Top Five Barristers
Being a top matrimonial barrister comes down to ‘judgement, humility and not forgetting it’s your client’s case,’ says Michael Glaser, a silk-in-the-making who is modest and friendly despite his formidable reputation. ‘It’s also about understanding that things in the real world are not as straightforward as a legal textbook. People do things for a multitude of reasons,’ he adds.
An ex-banker and commercial solicitor, Glaser crossed over to the bar in 1998. It’s a decision he’s unlikely to have regretted. Success has come in a range of family work, including cohabitation disputes and proceedings involving children. He is also one of the supreme practitioners in cases of matrimonial finance.
‘Michael is a shrewd tactician and a tenacious advocate. You are always pleased when he is on your side and disappointed when he is representing your opponent. He is intelligent, hugely perceptive and never fails to notice any details, no matter how complex the case,’ says a peer.
‘Sometimes your client has a bad case and you have to advise them to stick or twist, settle or litigate,’ says Glaser, whose diligence and empathy are as remarkable as his razor-sharp intelligence.