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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 and Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Michael Oatham at Brachers has expertise in high-value commercial disputes, especially contractual disputes, shareholder and directors' duties and professional negligence. The litigation team works with the recoveries and collections team, spearheaded by Robert Thompson, which is known for its debt recovery and insolvency-related work.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The insolvency team at Brachers LLP's Maidstone office is led by Michael Oatham who has over 20 years' experience working for insolvency practitioners. Under his leadership, the team offers the full suite of pre and post appointment services to insolvency practitioners and employs its own in-house insolvency practitioner, Tim Mayner, who specialises in bankruptcy appointments and connected assets recoveries.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Construction

Brachers' construction and engineering team generates a regular flow of work from employers, contractors, banks, developers, consultants and insurers. It advises on issues arising at all stages of projects, ranging from inception to completion. The scope of its expertise includes procurement routes, construction and engineering contracts, and dispute resolution. Michael Oatham is a key contact.

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Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Brachers's property litigation group is active across landlord and tenant disputes, ownership and rights over land issues and contentious environmental matters. Allis Beasley is sought out in particularly high value and complex cases. Another name to note is James Milis, who advises a wide range of clients including charities, educational institutions and corporates. Michael Oatham leads the team.

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