Michael is a specialist property litigator with nearly twenty years’ experience of getting results for his clients, working for a number of major law firms, and was described as “practical and efficient” by the Legal 500 in 2020.
Michael represented the UK’s biggest landlord for many years, successfully concluding litigation involving major redevelopments worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Michael is steadfast and fearless in defending his clients’ interest: recently he was called an “aggressive litigator” by representatives of the biggest landlord in the world, in their negotiations with a group of commercial tenants.
His clients include breweries, distilleries, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, food producers, motor vehicle firms, industrial manufacturers, and a political think -tank. He represents landlords, tenants (and tenants who sub-let), property companies and developers. He has acted for clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal, County Courts, First-tier (Property) Tribunal, and represented clients at dozens of mediations.
As an expert in his field and a member of the Property Litigation Association, Michael is a regular contributor to Lexis Nexis webinars (a leading trainer of law firms). He regularly lectures for the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) on a number of subjects including rent reviews, in which he has particular expertise. Michael is also a member of the Greater London Authority’s Steering Group on London Working Rent. His work for the GLA includes drafting their guidance on property law and disputes for commercial tenants (available through the London Growth Hub). In December 2020 he was commissioned to help with the GLA’s drafting of Brexit Guidance for small businesses (also available through the London Growth Hub) and has been involved in presenting GLA webinars on the same subject.
Michael is the legal advisor to the Guardians of the Arches, a high-profile non-profit organisation dedicated to working on behalf of commercial railway tenants, mostly of railway arches. He advised the Guardians in the National Audit Office investigation into the sale of the railway property portfolio, in their submissions to the Public Accounts Committee at the House of Commons, in their discussions with the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government regarding reforms to commercial property law, and in their recent negotiations with their landlord over coronavirus rent-free periods and other relief. He also works with a number of new commercial tenants’ associations who have been formed during the current pandemic.
Contact Michael if you need legal advice or representation with disputes involving commercial or residential property, including any of the following areas:
- Access rights and parking
- Adverse possession
- Break clauses
- BREXIT: if you would like to discuss the GLA’s recent Brexit guidance, to view the webinars or a copy of the information, please get in touch.
- Business rates
- Compulsory purchase orders
- Consents by landlords including alterations, assignment and subletting
- Covenant disputes (freehold and leasehold)
- Easement disputes
- Evictions and recovery of property
- Fire safety advice including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or “RRO” for short
- Forfeiture, possession, and eviction (including advice on the current commercial rent eviction moratorium)
- Lease renewal applications and negotiations, renewal rights, and the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
- Mortgage and ownership disputes including Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TOLATA” for short)
- Nuisance and property damage including damage from water, trees, and Japanese knotweed
- Party Walls and rights of light
- Rent disputes and debt recovery
- Service charges
- Squatters and trespass
- Utility supply disputes under the Gas Act 1986 or Electricity Act 1989
- Variation of residential leases under Part IV of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987
Contact Michael directly using the details below to discuss your case or your need for legal advice.