Michael's principal area of practice is employment law, both individual and collective, including areas such as equal pay, industrial action and trade union law. His practice also includes judicial review, human rights, data protection, health and safety and public inquiries.
Michael has been listed as a leading junior barrister in all the main directories for many years. In Chambers UK he has been described as "truly excellent" (2001-2), "a class act" (2003-4), "clever and thorough - an astonishingly good claimant counsel" (2003-4), "phenomenally bright - in a different league" (2005), "approachable and effective - an unsung hero" (2006), "extremely bright" (2007), "tremendous knowledge" (2008) "a very safe pair of hands. ...a lawyer of strength and purpose" (2009), "a cerebral advocate with a ferocious intellect"..."a top advocate who does very well indeed both domestically and in the ECJ" (2010), "intelligent and imaginative approach to legal argument sees him attract top-end appellate work"..."undoubtedly committed to each case he turns his hand to"..."very bright, approachable and technically excellent" (2011). In the Legal 500, in which he is listed as a leading junior, one quote said of him "in my view the cleverest junior at the Bar" (2007, 2008).
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