Mike is an experienced senior junior with a broad
practice in all areas of family law apart from public law children. He is
recognised as a specialist in family property disputes, especially between
unmarried couples under the Trusts of Land Act, and complex financial remedy
cases. He is an effective advocate and firm negotiator. He is a qualified IFLA
arbitrator and also undertakes direct access work.
Please note that anyone claiming to be Michael Horton at 4 Brick Court is most likely a scammer and not connected with me.
Mike specialises in complex financial remedy cases
and in ToLATA disputes. His recent cases have included:
·a Court of Appeal case on the nature
of an order setting aside under s 37 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 a
disposition intended to defeat the applicant’s claims;
·advising on a child support appeal to
the Court of Appeal;
·a pending ToLATA appeal in the Court
of Appeal on the ambit and application of the principles in Jones v Kernott;
·a forum dispute in a ToLATA case
involving proceedings in England, France and Poland;
·an application to set aside an ‘Anton
Piller’ search order made in financial remedy proceedings against an
·a high value ToLATA/ Partnership Act
dispute over 27 properties owned between the parties.
Mike’s practice now focusses on more complex
financial remedy cases. His experience includes:
·cases with an insolvency aspect,
including cases in the bankruptcy court on contested annulment applications;
·the leading case of Hamilton v
Hamilton on whether it is possible to draft orders for the payment of money
over time as a series of lump sums, as opposed to a single but variable lump
sum payable by instalments;
·cases where assets are held overseas
and/or in trust structures;
cases involving intervenors and applications to set aside dispositions intended
to defeat the claim for financial remedies;
·unusual pension schemes, including an
application to enforce a pension sharing order where the pension fund was
controlled by the respondent spouse;
·cases where a financial remedy claim
is in conflict with confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Mike is regularly instructed in Schedule 1 cases,
whether free-standing or concurrently with ToLATA claims, and in claims under
the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in both the
family courts and the Chancery Division. In recent years he has experience of
such claims settling at mediation and has appeared in contested trials. He also
advises in contested probate matters.
Mike’s property law practice is extensive. His
recent cases including advising on mutual wills, a dispute over the beneficial
ownership of a houseboat, an application to enforce the terms of a Tomlin order
settling a ToLATA dispute, and advising on service on a defendant believed to
be in Hong Kong.
Mike has also acted for local authorities and the
Official Solicitor in cases of mental incapacity. He represented a local
authority in the Court of Protection in an important test case on the
appointment of welfare deputies: London Borough of Havering v LD & Anor
 EWHC 3876 (COP) (25 June 2010).
Mike has extensive experience of injunctions under
the Family Law Act and of divorce proceedings, including defended divorces and
stays under Brussels IIA and the 1973 Act. He advises in cases of alleged
professional negligence in his areas of expertise. His children practice
includes acting for parents and children in all forms of private law
proceedings. He also has experience of international work and child abduction
work, under Brussels IIA and the Hague Convention.
Mike is one of five barristers in chambers who are
fully trained in collaborative law and is also a qualified Arbitrator.
In Chambers UK 2012, Mike was described as ‘one of
the set’s most promising juniors, he is known for his "keen analytical brain”
and "tremendous knowledge” of the law.’ He has appeared as a leading junior in
family law in Legal 500.
Mike undertakes lectures and seminars for a number
of CPD course providers, including MBL, CLT, and the Solicitors Group. In the
last year he has lectured on pre-nups, pensions on divorce, and running a
ToLATA case from start to finish.
Mike also gives in-house seminars for firms of
solicitors. If you wish to arrange for such an in-house talk, please contact
·Court of Protection
·Family Law Bar Association
·Chancery Bar Association
Legal 500 2014: An excellent advocate
Chambers UK 2014: Has real knowledge of cohabitee cases
Legal 500 2013: The money team is gaining ground at Coram Chambers
thanks to Michael Horton’s knowledge, experience and expertise
Chambers UK 2012: one of the set’s most promising juniors, he is known
for his "keen analytical brain” and "tremendous knowledge of the law”
Legal 500, 2012 and 2011: Leading junior Family law (including divorce
and ancillary relief)
Family Procedure Rule Committee, December 2014
MA (Hons) (Cantab) in Law (Trinity Hall)
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