"A confident, well prepared, calm and persuasive advocate, Michael always does the very best for his clients."
Julian Ribet, Partner, Levison Meltzer Pigott
Year of Call: 2010
University of Bristol, History (BA Hons) (First Class, placed first in year overall)
Awarded the Gardenhurst Prize and Graham Robertson Scholarship
City University, GDL (Distinction)
BPP Law School, BVC (Very Competent)
Exhibition Award and Poland Prize (Inner Temple)
Michael has a broad family law practice concentrating on parental disputes about arrangements for children after separation, international children law including child abduction, children’s cases where the local authority is involved and financial matters on divorce. He regularly appears in the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Michael advises and appears on behalf of parents and children in disputes about children’s upbringing, including where children should live and whether they should move abroad. He has represented clients in a number of ‘intractable hostility’ cases and cases in which one parent has made allegations of violence and sexual abuse against the other.
Michael is developing a strong financial practice, covering the full range of applications including finance for children under Schedule 1, disputes between former cohabitants, and all financial applications on divorce, whether domestic or with an international aspect. He was recently involved in a long-running, complex financial remedies case involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy, as junior to Charles Hale QC.
Michael has a particular specialism in children cases with an international element including child abduction, ‘leave to remove’, European jurisdiction disputes and cases under the 1996 Hague Convention. He has appeared in a number of reported cases including representing Reunite in the Supreme Court (with Teertha Gupta QC) in Re KL (A Child)   UKSC 75, and representing the child in abduction proceedings in the Court of Appeal in Re KP (A Child) (2014)  EWCA Civ 554 (again with Teertha Gupta QC). He also successfully represented the father in an application to take children on holiday to Jordan against the mother’s objections in AB v TB (Temporary Removal to Jordan)  EWHC 4663 (Fam), and appeared in ‘stranded spouse’ proceedings on behalf of family members in NN v ZZ & Ors   EWHC 2261 (Fam).
Michael has been instructed on a number of cases involving the death of a child, including representing the local authority successfully at first instance and subsequently on appeal in A (Death of a Baby), Re  EWHC 2754 (Fam) (with Alison Grief, now QC) and in A Local Authority v DB & Others   EWHC 4066 (Fam) (also with Alison Grief). He was led over the course of 2014 by Alex Verdan QC in a long running case, again involving the death of a child.
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 working on war crimes trials with a particular focus on sexual violence cases. He continues to assist TRIAL from London.
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 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
Resolution (Affiliate Member)
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