Michael specialises in planning, highways and compulsory purchase law with extensive experience of acting for developers, public sector bodies and third parties on a wide range of schemes, including residential, commercial, retail and infrastructure projects.

Michael advises on all aspects and stages of town and country planning and DCO regimes.  As well as providing strategic and technical advice, including in the context of EIA and the Habitat Regulations, Michael is an experienced negotiator of statutory planning, highways and utilities agreements.

On the contentious side, Michael has experience of both public inquiry and High Court work, having been involved in a number of planning appeals/call-ins and judicial reviews/statutory challenges for different parties.  Michael has also acted in various statutory compensation claims associated with compulsory purchase schemes.

Prior to working in private practice, Michael worked for the City of London Corporation and Surrey County Council.  He has also gained experience at central government level whilst seconded to the Planning Litigation Team of the Treasury Solicitor's Department.

  • University of Sheffield – BA Law (1996)
  • Bournemouth University – LPC (1999)