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Michael McLaren QC

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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 [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).


Called to the Bar 1981; Silk 2002.