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Michael Harper

Call 2016

Commercial

Michael handles a spectrum of commercial work, from smaller disputes concerning the supply of goods or services and general contractual matters through to substantial high-value litigation. Michael’s practice in this area benefits from a depth of academic and practical experience prior to joining Chambers.

Selected Cases

  • Advising a major insurer in connection with an eight-figure arbitration against an agent.
  • Defending a £5m claim involving two of the largest global banks and a prime brokerage firm, involving issues of contractual interpretation and foreign law.
  • Defending a claim brought in contravention of a settlement agreement, with issues of offer and acceptance, interpretation and termination.
  • Michael is regularly instructed to act on behalf of major removals businesses in relation to disputes.
  • A variety of enforcement proceedings, including relating to charging orders.

As a pupil, Michael assisted on matters including:

  • Spire Healthcare v RSA [2018] EWCA Civ 317. Court of Appeal decision concerning the proper interpretation of an aggregation clause. Assisting Michael Harvey QC and Daniel Shapiro QC.
  • Court of Appeal proceeding concerning the proper date for the assessment of damages and High Court proceedings concerning the detailed quantification thereof. Assisting Michele De Gregorio.
  • Contractual and equitable claims arising out of a joint venture agreement. Assisting Michele De Gregorio.

Michael had significant experience in this area prior to joining Chambers, including:

  • During 2016-17, Michael was the Judicial Assistant to Lady Justice Gloster, then Vice-President of the Court of Appeal. Michael’s work typically involved appeals arising from large commercial or common law disputes.
  • Hughes-Holland v BPE [2017] UKSC 21. Michael assisted with the appeal in this landmark decision, in which the Supreme Court restated SAAMCO principles.
  • Bonhams v Lawson & Ors [2015] EWHC 3257 (Comm). £11m multi-party commercial dispute, in which Michael assisted in the favourable determination of a preliminary issue and settlement on the eve of a six-week trial.
  • Michael has previously tutored in Commercial Law at the University of Oxford.
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Qualifications


  • BPTC
  • BCL, University of Oxford
  • BA Hons, University of Oxford
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Graduate Fund Scholarship, Oxford Law Faculty

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