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Michael Oatham

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Partner and Head of Litigation 


  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Corporate risk analysis and advice
  • Shareholders’ rights and remedies
  • Partnership and LLPs
  • Corporate insolvency and asset recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Defamation
  • Alternative dispute resolution


Michael joined Brachers in 1998 and was made partner in 2004. 

Michael’s clients are diverse, ranging from individuals to multi-national corporations. In the public sector Michael has worked extensively with NHS Trusts and local authorities. 

Renowned for his tenacity, Michael is also highly regarded for keeping his clients’ wider objectives in mind; a culture which is embraced throughout his team.


Kent Law Society

Institute of Directors

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Brachers acts for a range of clients including SMEs and larger corporates and handles disputes in the financial, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors among others. Michael Oatham has considerable experience in complex commercial and insolvency actions, including shareholder and contractual disputes. His recent work includes acting for a party with regard to a dispute over a joint venture, and he is also representing separate clients in a dispute with a wealth management company. Allis Beasley is also noted for her specialism in all manner of real estate disputes.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Brachers, according to clients, is 'a trusted partner' for debt recovery and debt administration and fields a team that is'well established and that also provides value for money'.Its clients include SMEs and large corporations across a range of industries, especially finance, transport and logistics, and utilities. Michael Oathamheads the litigation and integrated debt recovery practice, Robert Thompson leads the collections and recoveries group and director of operations Graham Wallishandles insolvency portfolios.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The 'approachable' practice at Brachers in Maidstone combines insolvency and corporate recovery work, advising on insolvency proceedings, corporate risk analysis, shareholders' rights and remedies, directors' duties, asset recovery and fraud investigation. Graham Wallis further provides insolvency portfolio management advice to institutional creditors. Clients come from a variety of sectors, including financial services, education, construction, utilities and transport. The 'astute and commercially minded' Michael Oatham represented KPMG as trustee in a bankruptcy, which involved a court application for the realisation of the bankrupt's interest in a property and resulted in a voluntary sale and a payment of more than £191,000 to the bankruptcy estate. Mazars, Grant Thornton, Baker Tilly and BDO also form part of the client base.

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South East: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Brachers fields a 'very professional' property litigation team that is appreciated by clients for its 'broad industry knowledge and experience'. The practice continues to act for NHS trusts, public bodies and local councils, as well as commercial clients on a range of property-related matters, including a recent workload of development disputes. Michael Oatham heads the team, which includes Allis Beasley, who is 'very good at quickly identifying the crux of an issue and providing sound tactical advice with regard to the relevant risks and their weightings'. James Millis handles a range of property disputes, and is continuing to act for a number of tenants of the New Covent Garden Flower Market in court proceedings related to their move to an interim site during a multimillion-pound redevelopment of the site.

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