Michael Drake

  • Partner


Divorce and family


Michael is a partner in our Family team. His expertise focuses primarily on complex financial disputes, cases involving overseas jurisdictions, contact and residence disputes, cohabitation issues and advice on pre and post-nuptial agreements. Michael’s clients include many professionals – bankers, accountants and especially lawyers, as well as businessmen and women, and others from a wide range of backgrounds. His approach to practice reflects his belief in a calm and constructive style, combined with a determination to protect his clients’ interests when the need arises. Michael has published a textbook on “Divorce and the Family Business” with Jordans and “A Guide to European Family Law” with Resolution. He has also created and presented a series of training videos on family law for the “The Law Channel” and lectures regularly at professional seminars.

Michael is a founder member of Resolution, formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association, a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and former Chief Assessor for the Law Society Family Law Panel.


Chambers UK, 2017, named Michael as a Leading Individual for his work in Family law: "Incredible adviser" Michael Drake has considerable family law experience and is well liked for his willingness to "work hard to reach an agreement." One market commentator reports: "He's an old hand, clients adore him and he's a good strategist."

Michael has been listed consistently, as a leading UK family lawyer in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Directories. He also features in the Citywealth Leader’s List 2016.

Recent comments in the directories include:

Michael is "level-headed and can reach a deal with the minimum of fuss".

Michael Drake is highly regarded as a "very practical and pragmatic attorney who will fight his client's corner." He brings huge experience across a range of matrimonial finance issues and is commended for his understanding of "tactics and strategy on big, complex cases."

 “In an era of divorce settlements involving increasingly dazzling amounts of money, it is comforting to have a lawyer of the pedigree of Michael Drake. A pure matrimonial lawyer now, for many years he tackled commercial law and thus “is possessed of that wily business sense necessary to negotiate a path through the forest of money trees”. He has “enormous empathy for his clients” who appreciate his attention to detail.”

"Michael combines real charisma with great intellect that affords his clients every advantage in the divorce process. He is universally liked and admired, well respected and much in demand. He should be at the top of any speed dial list."

 Michael Drake “has considerable experience and sound judgment”. When matters become contentious, “he is able to pour oil on troubled waters with his friendly and thoughtful approach”.

 “He leaves no stone unturned and cuts right to the heart of a case … and is “non-judgmental and extremely straightforward.”

 And from quite a different perspective, Michael has also worked with the novelist Penny Vincenzi whose books often include a family law theme, and gained a mention in the Acknowledgements in her most recent best seller 'The Decision':

"Michael Drake took me painstakingly, patiently and above all inventively through all the complexities of divorce and custody in the 1960s and '70s, escorted me round and indeed into the Royal Courts of Justice and Lincolns Inn Fields, responded to my interminable and often crass emails always within hours and usually minutes, suggested sub-plots, improved upon scenarios, and never for an instant even implied that his hugely valuable time might be better spent." 

chambers logo 2018  Recommended lawyer 2017

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