Michael is a barrister in No5’s Public Law Group.
He practises in a wide range of public law matters and related areas. He frequently appears in the High Court (Administrative Court), County Court and before expert tribunals and panels, as well as providing advice, in the following areas of law:
- Prison law: Judicial review of security categorization decisions, adjudications and other decisions taken by governors or the Prison Service; Human Rights Act claims and negligence claims relating to incidents and injuries in custody.
- Parole law: Advocacy at complex parole hearings (including TACT cases), Judicial Review of substantive parole decisions as well as procedural decisions, Judicial Review of rejections of open conditions recommendations and of recall decisions.
- Asylum support: Judicial Review of failures to provide adequate accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and their dependents; challenges to age assessment decisions. Michael is able to draft interim relief applications and attend interim relief hearings at short notice.
- Inquests: Instructed in shorter and longer inquests (including multi-day jury inquests), for both families and other interested parties. Experience in inquests involving custodial settings and/or mental health provision.
- Education law: Advocacy at Special Educational Needs appeal hearings, advice on education law generally.
- Professional discipline: Acting as Case Presenter for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Michael also accepts instructions for representation or advice from individuals in professional discipline matters.
- Mental health: e.g. Displacement applications (s29 MHA), advice on aftercare responsibilities (s117 MHA).
- Data protection: Advice on data protection considerations in various contexts.
Michael is happy to accept instructions in other areas of public law if he is competent to do so.
Michael is particularly interested in human rights and public international law and, as a pupil, was a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Committee. He has considerable experience with information rights issues, in particular those relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
During his pupillage, Michael additionally gained experience of a wide variety of challenges to central and local government decisions and policies, often of a sensitive political nature and with a complex evidential background. He was also involved in a range of education law, social care law and professional discipline cases.
As a fluent German and French speaker, Michael is happy to work on any cases with a European (EU law / ECHR) or transnational dimension.
Before coming to the Bar, Michael worked in the fields of international relations and international criminal justice in several countries.
At Justice Rapid Response in Geneva (2014-2017), he supported investigations and prosecutions of international crimes and serious human rights violations in project management, policy and external relations roles, working together with international organizations, global NGOs and national justice institutions. He is familiar with international human rights mechanisms and UN procedures as well as transitional justice processes in countries as diverse as Iraq, Gambia and Guatemala.
Michael has also previously worked for the European Union’s Delegation to Switzerland, for a Brussels-based foreign policy thinktank, for a human security research institute in Vancouver and for a humanitarian organization in Geneva.
Michael is an experienced public speaker, including at international conferences, and welcomes requests to act as a panel moderator. He has been on the board of several charities as a Trustee-equivalent and enjoys giving pro bono legal and strategic advice to non-profit organizations.
R (Farmer) v Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 3487 (Admin)
A successful challenge to a decision refusing the Claimant’s downgrade from Category A to Category B, taken without an oral hearing. The Court held that the decision was unfair at common law and granted a quashing order. Michael acted for the Claimant.
R (Pierpoint) v Parole Board for England and Wales  EWHC 2705 (Admin)
A successful challenge to a refusal by the Parole Board to grant an oral hearing in a recall case. The Parole Board had failed to comply with the Osborn guidelines and failed to give adequate reasons. The Court made a mandatory order for an oral hearing. Michael acted for the Claimant.
Member of the Board, SINGA Switzerland (charity supporting refugee and migrant entrepreneurs)
Assessor, Swiss Study Foundation (interviewing and selecting scholarship candidates)
Phoenicia Scholarship, Bar European Group (2020)
Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2019)
BPTC Scholarship for pro bono achievements, BPP (2018-2019)
Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2017-2018)
Scholar of the Swiss Study Foundation (2009-2015)
Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)
Bar European Group
BPTC – BPP University – Outstanding
GDL – University of Law – Distinction
Master in International Affairs – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva – First equivalent
Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics – University of Oxford
German (native), French (fluent), Turkish (elementary)