Michael is a partner in Penningtons Manches Cooper's commercial dispute resolution team. He advises clients on a wide variety of financial services and complex commercial disputes as well as on regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, and civil fraud claims.
He has conducted group litigation for shareholder and investor claimants, and acted in international arbitrations and litigation in a number of high profile cases arising out of the last global financial crisis. His clients include funds, investor groups, banks and other financial institutions, high net worth individuals and corporates, particularly real estate investment and development businesses.
Michael is individually ranked in Chambers UK for banking litigation and is described as ‘very hands on and very good with clients’ and ‘a very experienced litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of civil fraud’ in Chambers UK and The Legal 500 respectively. He is also a solicitor advocate.
Recent work highlights
- Acting for the Consumers’ Association (Which?) as intervener in Philipp v Barclays Bank UK Plc  EWCA Civ 318, an APP fraud case in which the Court of Appeal decided unanimously that the duty of care identified in Barclays Bank Plc v Quincecare Ltd could apply to an individual customer’s instructions and not just an agent’s, including where they are a victim of APP fraud.
- Defeating a worldwide freezing order against an offshore business that was said to have received stolen cryptocurrency, and having the claim successfully discontinued against his client.
- Acting for the defendant bank in Playboy Club London Ltd v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro SpA  UKSC 43, a negligence claim brought by the Club relating to a bank reference which was successfully defended in the Supreme Court.
- Acting for the claimant in Property Alliance Group Limited v The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC  EWHC 3342 (Ch), a claim alleging the mis-selling of swaps, LIBOR manipulation and the misconduct of RBS’s Global Restructuring Group.
- Representing a joint venture corporate partner in an LCIA arbitration concerning a US$750 million investment in a Nigerian oil and gas company.