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Michael’s diverse practice covers public law (including community care), competition law (EU and UK), public procurement, freedom of information, sports law and general commercial litigation. He has appeared in over 30 reported cases at all levels up to the Supreme Court. He has substantial experience as sole counsel, but is equally happy working as part of a counsel team.
Michael acts for both claimants and defendants, with clients ranging from major international businesses and central government departments to charities and individuals in receipt of legal aid. He is Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority, and a member of both the Attorney-General’s “B-Panel” and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of approved counsel. He is direct access qualified and accepts pro bono instructions in suitable cases.
Before qualifying as a barrister, Michael read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received the top mark in the University in Philosophy finals, and the 4th highest overall mark in the University. He then worked as a parliamentary researcher and caseworker in the House of Commons before completing his GDL (with Distinction) and BPTC (Outstanding, ranked 5th in year) at City, University of London.
Michael undertakes a broad range of public law work ranging from major human rights and discrimination cases to challenges to regulatory decisions in the commercial sphere. He also a specialist community care practice, and often acts for vulnerable, legally-aided claimants in extremely urgent applications.
He regularly appears unled, for both claimants and defendants, in the Administrative Court and in a range of specialist tribunals. He also frequently acts as junior counsel in claims raising major points of principle, both at first instance and on appeal. He regularly takes on legal aid work, and acts on urgent cases at short notice.
The following is an illustrative list of Michael’s public law cases:
Michael’s competition law practice covers litigation and advisory work across the full spectrum of EU and UK competition law.
Michael is ranked as a Leading Junior in both Chambers & Partners (UK and Global) and Legal 500 for competition law, and is instructed on many of the most of high-profile competition claims in this jurisdiction. In 2021, he was appointed Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority.
Michael is the co-author (with Jon Turner KC and Anneli Howard KC) of the chapter on ‘Litigating Infringements in the National Courts’ in the most recent edition of Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition, and has published a number of articles on competition law in academic journals.
Michael is one of the most experienced junior counsel at the English Bar in collective proceedings. He was instructed for the respondent in its successful resistance of the first ever application for a collective proceedings order in this jurisdiction: Gibson v Pride Mobility Scooters  CAT 9. Since then he has been instructed (for both applicants and respondents) in a large proportion of the collective proceedings cases that are currently pending before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, including: Trucks (acting for Daimler AG), Gutmann (acting for LSER), Qualcomm (acting for the proposed class representative, Which?), Google Play Store (acting for the proposed class representative, Elizabeth Coll), McLaren (acting for WWL).
Private competition law claims
Michael also has a busy private competition law practice, covering both follow-on and stand-alone claims. Notable instructions include:
In his role as Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority, Michael is instructed in a number of major regulatory appeals, including BGL v CMA (price comparison websites), listed for hearing on 1 – 21 November 2021 (led by Marie Demetriou KC).
Michael regularly provides advice, drafting and representation in the field of public procurement, in which context he brings to bear substantial experience of conducting urgent judicial review proceedings, as well as a detailed understanding of EU law.
Notable instructions include:
Michael also has a busy specialist practice in the sphere of information law.
Significant instructions to date include:
Michael has a niche sports law practice (both led and unled), covering arbitration, disciplinary and civil court proceedings. He is ranked as a leading practitioner for sports law by Who’s Who Legal 2021. Sports Law.
Notable sports instructions to date include:
Michael also has a general commercial practice, covering both litigation and advisory work. Recent instructions include acting unled for a ‘start up’ technology company in a private arbitration concerning the distribution of the proceeds of sale of a major asset.
Administrative & Public Law: “He is absolutely excellent; he gets up to speed very quickly and is very collegiate.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Community Care: “Michael is an excellent barrister.” “He has an impressive public law practice.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Competition Law: “A master of the detail and good at bringing across the recent case law to the tribunal. He’s clearly valued by the silks he works with.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2023
Administrative Law and Human Rights: “Mike is very collegiate and can turn round submissions and advice quickly and well.” – Legal 500, 2023
Competition Law – Legal 500, 2023
Community Care: “Michael is an impressive barrister and is particularly strong in public law.” “Michael is practising in interesting and complex cases.” – Chambers UK, 2022
Competition Law: “Good at grasping the issues and solving the problems, and focusing on what is important.” “He is a real team player; he is very resourceful and hard-working as well.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2022
Competition Law: “Great to work with, user friendly and a master of the detail.” – Legal 500, 2022
Competition Law: “A very bright barrister, who cuts through to the key issues. He’s been involved in quite a few big cases so his ability to call on that experience is invaluable.” “He was very knowledgeable on the issues, very calm and great with the clients.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2021
Competition Law: “A strong drafter who is highly regarded by senior QCs.” – Legal 500, 2021
Competition Law: “His attention to detail is good and his drafting is excellent.” “He is practical and willing to work hard, and is someone who gets on very well with clients.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2020
BA (Hons), Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford) (1st Class);
Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (Distinction)
Co-author (with Jon Turner KC and Anneli Howard KC) of the chapter on ‘Litigating Infringements in National Courts’ in Bellamy & Child (8th edition), European Union Law of Competition
Co-Author (with Jack Williams) of “Some things money cannot buy – lessons learned from the latest judgment under the UK’s new regime for collective competition law claims: Merricks v Mastercard Inc” (2018) 37(1) Civil Justice Quarterly 48-61
“The (Fast-Track) Trial of Socrates”, Competition Law Journal (2017, issue 3)
“Streetmap gets lost in Google abuse of dominance claim” (article for Lexis PSL, 25/2/16)
“Competition Law, land agreements and the decision in Martin Retail Group Ltd v Crawley Borough Council: an opportunity missed?” – article in the Competition Law Journal (2014, issue 3)