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Niall Michel

Partner


Niall is a litigation partner on our Public and Administrative Law team. He has industry-leading experience and expertise in both advisory and contentious matters. Niall's focus is on procedural and other jurisdictional issues, statutory interpretation and drafting, public sector corporate governance, freedom of information (“FOI”), investigations and inquiries, judicial review and statutory appeals, and contentious public procurement.

Niall is an acknowledged expert in FOI, and in information-management and disclosure matters generally (including evidence-gathering and evaluation, confidentiality, privacy, and privilege).

Niall’s clients are mainly in the public sector, or public sector-facing. Much of his work is in the areas of sectoral and professional regulation, and professional discipline. He has also advised closely in relation to major statutory investigations and inquiries, and has successfully represented clients as a solicitor-advocate before the High Court, without counsel.

Niall is a two-time winner of the International Law Office Client Choice Award for excellence in client-care and service-quality.

Specialties

  • Public and Administrative Law
  • Regulatory Law
  • Disciplinary Law
  • Litigation (Judicial Review; Statutory Appeals; Plenary Proceedings)
  • Investigations and Inquiries
  • Information Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Law of Evidence; Privilege; Disclosure
  • Public Procurement
  • Public Sector Corporate Governance
  • Constitutional and European Convention on Human Rights Law
  • Statutory Interpretation and Drafting 

Representative Matters

  • Representing former Head of Banking Supervision at Financial Regulator’s office before parliamentary Banking Inquiry.
  • Successfully defending recent public procurement challenges against decisions of the Commission for Energy Regulation and the Commission for Aviation Regulation.
  • Advising the Central Bank of Ireland on FOI governance, compliance and implementation.

Recommendations

Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2017

“Class leader in public, administrative and regulatory law. He has an unparalleled ability to condense complex issues to their core parts and deliver usable advice."

The Legal 500, 2017

Niall Michel’s ‘breadth and depth of understanding of public law is astounding’.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Lecturer on Public Affairs Ireland’s certificate course in Freedom of Information and on courses in Statutory Appeals and Judicial Review. 
  • Regular trainer and lecturer on legal topics, in-house at client venues, or at MHC and other venues. Topics include FOI; judicial review; decision-making in the public sector; legitimate expectations; legal professional privilege; and professional regulation.

Authorship

• Contributing author to "Freedom of Information: Philosophy and Implementation" (Blackhall Publishing)

• Contributing author to "Freedom of Information: Law and Practice" (FirstLaw)

• Contributing author (Ireland Chapter) to “LEGAL PROFESSIONAL PRIVILEGE, Global Handbook” (third edition) (DLA; Published in association with the European Company Lawyers Association)

• Author of articles on judicial review, freedom of information, and other public law or dispute-resolution-related topics, such as the doctrine of legitimate expectations and legal professional privilege. Some are available on this website.

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Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution General Data Protection Regulation Freedom Of Information Public & Administrative Law

Education

University of Dublin, Trinity College, (BA Mod Legal Science)

University of Cambridge, England (LLM)

Honorable Society of King's Inns, Dublin (BL)