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Michael Way

Year of Call: 2019

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Michael Way’s principle areas of practice are public & administrative law, commercial disputes and civil liberties/human rights (including criminal appeals).

After spending several years as a performer in the music industry, Michael trained with one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms and undertook a six month secondment to the Scottish Government Legal Directorate. Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor Michael began devilling, during which he won the Mike Jones Excellence in Advocacy prize and was the Faculty Scholar 2018/19.

Since calling, Michael has appeared regularly in courts and tribunals throughout Scotland. In particular, he has:

  • appeared for Serco defending over 150 interdict actions, including appearances in the Sheriff Appeal Court and instruction during a reclaiming motion process;
  • appeared frequently for the Advocate General as a standing ‘junior junior’ in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber);
  • been instructed by petitioners in a number of Court of Session judicial review actions in immigration matters;
  • provided advice on a range of issues from housing and local authority care duties to burial and disinterment rights;
  • been instructed in a variety of property and contractual disputes;
  • developed a proficiency in consumer rights issues, including claims under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008;
    been involved the discovery phase of a major offshore dispute in Jersey;
  • undertaken criminal appeal work, with successful appearances in the High Court and Sheriff Appeal Court.

Michael has a strong academic background with degrees from Oxford, King’s College London and Edinburgh. Since 2015, Michael has tutored at the University of Edinburgh (Jurisprudence; Critical Legal Thinking) and was previously a guest lecturer in Business Law at Queen Margaret University. He was the research assistant to Lady Poole and Sheriffs McCartney and Drummond on their recent book A Practical Guide to Public Law Litigation in Scotland (2019; W.Green).

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