Michael is a Senior Associate in the Family team.
Working with couples on the complete spectrum of family law with a particular emphasis upon high-net-worth financial settlements. Agreements or disputes often involve an international element, such as dealing with overseas assets or choice of jurisdiction, and he has handled cases with elements in Europe, the USA, Israel and the Lebanon.
When relationships break down, Michael is an expert in negotiating financial settlements involving inherited assets, complex business and trust structures and significant changes in financial circumstances, such as lottery wins.
Michael is a member of the England and Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute, where membership is by invitation only and requires significant experience in the field of LGBT law reform. He has advised on numerous non-marital or same-sex agreements, separations and divorces.
Experienced in wealth protection through nuptial agreements and cohabitation or “living-together” agreements. He also advises on fertility law and surrogacy in regard to arrangements with fertility clinics and surrogate mothers both within the UK and overseas, including acquiring parentage of a child born through surrogacy both in the UK as well as internationally.
Recent examples of how Michael has supported clients include:
- successfully ensuring divorce proceedings took place in the optimal jurisdiction, to ensure that matrimonial assets were divided in accordance with a pre-nuptial agreement;
- shielding the capital and income of a wealthy entrepreneur from a significant financial claim from his ex-girlfriend in a very acrimonious dispute; and
- successfully reopening in England a financial settlement that had been concluded overseas, ensuring a fair overall financial settlement as part of the divorce.