Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1981 having spent some six years in HM Revenue & Customs dealing with capital tax issues. He joined the partnership of Gudgeons Prentice in 1983, and retired in 1992 to join another firm. In 2000, Michael returned to Gudgeons Prentice in the new role of senior partner and is now a consultant.
Michael was one of the first members of the prestigious Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTPS).
Michael specialises in tax planning and the administration of complicated estates. He also advises parents with children with learning difficulties (being such a parent himself) on appropriate Wills and on that subject has been the chief speaker at many meetings and seminars arranged by charities such as MENCAP.