During his long career, Michael has taken two high-profile cases to the House of Lords (now superseded by the Supreme Court):
C vs Middlesbrough Council, one of five landmark cases heard together and reported as A vs Hoare (resulted in a change in the law relating to time limits for bringing sexual abuse and assault cases); and Smith vs Chief Constable of Sussex Police, heard with and reported as Van Colle vs Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Police (related to the duty the police service owes to the public if they fail to carry out their duties correctly).
Michael has gained a reputation for having a sympathetic and caring approach. He believes strongly that commitment to clients extends well beyond the case itself. The types of cases which Michael has dealt with often drastically affect not just the lives of those injured, but their families too and he firmly believes that it is important to help and support clients and their families in whatever ways are possible throughout the course of a claim.
Michael lives in Brighton and is married with three children. He speaks Spanish, French, German and Italian and previously spent two years living and working in Madrid, Spain as a lawyer-linguist. He also assisted in setting up the Sussex branch of The Silver Lining, a brain injury charity.