Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

‘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

Experience

Year of Call: 2010

Education

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)



 

Profile

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 and care proceedings. He appears regularly in the High Court and has been led in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

International:

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:

Re KL (A Child) [2013] [2013] UKSC 75

Supreme Court, representing Reunite with Teertha Gupta QC in their intervention in the Supreme Court.

Re KP (A Child) (2014) [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 [2013] [2013] 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.

Financial remedies:

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.

He is currently being led by Charles Hale QC on a complex financial remedies case involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy.

Care proceedings:

Michael has been instructed on a number of cases involving the death of a child including:

A (Death of a Baby), Re [2011] 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) [2012] EWCA Civ 1278.

A Local Authority v DB & Others [2013] [2013] 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.
 

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 has been awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work for the legal charity ‘Trial’, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Trial work on cases involving war crimes and crimes against humanity, with a focus on women’s and children’s rights. He will in Sarajevo for three months from September 2014.


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.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple