Michael’s main area of practice is admiralty law, with the emphasis on maritime casualties, salvage and collision.
Michael has acted in many high profile casualties including: The Formosaproduct Brick in the Malacca Straits (2009); The Atlantic Eagle and The Shen Neng (2012) off Australia; The Rena off New Zealand (2011); and The Hoegh Osaka off Southampton (2015).
Michael qualified as a Barrister whilst service in the Royal Navy. He was later admitted as a Solicitor and subsequently headed the Salvage Association, where he worked with many sectors of the marine insurance and shipping industries. He has chaired the International Salvage Liaison Group and was an assessor to Lord Donaldson’s review of Salvage and Intervention.
Michael has acted on numerous casualties around the United Kingdom coast and internationally including more recently the Rena off New Zealand, the Shen Heng off Australia and the Hoegh Osaka in The Solent. He is an active member of The Admiral Solicitors’ Group
Michael is a contributor to Halsbury’s Laws of England.