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
- Personal Injury
- Media Law (Music)
- Cauda Equina claims
- A&E misdiagnosis and failure to treat
- NHS Trust claims
- Cerebral palsy
- Informed consent
- NHS complaints procedure and redress
- The Coroner’s Inquest
- Medical treatment and human rights
- Duty of care, standard of care and establishing breach of duty
- Claims involving medical products
Cyclists & Other Road Traffic Accidents
- All RTA personal injury work
- Particularly cyclist claimants, being a keen cyclist himself
- Dealing with advice on liability, quantum (including, loss of earnings, care and infant settlement) and evidence
- Drafting of pleadings
- Part 18 Requests for Further Information
- Part 35 Questions to Experts
- Motorist emerging into path of cyclist from a side road
- Motorist turning into side road across path of cyclist
- Motorist veering into path of cyclist when cyclist and motorist going straight ahead
- Child cycling accidents
- Stationary motorist opens passenger or driver side door into path of oncoming cyclist
- Representation in cases valued up to and above £1,000,000
- Medical product liability
- Breaches of common law, statutory and importers' duty
- Claims under statute - Consumer Protection Act 1987
- Manufacturing defects
- Design defects
- Sufficient warnings
- Product recalls
- Import issues and how to avoid product liability claims post-Brexit
Other Personal Injury Work
- Public liability
- Employers' liability
- Animal-related injuries
- Criminal injuries compensation
- Previously under-settled claims for damages
- Loss of legal chance (unwinnable cases taken fought for costs building)
- Missed limitation or other court deadlines
- Financial advice given without correct registration
Music (& Media) Law
- Image rights
- Copyright Law
- Recording contracts
- Digital distribution deals
- Management Degree BSc (Hons)
- PGDip Law
A keen musician, Michael has shared the stage with such creative giants as the mighty Fairport Convention with his band.
Areas of Law
Michael Shaw is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Very experienced in the areas of:
- Clinical Negligence
- Personal Injury
Experienced in the following additional areas:
- Professional Negligence
- Personal Injury
- Public Access Accredited
- Road Traffic
- Consumer Contracts
- Media Law & Information Law
Happy to help in the following additional areas:
- Professional Regulation
Outside of these key areas of law, Michael Shaw is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Michael direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Cases and Publications
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.
Fees and Feedback
Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514
Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.
We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.
Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register
If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
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SC Direct Access Client
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.
Ms S A Lay 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.
Sobia Zahoor Themis Lawyers
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.
Mr David Milligan Middlesex
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 C Morgan Manchester
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 M Cooke Bolton
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 Chaudrey Edgbaston
Excellent service from Michael [Shaw] and fast access via the phone. Thank you for your work and support.
Mr H Farmah Slough
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.
David K Rotherham
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.
Dr Ann G Chorlton, Manchester
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.
Mr P Mottershead Stockport
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.
Miss T Turnbull Leeds
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.
Mrs M Torkington Chorley
I would not hesitate to recommend you [Michael Shaw] to my fellow equity members. Thank you for your support during a difficult 2 years.
Ms J Horsfall Rochdale
[Michael Shaw was] extremely professional, tenacious and very clear communication. Won my case when others had given up. Highly recommended. Thanks very much.
Mr P Loughlin Manchester
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.
Mrs J Mann Goole
([Michael Shaw was] very professional and efficient at all times. Dealing with him by phone or letter was very good.
Ms G Duff Clitheroe
“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.