Michael Cushing is a Partner in Appleby’s Jersey office and practises in the Dispute Resolution team. He is a Jersey Advocate and an English Solicitor and specialises in complex commercial and corporate litigation. Michael advises on a wide range of disputes, in particular trust, insurance-related and matters arising from the sale and purchase of businesses. He has considerable experience of acting for trustees in applications before the Royal Court for directions and his practice includes regulatory investigations, contentious insolvency, corporate restructuring, and asset recovery. He is frequently instructed in contentious matters by leading offshore fiduciary services firms and banks. Michael also regularly receives instructions from international law firms to advise on matters of Jersey law.

Michael joined Appleby in 2005, becoming a partner in 2008. Prior to that he was a partner in the London office of the international law firm Dechert LLP, where he specialised in commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and anti-trust litigation.

Michael has been consistently ranked highly by the leading legal directories. Most recently Michael was referred to as “simply outstanding” by Legal 500 UK 2016 which described him as “the consummate advocate; he combines strong client-handling skills with forthright technical abilities”. He has been described as a “delight to work with on complex international litigation” in Legal 500 UK 2015.

Chambers UK 2017 highlights Michael for being “pragmatic and technically strong” stating that he has built a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice, with noted experience in trust disputes and asset recovery matters. He was also recommended by Chambers UK 2016 for being an “effective litigator” with one source describing him as “very bright, very charming and pleasant to deal with.” Michael was named ´Leader in his Field´ by Chambers UK 2015 and praised for being “clear, calm and articulate.” Chambers UK 2014 recognised Michael as a notable practitioner and Chambers Global 2013 also ranked Michael as a ´Leading Individual´. Chambers UK notes that clients described him as “an incredibly good counsel. He´s considered, well researched and keeps a focused view of possible outcomes before rushing into advice.” Chambers Global 2012 praises Michael for his “ability to see the big picture and provide excellent tactical advice.”

Michael has contributed to the International Comparative Guide to Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, and to Wildy’s Cross-Border Co-operation in Offshore Litigation. He is a keen speaker, and has regularly presented on trust and regulatory matters to clients and industry professionals.

Michael is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Jersey Law Society.



Some recent examples of work include advising:

  • A major bank on the Court aspects of a US$7 billion transfer scheme of its banking and investment business to a branch of the UK plc
  • A corporate trustee in the defence of a multi-million pound claim relating to alleged mismanagement of underlying trust investments
  • A major bank in the defence of breach of mandate proceedings
  • The shareholders of an international joint venture company on unfair prejudice proceedings brought in the Royal Court
  • Shareholders of a Jersey holding company on the just and equitable winding up of the company as a result of shareholder deadlock
  • The directors of a corporate trustee on an investigation by the Jersey Financial Services Commission into alleged breaches of the regulatory laws and codes of conduct
  • The directors of a private equity firm on a criminal investigation into alleged breaches of the money laundering legislation
  • The trustee of an insolvent trust structure in connection with a Court imposed winding-up procedure
  • Novatrust, in substantial breach of trust proceedings



University of Sheffield (England)

College of Law, Chester (England)

“very bright, very charming and pleasant to deal with.”

Chambers UK

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