Prior to joining VWV, Michael headed up the Employment team at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP for 14 years, and is an active member of the firm's healthcare practice. He advises on all aspects of employment law primarily for employers and senior executives involved in contentitious and non contentious issues. He regularly appears before the employment tribunal as advocate, and in the last 12 months his cases have involved unfair dismissal, sex, race and age discrimination as well as TUPE concerning the outsourcing of commercial contracts involving healthcare.
Michael is also a member of the Recruitment sector team and acts for a number of agencies concerned in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical sectors.
Year of qualification - 1984
Michael has received recognition in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories for a number of years. In the 2015 edition of Chambers he is described as 'highly respected across the market for his employment practice and advice to clients' '' Always available on the phone' 'can handle cases of sensitivity and complexity' 'fantastic in his advice '.
The 2016 edition describes him as 'very experienced and knowlegable' 'pragmatic in his advice, and sees things from a commercial perspective'. The team is described as 'responsive', 'would reccomend to others' ' they do not over complicate things'.
'Michael Delaney gave good solid advice and responded speedily to any queries. I would recommend him with absolute confidence.' David Bannon, On Set Lighting Limited
'Michael Delaney is a tenacious and experienced litigator who’s knowledge and experience was a massive influence on the outcome.' Adrian Kitching, Director, Megaman UK
'Many thanks for your sound advice during the case. I was very happy with the outcome. This would not have been possible without your guidance.' Former Head of global sales for a pharmaceutical company
Michael was a former Chair of the Lawnet Employment Group, he sat as a Govenor of Harrow College of Further Education, a past Director of the Watford Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Law Committee at the University of Hertfordshire. He is currently a member of the ELA, and Chairs the Firms HR PING (Pharmacuetical Industry Networking Group) at Watford.
Michael is a keen cyclist, and likes watching Manchester United and Watford FC, as well as travelling. In his spare time, he assists a local adult disability charity, as well as spending time with his family.