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During a career which has spanned more than two decades, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the commercial property sector and acts for a wide range of clients, including industrial and commercial investors and occupiers, clients in the leisure, aggregates and waste industries, property entrepreneurs, landlords and developers.
With particular expertise in the environment, retail and leisure sectors, Michael has a reputation for providing valuable insight and expertise when handling complex acquisitions, disposals and restructuring deals. "He will highlight all the pitfalls of a particular transaction," commented one client, "and is great at co-ordinating planning lawyers and surveyors."
Recent highlights include advising on the reorganisation of depot networks following a merger between Mobile Mini and Ravenstock MSG, and advising on a multi-million pound deal for AMF Bowling, now the largest operator of ten-pin bowling centres in the UK.
In the latest edition of independent law bible Chambers UK, clients praised him as being “organised and proactive” and said he was “very good at explaining things to me in non-legal terms”. Since 2008, Michael has been recognised as a leading individual in the Thames Valley for real estate law.
Michael is proud of the fact he went to the Glastonbury festivals in 1979, 1980 and 1982 when it was still a risky and anarchic affair and not as muddy as it tends to be nowadays. He maintains a keen interest in musical matters and plays electric and acoustic blues guitar.
Previously working in central government, Michael entered private practice in 1991, spending six years with a noted City law firm where he specialised in institutional investment work and general landlord and tenant law. He joined B P Collins in 1997 and was appointed a partner in 2000.
Michael studied history at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1978. In 1989, he re-entered full-time education, spending two years at the College of Law where he received his Graduate Diploma in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course.
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