Family Law

Michael is a Direct Access Barrister who can assist in family law cases. In June 2011, 20% of family cases involved at least one litigant-in-person (LiP), but the advent of new laws in April 2013 further reduced the number of people with family matters who were able to afford representation by a lawyer. This forced many to represent themselves and others to ignore the courts altogether; by 2015 the proportion of cases had risen to 76%.

These days for many, representing themselves is the only way to get through the system as hiring a lawyer from the beginning can be very expensive.

Many people simply bring in a Direct Access Barrister like Michael to represent them at their Family Law hearing.

Michael can assist in the following areas.

  • Cohabiting Families
  • Contact Orders
  • Contact Hearings
  • Divorce Hearings
  • Maintenance
  • Pre-Marital Agreements

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“Michael Shaw dealt with our case in the most professional manner. He was caring and courteous towards the Defendant who was a victim of domestic violence whilst displaying the utmost professionalism and giving her the advice and confidence to give evidence in the best way possible. His cross-examination technique, expertise and his confidence is what won the case in the end. Highly recommended! Thanks again Michael. Great result”

How to contact Michael:

Michael is a direct, public access barrister. You can instruct him directly regarding contractual disputes in order to avoid having to pay solicitors fees.

  • Feel free to call Michael on 0161 806 0106.
  • Email him at
  • Chat to him directly (if he is available) using the chat facility at the bottom right of this page.
  • Fill out the contact form just here and Michael will respond as soon as he is able.


Family Law was last modified: December 10th, 2023 by Michael