“A rising star with a packed diary of complicated children cases. He’s a bright, well prepared and thoughtful advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

Experience

Year of Call: 2010

Education

University of Bristol, History (BA Hons) (First Class, placed first in year overall)
City University, GDL (Distinction)
BPP Law School, BVC (Very Competent)
Exhibition Award and Poland Prize (Inner Temple)

Profile

Michael is a specialist in international children law, particularly child abduction, leave to remove and jurisdictional disputes. He regularly appears in the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Michael also acts in complex child protection cases. He is currently instructed with Alex Verdan QC:

  • In the investigation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse into allegations against Lord Janner; and
  • In the inquest into the death of Ellie Butler.

In February 2016, Michael was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. He is the only family practitioner to be appointed to the C Panel. He represents the government in inquests and judicial review applications.

Michael also has a niche specialism in child protection in sport.


International

Michael has appeared as junior counsel in a number of international cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, including:

  • Re KL (A Child) [2013] [2013] UKSC 75
  • Re J (A Child) [2015] UKSC 70
  • Re B (A Child) [2016] UKSC 4
  • Re N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15 [2016] 1 FLR 170And in the Court of Appeal:
  • Re LC (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1058
  • Re KP (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 554

He appears on a daily basis in the High Court. He successfully represented the father in an application to take his children to Jordan against the mother’s objections in AB v TB (Temporary Removal to Jordan) [2014] EWHC 4663 (Fam), and appeared in ‘stranded spouse’ proceedings in NN v ZZ & Ors [2013] [2013] EWHC 2261 (Fam).

Child protection

Michael has appeared in a number of high profile child protection cases, including:

  • IICSA – representing a local authority with Alex Verdan QC in the investigation into allegations against Lord Janner
  • Ellie Butler case – representing the local authority with Alex Verdan QC following the death of Ellie Butler. The case generated significant media interest
  • Re A (Death of a Baby) [2011] EWHC 2754 (Fam) (with Alison Grief QC)
  • A Local Authority v DB & Others [2013] [2013] EWHC 4066 (Fam) (with Alison Grief QC)

Michael has particular expertise in care proceedings with an international element, particularly Article 15 transfers, habitual residence disputes and placements abroad under Article 56 (BIIa).

Private law

Michael represents parents and children in disputes about children’s upbringing, especially international and internal relocation cases. He has appeared in a number of ‘intractable hostility’ cases and where one parent has made allegations of violence and sexual abuse against the other.

Sports law

Michael has expertise in child protection in sport. He holds BASL post-graduate certificate in sports law from the British Association for Sport and Law (BASL) and lectures in child protection on the BASL course.

Other experience

In 2014, Michael was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship from the Inner Temple to work in Sarajevo, Bosnia, for a human rights charity, TRIAL. He spent three months working on war crimes trials with a particular focus on sexual violence cases. He continues to assist TRIAL from London.

Michael previously worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Michael 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
Resolution (Affiliate Member)

Directories

Children law junior with a growing practice, who has handled a number of highly complex abduction cases in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. His public law practice consists of the most sensitive and severe cases concerning matters such as infant death and abuse.
Strengths:  “A rising star with a packed diary of complicated children cases. He’s a bright, well prepared and thoughtful advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2017


Draws glowing reports from peers, who regard him as someone with “a bright future.” He has a broad-based practice that takes in private and public children law proceedings, including those with an international element.

Strengths: “It is unusual for such a young advocate to be instructed in cases so complex. He is instructed because he can be trusted, has a very strong intellect, and has a capacity for compassion.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

26/07/13
[2013] EWHC 2261 (Fam)
13/10/11
[2012] 2 FCR 325; [2011] EWCA Civ 1774
14/07/11
[2011] EWCA Civ 1230