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Michael is an experienced barrister, and a international commercial arbitrator, as well as a CEDR accredited mediator. He holds a post-graduate diploma in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration), from Queen Mary, University of London.
Michael specialises in advocacy and advice relating to general commercial litigation, civil / commercial fraud, VAT and EU law.
He is instructed in cases requiring detailed legal research and analysis, and has an ability to master complex factual situations. He is also well-versed in bringing the softer skills and strategic thinking often applied in a mediation context to the more formal world of his litigation and advisory work.
With extensive experience of international and domestic supply contracts, Michael specialises in commercial and indirect tax litigation, especially civil aspects of alleged missing trader (MTIC) fraud; international commercial arbitration; EU law, including; References to the CJEU; judicial review challenges to Government departments (especially, HMRC); commercial application of competition law; construction and other infrastructure litigation; and professional negligence claims (surveyors, solicitors, accountants and auditors).
Michael has extensive practitioner and academic law contacts across Europe; in Qatar, UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Bahrain and Oman; and also in the US (New York and Washington DC in particular).
He co-chaired a conference session on Islamic finance at the IBA Conference (Dubai, November 2011) and moderated an IBA Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance (Dubai, November 2010).
In April 2013 he was invited to speak by the European Parliament at a hearing on Reform of the Court of Justice of the European Union, organised by the Committee on Legal Affairs. The topic of his presentation was Access to court documents, and access to justice.
Appointments & Memberships
- Middle East Association