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Michael Curtis KC

Call 1982 • KC 2008

"He is extremely clear, calm and persuasive when on his feet in court."
(Chambers UK 2016)


Selected Cases

  • Advising in a dispute concerning the payment provisions of a framework agreement for a major infrastructure project.
  • Acting in a number of related disputes concerning term contracts for highway maintenance.
  • Acting in a dispute concerning a term contract for repairs and maintenance for a public body.
  • Advising a construction industry trade body in respect of a dispute with the British Standards Institution.
  • A £2.5m claim concerning defective gas booster pumps.
  • Advising in a claim concerning an undersea natural gas pipe-line.
  • Advising on the respective liabilities of housing authorities and electricity suppliers for the repair and renewal of electrical risers in residential tower blocks.
  • Advising on the proper forum (England or Austria) for a claim relating to the supply of defective printing equipment.
  • Acting for the manufacturer in a claim concerning the supply of defective gas valves.
  • Acting for the Healthcare Commission, which sought permission to be joined as a party in the Court of Appeal in Trent Strategic Healthcare Authority v Jain. The case was concerned with the extent (if any) of the duty of care owed by regulatory bodies to the persons whom they regulate. Acting for the regulator to strike out a claim brought against it in negligence and under the HRA.
  • Trac Time Controls v Rowan Plastic Mouldings [2005] All ER (D) 06 (Jan) – Successfully appearing for the 4th party in a 4 week £4m sale of goods case concerning the supply of defective polycarbonate.
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  • Ranner Arbitration Prize
  • MSc (Construction & Arbitration Law), Kings College London
  • MA in Law (Oxon)


  • ACIArb
  • PNBA
  • LCIA
  • SCL


“Michael is highly intelligent, and has an encyclopedic legal knowledge.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Very good with clients, and his explanations are clear and in plain language. He pays great attention to detail and knows his strategy, but is flexible in approach when necessary.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is an extremely capable technical lawyer, exceptional judgement and strong advocate.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is undoubtedly a go-to barrister for complex work and is fantastic with clients.”

Legal 500, 2021

“His written advice is a tour de force of the relevant law, covers all the angles and comes up with a practical solution.”

Legal 500, 2020

“Great at getting straight to the detail.”

Legal 500, 2020

“A highly regarded silk.”

Legal 500, 2020

“A very able advocate, who is brilliant in court.”

Legal 500, 2017

“Extremely capable and user-friendly, with a fantastic attention to detail.”

Legal 500, 2017


Legal 500, 2017

“He is extremely clear, calm and persuasive when on his feet in court.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“He is very measured and very sensible so you feel you are in safe hands”.

Chambers & Partners, 2016

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