Called: 1990 Silk: 2014
Michael's practice covers a broad range of commercial matters, including shipping, international trade, insurance and oil and gas exploration and production. He also has particular expertise in fisheries litigation.
Michael has been continually ranked as a Leading Silk in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Comments in previous editions have included: "...outstanding..." ; “…an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law which allows him to argue cases by reference to the law rather than gut feeling…”; “…extremely user-friendly and impressive…”; “…has vast experience…”and “…ideal for any case which is slightly complex and unusual…”.
"He's quietly persuasive, you suddenly find yourself agreeing with him."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"He's a very understated but effective advocate."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"A good tactician and great with clients."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"He is a highly experienced barrister, with a deep understanding of the dynamics of shipping cases."(Legal 500, 2020)
"He is a specialist in complex claims."(Legal 500 2019)
"Very detailed, practical, calm and responsive." "Understated but outstandingly effective." "Affable and on top of the case law."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...highly recommended..."(Legal 500, 2017)
"He is fast and intelligent, he can break a problem and rebuild it"(Chambers UK, 2017)
"Very straightforward, very user-friendly and exceptionally bright"(Chambers UK, 2017)
"An extremely charming and very experienced silk"(Chambers UK, 2016)
"He has superb judgment and is intelligent and hard-working"(Chambers UK, 2015)
"He has great tactical nous and common sense, and a very incisive mind"(Chambers UK, 2014)
"He is very clear and precise, and has a good advocacy style"(Chambers UK, 2014)
Michael's practice covers all aspects of dry shipping, commodities and transport. Significant reported cases include:
Michael is regularly instructed to advise and to represent parties to salvage disputes and in relation to ship collisions. He has particular expertise in relation to the issues arising out of limitation of liability. Reported cases include:
Michael is instructed in matters related to banking and finance of international trade and shipping, including letters of credit, guarantees and ship mortgages. Significant cases include Den Norske Bank v Acemex (the “Tropical Reefer”)  1 Lloyd's Rep. 1, CA (ship mortgage – guarantee).
Michael's practice focuses on commercial litigation with an international element, including issues as to jurisdiction and applicable law. Significant reported cases include:
Michael advises and acts as advocate in the international arbitration of commercial disputes, including those arising out of oil and gas exploration and production, charterparties, bills of lading, ship sale and purchase, freight forward agreements, insurance and international sale of goods. Reported arbitration cases include:
Michael is regularly instructed in marine insurance matters, including the issues arising out of piracy under hull, cargo and war risks cover. Significant cases include:
Michael has experience of all aspects of shipbuilding disputes.
Michael advises and acts as an advocate in disputes arising out of oil and gas exploration and production.
Michael has considerable expertise and experience in a broad range of fisheries matters from the proof of historic fisheries rights to personal injuries on fishing vessels. Significant reported cases include:
"Very detailed, practical, calm and responsive." "Understated but outstandingly effective." "Affable and on top of the case law."(Chambers UK 2018)
LL.B (Lon), B.C.L. (Oxon)