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Before completing pupillage at 12 Old Square Chambers, Michael worked as a freelance advocate, taking instructions and providing advocacy services in the civil courts in a wide range of practice areas including: civil litigation (including contract work), insolvency and bankruptcy, landlord & tenant, consumer credit, general property, personal injury (including RTAs), and debt recovery.
Prior to joining Chambers, Michael also spent a significant period of time working for specialist civil liberties and human rights law firm, Birnberg Peirce Limited, as a Caseworker in their civil and public law department. During this time Michael worked on a number of cases including: three separate Judicial Reviews arising out of the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan; a Judicial Review in the case of Sam Hallam challenging the statutory compensation regime for victims of miscarriages of justice as against Article 6(2) of the ECHR; a civil claim arising out of the Lakanal House tower-block fire; and the Hillsborough Inquests.
During his time working on the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington, Michael was responsible for 11 of the bereaved family clients whilst his supervisor took maternity leave. This experience has been highly beneficial to Michael’s practice.
During pupillage Michael undertook a broad general common law practice. Michael takes instructions in: civil litigation, public/administrative law & human rights, immigration and Judicial Review, crime, family, housing (including residential and commercial landlord & tenant), and employment.
Michael is committed to utilising his skills to benefit his community and has worked pro bono completing internships at both the Prisoners’ Advice Service and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Additional areas of specialism
Administrative law & human rights
Housing / Landlord & Tenant
Immigration and asylum
Michael has a solely appellant based practice and has appeared with success in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal.
Michael acts in all areas of immigration and asylum law, including: under the European Convention on Human Rights; under The 1951 Refugee Convention / international protection; deportation appeals; immigration detention and bail; points-based system cases (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4); entry clearance; and cases involving European Economic Area law.
Michael is frequently instructed in asylum / international protection cases involving persons fleeing gender-based harm or who fear persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Michael regularly undertakes public law work including judicial review challenges to: certification of human rights and protection claims; adverse decisions on fresh claims; British Nationality cases; points-based system cases; and removal and deportation decisions.
Michael’s practice covers all areas of children law and Family Law Act 1996 proceedings. He has experience in both public and private children cases. Michael frequently appears in matrimonial proceedings and is regularly instructed in financial remedy cases.
Michael has a broad civil law practice with a particular emphasis on housing law (including residential and commercial landlord and tenant). Michael worked as a solicitor’s agent for two years prior to commencing practice at the Bar and has attended over 1200 hearings in the High Court and County Courts.
Recent or notable cases
- RB (Bangladesh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department C5/2018/0957 Permission to appeal granted by Lord Justice Singh in a Court of Appeal (Civil Division) case concerning the second appeals test. Permission on all grounds granted including a challenge to the construction of section 117B(6) and to the reasonableness of British citizen children having to either live in Bangladesh or with their sole British parent in the UK. Full substantive appeal hearing is scheduled for after March 2019.
- KP (Pakistan) & Anor. v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1722 Successful application for permission to appeal, appearing before Lord Justice Irwin in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), concerning the degree of evidential flexibility obliged to be applied by the Secretary of State in addressing deficiencies in documentation under the points-based system in light of paragraph 245AA of the Rules, the different policy guidance, and the Supreme Court case of Mandalia.
- R (on the application of Lucky Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/2229/2018 Successful application in the High Court for oral renewal of permission to bring judicial review challenging a decision of the Secretary of State under the British Nationality Act 1981 by reference to section 4 and the Schedule to The Immigration (Certificate of Entitlement to Right of Abode in the United Kingdom) Regulations 2006, where paternity of the father of the applicant and the veracity of birth certificates were in issue.
- R (on the application of Sabikunnaher) v Secretary of State for the Home Department JR/8714/2017 Successful oral renewal of application for judicial review in the Upper Tribunal challenging a decision by the Secretary of State to certify as clearly unfounded the appellant’s claim under Article 8 of the ECHR.
- SM v Secretary of State for the Home Department AA/00034/2016 Successful asylum appeal under the Refugee Convention and Articles 3 and 8 of the ECHR, against the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse to grant international protection to an appellant from Pakistan fearing gender-based harm and discrimination on account of her disability and severe mobility issues.
- 1997-2004 – The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree
- 2004-2008 – University of Bristol (French BA Hons, 2:1)
- 2009-2010 – University of Law (GDL, Commendation)
- 2010-2011 – University of Law (BPTC, Very Competent)
Michael is proficient in French and German and has studied at both the University of Paris, La Sorbonne and at the Johannes Gutenburg University in Mainz.
Outside of work Michael takes a keen interest in sport and regularly plays competitive football. He is also an avid music fan and held a number of club residencies as a DJ during his time at Bristol University. In his spare time Michael also enjoys travelling and has visited much of Europe, South East Asia and North America.