Michael Crilly is a dual qualified barrister and solicitor who has been advising SME businesses since 1999. His clients not only benefit from his extensive legal knowledge and experience as a solicitor and employment tribunal advocate, but also from his substantial commercial and practical business experience gained both as a former in-house counsel to a leading international internet company, but also as an entrepreneur who set up his own London and Hertfordshire-based business, Bulldog Law in 2010 as a specialist practice, providing robust legal solutions and faithful service to SME and owner managed businesses in the fields of employment, company and commercial law.
Michael’s approach for business clients is to provide an “end to end” solution (from providing day to day company and commercial law, or HR, support all the way to court or tribunal representation if necessary) and is committed to building meaningful personal relationships with business owners and directors. He does this by offering a range of affordable fixed fee retainer-based packages which effectively brings him in-house as part of the team and ensures that his clients never have to worry about spiralling costs.
Michael is different in that not only is he a solicitor, but also a barrister which means he is also trained and experienced as a professional advocate. This is a specialised skill set and with his long experience of attending employment tribunals he is uniquely placed, unlike most solicitors or HR consultants, to be able to analyse the issues of a case at an early stage and advise confidently on the most effective approach to take in order to either avoid the prospect of litigation or to succeed in defending a claim or settling at an acceptable level and preserving the reputation of his client business.
Michael is also a member of the Law Society (the representative body for solicitors), the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (one of the ‘Inns of Court’ in London to which qualified barristers belong) and the Employment Lawyers Association, the leading institution for employment barristers and solicitors, which aims to promote the best practice of employment law.