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Michael O’Connell is the Group Managing Partner of Appleby. He is also a partner in the Dispute Resolution department. He is a commercial litigator with a wide range of experience, including professional negligence, trust, contractual and commercial disputes. Michael has appeared in countless trials, both civil and criminal. He prosecutes on behalf of the Attorney General in Jersey.

Michael was most recently recommended by Chambers UK 2017 as a 'Notable Practitioner' he is also recognised as a 'Senior Statesmen.' Chambers UK 2016 sources said "by reputation he's right up amongst the top tier." He was named as a 'Leader in his Field' by Chambers UK 2015 and in Chambers UK 2014 is singled out by market sources for his "great courtroom presence." Chambers Global 2013 has ranked Michael as a 'Leading Individual.' Chambers UK 2013 described Michael as a "seasoned practitioner" in the Jersey market and "widely regarded as a skilled litigator." Chambers Global 2012 described Michael as 'one of the best around." Michael was named as a 'Leader in his Field' by Chambers UK 2012. He was also named as a 'Leader in his Field' by Chambers Europe 2011 and 2010, and was recommended for dispute resolution in Legal 500 UK 2010 edition.


He was called to the Jersey Bar as an Advocate in 1987, and appointed Crown Advocate in 1999. He was made Partner of Appleby in 1990.

Michael is a member of the Jersey Law Society, Commercial Bar Association, Association of Contentious Trust and Estate Practitioners, International Bar Association, Institute of Directors and is a Grays Inn advocacy trainer.

Michael O'Connell

"...by reputation [Michael] is right up amongst the top tier."

Chambers UK 2014

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