- St. Mary’s High School, Astley
- Christ Church, Oxford - MA (Jurisprudence) BCL
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
- Northern Circuit TCC Users Group
Michael has a broad based civil practice, acting for both Claimants and Defendants. He covers the whole range of personal injury disputes, specialising in higher value claims and clinical negligence disputes, including catastrophic birth injuries and injuries of maximum severity. He also has a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on construction disputes, insurance policy issues and professional negligence.
He appears regularly in the High Court and County Court as well as in the TCC.
He has considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution, including commercial mediations, adjudications and arbitrations.
Michael is computer literate and email friendly.
Barclays Bank v Fairclough Building
Scope of contributory negligence in contract
Bainbridge v Circuit Foil Ltd.
Proper construction of terms of employer’s pension scheme)
Brown v Lewisham & North Southwark HA
Breach of duty and causation
Barratt v South Manchester University NHS Trust
No breach of duty on the facts
Re SS  1 FLR 445 (Wall J)
Person under disability – abortion – consent - role of medical practitioners
Burgess v Stockport NHS Trust (2011)
No breach of duty on the facts
R v CM NHS Trust
Substantial cerebral palsy claim settled on lump sum plus PPO basis
Re D P
Award of over £4m
Re J R P
Award of £3.5m
SHP v UU
Substantial commercial arbitration settled after mediation
Landlord & Tenancy
McManus v Salford CC & Punch Taverns
Dispute about liability for subsidence to adjacent property between landlord and tenant – issue as to meaning and scope of contractual indemnity clause
"He is very instinctive and sensitive. He cleverly navigates the differing interests and challenges posed by the mix of clients, expert witnesses, judges and opposing counsel." "He fights hard when he has to but shows great intelligence in the way he does it."Chambers and Partners, 2019
"He's really attentive to what we need, his advice is always fierce and to the point and in trial he's quite clever and smart. He's a safe pair of hands, clients like him and he's robust." "He has impressed clients, who ask me to give repeat instructions if he has capacity to accept them." "He is accessible directly at all times, and gives you an honest appraisal of likely timescales for his input."Chambers and Partners, 2018
Frequently instructed on complex and high-value clinical negligence cases, predominantly on the defendant side. He is also experienced in handling substantial personal injury cases. "He is good on technical applications such as interim payments." "He is particularly good analytically - if you've got a case with a tricky legal point, go to him."Chambers UK, 2015
'one of the barristers of choice for clinical negligence defendant work in the North West.'Chambers UK, 2013
'draws praise for his skill, meticulous approach and excellent bedside manner.Chambers UK, 2012
He is recommended as “highly regarded in severe cases” and for his “skill, meticulous approachChambers UK, 2010
‘Highly intellectual, precise approach and keen perception of a case’s strengths and weaknesses.’Chambers UK, 2009