Michael Standing

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Michael practises across the full range of chambers’ civil liability work with a particular interest in cases where fraud is alleged or suspected.

He undertakes work in insurance; personal injury; regulatory and disciplinary; and employment matters, and is developing a clinical negligence practice.  He represents claimants and defendants in trials, applications, interlocutory hearings and CCMCs, as well as providing written advice and pleadings.

He has experience of working as part of a team on high-profile and sensitive investigations, and holds SC clearance.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Michael was employed by a leading city boutique law firm in the Business Crime and Commercial Litigation departments. He also spent time working on policy development for a human rights NGO, campaigning for fairer criminal justice systems.


Early in his career, Michael gained significant experience prosecuting and defending criminal matters in the Crown Court.  Accordingly he is well accustomed to allegations of the most serious dishonesty, and skilled at cross-examination to expose inconstancy, exaggeration and untruthfulness.

Michael has acted in civil cases involving various aspects of fraud, including:

  • Exaggerated injuries;
  • Staged accidents;
  • Phantom passengers;
  • Fabrication;
  • Collusion.

He is experienced in the costs arguments involved in such claims, including the disapplication of QOCs and indemnity costs.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Michael frequently appears in the County Courts on the fast track and multi-track dealing with all aspects of personal injury and associated costs matters.

He has extensive experience of road traffic accidents and occupiers’ and employers’ liability claims.  He provides advice on tactics, liability and quantum, as well as drafting pleadings. He is particularly interested and experienced in cases involving technical arguments relating to low velocity impacts, and allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.   He frequently deals with higher value credit hire matters.   He has a strong grasp of the cost issues surrounding QOCS and s.57 CJCA 2015.  He is willing to consider cases on a CFA where appropriate.

Michael has a growing clinical negligence practice.

Cases of note include:

  • On-going multi-track matter involving a diagnosis of chronic regional pain syndrome.
  • Acting for the Defendant in an appeal regarding the strike out of a claim under CPR 39.3 at a disposal hearing.
  • Successful defence of LVI case where Defendant failed to attend trial.
  • Successful claim against a care home for an injury caused by a faulty door, where it was alleged that the Claimant had added false entries to the injury report book.
  • Acting for four Claimants at two-day fast track trial involving allegations of a staged collision, LVI and phantom passengers.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Michael is developing a broad practice, acting for both regulators and professionals.

In 2017 he completed a secondment with the Bank of England’s Regulatory Action Division providing advice on legal professional privilege in relation to three complex and large-scale financial investigations.

He has acted in numerous interim and substantive hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and had success in a number of multi-day cases, involving allegations of serious and dangerous misconduct.

He recently acted on behalf of a Consultant Psychiatrist in the High Court, challenging to an interim suspension order imposed by the General Medical Council (GMC) due to the lack of proper professional indemnity insurance coverage (judgement awaited).

Employment and Discrimination

Michael maintains a niche employment practice, primarily acting for respondents.  He undertakes multiday hearings, dealing with the full range of employment disputes and all forms of discrimination, victimisation and harassment.

Cases of note include:

  • Successful defence of a 3-day unfair dismissal, and sex and race discrimination claim, involving allegations of fraud, acting for the London Borough of Lambeth
  • Successful dismissal of a claim for wrongful dismissal at preliminary hearing following a finding that there was no contractual or employment relationship between the claimant and respondent.
  • Successful strike out and costs application in respect of a number of allegations of harassment, acting for four respondents.

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