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L500 2017

Michael Driscoll QC

Call 1970
Silk 1992


Michael was a member of 9 Old Square for over 30 years before that set merged to become part of Maitland.

His practice is varied, covering a wide range of commercial, Chancery and property work. In the commercial field, he has been instructed recently in a number of international and domestic arbitrations dealing with subjects as diverse as pensions mis-selling, advance fee fraud, telecommunications, property development, and rent review.

He is regularly instructed in relation to real estate disputes and problems of all kinds. Over the last ten years he has acted for and advised a number of banks and building societies in relation to claims in fraud, breach of trust and negligence on the part of their professional advisers. He also acts and advises in disputes concerning trusts (for example he appeared for the trustees in the Thyssen litigation in Bermuda), partnerships and companies (for example the protracted Macro litigation in the mid-1990s concerning minority shareholders) and more recently the Silven and Rosshill litigation (receivers and administrators). He is the current General Editor of Halsbury’s Laws on Mines and Minerals and together with other members of Maitland he has recently written a practitioners’ textbook on Commonhold for Lexis Nexis (Butterworths). Michael is recommended in the legal directories as a leader in real estate litigation, traditional Chancery, professional negligence and partnership.

Halsburys Laws of England (4th Edition) 2003 Reissue Volume 31, Contributory Editor
Halsburys Laws (4th Edition), Editor

Notable Cases

Jacki Mitchell v John Watkinson & Andrew Williams (2014)

Eurofinance SA & Ors v Rubin & Anor (2012)

Harbour Castle Ltd v David Wilson Homes Ltd (2012)

Barnsley & Ors v Noble & Ors (2012)

Crossco No.4 Unlimited & Ors v Jolan Ltd & Ors (2011)

African Strategic Investment (Holdings) Ltd, Randgold & Exploration Co Ltd (2011)

Crossco, Piccadilly, Philip Noble v Jolan Ltd, Jolan Piccadilly Ltd, (2011)

Star Energy v Bocardo SA (2010)

Crest Nicholson (Londinium) Ltd v Akaria Investments Ltd (2010)

Jirehouse Capital v Stanley Sherwin Beleer (2009)

Star v Bocardo (2009)

Prudential Assurance Company Ltd v Exel UK Ltd (2009)

Artworld Financial Corporation v Safarian & Ors (2009)

National Westminster Bank PLC v Robin Ashe (2008)

KPMG v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (2007)

Wembley National Stadium Ltd v Wembley (London) Ltd (2007)

Universal Studios International BV v Flextech Rights Ltd (2005)

W G Mitchell (Gleneagles) Ltd & Anor v Jemstock One Ltd (2006)

In Re Rosshill Properties Limited (in administration) (2003)

Peter Korda v ITF Ltd t/a The International Tennis Federation (1999)

Macro & Ors v Thompson & Ors (1996)

Re: Macro (Ipswich) Limited (1994)

Chancery Bar Association
Property Bar Association

BA Law (1st Class) St Johns College, Cambridge Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn


Chambers UK

Chancery: Traditional
"He's got a real knack of creating great pressure on the other side by being reasonable at all times." "He's exceptionally thorough and clear in his opinions." (2017)

"Comes at things from a practical perspective and cuts through to the heart of the issue." (2016)

"A barrister noted for the quality of his advocacy who is well respected for his work in contentious trusts, real property and professional negligence cases."

"A stalwart of the Bar."

"An excellent advocate who is able to provide clear and focused advice." (2015)

"An excellent advocate, who continues to impress with his prowess in property and trust disputes."

"He has a understated style, but he's got a real punch and is a fantastic cross examiner."

"He is never afraid to give a clear and commercial view, and he has great gravitas." (2014)

"Pre-eminent" "fights long and hard for his client." (2013)

"Formidable." (2012)

"Stands out for having a comprehensive practice." (2010)

Chambers UK

Real Estate Litigation
"Exceptionally thorough and clear in his opinion." (2017)

"He is great, clear and uncompromising. He never sits on the fence. He is brilliantly fast in turnaround and produces great paperwork." (2016)

"An experienced and talented practitioner, who has a broad chancery practice heavy on property law."

"An advocate of the highest quality, and a man with a huge intellect."

"He has a lovely, understated style, and is very knowledgeable." (2015)

"A top-drawer advocate, highly lauded by clients and peers."

"An outstanding lawyer with great commercial nous."

"An advocate of the highest quality, who has a huge intellect." (2014)

"Formidable opponent with great gravitas."

"The most experienced QC at the Bar for property litigation."

"Ability to deal with very complex issues."

"Never afraid to give a clear and commercial view." (2013)

"Has one of the best brains I have ever encountered," "very clear, client-focused advice." (2012)

"Has a lovely laid-back manner and is an incredibly good cross-examiner," "Incredible on his feet and brilliant on paper," "he is admired for his "dry wit"" "someone very senior who is driven by client needs." (2011)

"Excellent attention to detail" "he is not afraid to ask probing or uncomfortable questions to get to the bottom of the matter." (2010)

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial

"Pitch-perfect advocacy" and "a talent for instilling confidence in clients" "No word is ever wasted." (2011)

Chambers UK

Professional Negligence

"He doesn't just dip his toe in the water like some others." (2010)

Legal 500 UK

Professional Negligence

"Well prepared." (2016)

"He is extremely intelligent and has a vast depth of expertise." (2015)

"A superb intellect. Always well prepared and organised." (2014)

"Brilliant." (2013)

"Recommended." (2012)

Legal 500 UK

Property Litigation

"Recommended for rent review and development issues." (2016)

"An experienced real estate litigator." (2015)

"He always provides excellent advice in a really understandable way." (2014)