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Michael practices in housing, community care and general civil and public law. Before taking up practice as a barrister Michael worked for the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. He has a wealth of knowledge in housing and community care law and has developed a broad practice in this field. Michael is well versed in all housing, community care and property law work including landlord & tenant, homelessness & allocations, leasehold (private and commercial) and planning based work. He is regularly instructed in all types of first instance, judicial review and appellate work in this field.
Michael also undertakes a wide variety of drafting and advocacy in general civil and public law fields. This includes actions against state bodies such as local authorities, schools and the police and regularly involves discrimination-based arguments under the Equality Act 2010.
Michael practised in criminal law for a number of years at the start of his practice at the bar and this has equipped him with an ideal balance of skills and knowledge to undertake planning, licensing, forfeiture and regulatory-based matters heard before the Magistrates’ Courts and other regulatory bodies.
Michael is dedicated to principles of access to justice for all. He has been a keen promoter of pro bono activities and is willing to take pro bono instructions in appropriate cases.
Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA)
Bar Pro Bono Unit
Michael is a keen linguist being able to communicate in French (fluent) and Italian (basic/conversational).
In his spare time Michael likes to enjoy life with family and friends having a particular passion for nature and outdoor pursuits such as walking and climbing.
What the directories say
Legal 500 2023
Leading Juniors Ranked: Tier 4
‘Michael is a steadfast barrister, formidable on his feet and has impeccable attention to detail.’
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2023
Leading Junior Band 4
Michael Marsh-Hyde is a well-regarded junior with a wide-ranging practice spanning homelessness proceedings and possession matters, among others. He is noted for his prior experience working for Shelter.
“Michael is an excellent advocate with encyclopedic knowledge who never gives up the fight.”
“Michael puts clients at ease and will fight for them. It is a delight to watch him in court; he is very firm and fair.”
“He is a great advocate with a great eye for detail and is good on complex anti-social behaviour cases.”
The Legal 500 2022
‘Michael is totally committed to fighting for his clients. He has a tenacious, compelling advocacy style.‘
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2022
“He is very knowledgeable, tenacious, meticulous and very approachable.”
“He is committed to the cause.”
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