M v F (Travel to Non-Convention Country)  EWFC 7
Prior to his call to the Bar, Michael worked in finance for five years and then qualified as a commercial solicitor specialising in intellectual property law. Michael transferred to the family Bar in 1998 and practises a wide range of family work including ancillary relief, trusts and cohabitation disputes, and Children Act matters, together with associated civil matters. Within his ancillary relief work, which is the principal area of his practice, he specialises in cases which have particular complexities including trusts, bankruptcy, partnerships and companies. He is frequently instructed against QCs, both with and without leading counsel.
Michael is able to accept instructions on a direct access basis and he regularly gives lectures in relation to recent case law developments.
Michael has extensive experience in all aspects of disputes involving children. He spent many years acting in child protection / public law proceedings (representing local authorities, parents and children) including in cases involving sexual abuse, parental alienation and physical and psychological abuse.
Michael now exclusively applies his experience to private law disputes – often involving similar issues – but with the focus on the arrangements for the shared care of the children, schooling issues and when one parent is seeking leave to relocate with the children both within and outside the jurisdiction.
A (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1577
T v T  EWHC 3776 (Fam)
AB v JLB  EWHC 2965 (Fam)
Michael has appeared in the Court of Protection both in relation to complex welfare and financial cases.
This is the main area in which Michael practises (including matrimonial, civil partnership and cohabitation disputes in addition to Inheritance Act claims). He has unrivalled expertise in cases which have an added dimension such as trusts, bankruptcy, partnerships and companies.
Michael’s reported cases include F v F (S Intervening) (Financial Provision: Bankruptcy: Reviewable Disposition), where a husband’s bankruptcy was set aside and his award drastically reduced due to his conduct, and Rossi v Rossi in which an ancillary relief claim was successfully defended in its entirety, due to delay and non-contribution to the marital acquest.
Michael has acted in a number of other important reported cases including representing a husband in a ‘big money’ case involving wholly pre-acquired assets (R v R  EWHC 1267 (Fam), a contested trusts of land case involving questions of sham transfers and illegality (Ashby v Kilduff  EWHC 2034 (Ch)), a case where the Husband’s assets were said to be tied up in a Jersey Trust (D v D and I Trust ( 2 FLR 29) and a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal reducing a ‘joint lives’ maintenance order to a term order (N v N  EWCA Civ 940). Michael for many years represented HRH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum  EWHC B27 (Fam) in the first case dealing with whether an Islamic marriage performed in this country would be valid for the purposes of a nullity petition. The facts of the case make interesting reading, however, the court agreed that an Islamic marriage, whilst it may have significance for the parties involved, would not be a route for a purported wife to obtain the raft of financial remedies which can be applied for following a nullity petition. He has also successfully enforced an arbitration clause in a foreign pre-marital agreement where the assets were $140m (T v T  EWHC 3462 (Fam)).
More recently, Michael has successfully defended an allegation of sham trust (worth some £50m) and broken new ground regarding interim orders for sales of property. He frequently acts in cohabitation disputes involving heterosexual and same sex relationships, appearing in the Family Court, the Chancery Division and the Lands Tribunal.
In addition to acting in high net worth cases, Michael frequently represents interveners in divorce matters (including acting for beneficiaries of trusts, such as children on settlement variations through the official solicitor), and parents involved in private law disputes including those with an international element such as relocation cases. As a result of his experience, both prior to being called to the Bar, and whilst at it, Michael brings a breadth of experience to his work.
ND v SD & Ors  EWHC 1507 (Fam) (21 June 2017)
Norman v Norman  EWCA Civ 120
Norman v Norman  EWCA Civ 49
A (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1577
N v N  EWCA Civ 314
T v T  EWHC 3462 (Fam)
Nivin El Gamal v HRH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum  EWHC B27 (Fam)
N v N  EWCA Civ 940
T v T  EWHC 3776 (Fam)
Ashby v Kilduff  EWHC 2034 (Ch)
Constantinou and Others v Wilmot-Josife and Others  EWCA Civ 747
D v D and Others and the I Trust  EWHC 3062;  2 FLR 29
R v R  EWHC 1267 (Fam)
AB v JLB  EWHC 2965 (Fam)
EJM-D v GLD  EWHC 1929 (Fam)
Rossi v Rossi  EWHC 1482 (Fam);  1 FLR 790
F v F (S Intervening) (Financial Provision: Bankruptcy: Reviewable Disposition)  EWHC 2814 (Fam);  1 FLR 911
Forder v Forder and Others  EWCA Civ 1527
Kean v Kean  2 FLR 28
What the directories say
“A very forthright barrister with intelligence and the ability to put clients at ease. He’s excellent at managing and negotiating with litigants in person, and is a barrister with real tenacity. He is particularly good at TOLATA cases as well as Schedule 1 matters.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
“He is an outstanding junior and a silk in the making” – Shortlisted for the Family and Children Junior Barrister of the Year 2018
The Legal 500 2017
“He’s the most tenacious of barristers. He knows the law inside out; the amount of knowledge he has at his fingertips is insane. He’s a great tactician, is persuasive and really fights a clients corner.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
“A tenacious advocate and a great team player.”
The Legal 500 2016
“He is numerate and good at expressing complex ideas in a simple way for clients. His advocacy is persistent and influential, and he will never drop a point if he feels it is worth running. He’s fearless and feared in equal measure.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
The Legal 500 2015
“He definitely punches above his weight. He is robust and tenacious when he needs to be and is quite dogged at pursuing points. I’ve been in cases where he’s performed far better than silks ten years his senior. He’s a very good lateral thinker too, and will find a way round a problem.”
“He brings great energy to a case.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
“A pre-eminent junior handling a range of matrimonial finance issues, including trusts-related cases and cohabitation disputes. He is also highly respected for his expertise in public and private children law.”
“Michael is one of the stand-out barristers of his generation. He is clever, practical, empathetic and a team player.”
“He’s extremely good with clients and a tough negotiator.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
“Michael Glaser is a family law barrister with ‘great charm and ability’, say sources. He is recognised as a leading junior in ancillary relief work and public and private children law, whose recent successful cases include a High Court matter to determine the validity, in English law, of an Islamic marriage. As one peer commented, he is ‘a very impressive individual.'”
The Legal 500 2013
“Michael Glaser is ‘a fantastic barrister’ who is equally strong on children matters and difficult financial cases. He has in the last year been particularly active in ancillary relief cases, with sources reporting that ‘his background in banking means he has a firm grasp of complex financial matters and he is able to put incisive questions to the other side.'”
Chambers & Partners 2013
“Michael Glaser distinguishes himself from his peers in terms of his knowledge, style and level of engagement.”
The Legal 500 2012
“Michael Glaser is ‘conscientious, concerned for his clients and very good on his feet.'”
Chambers & Partners 2012
“Michael Glaser focuses predominantly on matrimonial finance. He is described as ‘full of energy and very supportive of his clients.'”
Chambers & Partners 2011
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