Michael, who has been a Partner at Addleshaw Goddard since 2000, is Head of our Employment and Immigration Group. He is a highly experienced employment lawyer with an emphasis on offering practical and pragmatic solutions to his clients. His expertise covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, with a focus on resolving issues of strategic or reputational importance. Michael has responsibility for managing the Group's client service teams across a diverse range of industry sectors including a number of FTSE 100 companies and global financial institutions.

Michael has a Masters in employment law, is a regular commentator on employment issues at business seminars and in the media and has also lectured on the subject at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Michael Leftley acts for clients on a range of employment matters and is known for his work in issues concerning reputational risk.  Sources describe him as "very commercial and very practical" and praise his "sound advice."

Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global guides (2018)

Professional memberships
  • The Employment Lawyers Association
  • The European Employment Lawyers Association
  • The Industrial Law Society
  • The Employment Law Alliance
  • The City of London Law Society Employment Law Committee