Michael has been at the centre of core changes in the delivery of legal services, law reform and access to justice issues.
A pioneer of group actions for consumers in disasters of all kinds – financial, transport and product liability – he was instrumental in many landmark cases, e.g. Equitable Life, the Herald of Free Enterprise and Marchioness sinkings, the Kings Cross fire, Piper Alpha oil rig explosion, Lockerbie air disaster and Benzodiazepine product liability.
He was President of the Law Society and chaired the Civil Justice Council working parties which developed the Code of Conduct for third party litigation funders and the implementation of contingency fees recommended by Lord Justice Jackson’s report on civil litigation costs. Michael retired from Irwin Mitchell in 2012, a firm which he transformed during 30 years as senior partner.
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