Michael has an exceptional practice, in that he is primarily a planning and environmental lawyer, yet with a significant specialist experience in intellectual property. He frequently works with clients in the minerals and waste industry, giving him a deep expertise in this area. His work includes advising on planning applications, lawful development certificate applications, Section 106 planning agreements and the conduct of planning appeals, enforcement notice appeals, development plan objections, High Court appeals and judicial review.
Alongside this, Michael has practiced in intellectual property for over 30 years, expertise, which is a significant and almost unique strength when advising on energy from waste (EfW), in which he is able to simultaneously draw upon both planning and environmental and IP expertise.
In intellectual property Michael has experience in both contentious and non-contentious work, across the cycle of protecting, acquiring and exploiting intellectual property. His expertise extends to Internet and digital applications including website hosting agreements, e-commerce and computer games.
"Michael gives us advice that is both incisive and pragmatic. Michael has, in our view, an unmatched attention to detail and provides us with clear and unambiguous advice, ensuring that we only take action when there are strong prospects of success and are fully aware of the possible downsides. The construction of his letters and arguments are the work of a maestro and we are delighted to have him on our side." Ralph Lindeyer, Chairman, CCL Compliance
“ASM is a successful and expanding metal recycling company. To help it achieve success it requires the skills of a planning lawyer who fully understands the waste industry. We have found that lawyer in Michael. He is thorough, tenacious, presents ASM’s case to the planning authority in the best possible manner and provides us with clear and well thought out advice.” Paul McDonald, Managing Director, ASM Recycling
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"Michael has, in our view, an unmatched attention to detail and provides us with clear and unambiguous advice... we are delighted to have him on our side." - Ralph Lindeyer, Chairman, CCL Compliance