Michael Bowmer is a commercial chancery practitioner specialising in commercial dispute resolution at its intersection with traditional chancery areas, such as, trusts, succession, property, company, insolvency and partnership law.
Michael’s practice has at its core an expertise in claims against professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, insolvency practitioners, planning consultants, auctioneers, valuers and quantity surveyors, and those who owe fiduciary duties to others, such as directors, trustees, partners and agents.
Ranked as a Leading Professional Negligence Junior by the directories, Michael is described as “very good under pressure, and very good at explaining complex issues in a way that the client understands.” “He has experience beyond his call and a really comforting air about him. He’s incredibly clever and a proactive strategist.” (Chambers & Partners, 2022). “Very good on technical issues.” “He never fails to deliver and his advice is always spot on. Considered and commercial. He is amiable and respectful and very nice to work with” (Chambers & Partners, 2019). “Excellent attention to detail and technical expertise” (Legal 500, 2019).
Before being called to the Bar, Michael worked for several years in fine art publishing, an experience which gave Michael an insight into the commercial concerns of clients and an ability to see things from their perspective. Michael later studied law at King’s College London where he obtained the Strand Trust Prize for the highest first class degree in his year. Michael is hands-on and approachable and combines both a rigorous approach and commercial awareness in seeking to achieve the best possible results for his clients. Michael is also an accredited mediator with a growing mediation practice, and, given his background, has a strong interest in claims involving art law and cultural property. Outside work Michael is usually to be found in an art gallery or museum, in a cinema, on a road bike or with some form of six-stringed instrument in his hands.
Michael is married with two sons and lives in Cambridge. He is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and the Institute of Art and Law.