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About Michael Kilbane

Michael was admitted as a solicitor in 2003 and he is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team.

Michael’s training and early practice years were invaluable in providing him with a solid grounding in litigation, dealing with a variety of contractual and property disputes. As a junior lawyer he had the memorable experience of assisting with a case that progressed to the Court of Appeal.

At a later firm providing legal services to a stock exchange listed property-based plc, Michael gained considerable practice of applications within the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) including: service charge disputes, dispensation from statutory leasehold consultation; and determinations for breach of covenants.

The last ten years of Michael’s practice has focused on maintaining a commercial and residential property dispute practice as well as professional negligence claims, contentious probate claims including applications for removal of executors and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 claims. Following recent qualification as a civil mediator, Michael is also developing a mediation practice.

 

"Michael gave me clarity, a sense of security, and confidence that a solution would be found. No hesitation about recommending him."

Notable Cases

  • In Inheritance Act claims, Michael negotiated: a money and property settlement worth £1.5 million for the second wife of a very short marriage; a settlement, in an out-of-time claim, whereby a vulnerable party received the lion share of his late partner’s estate ensuring housing and subsistence needs were met for life; and a settlement in High Court proceedings involving an elderly partner and de facto wife, who faced eviction from her home.
  • Juul Labs & Juul Labs UK Ltd v QuickJuul Ltd & 5 others [2019] EWHC 1281 (Ch)
  • Adrian Alan Ltd v Fuglers (A Firm) [2002] EWCA Civ 1655 & SCCO No. 5 of 2003

Michael acted for a landlord in a successful Upper Tribunal appeal confirming the lower tribunal could consider an application for dispensation from statutory consultation within an ordinary application for determination of service charge without a formal application for dispensation having been made.

Michael acted in a successful appeal to a Circuit Judge confirming an administrator’s standing to bring a claim for possession of the deceased’s property.

Client Comments

  • “The advice and support that I received from Michael Kilbane was second to none. I was at a tricky, scary point of dealing with a difficult neighbour when Michael gave me clarity, a sense of security, and confidence that a solution would be found. No hesitation about recommending him specifically and HJA in general.”
  • “I’ve been very fortunate to have been introduced to Mr Michael Kilbane of Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, who dealt with a case on behalf of my company very expediently and at a quarter of the cost which I was told I had to pay at a different firm of solicitors. Throughout the transaction, Mr Kilbane was in charge of the matter and I thank him for the sound advice I was given at all times.”

“Thanks Michael, I really appreciated you being there, holding my back whilst the drama played out. All your advice was spot on and gave me a sense of security when the whole situation felt scary. My sister and I are very relieved that our neighbour has decided to cooperate without the need to initiate legal process.”
I’d have no hesitation in recommending you and your firm to people needing legal advice.

“I appreciated the support and advice given by my solicitor, Michael Kilbane, during a lengthy dispute. His diligence in chasing the potential plaintiff for information and case notes was admirable as was his resolve in getting the best possible outcome. Whilst this case file has now been closed should we eventually receive a response I will not hesitate to ask Mr. Kilbane to continue with the case.”

“Michael was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable on the phone about some issues relating to Formaldehyde and a supplier. I highly recommend him.”

Memberships & Appointments

  • Property Litigation Association
  • The Law Society
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
  • London Irish Lawyers Association
  • The Society of Mediators

"Michael was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable... I highly recommend him."

Career

  • Hodge Jones & Allen; 2018 to present
  • Percy Short & Cuthbert; 2014
  • Heckford Norton; 2008
  • Bellis & Co; 2006
  • Bosley & Co; 2001

Education

  • MFC – Society of Mediators; 2021
  • LPC – College of Law London; 2000
  • CPE – University of Sussex; 1999