Michael Sookias

Partner

Michael Sookias qualified in 1979 and specialises in Dispute Resolution and Family. He also undertakes Employment and Company Commercial cases. Michael has over 35 years’ experience, including in multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Before embarking on his legal career, Michael studied biochemistry and worked in ICI Pharmaceuticals. Upon qualifying as a Solicitor, Michael and his brother Robert founded Sookias & Sookias in 1985. Within the firm Michael manages various teams as the head of Dispute Resolution, Family and Employment departments.

Clients know that when they entrust their cases to Michael the matter will be in good hands and Michael will do more than what is seemingly possible to achieve the best outcome. Michael has a reputation for seeing beyond barriers and finding creative solutions. His talent is in pushing open doors where others see walls.


Dispute Resolution

  • Complete court procedure from issuing claims to final orders
  • Preparing claim / defence / counterclaim
  • Commercial remedies for breach of contract and tort
  • Part 36 Offers
  • Negotiation and settlement
  • Court trials
  • Appeals
  • Judicial Reviews
  • Hiring expert witnesses
  • Costs

Family

  • Divorce and dissolution from divorce petition to decree absolute
  • Child arrangements
  • Domestic abuse, including non-molestation and occupation orders
  • Financial relief
  • Enforcement of orders
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements

Employment

  • Discrimination claims
  • Wrongful, unfair or constructive dismissal
  • Equal pay
  • Disciplinary and grievance handling
  • Termination of employment
  • Negotiation and settlement
  • Compromise Agreements
  • Employment Tribunal hearings

Michael speaks Armenian and Farsi. He leads a weekly ‘Salt & Light’ gathering at the Sookias offices.  Here he leads and teaches a group of people from all walks of life about the spiritual causes of broken relationships.

Michael is a member of The Lawyers Christian Fellowship, The London Solicitors Litigation Association, Association of Christian Law Firms and a board member of Advocates Europe and a Trustee of various Christian Charities.