Michael started his traineeship in October 2016. He is currently working under the supervision of Aileen McColgan.
Immediately before coming to Matrix, Michael was an Advice and Information Officer at Liberty. There, he jointly managed the free legal advice and information service – researching and responding to legal queries from members of the public on a broad spectrum of issues; from police powers and information rights to electoral law and procedure. He also contributed more broadly to Liberty’s campaigning work and the promotion of public engagement with human right and civil liberties, especially through a number of school talks and similar public-speaking engagements.
Prior to that, Michael worked as a paralegal at Deighton Pierce Glynn and then Bindmans LLP, assisting on a variety of important and often high-profile public law and human rights challenges. Michael has also developed particular experience in representing patients before the First-Tier Mental Health Tribunal, securing the discharge of a number of individuals and other beneficial recommendations with respect to the care and support of others.
Michael graduated in Law at the University of Nottingham (2.1 (hons)) before studying the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in London.
Michael is a scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, having received the Cassel Scholarship and Sir Peter Duffy Scholarship. The latter enabled him to spend three months working as trainee at the European Court of Human Rights. He has also interned in Parliament with, amongst others, the Legal Services Office and Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR).
Michael is a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association, Liberty and the Police Action Lawyers Group. He also holds an accreditation to the Law Society’s Mental Health Scheme.