Areas of Practice:
Fields of practice include a broad spectrum of commercial law matters and disputes (including inter alia banking, insurance, insolvency, contractual, company/corporate, administrative law, property, delict and professional negligence matters); construction and engineering law matters (including inter alia disputes relating to the design, manufacture, installation and operation of various processing and/or manufacturing plants, and building disputes relating to industrial, commercial and residential building projects); a limited number of disputes involving patents and designs; appearing in the various South African Courts and Tribunals, in particular the different divisions of the High Court, and in the Supreme Court of Appeal; appearing and acting in arbitrations; appearances in Tribunals and the High Court in Botswana; consulting on and furnishing advice in the above fields.
Prior to being called to the Bar during 1998, Michael served his articles of clerkship at a leading Johannesburg firm of attorneys during which time he passed the attorneys’ admission examinations and qualified to be admitted as an attorney. Michael underwent his pupilage in Group 2 Sandton (one of the predecessors to The Maisels Group). In addition to appearing in numerous matters as the sole counsel, Michael has also acted as the junior counsel to various senior members and senior counsel at the Bar. Reported decisions in which Michael has appeared include the following:-
ABSA Bank Ltd v The Farm Klippan 490 CC 2000 (2) SA 211 (W)
Strydom NO v ABSA Bank Bpk 2001 (3) SA 185 (T)