Called in 2016
Michael was called to the Bar in 2016 having practised as a Solicitor for over 20 years. He trained as a collaborative lawyer in 2008, and was one of the first lawyers to qualify as a family arbitrator in 2012.
He has a vast experience in dealing with a huge cross section of family law matters with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance claims, including high value financial claims and disputes involving business assets and companies.
Michael’s considerable experience means that he has the skills to represent clients in court, advise them on the law, to help them to manage the running of their case and to support and assist them in reaching agreements. He has a reputation for being tough in court whilst still appreciating that his clients need support and understanding at a difficult time in their lives.
Michael is a member of the Family Law Bar Association (which is the specialist Bar Association for family barristers). As a solicitor he was accredited by the SRA under the Family Law Accreditation Scheme, and also by ‘Resolution’ in the areas of Advanced Financial Provision and Co-habitation.
Michael regularly deals with jurisdictional issues, and cases involving an international element.
Family Law Arbitration
Financial cases, including high net value cases and cases with an international element.
Injunctions to prevent dealings/disposals of assets in financial cases
Children Act work, including cases with an international dimension
Public Law Children Act work (instructed by Local Authorities, parents and Guardians).
Surrogacy & Adoption
Michael was ranked in Tier 3 for Family/Matrimonial (Kent) in Chambers UK 2016.
“Michael Hayes is a collaborative lawyer and qualified arbitrator. He provides specialist advice to unmarried and same-sex couples on issues including surrogacy and paternity. He draws acclaim for his attention to detail as well as for his efficient but sensitive approach to matters.” – Chambers UK 2016
“Michael Hayes is respected for his work in a variety of issues, including private law children matters, matrimonial finance and cohabitation matters. He is a qualified arbitrator and is recognised for his capabilities in ADR.” – Chambers UK 2015
“Michael Hayes has a particular focus on providing specialist advice to unmarried and same-sex couples, including the dissolution of civil partnerships and surrogacy issues. He is also qualified in collaborative law and family law arbitration. Sources admire his ability to “make clients feel at ease”. – Chambers UK 2014
Michael was ranked as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2014
Michael was described as ‘highly professional’ – The Legal 500 UK 2014