Michael West 2012
  • Areas of Expertise

    Civil litigation
    Public/administrative law & human rights
    Immigration & JR
    Housing / Landlord & Tenant

  • Education

    1997-2004 – The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree
    2004-2008 – University of Bristol (French BA Hons, 2:1)
    2009-2010 – University of Law (GDL, Commendation)
    2010-2011 – University of Law (BPTC, Very Competent)

  • Contact Details

    020 7404 0875
    020 7404 8377

Before completing pupillage at 12 Old Square Chambers, Michael worked as a freelance advocate, taking instructions and providing advocacy services in the civil courts in a wide range of practice areas including: civil litigation (including contract work), insolvency and bankruptcy, landlord & tenant, consumer credit, general property, personal injury (including RTAs), and debt recovery.

Prior to joining Chambers, Michael also spent a significant period of time working for specialist civil liberties and human rights law firm, Birnberg Peirce Limited, as a Caseworker in their civil and public law department. During this time Michael worked on a number of cases including: three separate Judicial Reviews arising out of the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan; a Judicial Review in the case of Sam Hallam challenging the statutory compensation regime for victims of miscarriages of justice as against Article 6(2) of the ECHR; a civil claim arising out of the Lakanal House tower-block fire; and the Hillsborough Inquests.

During his time working on the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington, Michael was responsible for 11 of the bereaved family clients whilst his supervisor took maternity leave. This experience has been highly beneficial to Michael’s practice.

During pupillage Michael undertook a broad general common law practice. Michael takes instructions in: civil litigation, public/administrative law & human rights, immigration and Judicial Review, crime, family, housing (including residential and commercial landlord & tenant), and employment.

Michael is proficient in French and German and has studied at both the University of Paris, La Sorbonne and at the Johannes Gutenburg University in Mainz.

Michael is committed to utilising his skills to benefit his community and has worked pro bono completing internships at both the Prisoners’ Advice Service and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Outside of work Michael takes a keen interest in sport and regularly plays competitive football. He is also an avid music fan and held a number of club residencies as a DJ during his time at Bristol University. In his spare time Michael also enjoys travelling and has visited much of Europe, South East Asia and North America.