Michael has had an interest in Care Proceedings since first qualifying as a solicitor. Having spent a number of years involved in heavy end criminal work he has refocused his practice in order ensure he does more than just “keep his hand in” in respect of family cases.
He regularly represents the parents in proceedings which involve children being taken into care. His client rapport, ability to communicate with fellow lawyers and professional witnesses make him a popular choice of counsel. He is available to represent parents, the Guardian and interested parties in these proceedings.
Michael has undertaken a number of courses in order to fairly and effectively cross examine vulnerable witnesses in criminal proceedings under the new s28 procedure in certain pilot Crown Courts. This has been of enormous benefit in terms of the cross over between the two disciplines and being able to better accomplish an effective cross examination either directly with the witness or via an intermediary where the witness’s ability to communicate needs that additional input. It means he has been able to adapt to the changing landscape of advocacy as the Courts begin to adapt to ensure all witnesses are treated appropriately.