Michael Smith

Year of Call: 2009

Areas of Practice:

• Commercial
• Employment
• Personal Injury
• 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


Michael became a tenant at Thomas More following successful completion of pupillage. He has a general common law practice with a focus on employment and personal injury law. He is the co-author of “Employment Agencies, Recruitment Agencies and Agency Workers - A Practical Guide to the 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 the Employment Appeal Tribunal and can also be instructed on an advisory basis.

Personal Injury:

Michael acts for Claimants and Defendants in the full spectrum of personal injury claims including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, occupier’s liability and Highways Act claims in cases both on the fast track and on the multi-track. Recent cases have included multi-car accidents and substantial credit hire disputes.

Michael is happy to work on a conditional fee basis where appropriate.


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, boundary 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.

Notable Cases:

• British Airways v Pinaud UKEAT/0291/16/DA – Acted for the Claimant in successfully establishing that a long-standing cabin crew contract treated part-time workers less favourably contrary to the Part-Time Workers Regulations 2007.

• 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.

• BB v MB – Achieved a six-figure settlement for the Claimant in a claim of unlawful discrimination involving a leading financial institution.

• HA v SJ – Acted for the Respondent, a law firm, in a multi-day racial discrimination claim.

• 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.