Michael grew up in North West London where he still lives. He graduated in Architecture before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. After working as a surveyor in the West End, dealing with commercial property, he joined Jeremy Leaf & Co. in 1986, subsequently becoming a Fellow of the RICS. Michael now specialises in valuations for various purposes, in particular for leasehold enfranchisement. Travel, foreign languages and world cinema are some of his many interests.