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Unlike other practitioners, Michael specialises purely in commercial and residential property litigation, and being a former solicitor he is able to view a legal case from all angles.

While regularly appearing in both the County Court and the FTT on all landlord and tenant matters, Michael is particularly known for his detail, and is often instructed on very complex property cases warranting an in-depth analysis into numerous connected leasehold agreements and inter-party relations.

In addition to his thoroughness, he has been described as “creative” and often finds avenues in what many have prematurely considered dead ends.

He is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Access scheme.

Michael specialises in the following areas:

Types of tenancies: Commercial / Long Residential Leasehold / Assured Shorthold / Assured / Secure / Introductory

  • HA 1988 Possession claims  
  • Enforcement / Bailiffs / Warrants / Rent Arrears / Breathing Space Moratoriums
  • Disrepair – mould, condensation, inherent defects, quantum
  • Estoppel / Undue influence / Property linked Secured Loans
  • Family agreements / Life tenancies / Common Intention Constructive Trusts / Resulting Trusts
  • 1954 Act Lease renewals / forfeiture / rent arrears / leasehold terminations
  • CLRA 2002 / LTA 1985 / Forfeiture for non-payment of rent / service charges / disrepair
  • Deposit Protection / Housing Act 2004 compliance
  • Unlawful Eviction / Harassment
  • Service Charges / Ground Rent / Admin Charges (Long Residential Leasehold)
  • Break clauses / leasehold covenant compliance
  • Management Companies / Property Managers – Leasehold Compliance
  • Mortgage Possessions / Mortgage Applications
  • Orders for Sale and Possession / charging orders
  • Trespass / Boundary Disputes
  • Easements / Rights of Way / Nuisance / Adverse Possession
  • Licences / exclusive possession / notice to quit
  • Surrender – by agreement or by operation of law
  • Tenancy at will

This list is non-exhaustive. 

Other Information

In his spare time, Michael enjoys travelling, chess, learning French and playing piano. When time permits, he enjoys a glass of wine and has an unfortunate penchant for good quality Burgundy reds.

For updates in the world of property law follow Michael on Twitter at @lettingsbar1 and on LinkedIn.

Areas of Expertise

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Scholarships & Awards

  • Harmsworth Scholar (Middle Temple)

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