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Michael Glaser

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Ancillary relief; private law children; public law children.


Prior to his call to the Bar, Michael worked in finance for five years and then qualified as a commercial solicitor specialising in intellectual property law. Michael crossed over to the family Bar in 1998. Michael practices a wide range of family work including ancillary relief, trusts and cohabitation disputes, public and private Children Act work, together with associated civil matters. Within his ancillary relief work, which is the principal area of his practice, he specialises in cases which have an added dimension such as trusts, bankruptcy, partnerships and companies. Reported cases include F v F (S Intervening) (Financial Provision: Bankruptcy: Reviewable Disposition) ([2003] 1 FLR 911), in which a husband’s bankruptcy was set aside and his award drastically reduced, due to his conduct. As well as Rossi ([2007] 1 FLR 790), in which an ancillary relief claim was successfully defended, in its entirety, due to delay and non-contribution to the marital acquest. Recent cases in which he has acted include representing a husband in a ‘big money’ case involving wholly pre-acquired assets (R v R [2009] EWHC 1267 (Fam), a contested trusts of land case involving questions of sham transfers and illegality (Ashby v Kilduff [2010] EWHC 2034 (Ch)), a case where the Husband’s assets were said to be tied up in a Jersey Trust (D v D and I Trust ([2011] 2 FLR 29) and a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal reducing a ‘joint lives’ maintenance order to a term order (N v N [2011] EWCA Civ 940). Michael successfully represented HRH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum in the first case dealing with whether an Islamic marriage performed in this country would be valid for the purposes of a nullity petition. The facts of the case make interesting reading, however, the court agreed that an Islamic marriage, whilst it may have significance for the parties involved, would not be a route for the purported Wife to obtain ancillary relief and the raft of financial order which can be applied for following a nullity petition. In addition to acting in high net worth ancillary relief cases, Michael frequently represents interveners in divorce matters (including acting for beneficiaries of trusts, such as children on settlement variations through the official solicitor). Michael is strongly committed to the publicly funded Bar. Michael acts for local authorities, parents and children in public law Children Act proceedings, including complex cases of alleged non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. As a result of his experience, both prior to being Called to the Bar, and whilst at it, Michael brings a breadth of experience to his work.


Called 1998.


Family Law Bar Association.


Middlesex University (LLB (Hons) First Class).

London Bar

Family law (including divorce and financial remedy)

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