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michael



michael.casson@rainerhughes.com



Michael qualified as a Solicitor in 1978 and has since practiced as a solicitor in Essex and North London.

Michael is Head of our Wills and Probate department. His services include Will making, Probate, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

He has been a court appointed executor, Attorney and Court of Protection Deputy and has considerable experience in contested Chancery applications including, in particular, under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

During his 36 years in practice, Michael has encountered and successfully dealt with almost every type of legal problem. Described by Judges, fellow-professionals and clients as “knowledgeable” “experienced” “a winner” and “exceptionally kind,” the “Silver Fox” is sought after by clients needing expert legal assistance, and feared by opponents. He has often been commended for giving clear practical advice, restoring client's confidence allaying fears and calming troublesome situations in business and personal lives. Michael has been described as "an exceptional all-round talent".

Clients praise his straight talking, user-friendly style which makes him "great to work with". Michael is highly regarded for bringing real intellectual rigour to bear in quickly identifying the central issues of a case, no matter how complex. Clients have commented on his meticulous preparation, shrewd tactics and thorough command of the law. Michael has a remarkable ability to take the stress out of the most difficult of situations whilst remaining clear-headed and focused.

Michael is also a keen advocate of the Law Society Lexcel accreditation scheme.

Michael’s most notable cases;

Gogay v Hertfordshire County Council [2000] EWCA Civ 228 (26 July 2000) This was a leading case in the conflict between local authority duty to children in care, employment law and personal injury. It laid out the principal that an employer still had duties to take reasonable care of its employees even in the face allegations of sexual abuse of children. It was an appeal by the defendant Council. The claimant's damages were increased by the Court of Appeal.

Caudle v L D. Law Ltd. [2008] EWHC 374 (QB) (29 February 2008)

This case was heard on appeal from a County Court injunction hearing and was a reminder that whereas an executors authority derives from the will and therefore applies from the moment of death, and administrators authority derives from the grant of Letters of Administration. Therefore between the death and the issue of the Letters of Administration only the Crown can take action on behalf of the estate. Mr Justice Wyn Williams commended Michael’s understanding of the law in the face of unnecessarily assertive conduct on the part of the other side’s solicitors.

Hall v Peck [unreported]


This case dealt with an important issue on trustees’ duties. Even though a trustee was permitted by court order to bid for trust property in an auction, he was bound by the auction terms and could not depart from those terms to his own advantage. This was a case between a brother and a sister who both wanted to purchase their parents’ house from the estate and there was no love lost between them. The judge who was a QC sitting as a deputy High Court judge said that in succeeding in the case for our client, we had clearly identified wrongdoing on the part of the trustee, even though he had instructed immensely experienced city solicitors to act for him. Counsel advised the judge that it was the solicitor [Michael Casson] who had identified the issue and persuaded him to take on the case.

Career

• 1974 to 1978 training contract with Attwater & Liell of Brentwood and Harlow
• 1978 to 1982 solicitor with Adams & Land Saffron Walden
• 1982 to 2005 partner Lee Davies of Harlow
• 2005 to 2010 consultant with L D Law Harlow
• 2010 to 2014 solicitor with Boulter & Company, Crouch End North London






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