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L500 2017
 

Michael Driscoll QC

Call 1970
Silk 1992

mdriscoll@maitlandchambers.com

After graduating from Cambridge University with a first class honours degree in law, Michael became a member of chambers at 9 Old Square which later merged to become part of Maitland.

Michael has a varied practice, ranging from company and partnership, commercial and trust, traditional chancery and professional negligence disputes and issues, to leasehold and freehold property and minerals disputes and issues of every kind.  Over recent years he has travelled extensively for clients, and in particular to the Caribbean, the Far East, and South Africa.

Publications

Consultant Editor of Halsbury’s Laws of England (4th edition) Volume 31 (Mines Minerals and Quarries)

Notable Cases

Millgate Developments v Smith [2016] UKUT 515 (modification of covenants)

Vizcaya Partners v Picard [2016] 3 All ER 181, PC (enforcement of foreign insolvency judgment)

Rubin v Eurofinance SA [2013] 1 AC 236, SC (enforcement of foreign insolvency judgment)

Crossco No 4 Ltd v Jolan [2012] 1 EGLR 137 (constructive trust)

Bocardo v Star Energy [2011] 1 AC 380 (oil drilling rights in UK)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
Property Bar Association

Qualifications

BA, LLB (Cantab).  Called to the English, Anguillian, Nevisian, BVI, and (ad hoc) Hong Kong bars. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.

Testimonials

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)