Michael’s background was originally as a commercial lawyer, having spent his formative years with large City firms. He then built up a four partner niche firm, specialising in the retail property sector, which merged in 2001 with a major West End practice where Michael remained as a consultant until 2014. He has always taken a keen interest in the profession, and joined the committee of WLLS in 1997, serving as its President in 2006.
Since retiring from private practice, Michael has continued with two Tribunal appointments, with which he first became involved in 2003 and, more recently he has been working as a volunteer with the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Central Family Court. The PSU is a registered charity that provides free support for litigants in person and, through his involvement with the PSU, Michael has developed a keen interest in the proposed changes taking place within the Court system, as well as in relation to access to justice generally.
He has recently been appointed to the PSU’s London Fundraising Committee, and has also been nominated by WLLS to serve as one of its two nominated Law Society Council members in place of Michael Franks who has decided to step down after many years. Michael’s leisure pursuits include his love of good food and wine, trying to keep fit, travel, photography, music and the arts.