Michael specialises in private wealth disputes and litigation, both onshore and offshore. His clients include beneficiaries, personal representatives, individual and corporate trustees, attorneys, deputies, professional bodies, charities and high net worth individuals.
Michael’s practice particularly involves:
- Probate and estate disputes: bringing and defending claims concerning the validity of wills; disputes between personal representatives (including applications for removal), claims for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and proprietary estoppel claims.
- Trust disputes: breach of trust claims, blessing applications, disclosure applications, removal applications, and claims for beneficial interest under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
- Court of Protection: deputyship applications, trustee removal applications on the basis of capacity, deputyship disputes, and attorney disputes.
Historically, Michael has also practised in non-contentious private client work and therefore has experience in estate planning for clients (including the preparation of wills and LPAs) and administering estates and trusts.
Michael regularly litigates in the High Court and the Court of Protection and advises on all stages of litigation. However, he seeks to resolve disputes by negotiation or mediation wherever possible in order to maximise the benefits of settlement for his clients. Clients appreciate Michael’s commitment to securing the best results whilst navigating the often complicated and stressful litigation process, and value his tailored and pragmatic advice.
Michael is also a member of the Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA) and has written articles for publications, including for the Solicitors Journal.