appeal to the Court of Appeal in A (Children)  EWCA Civ 1278.
A Local Authority v DB & Others   EWHC 4066 (Fam)
Led by Alison Grief in a two-week ‘baby-shaking’ case before Keehan J.
Michael is currently instructed with Alex Verdan QC on behalf of a local authority in a case involving the death of a child.
Michael appears on behalf of parents and children in private law proceedings. He has appeared in a number of ‘intractable hostility’ cases and cases in which one parent has made allegations of sexual abuse against the other.
In 2014, Michael was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship from the Inner Temple to work in Sarajevo, Bosnia, for the human rights charity, TRIAL (Track Impunity Always). He spent three months in Sarajevo working on war crimes trials with a particular focus on sexual violence cases.
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.
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 watching and playing cricket. He represented the Bar of England and Wales in the Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup in Delhi in October 2013.
Family Law Bar Association
AB v TB (Temporary Removal to Jordan) 
 EWHC 4663 (Fam)
Re KP (A Child) (2014)
 EWCA Civ 554
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