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.
“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."
Niall Michel’s "breadth and depth of understanding of public law is astounding."
"Unrivalled expertise in public and administrative law"
Niall receives praise for his ability to "come up with innovative solutions to avoid protracted and lengthy cases."
"Knows public law inside out’
"His analysis is top quality, as is his ability to work through all of the important implications of a decision.”
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.
• 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.