He specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury work, with a particular specialisation in abuse cases.
Michael is top ranked for his personal injury expertise in the highly regarded legal directory, Chambers & Partners.
He has dealt with all kinds of injury work and now focuses on catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims, many involving brain injury, as well as sexual abuse claims (including historic child sexual abuse). He has an exemplary success rate in cases of historic, child sexual abuse in particular and in 10 years of this type of work, he has yet to lose an abuse claim.
Born in Manchester, Michael trained with national firm Thompsons Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He has worked at several heavyweight law firms in the south east since then as Partner and Head of Department.
In recent years, Michael has taken two high-profile cases to the House of Lords:
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 and German 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.