Michael is a Partner in the Property Litigation and Telecommunications teams.

Experienced in contentious complex and high value dilapidations disputes, and breaches of repairing covenants in commercial property leases. In addition to enforcing leasehold contractual terms, Michael manages and identifies potential commercial property risk, such as tenant default or failure to comply with leasehold obligations.

Working with landlords and tenants, landowners, institutional property investors and property companies, developers and local authorities.Michael also advises on telecommunications infrastructure and related disputes, such as threat of litigation by telecoms operators to acquire rights over property; issues around telecoms apparatus already installed on land or property; and he helps to secure the removal of electronic communications apparatus when an owner intends to redevelop property or land.

Recent examples of how Michael has supported clients include:

  • securing a favourable settlement for the landowner in relation to the grant of a new telecoms site lease, under the provisions of the Electronic Communications Code and the Digital Economy Act 2017;
  • successfully defending a £7.3 million claim by a landlord for breach of repairing and other covenants based on valuation principals, one of the largest reported dilapidations claims of recent years; and
  • reducing a dilapidations claim from £2.3 million to zero by taking the initiative in pursuing court action against a former landlord, in circumstances where the landlord would normally pursue a claim against the tenant.