Michael is a Thompsons’ Solicitors specialist lawyer dealing exclusively with overseas package holiday claims, for trade union clients living in England and Wales.
Operating out of the firm’s Manchester office, Michael has 20 year’s legal experience in employment law, public liability and personal injury claims, including running the road traffic accident team and COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) claims. He joined the foreign jurisdiction team as associate legal executive five years’ ago.
Michael works tirelessly to gain compensation for people whose holidays have been ruined by accident or illness. Regarded as professional and highly effective, with attention to detail, Michael deals with a massive spread of cases from slips, trips and falls, to broken bones, soft tissue and back injuries, food poisoning and salmonella.
Michael doggedly pursues the claims against tour operators up to and through the courts in England and Wales, rather than through the foreign courts against hotels. Tour operators are equally as liable as hotels for health and safety breaches and have a duty of care. It can take time and can sometimes be a cat and mouse game where operators deny liability.
With an impressive knowledge of what makes a good case and how to get the best outcome with the maximum compensation, Michael has built up a network of experts in mainly European countries where the majority of clients take their annual holiday. He knows the key to success involves providing physical evidence of liability in the country concerned and that’s where his experts are invaluable.
Michael will engage the experts, brief them on how to frame reports for presentation to the courts in England and Wales, employing translators, where necessary, and will negotiate settlements.
Making a real difference to the lives of working people, many of whom will have saved all year for a holiday, is what Michael finds most rewarding about working for Thompsons.
To relax, Michael plays rugby for a local team and enjoys watching local football team Barrow AFC.
Unite branch secretary from the West Midlands, Kathleen Brookes, slipped in a pool of water on the floor of a hotel bar in Spain. Michael settled the case against Thomas Cook for £3,500.
Paul Mansfield, UNISON member, slipped and fell on wet steps at his holiday hotel in Turkey. Michael pursued Thomas Cook to trial at Wakefield Crown Court and Paul received £4,040 compensation.
UNISON member Margaret Crichton, who received £7,000 compensation from tui said:
“The professional and efficient way my claim was dealt with, all the correspondence keeping me informed at all times and the wonderful outcome for me is allowing me to fulfil one of my dreams – attending the Canadian Grand Prix. Thank you so much”.