Michael Collard is a Barrister, Head of Chambers, TECBAR Adjudicator, Trained Mediator and Mediation Advocate based at 5 Pump Court, Temple, London EC4Y 7AP.
Michael is an acknowledged expert in domestic and commercial property cases, construction-related litigation, professional liability, and landlord and tenant law. With nearly 30 years’ experience at the Bar and an exemplary reputation, his clients range from major corporations to local authorities and individuals.
Michael has substantial experience of conducting Technology and Construction Court (TCC) cases and other building litigation. His cases cover a wide range of disputes from major construction developments to home renovations. He frequently brings his experience of construction and property cases to bear in professional negligence claims against surveyors, valuers, architects, and solicitors, in both local and international transactions.
Michael’s landlord and tenant cases include conveyances of freehold and leasehold interests, possession, rent arrears, disrepair, dilapidations and service charges. He is also highly experienced in boundary disputes, restrictive covenants and general property work, plus general contractual issues and employment disputes.
Michael is also an accredited mediator and is increasingly in demand to assist with preparing cases for mediation and to act as a mediation advocate.As a TECBAR Adjudicator since 1998, he is also extremely well placed to advise on the performance and enforcement of adjudications.
Clients consistently praise the quality of Michael’s work. Testimonials have noted that he has "exceptional people skills”, is "hugely approachable”, and that "despite a busy schedule, he consistently turns instructions around quickly… he adopts a practical and balanced approach, putting clients at ease even during the most stressful litigation periods.” He is also known for being "extremely dedicated to providing expert advice in a professional manner” and has been described as "possibly the most decent man in the legal profession."
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