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Michael Uberoi practises in commercial and regulatory litigation, with a particular focus upon pensions and financial services. The 2021 Legal Directories describe him as “very dynamic and bright”, state that “he has very thorough and well-founded knowledge, and he is very practical and very client-friendly” (Pensions, Chambers & Partners, Leading Junior), and describe him as “personable, technically outstanding, and very hard working and responsive” (Financial Services Regulation, Legal 500, Leading Junior). They also describe him as “an exceptional advocate”, who is “very, very hard working”, and as a “bright junior with a strong intellect and good judgement”.

Some recent pensions cases include: Univar v Smith & Ors [2020] EWHC 1596 (Ch) (rectification / collateral contracts / estoppel – Univar was the first contested pensions rectification action in eight years); Safeway Ltd v Newton (Cases 1 and 2 in the Court of Appeal, and in the CJEU- [2020] EWCA Civ 869; [2017] EWCA Civ 1482 – construction and equalisation); Sheffield v Kier Group plc [2019] EWHC 986 (Ch) (jurisdiction of the Pensions Ombudsman); Smith v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2018] PLR 5 (maladministration of benefits). Some ongoing pensions cases include: acting for individual trustees and board members in relation to proceedings brought regarding the Bic UK Pension Scheme; advising 51,000 scheme members in relation to how a state integration rule was incorporated in the rules of the scheme of a major Bank; defending a claim for rectification brought by a major multi-national Company; and acting for a major SIPP provider in relation to a group action of SIPP mis-selling claims.

Michael appears in all courts (both as sole and junior counsel) and is frequently instructed to obtain or resist interlocutory relief. Recent examples include: successfully obtaining a freezing injunction over assets totalling £3 million; successfully resisting an application for a mandatory injunction in a dispute between company directors; and successfully resisting an application to convert an interim anti-suit injunction into a final injunction. He has particular expertise in cases involving the interaction between financial services regulation and commercial litigation (Lampo v Royal Bank of Scotland [2016] EWHC 3824).

Michael sits on the Education & Training Sub-Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. He is a member of COMBAR, and is registered with the Dubai International Financial Centre. He is also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

Commercial & Chancery

Michael acts in commercial disputes. Recent and ongoing cases include:

  • advising a major insurer in applications regarding freezing and disclosure injunctions (and Bankers Trust orders) against a partner in a joint venture;
  • acting for a Dubai based trading entity in connection with a claim for breach of contract / misrepresentation over the terms of a foreign exchange trading account, and a decision to close out positions (breach of contract / misrepresentation);
  • acting for a leisure company in defending a claim for breach of contract (formation of terms / whether any settled contract was agreed / quantum meruit);
  • acting for a major wholesale food entity  in an action involving alleged breach of a verbal agreement regarding commission payments, the Commercial Agency Regulations, fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit;
  • obtaining a freezing injunction (in the sum of approximately £3 million) and advising in relation to the underlying breach of loan agreement / guarantee action, on  behalf of an international marketing firm. The case settled for its full value shortly after the freezing injunction was obtained;
  • a claim for breach of contract, misrepresentation, and failure to exercise a contractual lending discretion in good faith against a major bank which settled in the claimant’s favour for a sum of approximately £2.5 million;
  • advising a Premier League footballer with regard to his sponsorship agreement with a major sportswear manufacturer, in connection with alleged penalty clauses.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Pension Lawyers (APL) (Education & Training Sub-Committee)
  • COMBAR

Michael Uberoi is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


Testimonials


“He has very thorough and well-founded knowledge, and he is very practical and very client-friendly.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2021

“Very dynamic and bright” Chambers and Partners 2021

“He is very commercially minded and knows the pensions practice area.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2021

“He is able to get to grips with technical issues and provide clear advice quickly.” Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2021

“Excellent senior junior who invests time to understand and address client concerns.” Pensions, Legal 500 2021

“Michael is personable, technically outstanding, and very hard working and responsive.” Financial Services Regulation, Legal 500 2021

“His written and oral advocacy is clear and persuasive and he is a pleasure to work with.” Pensions, Legal 500 2020

“A very talented barrister who has a keen eye for detail.” Financial Services Regulation, Legal 500 2020

“Approachable and easy to work with.” “An excellent senior junior.”  Chambers & Partners 2019

“Very likeable and very good on his feet.” Chambers & Partners 2018

“He puts clients at ease, and is well prepared and easy to get on with.” Chambers & Partners 2018

“Exceptionally skilled in communicating with clients.” Legal 500 2017

“An exceptional advocate, who is doggedly determined to ensure fairness for his client.” Legal 500 2017

“Exceptionally good. Very, very hard-working, incredibly incise, lots of panache and confidence. A really good advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2017

“Highly thought of junior who represents professionals before the FCA Enforcement Division. Analytical, calmly persuasive and thorough; when you send him papers, you know he’ll have read, analysed and carefully prepared every aspect of the case.” Chambers & Partners 2017

“Michael is a very impressive junior barrister who is knowledgeable and accomplished beyond his years. He is sensible, realistic and pragmatic in his advice, whilst his care in presenting a case is notable.” Chambers & Partners 2017

“A great team player, who takes a sensible, pragmatic approach.” Legal 500 2016

“An excellent junior, who punches above his weight.” Legal 500 2016

“He adopts a firm but calm approach, and clearly sets out the reality of a case to clients. He is extremely well prepared for all his cases and employs imaginative arguments on behalf of his client to achieve the best results possible.” “He is knowledgeable and accomplished beyond his years.” Chambers & Partners 2016

“A good advocate who comes over very well.” “He is extremely hard-working, highly approachable and a good communicator.” Chambers & Partners 2016

“A bright junior with a strong intellect and good judgement; he will go far.” Legal 500 2016

“He did an extremely good job in difficult circumstances.” Chambers & Partners 2015

“He is already very good and in five years will be a major name in the field.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“Michael Uberoi appears regularly in public inquiries. [He] recently advised the former Director General of the BBC in connection with his appearance before the Pollard Inquiry.” Chambers & Partners 2014

Michael Uberoi “Also tackles sports-related cases…[he] has a growing practice in this field and is building a solid reputation amongst his peers.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“Knowledgeable beyond his years.” Legal 500 2014

“Michael Uberoi is making a name for himself.” Chambers & Partners 2013

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