Michael Taylor

Senior Associate


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Michael practices in commercial litigation and advocacy with a particular focus on construction, information communications and technology, and insurance law. He practiced at the London Commercial Bar for over 15 years before joining Russell McVeagh. He ranked as Leading Junior Counsel in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers & Partners UK.


Michael's experience includes advising:

  • Fujitsu Services Ltd v IBM [2014] EWHC 752 (TCC), an important case on limitation and exclusion clauses in commercial contracts.
  • AB v CD [2014] EWCA Civ 229, a leading Court of Appeal decision on injunctions and adequacy of damages.
  • Junior Counsel for Vodafone in High Court trial arising from the termination of a re-seller agreement.
  • Sole Counsel for re-seller of building glue in dozens of product liability claims (e.g. Finesse Group Ltd v Bryson Products & Bostic Limited [2013] EWHC 3273 (TCC)).
  • Sole Counsel for Solicitors in professional negligence claim (Inventors Friend Ltd v Leathes Prior (a firm) [2011] EWHC 711 (QB)).
  • Sole Counsel for Bridge Engineers in claim concerning the maintenance of a major UK bridge.
  • Sole Counsel for Accountants, defending allegations of fraud and illegality.
  • Counsel for New Zealand property fund in substantial arbitration with building contractor under NZS 3910.
  • Acting for a New Zealand landfill business in Auckland in its dispute with a quarry and the Local Authority.
  • Advising a New Zealand telecoms business in its dispute with supplier of infrastructure.
  • Advising various New Zealand entities in relation to disputes under the major standard forms of construction contracts, including claims under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.


Oxford University: BA (Hons) (First Class, Scholar)
City University, London (Dip Law) (Scholar)


Michael was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2016. He was called to the UK Bar in 1996.

In July 2018, Michael was elected to the Council of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law.

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