Michael practises in property & estates and commercial law, appearing in the High Court, County Court and other tribunals and doing advisory and drafting work in a wide range of cases in these areas.
In these fields, Michael has expertise in the areas listed under the headings below (see Real Property; Landlord and Tenant; Inheritance, Wills, Probate and Estates; Trusts), and also has experience in other areas, including common land and rights of common, manorial rights, public rights of way and property/estates-related aspects of banking and insolvency.
Michael appears in hearings in courts and tribunals across South West England and South Wales, as well as in London and further afield, including:
Fast track and multi track trials, a wide range of interim and other hearings, case and costs management conferences and appeals in the High Court (especially the Chancery Division and Probate Registry) and the County Court
Final hearings in the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property and Land Registration Divisions (formerly the work of the LVT, RPT and HMLR Adjudicator)
He also represents clients in mediations, as well as conducting negotiations and conferences and undertaking advisory and drafting work in all of the areas mentioned here.
Most areas of real property, including:
Adverse possession and title to land
Boundary disputes and party walls
Easements (rights of way and other rights)
Restrictive and other land covenants
Conveyances, estate contracts, options
Land registration and land charges
Constructive and resulting trusts of land
Co-ownership and rights of cohabitees
Mortgages and charges (including possession)
Trespass, nuisance and other property torts
Protection from harassment
Most areas of landlord and tenant, including:
Residential and commercial tenancies
Common law and statutory regulation
Assignment and interpretation of leases
Breach of covenant and unlawful eviction
Termination of leases (including possession)
Forfeiture and relief against forfeiture
Service charges and dilapidations
Lease enfranchisement and extension, RTM
Business tenancy renewals
Tenancy deposit schemes
Licences and tenancies at will
Social housing, ASBIs, contempt of court
Most areas under these headings, including:
Interpretation of wills
Formal and substantive validity of wills (formalities, testamentary capacity, knowledge and approval, undue influence, fraudulent calumny)
Family provision claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (including adult children, spouses and dependants)
Appointment, removal and substitution of personal representatives
Duties and powers of personal representatives
Issues arising in the administration of estates
Applications to the court for directions
Contentious and non-contentious probate
Most areas of trusts law, including:
Validity, interpretation, variation and administration of trusts
Appointment, removal and substitution of trustees
Duties and powers of trustees
Rights of beneficiaries
Breach of trust disputes
Express, constructive and resulting trusts of land and chattels
Discretionary trusts and powers of appointment
In the commercial field, Michael undertakes both court work and advisory and drafting work in cases involving general contractual disputes and a wide range of contractual issues.
Michael's court work in this field includes multi-track and fast track trials, as well as interim and other hearings, in local courts and those further afield.
Recently, he has dealt with cases involving issues such as:
Assignment and novation
Misrepresentation and mistake
Duress and undue influence
Sale of goods and supply of services
Various problems with commercial leases
Guarantees of leases and other contracts
Various banking matters
Mortgages and charges
Orders for sale
Third party debt orders
He has also given seminars and written articles for Guildhall Chambers on such issues.
Michael's practice also includes Property and Affairs work in the Court of Protection. His established property, trusts and estates practice has previously included matters of capacity, powers of attorney and suchlike, and, following recent and continuing internal training, he is now developing his work in these areas.
A selection of reported, notable and recent cases - in property and estates and commercial law - in which Michael has been instructed:
Davis v Lewis REF/2016/0036,  UKFTT 0181 (PC)
N v N (Sep-Oct 2016)
P v A (Jul-Sep 2016)
S v S (Jan-Mar 2016)
Pendra Loweth Management Ltd v North (2013-15)
Day v Shaw  EWHC 36 (Ch),  2 P & CR D1,  All ER (D) 120 (Jan)
"Provides extremely in-depth advice and leaves no stone unturned."
His practice includes manorial rights matters, boundary disputes and rights of common.