Michael has led application for national significant infrastructure and has expert knowledge of infrastructure development. Although in danger of becoming a linear infrastructure specialist, Michael is keen to advise on any infrastructure matters, and is particularly interested in advising on business and commercial projects. He is familiar with the life-cycle of an infrastructure project, and has advised from pre-application, thought the examination process and into implementation. Area of niche interest are the interpretation of the powers granted and the cross-over between town and country planning and infrastructure development.
DCOs worked on include: Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility, M4 (Junctions 3 - 12) Smart Motorway, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, North Killingholme Power Project, North London Heat and Power Project and North West Coast Connections.
Michael was also involved in the drafting of the National Policy Statement for Airports. He has also spent nine months on secondment to HS2 Ltd advising it on the use of its powers.
DEVELOPMENT AND REGENERATION
As a senior planning lawyer in a busy City practice, Michael advised corporate and private clients on a wide range of matters under the Town and Country Planning regime. Due diligence and planning reports for major property acquisitions, and reviewing the planning positon of assets was a large part of Michael's practice. He has particular expertise in statutory interpretation, and advises regularly on permitted development and CIL issues. He has drafted many complex section 106, 38 and 278 agreements so is well versed in the construction of planning conditions. Some of Michael's recent work includes:
Michael has advised upon and led planning applications from major schemes from conception to grant of permission. He has experience of securing permission for research/medical facilities, residential, private members' clubs, retail, storage and corporate headquarters. Most recently, Michael has been advising on building hardening to protect staff from external threats, particularly in heritage areas.
Michael has appeared in appeals and hearings for significant and luxury housing development on behalf of promoters. He has acted on behalf of local residents opposing wind farm development.
Michael has protected corporate clients from enforcement issues arising from their property assets. Litigation risk means that court attendance must be a last resort, and in most cases, Michael has successfully negotiated with the Local Planning Authority to avoid court action.
Michael has specialist knowledge of heritage matters, and has advised on a number of high profile and controversial cases with heritage impacts. He has advised the Government of Afghanistan on cultural heritage matters. Domestically, he acted in securing planning permission for the redevelopment and amalgamation of two Grade II listed buildings in Kensington Palace Gardens, and advised HS2 on the application of heritage law to the redevelopment of Euston Station.
COMPULSORY PURCHASE AND COMPENSATION
As a pupil, Michael acted in the Winchester Silver Hill CPO inquiry. He has continued to advise corporate and infrastructure clients on the exercise of compulsory purchase powers, and has acted for statutory undertakers in compulsory purchase matters. Recently, Michael has been advising HS2 on its land assembly powers.
Michael has a particular interest in the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects, and has specialist knowledge of air quality and water issues. Michael led environmental and consenting work on the North West Coast Connection project for National Grid, and performed a similar role for Tidal Lagoon Power on Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay.
Recent cases include R (on the application of Silke Roskilly) v Cornwall Council & Shire Oak Quarries Limited  EWHC 3711 (Admin), in which Michael appeared on behalf of the interested party as sole counsel.
Michael is experienced in advertisement matters, including the promotion of sites and enforcement matters. He is very familiar with advertisement enforcement in London, and has acted for operators, advertisers and corporates to defend against advertisement enforcement. He has experience of Proceeds of Crime issues relating to breaches of advertisement consent. He led the successful application for the Manchester Two Towers site and protected the RS Hispaniola from enforcement when it rebranded to the Good Ship Benefit complete with lurid pink livery.
ASSETS OF COMMUNITY VALUE
Michael has advised on ACVs since the inception of the regime, and has acted to promote and defeat applications, including for The Gunners pub.
OTHER LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Michael has broad legal experience, and has acted in matters outside of traditional public law planning. Michael has appeared in family, personal injury and property hearings in the county courts, and acted in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals for immigration and social security matters. He has experience of advising individuals and corporations as to the scope of their data duties and has led appeals to the Information Commissioner's Office.
Michael managed the legal work for the international real estate portfolio of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, leading commercial property transactions across the globe.
Michael advised the Government of Afghanistan on cultural heritage matters and municipality law.