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Michael McLaren QC is a widely experienced silk with expertise in all areas of commercial litigation, regulation and professional discipline with particular expertise in aviation, banking and finance, commercial dispute resolution and regulatory law. 

Recent experience includes: Olympic Council of Asia v. Novans Jets [2021 EWHC 1063 (Comm) (unjust enrichment and CPR24), Gama Aviation v. MWMMWM [2021] EWHC 2229 (Comm) (non-setting aside default judgment), Integral Petroleum v. GPB Bank [2000 Jacobs J] (non-setting aside anti-suit-injunction), Odyssey Aviation v. GFG [2019] EWHC 1927 (Comm) (aircraft purchase), Bank Mellat v. HM Treasury ($4bn claim), Nesbit v. Acasta [2018] EWCA Civ 268 (construction of insurance policy), acting for litigation funder resisting security for costs in Wall v. RBS (£700m claim), Williams v. SRA 2017 EWHC 1478 Admin (solicitor challenging strike off), Dubai Financial Group v National Private Air Transport Services [2016] EWCA Civ 71 (setting aside default judgment entered simultaneously with alternative service order); Tarom v [2014] EWCA Civ 87 (distinction between causation and assessment of damages); ACG Acquisition v Olympic [2014] EWCA Civ 821, [2013] EWCA Civ 369 (certificate of acceptance of aircraft), [2012] EWCA Civ 1659.


Called Middle Temple 1981; QC 2002.


Eton; Cambridge University (1980 MA Law First Class Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Michael McLaren KCFountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is regarded as ‘an impressive set and a go-to for aviation’ with expertise in a range of commercial disputes including redelivery, leasing and aircraft purchase agreements. The set is also experienced in aviation claims involving disaster, catastrophic loss and damage. Akhil Shah KC acted for Goshawk in relation to leasing disputes concerning a Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Michael McLaren KC has acted for Olympic Council of Asia in a claim for damages arising from a purchase agreement for an executive jet. Bankim Thanki KC and Rosalind Phelps KC are frequently instructed by major airlines and regulators while John Taylor KC is acting for Ryanair in a Commercial Court action. Giles Robertson  focuses on civil fraud and banking matters in this space.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Michael McLaren KCFountain Court ChambersClearly technically sharp and willing to put forward robust arguments. He works as part of a team to deliver a strong outcome for the client and secures great results. Contactable and amenable.

Considered a ‘stand out set in solicitors’ professional regulation‘ the set at Fountain Court Chambers  has a ‘strong offering at all levels‘. Richard Coleman KC, who is considered ‘excellent all round‘, led Philip Ahlquist, standing before the Supreme Court in Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Limited, a dispute concerning the enforcement of solicitors’ undertakings in connection with group actions concerning the “dieselgate” emissions scandal. In Financial Reporting Council v C.A. Humphreys, Michael McLaren KC advised the former CFO of Conviviality plc – the insolvent former owner of Bargain Booze – in connection with an investigation by the FRC for alleged misconduct. In addition, Edward Levey KC went up against Marianne Butler in SRA v Mishcon de Reya, focusing on allegations made against the firm by the SRA. In addition, Patricia Robertson KC was appointed to the Astana International Financial Centre Advisory Panel to advise on legal services regulation.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Michael McLaren KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Absolutely first class in conference. He comes across as authoritative and measured and the clients were in awe of his ability to grasp the issues yet distil them to an understandable and manageable level. He is outstanding.’