Michael’s expertise covers a whole range of legal services including:
Notable Family cases
Acting for a husband with assets of over £7 million and successfully persuading the court to ringfence approximately £1 million of assets owned by the husband before his marriage of over 25 years
Acting on behalf of a wife whose husband had been convicted and was imprisoned for various sexual offences against children. Successfully arguing that conduct should be a factor in proceedings, in the court’s determination of the division of assets
Acting on behalf of a husband who had one third in a multi million pound international company, successfully negotiating a settlement prior to Final Hearing.
Acting on behalf of a mother on two occasions where there was an issue as to contact with her son who teenager, who refused to see his father for more than a few hours, every other week. Despite the Cafcass Officer advising that contact should be reduced and any forced contact would be detrimental to the child, the Family Court granted the father additional contact days. The child refused to comply and father issued enforcement proceedings. These were successfully re-butted and the Final Order made in accordance with Cafcass’s recommendations which had previously been rejected by the court.
Thereafter acting for the same (above) mother approximately 18 months later when the father sought to extend contact once again; negotiating an agreed settlement.
Acting for father, successfully (at trial) resisting mother’s application for permission to permanently move the children to Italy
Acting on behalf of the father of a young child whose mother brought proceedings for financial remedy pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. The matter was extremely acrimonious, primarily due to the mother’s hostility towards the father, due to incidents that occurred over 5 years ago. Several weeks before the final hearing a negotiated settlement was achieved.
Acting on behalf of the mother of a young child whose father had been a professional footballer. Mother brought proceedings for financial remedy pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. A negotiated settlement was achieved.
Michael has applied for and obtained many injunctions for clients who have been victim of domestic violence.
Michael has also applied for and obtained many injunctions (called Prohibited Steps Orders) relating to children whose other parent have threatened to abduct them, including one case where a ‘Port Alert’ was issued and the father stopped boarding a plane to Japan with his son, who had been unlawfully taken from his mother.