"He's a very knowledgeable and very able advocate." "He is a fantastic advocate who is always thoroughly well prepared and incredibly responsive." – Chambers and Partners 2021
“He has the technical expertise but also the pragmatism and ability to engage effectively with witnesses/clients – he is very personable. He is also responsive, flexible and provides valuable assistance during the preparation of claims, even when he is engaged in other matters.” Legal 500 2021
Michael specialises in pure employment law and associated areas. He is ranked as a leading junior for employment in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories and has been every year since 2013.
He sits as a part-time Employment Judge in England and is the only practising member of the Bar who sits in the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal. He is one of the countries’ first Legally Qualified Chairs of Police Disciplinary Panels.
Owing to the sensitive nature of many of Michael’s cases Michael is vetted to undertake claims involving national security issues. For such cases Michael has a secure email address, details of which can be obtained from him or his clerks.
Michael has undertaken workplace investigations and has undertaken training into these delicate situations and is on Kent County Council’s panel of independent investigators.
Michael covers all elements of employment law and has a wealth of experience in discrimination litigation, TUPE and related matters as well as unfair/wrongful dismissal and claims under the Working Time Regulations. Michael represents a diverse range of clients, from individuals to multi-national companies. He is also instructed by a number of local authorities, public sector employers and Trade Unions.
His disciplinary and Regulatory practice includes acting on behalf of police forces when they are disciplining their officers, he is a member of the Bar Standards Board Independent Decision Making Body, which replaced the Professional Conduct Committee in 2019; is a Disciplinary Assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and sits as an arbitrator and for Sports Resolutions, the independent dispute resolution body for sports, on its Integrity and Discipline and Employment and Discrimination panels, and has advised athletes on selection disputes.
His flexible and user friendly approach is complemented by his qualification as a mediator and has been instructed in numerous mediations, both commercial and judicial.
Michael is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access Scheme.
Michael is widely published and a collection of his articles can be found here
He has published a book on Social Media and the Workplace (Jordans, 2015), and has a book forthcoming to be published by the Law Society in 2021.
He is self-publishing a series of eBooks and online courses on practical aspects of employment law and tribunal procedure.
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