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Clerked by:William Brown
Administrative & Public Law and Local Government
Michael advises in the wider field of public and administrative law. He regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. He recently brought a judicial review against the decision of a local authority to change the traditional sodium street lighting in its area to LED lighting.
R(on the application of Castelli) v London Borough of Merton  EWHC 602 (Admin) – Successfully represented the Local Authority in the first reported case addressing the definition of a “hedge” under the “High Hedges” legislation.
E-A (Article 8: Best Interests of Child: Nigeria)  UKUT 315 (IAC),  Imm. A.R. 872;  I.N.L.R. 273 - Appeal before the President of the Tribunal which focused the issues under ZH(Tanzania) and the UNCRC and clarified at what age the Tribunal considered children to begin forming relationships beyond the parental family unit.
R. (on the application of Thangeswarajah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3288 (Admin) - Judicial review application relating to “fresh claims”, refused in the Administrative Court, successful in the Court of Appeal.
BL(Jamaica)  EWCA Civ 357 – Appeal by the SSHD against a decision of the Upper Tribunal to quash a deportation order pertaining to a foreign criminal; the Court setting down principles in respect of the balance between the public interest in deportation and the best interests of children impacted upon by said deportation.
Michael practises in the areas of town and country planning and compulsory purchase law, environmental and agricultural law, highways, local government and public and administrative law. He accepts instructions under the Direct Public Access provisions
Michael is also a Fellow of the Geological Society and has academic qualifications in geology, physics and advanced engineering geology. Before being called to the Bar Michael spent fourteen years in the development industry, initially as an Engineering Geologist before moving into the field of Planning and Environmental Consultancy. He was employed by a number of major engineering contractors and international consultancies providing advice on foundation design and construction, highways design and construction, contaminated land and ground water assessment and remediation, dewatering solutions, flood risk assessments, and carrying out environmental impact assessments
He advised on such developments as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Heathrow Terminal 5, the Canary Wharf Development, Chapelcross and Sellafield nuclear power stations and designed the innovative foundations for the Huddersfield Town Football Club stadium. He has particular experience of deep level drilling for the purposes of the installation of complex groundwater monitoring and sampling installations.
Year of Call: 2002
Areas of Expertise
- Administrative & Local Government
- Environmental Law
Michael Rudd is ‘One of the leading authorities on Traveller cases.’ Legal 500 2017
Michael Rudd “…has a wide range of experience in development control matters”
Legal 500 2015
Planning and Environmental Bar Association
United Kingdom Environmental Law Association
Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)
Part-time lecturer at Birmingham School of Architecture
Seminars and Lectures
Michael regularly gives seminars and lectures on shale gas and hydraulic fracturing. In 2016 he presented two regional seminars to the Royal Town Planning Institute entitled “Fracking: Planning for an energy nirvana?”, a series of in-house seminars to lawyers and engineers entitled “Fracking for Shale Gas – The Story so Far” and a lecture of fracking at Coventry University to a selection of national and international lawyers, environmentalists and conservationists.
Michael regularly presents lectures and seminars on matters relating to human rights, particularly in the context of planning and environmental law.
He presents lectures to MA Architecture (RIBA Pt II) students at the Birmingham School of Architecture on the Principles of the English Legal System.
Career and Educaation
Michael grew up in the North West and attended the University of Keele where he studied Physics & Geology (BSc(Hons)). He then went on to the University of Durham where he studied for an MSc in Advanced Engineering Geology (Distinction). After working for a number of years he attended the University of Kent where he studied Environmental Law (LLM - Distinction). He then converted to the Bar, attending City University (CPE) and the Inns of Court School of Law (BVC).
Between 1988 and 2002 Michael was employed by a number of major engineering contractors and international consultancies providing advice on foundation design and construction, highways design and construction, contaminated land and ground water assessment and remediation, dewatering solutions, flood risk assessments, and carrying out environmental impact assessments.
Michael enjoys cycling, running and swimming. He has completed over fifty half marathons, five marathons, three triathlons and the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Marathon des Sables, a 150 mile ultra-marathon across the Sub-Saharan desert. He also took part in the 2016 Etape du Tour, the amateurs’ opportunity to compete over the Queen stage of the Tour de France. He is current training for the 2017 edition. He has previously enjoyed playing rugby and rowing, both to a very high competitive level. When time allows he enjoys reading maritime history books.