Door Tenants Michael Wingrave (foreign lawyer status)
Michael was awarded an upper second class degree in Law by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He was Called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2001 and completed pupillage in 2003, having received two pupillage prizes from his Inn, the Middle Temple. Since that time he has been in constant practice.
Michael was Called to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2012, but maintains his right to continue to practice at the Bar of England & Wales and remains an associate tenant at No.5 Chambers, London, Birmingham and Bristol.
In his early career (2002 to 2005), Michael undertook a broad range of work during which time he developed his advocacy and forensic skills. The bulk of his Court work at that stage involved criminal matters, predominantly representing the Crown, but he also received instructions for the defence. He has experience in a wide range of oence classes, including dishonesty, sexual oences, drugs oences, oences against the person and proceeds of crime matters. He received instructions in cases of signicant severity, including rape, large drugs conspiracies and white collar crime.
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Michael’s practice later (2005 onwards) moved towards commercial and general civil matters, where he developed specialism and put his advocacy and forensic skills to good use. He frequently receives instructions from large companies and insurers on a wide variety of general commercial and civil disputes and has appeared in the High Court (QBD and Chancery Divisions) and the Court of Appeal of England & Wales.
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Examples of Michael’s past instructions in general commercial and civil matters include:
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n Statutory interpretation argument that succeeded in the Court of Appeal, having been rejected in the High Court.
n Instructions from major UK insurers on operations targeting large scale insurance fraud rings, involving sensitive intelligence data and discreet operations by both insurers and Police.
n Large professional negligence claims against solicitors, including one claim valued in excess of US$6 million arising out of various loan agreements and another group claim on behalf of a number of individuals against numerous rms of solicitors alleging breach of duciary duty in relation to the purchase of investment properties through an unscrupulous property investment company. Both undertaken without silk.
n Interpretation of consumer credit agreements, incorporation of cancellation notices and the ability to escape the need for compliance via subrogation of charges, on behalf of a large credit hire company.
n Interpretation of policy terms in an insurance contract concerning whether or not an insurer would be bound to grant indemnity in a claim said to be worth in excess of £3 million.
n Advice to a large insurer in the Cayman Islands dealing with internal procedures and data storage.
n Personal injury and clinical negligence matters valued up to £11 million, alone and led by silk.
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