Michael undertakes a broad range of commercial work with a focus on shipping, aviation, commercial litigation and international arbitration.
He has represented clients in the High Court, County Court and in many LMAA and LICA arbitrations. Michael’s recent cases include:
Michael was awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Award for Outstanding Achievement in the BPTC, 2013; the Ede and Ravenscroft Award for Academic Excellence, 2011; Stone Chambers Mooting Competition Winner, 2010.
Michael is a contributor to the LexisNexis Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (EF&P) and has assisted in updating the 4th Edition of Margo: Aviation Insurance, a leading practitioner text in this field.
Michael has undertaken secondments to a leading shipping law firm and a specialist insurance firm.
Michael has been instructed in a broad range of shipping disputes and has experience in respect of both court and arbitration proceedings. He has worked on claims involving issues concerning unpaid hire, off-hire periods, laytime and demurrage, speed underperformance and fuel overconsumption, discharge and delivery of cargo, cargo claims, letters of indemnity, owners' liens, withdrawal, repudiation and early redelivery, vessel disbursements, ship sale and purchase, ship building, and illegality and public policy. Illustrative examples include:
Michael has acted in many arbitrations, particularly within the dry shipping arena. Examples include:
Michael has worked on a number of aviation related disputes concerning aircraft acquisition and finance, passenger and cargo claims under the Montreal Convention, aviation insurance and “power by hour” agreements.
He has assisted in updating the 4th Edition of Margo: Aviation Insurance, a leading practitioner text in this field.
Michael has been involved with claims and arbitrations concerning breach and wrongful termination of distribution agreements, tortious conspiracy and theft of confidential information, performance guarantees, agency agreements, letters of indemnity and construction disputes.
Michael has been involved with claims concerning tracing and following, fraudulent misappropriation of funds, fraudulently inflated solicitor fees and fruadulant documents created for the purpose of transferring title to prouduct.
Michael has acted in respect of marine insurance and non-marine insurance claims. He has experience dealing with issues involving coverage disputes, nondisclosure, misrepresentation, breach of the duty of utmost good faith and insurable interests.
A recent example includes an arbitration claim on a policy in respect of the loss of a pharmaceutical plant in Iraq resulting from a terrorist attack. Insurers rejected the claim, alleging that the insured was aware of (and failed to disclose) that an attack was imminent on the date of the policy.
Michael has frequently appeared in court acting on behalf of mortgagee banks in possession claims. Cases include:
Michael has advised on matters concerning the validity of share transfers, mortgages over shares, running accounts, breach of fiduciary duties and unlawful preferential treatment of creditors
Michael has acted and advised on matters concerning various issues regarding the international sale of commodities.
L.L.B. (First Class Honours).
B.C.L. Hertford College, Oxford (Distinction).
B.P.T.C. College of Law (Outstanding).
Lincoln’s Inn Award for Outstanding Achievement in the BPTC, 2013; University of Oxford Law Faculty Prize for Best Exam Paper on Comparative and European Corporate Law, 2012; Ede and Ravenscroft Award for Academic Excellence, 2011; Stone Chambers Mooting Competition Winner, 2010.