Admitted : 2005
Criminal, including prosecution
Michael previously worked as a solicitor in Gisborne between 2006 and 2008, before travelling around South and Central America and landing eventually in London, where he lived and worked for seven and a half years for various local authorities as a prosecuting lawyer.
Cases that Michael successfully prosecuted during that time include the case of R v Bellchambers and Others (noted as the world's "largest ever eBay fraud"), R v Ferrigno and Others (prosecution resulting from a successful extradition of three persons from Thailand - the first ever for a local authority) and R v Mitchells and Butler PLC and Others (successful prosecution of a large UK company, chef and manager of a restaurant in relation to a food poisoning incident where one person died and more than 30 became seriously ill).
During his time in the UK, Michael managed to enjoy a large amount of travelling around Europe and the rest of the world.
Outside work Michael has two young twin boys that keep him busy. Michael likes to keep fit and is an enthusiastic long distance runner and former long distance triathlete. Michael hopes one day to resurrect that aspect of his career.