Michael has been involved with Prisoners Abroad since 1994. He graduated in law from Manchester University and qualified as a solicitor in 1970.  He has been a partner in a small number of law firms, both large and small, until his retirement from the SRA roll in July 2022. He was elected to The Academy of Estate and Trust Law, based in San Francisco, in 1984. He is a trustee of three charitable trusts and retired from eight other general purposes charities in more recent times.