Michael Way’s principle areas of interest are in public & administrative law, civil liberties/human rights, and commercial disputes. He was the Faculty Scholar 2018/19.
After spending several years as a performer in the music industry, Michael trained with one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms. He undertook litigation seats with the public law and regulatory team and business dispute and asset recovery team, as well as a corporate & commercial seat.
He experienced a wide variety of litigation practice including: high profile public law, procurement and administrative law challenges in the Court of Session; regulatory matters at tribunal, Sheriff Court and Court of Session level; and a range of commercial actions from Sheriff Court recovery work to an offshore corporate shareholder dispute.
Michael also spent six months on secondment to the Scottish Government Legal Directorate’s Criminal Justice, Police and Fire team where he gained experience advising Scottish Government policy teams on legal/legislative competence matters across a range of criminal justice issues.
After qualifying as a solicitor into the corporate team in July 2018 – where he was involved in a variety of M&A transactions and multi-jurisdictional funds/investments structuring projects – Michael commenced devilling in October 2018.
During the devilling course, Michael won the Mike Jones Excellence in Advocacy prize and has been involved in a wide range of work including immigration, civil liberties, proceeds of crime, criminal appeals, housing, planning, procurement, professional regulation/discipline and financial services disputes.
Michael has a strong academic record, holding: MA (Oxon) in Law from Christ Church, University of Oxford; MA (with distinction) in Criminology & Criminal Justice from King’s College London; LLB (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh and; DPLP (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.
Since 2015, Michael has tutored at the University of Edinburgh (Jurisprudence; Critical Legal Thinking) and was a guest lecturer in Business Law at Queen Margaret University in 2015. He has also worked as a research assistant on a forthcoming book on Judicial Review by Sheriffs Frances McCartney and Lorna Drummond QC and UT Judge Anna Poole QC.