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Michael McLaren QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : Aviation , Professional Discipline , Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Aviation - London (Bar)

Band 2

Michael McLaren QC
Held in high regard by clients and peers alike for his effective advocacy and zealous work ethic. His practice has a noteworthy commercial edge, with leasing disputes a speciality, but he also regularly acts in matters regarding regulatory issues. He additionally operates in cases arising from headlining air accidents, employing notable multi-jurisdictional expertise.
Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, very industrious, a good team player and incredibly thorough. His advocacy is incredibly robust." "He has a forensic eye for detail on complex disputes and can easily command the room with witnesses and judges. He speaks with an air of confidence and authority."
Recent work: Advised InterJet, a Mexican low-cost carrier, in relation to various issues arising out of its purchase of 30 new Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft manufactured by Superjet.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 3

Michael McLaren QC
Highly skilled and commercially-minded advocate whose experience in administrative law complements his distinguished professional discipline practice. He is frequently instructed by professional individuals, law firms and the SRA in significant cases. He is also notable for his advisory work for regulators.
Strengths: "He is a heavyweight lawyer in the legal regulation field." "Vastly experienced and intellectually strong."
Recent work: Defended a solicitor facing allegations of dishonesty and other breaches of principles in respect of evidence he had provided in a civil case. The case considered the approach the SRA should take to the conduct of solicitors when acting on their own behalf, rather than for a client.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

Band 5

Michael McLaren QC
Strengths: "A lawyer with a very good eye for detail, he commands the room and is valued by judges for his contributions to the case."
Recent work: Acted for Bank Mellat in the assessment of quantum of its USD1.8 billion suit against HM Treasury for the imposition of unlawful sanctions relating to the bank's alleged involvement in nuclear proliferation transactions.
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Michael McLaren QC is widely experienced in all areas of commercial litigation, regulation and professional discipline, with particular expertise in aviation, banking and finance, commercial dispute resolution and regulatory law.

Recent experience includes: Odyssey Aviation v. GFG [2019] EWHC 1927 (Comm) (aircraft purchase), Bank Mellat v. HM Treasury ($4bn claim), Nesbit v. Acasta [2018] EWCA Civ 268 (construction of insurance policy), acting for litigation funder resisting security for costs in Wall v. RBS (£700m claim), Williams v. SRA [2017] EWHC 1478 Admin (solicitor challenging strike off), Dubai Financial Group v National Private Air Transport Services [2016] EWCA Civ 71 (setting aside default judgment entered simultaneously with alternative service order); Tarom v Jet2.com [2014] EWCA Civ 87 (distinction between causation and assessment of damages); ACG Acquisition v Olympic [2014] EWCA Civ 821, [2013] EWCA Civ 369 (certificate of acceptance of aircraft), [2012] EWCA Civ 1659; Shaker v Vistajet [2012] EWHC 1329 (Comm) (deposit on aircraft sale); SRA v Dennison [2012] EWCA Civ 421 (SDT decision not to strike off dishonest solicitor); Faniyi v SRA [2012] EWHC 2965 (Admin) (appeal against SDT’s refusal of re-hearing).

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Called to the Bar 1981; Silk 2002.

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