Michael Norman

Michael Norman

Call 1971

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Michael Norman is a civil practitioner and he works within the disciplines covered by the Property & Chancery Group, the Business & Commercial Law Group and the Technology & Construction Group.

Over a long career at the Bar he has had even broader experience but tends now to specialise in these three fields. His property and chancery work includes advice and advocacy relating to public rights of way.

He has an extensive advisory and drafting practice, appears regularly in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in addition to the County Court. He is an experienced and accomplished representative at Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures, particularly mediation. In his experience many cases settle at the stage of mediation.

Once involved in a case, Michael takes care to work with his instructing solicitors to keep the clients involved and informed at every stage. He believes in the central importance of preparation and the careful production of effective skeleton arguments and background documents. If a dispute reaches Court, he protects the client’s interest unflinchingly and resolutely but with courtesy.

Notable Cases

Day v Day [2013] EWCA Civ 280, [2013] 3 WLR 556 – on rectification of a conveyance executed under a general power of attorney

Ely v Simmons [2012] EWCA Civ 1674 – on question whether there had been a boundary agreement
Anglo Continental v ASN [2009] EWCA Civ 218 and on remission to High Court [2009] EWHC (Ch) 2649 - on interpretation of a contract for the sale of land conditional on planning permission and on the question of rescission

Woodhouse v Webster [2009] EWCA Civ 91, [2009] IRLR 568 - on question of whether finding by ET of constructive dismissal had been perverse.

Barnstaple Boat Company v Jones [2007] EWCA Civ 727, [2008] 1 All ER 1124 – on the limitation period applicable to claims in fraud.

Lymington Marina Ltd v Macnamara [2007] EWCA Civ 151, [2007] 2 All ER (Comm) 825 - on the interpretation of a long term marina licence.

Churchill Insurance v Charlton [2001] 3 W.L.R. 1435 (CA) meaning of word 'accident' in a motorcar insurance policy.
Flowermix Ltd v Site Development (Ferndown) Ltd Lawtel Ref: AC7200988 - proprietary estoppel operating to convey land not formally conveyed by conveyance.

Miller v The Law Society [2002] 4 All E.R. 312 - Role of private law duty of care in Law Society Investigation.

Minton v Minton [1979] AC 593 - for many years leading case on clean break in matrimonial ancillary relief.

Ward Evans Financial Services Ltd. v Fox and Phillips (2002) IRLR 120 (CA) - Whether employees owning a dormant company intending it to operate when they left their employment were in breach of a trust and confidence agreement.

Worldwide Corporation Ltd v Marconi - Lawtel Ref: AC0791188 - claim to enforce agency agreement in relation to the predicted reconstruction of Iraq following the 1991 Gulf War.


June 27 2014:

Michael Norman’s recent success in the Court of Appeal on rectification of voluntary settlements ...read more

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Academic Qualifications

MA (Cantab), LLB (Cantab)

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate
  • Recorder

Professional Bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)