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Practice Summary

Michael Clark’s practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation in all of chambers’ key areas.  Michael has extensive experience in advocacy, including conducting High Court trials, and has appeared in the Court of Appeal. He has particular expertise and experience in cross-examination. In addition, this work is balanced by being led in larger trials, and he has a busy advisory practice.

In addition, Michael has developed a niche practice in financial services, energy and utilities regulation. He worked extensively as an advisor to the former Financial Services Authority (including in relation to the transition of its regulatory functions to the new Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority), has worked on secondment at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), and regularly advises the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) on regulatory issues (including PR14 and the current reference by Bristol Water to the CMA)

Michael is currently instructed in a hugh value claim against a bank for selling shares of interest rate swaps on the basis of alleged misrepresentations, breaches of duties of good faith, and duress, and in an international claim involving the supply of bandwidth by a fleet of satellites.  He was engaged by the claimants/appellants (at the permission stage, before the Court of Appeal) in the highly publicised Clutterbuck v. Al Amoudi [2014] EWHC 383 (Ch) proceedings, concerning fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of trust, arising from an alleged joint venture agreement for property development.

Notable cases in which Michael has acted include Landmark Investments Ltd v. Dome Cleaning Services Ltd. [2015] EWHC 58 (QB); Seakom Ltd v. Knowledgepool Group Ltd [2014] EWCA 1164; [2013] EWHC 4007 (Ch), Nationwide Building Society v. Thompson [2013] EWHC 4515 (Ch), Eilon & Associates Ltd v. easyGroup IP Licensing Ltd [2011] EWHC 4094, Manoudakis v. easyGroup Holdings Ltd [2011] All ER (D) 171 (Oct), United States Securities & Exchange Commission v. Manterfield [2010] 1 W.L.R. 172, and Itsalat International Company Ltd v. Allied TC Plc [2009] EWHC 1265(CH).