Michael Shaw 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

A highly rated direct access barrister, Michael Shaw has an excellent track record and a down-to-earth approach that puts his clients at ease.

Transferring to the bar in 2017, Michael joined Clerksroom in 2018 having spent 7 years as a solicitor (the last year as a solicitor-advocate). He was Head of Clinical Negligence and a Director at Carter Moore Solicitors, with specific responsibility for client acquisition.

Michael enjoys a general civil practice, with particular emphasis on clinical negligence, personal injury and media law (music). During his music career, Michael established many useful media industry contacts and has a relatively new but growing practice in this area. He is noted for his ability to combine his legal knowledge with his musical experience to put clients at their ease and explain the legal situation in terms that a non-lawyer can easily understand.

Able to advise on paper or in conference, Michael can attend interlocutory hearings, case management hearings, fast track trials and Coroner’s inquests. He can assist in the drafting of particulars of claim, applications, skeleton arguments, case summaries, draft directions, costs budgets, multi-track Precedent H forms and budget discussion documents. He can offer advice on quantum, liability, causation, merits of cases and strategy.

Based in Manchester, Michael is happy to travel nationwide.

Areas of law

Clinical Negligence

Cyclists & Other Road Traffic Accidents

Product Liability

Other Personal Injury Work

Professional Negligence

Music (& Media) Law


Personal Interests

A keen musician, Michael has shared the stage with such creative giants as the mighty Fairport Convention with his band. 


Hi Michael, Thank you so much for all of your help and support. I immediately felt at ease when we met at court. What a relief that not only did you get the CCJ set aside and the debt written off but you managed to get the other side to pay me costs! What an amazing result! I would recommend you in a heartbeat. Again I cannot thank you enough.

SC Direct Access Client

Michael Shaw dealt with our case in the most professional manner. He was caring and courteous towards the Defendant who was a victim of domestic violence whilst displaying the utmost professionalism and giving her the advice and confidence to give evidence in the best way possible. His cross-examination technique, expertise and his confidence is what won the case in the end. Highly recommended! Thanks again Michael. Great result.

Ms S A Lay Client

I instructed Mike on a complicated public liability matter. I was impressed by his down to earth nature and the effortless way he was able put my client at her ease in conference. At trial his cross examination of the Defendant’s main expert witness was, by all accounts exceptional, and won the day for our case. The judge singled out their witness for specific criticism as a result of the flaws in his evidence; flaws which I’m sure would not have come out but for Mike’s advocacy skills I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other instructing solicitors and I will be instructing him regularly in the future.

Sobia Zahoor Themis Lawyers

Throughout the whole procedure my case against ******* ******* NHS Trust was carried out in a very professional manner...The service and advice was first class and I would like to thank Michael [Shaw]for all the effort he took to give me the best advice. The complete service was great!

Mr David Milligan Middlesex

You [Michael Shaw] handled everything very professionally and negotiated to my best interests. You were prompt and sympathetic to all my queries which was so helpful at such a stressful time. I am most grateful and would have no hesitation in recommending you.

Mr C Morgan Manchester

I am very grateful for the help and support that was available. I am grateful to Michael [Shaw] for taking the time to trace the driver and checking for CCTV footage in the area and grateful to him for keeping me up to date with the final process.

Mr M Cooke Bolton

Excellent service from Michael [Shaw] and fast access via the phone. Thank you for your work and support.

Mr M Chaudrey Edgbaston

Thank you very much [Michael Shaw] for professional service. Great communication keeping you updated to whatever stage your case is in. I would recommend your services to any friend that needs them. Thank you once again.

Mr H Farmah Slough

I write to thank you [Michael Shaw] for the quick and efficient way that you have handled my personal injury case. I had instructed another firm previously and I was told by many of my friends that this case would not be resolved because it had been too long since the accident but you have completely turned that on it's head. Thank you.

David K Rotherham

Right from the beginning of the process Michael [Shaw] explained everything very clearly and always kept me up to date. In addition he was easy to contact throughout the case. I felt that the compensation payout that I received was more than sufficient to cover the injuries I received.

Dr Ann G Chorlton, Manchester

I can confirm that Michael [Shaw] acted thoroughly professionally thoughout while pursuing my personal injury case. Every time I spoke to him on the phone I found him to be impeccable, courteous and he left me at ease knowing that my case was being handled expertly. I would not think twice about using him the future.

Mr P Mottershead Stockport

Michael [Shaw] has always communicated in a positive and supportive manner. I felt customer service and satisfaction was paramount and proactivity was key. Thank you so much.

Miss T Turnbull Leeds

I would not hesitate to recommend you [Michael Shaw] to my fellow equity members. Thank you for your support during a difficult 2 years.

Mrs M Torkington Chorley

[Michael Shaw was] extremely professional, tenacious and very clear communication. Won my case when others had given up. Highly recommended. Thanks very much.

Ms J Horsfall Rochdale

Because of my residual stroke damage I sometimes have difficulty communicating verbally when under pressure. I found my dealings with Michael [Shaw] to be exemplary in the extreme. He dealt with me sensitively and efficiently at all times, resulting in a successful resolution of my case. Thank you so much.

Mr P Loughlin Manchester

([Michael Shaw was] very professional and efficient at all times. Dealing with him by phone or letter was very good.

Mrs J Mann Goole

“Michael (Shaw)was professional, friendly, informative and responsive at every point of the process. I have been fully involved throughout and made to feel that my views and opinions were valued. I am extremely impressed. Thank you very much.

Ms G Duff Clitheroe


In 2014, Michael brought a claim against former MMR vaccine claimant solicitors in a case which lead to him being featured on the front page of the Times newspaper and in the online pages of the Guardian and the Law Gazette.

Michael Shaw

phone01823 247 247


Qualified in 2017