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In Place of Strife

The Mediation Chambers


Michael Silverleaf , QC

Michael read physics at Imperial College before switching to the Bar. He was called in 1980. In 1991 he was appointed Junior Counsel to the Treasury in Patent and related matters, a post he held until he took silk in 1996.

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A background in physics is indicative of a highly disciplined, perspicacious mind such as Michael’s. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels including the House of Lords and the European Court of Justice. His professional acumen is matched by personal qualities that earn the trust of disputants and encourage them to see an issue from a new angle and to contribute to its resolution. His reputation as a leader in his field is summarised by Legal 500: ‘You can count the number of silks in his class on the fingers of one hand.’


Intellectual property, trademark, patents & copyright

Career history

2003 – present: Independent commercial mediator and arbitrator

1991 – 1996: Junior Counsel to the Treasury

Professional qualifications and affiliations

ADR Chambers accredited