Michael Pether > BLM > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Personal injury division.


Michael specialises in the defence of high profile sexual/physical abuse and bullying claims, including group litigation. He is nominated by several religious organisations, local authorities, school, youth and charity organisations and their insurers to deal with their most sensitive claims. Michael is currently involved in a number of group litigation abuse claims acting on behalf of schools and religious organisations as well as representing core participants and interested parties to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IISCA). Chambers & Partners 2016 states that Michael has “particular knowledge of abuse claims and often represents local authorities and religious and charitable organisations.” With Paula Jefferson, Michael is BLM’s lead abuse partner, speaking at internal and external events as well as contributing to publications and radio broadcasts commenting on abuse and IICSA issues.He is a past editor of the Bingham and Berrymans Personal Injury and Motor Claims Cases, a standard reference work in the field of personal injury. The 2016 edition of Legal 500 names Michael as an “elite lawyer”.


Qualified as barrister 1987; Lincoln’s Inn; pupillage 2 Temple Gardens; Berrymans qualified as solicitor 1990; partner 1995; editor of ‘Bingham and Berrymans Motor Cases’ (10th to 13th editions) plus supplements.


Law Society.


Taunton School; Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (BA Hons).


Fatherhood, music, cooking, gardening.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Elliot Pound is a key name to note in BLM‘s education team, along with Richard Wilkins. The team has experience handling issues relating to school admissions and exclusions and has sector strengths in insurance and the public sector. Other lawyers in the team include Martin Jensen; Manchester-based Jim Lister, who advises schools on governance issues; Geneviève Rich; and Michael Pether.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

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BLM ‘remains a top-tier firm‘ serving the needs of the insurance industry in the context of catastrophic injury claims. Apart from major insurers, corporate clients as well as public sector entities seek the practice’s advice on the full-range of personal injury matters, including accidents at work, motor claims as well as disease, public liability and fatal cases. The London casualty team is headed by Matthew Ford, who has a substantial track record defending complex and large loss claims across a range of industries, namely construction, retail, manufacturing and travel. Leading disease specialist Michelle Penn leads the occupational disease group; while the catastrophic injury team, which handles claims of the utmost severity often including cross-border elements, is under the supervision of Antony French. The team is regularly instructed to advise on spinal cord injuries, amputation cases, high-value chronic pain claims, as well as brain injury cases, for which Claire Collins is noted as a subtle brain damage specialist. High-profile group litigation related to sexual/physical abuse and bullying cases are the key areas of expertise for Michael Pether, who has a strong reputation for claims concerning local authority and institutional liability.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

The education group at BLM has broad expertise in matters ranging from discrimination claims and admissions to regulatory and contractual issues. Overseen by Elliot Pound, the team has specialisms in judicial review and in the field of discrimination. Key team members include Richard Wilkins, who handles contentious and non-contentious education matters with an emphasis on exclusions and special needs education; Martin Jensen; and associate Geneviève Rich. Public sector head Michael Pether has experience handling employers’ liability claims.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

(Hall of Fame)

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