Michael is an Associate Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Department. He was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 after completing a training contract in the City with leading US firm Mayer Brown International LLP. Michael then worked with Russell-Cooke in London, before joining Morrisons Solicitors LLP.
His practice involves advising UK and international client companies, partnerships and individuals in relation to all aspects of commercial and corporate disputes and contentious insolvency (corporate and personal) in the County and High Courts. He is a member of ICAEW.
He has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution methods, particularly mediation and expert determination.
Michael is a keen skier and snowboarder and has skied La Sarennne in Alpe d`Huez in the French Alps, the longest black run in Europe (16km).
I have worked with Michael Knights at Morrisons for around 13 years. His knowledge and service levels have always been exceptional and I am indebted for his guidance and litigation strategies. His advice has been essential to me over the years and has helped me to make the right calls and judgements in order to best protect our company’s financial interests. I would highly recommend Michael Knights.
Examples of work
Acting for a shareholder director of a family-owned business in a section 994 Companies Act 2006 claim in order to secure a buy-out of our client’s shareholding valued at £2million.
Representing the vendors following an agreement for the sale and purchase of the assets of a practice in London. A dispute arose as to the entitlement to various earn-out payments under the purchase agreement and associate fees pursuant to a separate Associate Agreement.
Acting for a company which provided corporate transactional advice. Commenced a High Court (Chancery) claim for more than £250,000 against an AIM listed recruitment company for non-payment of a success fee and retainer sums. Settled at mediation
Representing former directors of a company which entered into creditor’s (insolvent) voluntary liquidation. Defending claims advanced by the joint liquidators of the company for misfeasance and wrongful trading and alleged losses caused to the company’s creditors of around £1m.
Acting for the debtor in a failed IVA responding to a bankruptcy petition. Extensive correspondence with the IVA supervisor and creditors resulting in the avoidance of a bankruptcy order and a further IVA proposal being agreed.
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