Michael Smith

Called:2009 Lincoln's Inn

Specialisms:Commercial, Crime, Employment, Property



King’s College London, BA Hons English Language & Literature

BPP Law School, London, Graduate Diploma in Law

BPP Law School, London, Bar Vocational Course





Employment, Property, Commerical, Crime.





Michael became a tenant at Thomas More following successful completion of pupillage. He has a general common law practice with a focus on employment law.



Michael has experience of acting for both Claimants and Respondents in many areas including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing. Michael appears regularly in multi-day hearings the Employment Tribunal and can also be instructed on an advisory basis. Prior to coming to the Bar, Michael spent time working in a specialist employment law firm and acted as a representative for the Free Representation Unit on behalf of a number of Claimants at the Employment Tribunal.



Michael practises in all areas of commercial and residential landlord and tenant and real property law, undertaking advocacy and advisory work. He has recently been instructed in matters concerning restrictive covenants, border disputes, mortgages, business tenancies, leasehold enfranchisement and forfeiture and accepts instructions in related areas of civil law 



Michael’s practice in commercial law is predominantly based on contractual disputes. Michael is regularly instructed in matters ranging from small claims matters right up to substantial multi-track trials.



Michael accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law. Michael has been instructed to represent clients charged with a wide range of offences including sexual offences, drug offences, property offences, fraud, offences against the person and road traffic offences. 


Notable Cases


  • OV v HR Instructed for a leading recruitment agency in a ten-day claim in which it was alleged that the agency had aided in racial discrimination and unlawful deduction of wages against the Claimant (Croydon Employment Tribunal).


  • DH v LML Acted for the Respondent in defending claims of unfair dismissal and age discrimination in a case where the Claimant had been dismissed on grounds of illegality. The case involved substantial issues of statutory interpretation of both English statutes and EC directives.


  • CL v BA Represented the Claimant in a whistleblowing claim of constructive unfair dismissal.


  • HA v SJ Acted for the Respondent, a law firm, in a multi-day racial discrimination claim (East London Employment Tribunal).


  • ES v AS Acted for the defendant who faced forfeiture of two central London properties worth around £2 million. The matter was the subject of a successful mediation.


  • AT v ST Represented the defendant in a four-day multi-track commercial dispute.


  • R v AJ Instructed for defendant charged with making a series of bomb hoaxes. The case was reported in the national press (Inner London Crown Court).


  • R v IB Defendant was charged with the largest-known illegal importation of live carp, worth approximately £250,000 (Canterbury Crown Court).




Cooking, horse racing and Queens Park Rangers.