Michael has more than 12 years of experience in litigation at the Bar, initially in England and Wales and latterly in the Cayman Islands, where he was called in 2012. During his time in the Cayman Islands, Michael dealt regularly with disputes arising in an international context, whether arising in a transactional/contractual, insolvency, quasi-criminal or tortious context. Michael has also dealt with a range of issues involving the regulation of financial institutions (predominantly hedge funds and corporate governance of the same) in the Cayman Islands (in conjunction with Richard Jones QC) with a heavy slant on the global impact of proposed domestic reforms.
Michael is able to bring to bear his practical experience in both the UK and in the Cayman Islands upon cross border disputes of all forms and has a good understanding of US state and federal systems in this context. Michael has particular interest in:
·Questions of jurisdiction in general, but particularly those concerning the England and Wales, Cayman Islands or US Courts
·Forum: whether making a strategy decision about which forum to use to commence litigation or in opposing forum selected by another
·Choice of laws/conflicts of laws – whether asserting or disputing
·Foreign service of documents and the Hague Convention
·Foreign evidence gathering, particularly opposition of US style ‘discovery’ in other jurisdictions
·International arbitration and mediation
·Enforcement of foreign judgments, particularly those arising in the context of insolvency and/or tax, and concerns associated with tracing and securing assets to satisfy such judgments.
LLB (Hons) UNN