Michael is our Employment Director and has a wealth of expertise regarding employment and discrimination law, working with both the private and public sectors. Michael is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development having obtained the Diploma in Personnel Management from Queens University Belfast. Michael also heads up our HR consultancy team, CFR HR. The CFR HR team offers bespoke HR consultancy advice and support to a wide range of SME employers and also regularly provides training on a range of legal topics.

Michael acts for a large number of public, private and third sector employers covering employment, education and charity law matters. The advice he provides includes all aspects of equality and discrimination law, restraint of trade, employee relations, unfair dismissal, disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancy, executive severance packages and compromise agreements, health and safety issues, social media issues, TUPE, immigration, data protection and freedom of information.

Michael takes a particular interest in Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal cases and maintains his practising certificate for England and Wales as well as for Northern Ireland so he can work with clients in any of these locations.

Michael is a regular contributor to multi-award winning workplace compliance company – Legal Island. Read his quarterly reviews of what’s topical in employment law here.

When not restructuring a workforce or dealing with some other employee matter Michael enjoys the occasional game of golf and watching Ulster Rugby and Liverpool FC.