Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1970 and is now a consultant with the firm in our dispute resolution department.
Michael has a long-established relationship breakdown practice, with expertise in addition in property and trust disputes. The complex family law cases that he has handled include cases for high net worth individuals, often with an international element, and in particular Anglo-German matters. He has had charge of cases in all tiers of the English courts, including the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).
Michael finds that his experience in property and trust matters often invaluable in advising on family law matters.
Before qualifying, Michael read Law at the University of Bristol. He was a partner with Boodle Hatfield from 1976 until 2004, when he joined Wright Son & Pepper, moving to this firm on its amalgamation with Wright Son & Pepper.
Michael is a founder member of Resolution (the specialist group for Family Law Solicitors, and is qualified in collaborative family law. Michael particularly enjoys collaborative practice because of the opportunity that it gives of working with clients to achieve positive and creative outcomes.
Michael has also trained with Resolution as a lawyer mediator, but does not himself act as a mediator. Mediators are neutral and do not take sides, and help couples in a non-judgmental and non-directive way to arrive at their own informed decisions on all of the issues faced by divorcing or separating couples, or on specific issues such as the arrangements for children. Many couples find that working with a legally qualified mediator is a helpful and cost-effective way of resolving some or all of the wide range of issues that can arise on relationship breakdown.
In his spare time Michael shares in looking after grandchildren, is active in church work, and enjoys walking, cross-country skiing, cycling and playing the piano when time allows.