Max has a strong and well-rounded common law practice. This allows him to advise lay and professional clients on all aspects of their case, as well as how their case potentially interacts with other legal jurisdictions.
Prior to being called to the Bar he worked as a County Court Advocate, as well as working with Gerard McDermott QC on all aspects of high-value cases of catastrophic personal injury, in particular involving elements of travel law, cross-border or jurisdictional issues.
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Max is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor, who has an established practice in criminal law, which has included appearing in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
Max both prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court.
Recent work includes:
In addition, Max has appeared in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in relation to sentencing credit for sexual offences involving multiple indictments.
Max is well versed in Magistrates’ Court proceedings.
Examples of recent work includes:
Max is able to represent Defendants in the Youth Court and is knowledgeable of the specific procedures involved in such matters. This has included representing Youths charged with serious sexual offences.
Max has significant experience in representing authorities in cash forfeiture and POCA proceedings.
Max was instructed to defend two Defendants in the fourth ever prosecution brought by OFSTED of running an unregistered school, which involved a large amount of disclosure.
Max is an appointed Clerk at the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) and assists in Disciplinary Tribunals of barristers facing charges of professional misconduct
Max appears in Public Law care proceedings, acting for Local Authorities in complex matters from initial to final hearings.
Recently, Max was instructed by the Local Authority in the appeal case of Re B (Children) (Remote Hearing: Interim Care Order)  EWCA Civ 584 which set out guidance nationally as to the approach the courts should have to urgent hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also appears regularly for interveners and the Police and has a keen interest in matters involving disclosure between the criminal and family courts. Max was recently Junior Counsel in Re: I which triggered a full review by the Police into disclosure processes in family proceedings involving significant Police investigation. The case involved complex matters that required multiple applications for Public Interest Immunity.
Recent case examples:
Max also represents parties in private children hearings at any stage, including FHDRAs, DRAs and enforcement proceedings.
Max has a solid civil practice, advising and representing both Claimants and Defendants. In particular, he is interested in claims that have an overlap with the other areas he practices in.
Max regularly advises and appears in fast-track personal injury claims, including where issues of fundamental dishonesty are raised. He has also represented clients at multi-track trials. Recent cases include:
Max is very capable of advising on issues involving:
He has a great experience in Portal Claims, having previously worked as a Claims Handler in the insurance team at a global law firm. He is highly experienced in representing parties in Stage 3 and disposal hearings, as well as drafting Advice on Quantum.
Max is able to bring his common law experience to representing clients at Inquests.